Are you getting a multiple on your strengths or canceling them out?
By Bob Anderson and Bill Adams
Our 360 assessment asks raters to provide written comments on the leader’s strengths and liabilities. We recently analyzed the comments that senior leaders write to each other to get a street view on leadership. What we learned astonished us.
Most leadership strengths fall into three main categories: heart/people strengths, mind/intellectual strengths, and willpower/results strengths. Our research on written comments strongly suggests that when these leadership strengths are run reactively, they are canceled out by associated liabilities. People strengths that are run reactively become Complying, mental strengths become Protecting, and will/result strengths become Controlling.
Controlling leaders, from an early age, develop the strengths that use power to get results such as passion, drive, results-focus, decisiveness, etc. When these strengths are used reactively, Controlling leadership results. These strengths are often experienced by others as over-drive, perfectionism, workaholism, excessive ambition, dictatorialness, ineffective interaction style, poor listening, micromanaging, over-demanding, etc.
The Protecting leader has developed strengths of intellectual brilliance and critical, and analytical capability. Run reactively, others experience this leader’s strengths as superiority, arrogance, distance, aloofness, disconnectedness, ineffective interpersonal style, overly-critical, etc. [Read more…]
Excerpted from J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2017, here are some simple steps you can take right now to decrease your 2016 tax bill.
(Hurry: These must be done before the ball drops in Times Square.)
The holiday season is in full swing, and you’re probably in a last-minute-gift-buying, party-planning frenzy right now. The last thing on your mind? Taxes. For most people, sparing a thought for the upcoming tax season is the ultimate “bah humbug.” But this mindset could cost you big when April 15th rolls around, warns tax and business attorney Barbara Weltman.
“There are some very simple steps you can take right now, before the end of the year, that can make a big dent in your tax burden,” says Weltman, who is the spokesperson for J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2017 (Wiley, October 2016, Paperback and e-book, ISBN: 978-1-119-24820-0, $24.95). “It’s crazy that people miss so many opportunities to save money just because they’re disorganized or have procrastination issues.”
The book Weltman represents is written to help the average taxpayer successfully navigate the filing process. With full coverage of all changes and adjustments to the tax laws—including new deductions and credits—it provides clear, plain-English explanations that help readers decipher the tax code and reduce what taxpayers owe. [Read more…]
Conemaugh Health System recently announced that Jessica Svidergol, MSN, RN, CCCC, has been promoted to Director of Nursing at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center in Hastings, PA.
Svidergol has been the Assistant Director of Nursing at Conemaugh Miners since 2015, and has been an employee of Conemaugh Health System for over ten years.
“Jessica’s clinical nursing experience, as well as her critical thinking skills prepared her well for this exciting opportunity,” says Tim Harclerode, Chief Executive Officer of Conemaugh Miners. “We are thrilled that she has accepted this position and is eager to lead our team of well trained and experienced nurses.”
“I have been very fortunate to have a tremendous amount of support from the staff and leadership team since joining Conemaugh Miners,” says Svidergol. “I feel privileged to be part of this team and to work with them to provide excellent service to our patients and to the community.”
Conemaugh Miners Medical Center is part of Conemaugh Health System. The community hospital offers 30 beds for inpatient medical, surgical, and intensive care services. Outpatient services include emergency medicine, laboratory, pharmacy, general surgery, imaging services, pathology, therapy services, cardiac diagnostic, sleep lab, and swing bed. Specialty services include cardiology, urology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pulmonology, gynecology, and wound clinic.
To learn more about Conemaugh Health System, visit www.conemaugh.org.
The Medical Fitness Program focuses on a holistic approach to health and wellness
Regenerative and Performance Specialists (RAPS) has announced the launch of their new medically guided fitness program that will maximize patient’s overall health and well-being. Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and many other health problems and diseases can be prevented by losing excess weight. Setting patients up for success, RAPS Medical Fitness offers one-on-one attention with a personal trainer, functional movement screening, sessions with a registered dietician and support group, gym access, studio fitness classes and other resources.
RAPS has been providing solutions for pain management for the past twelve years. Understanding that weight loss can be in direct correlation to pain relief and that a change of habit will lead to a change in life, RAPS recognized the need to develop a medically guided program that takes patients beyond just the treatment of pain. RAPS Medical Fitness is designed to approach health and wellness using a well-rounded, achievable method that promotes positive, life-changing results. Patients will learn lifelong skills in exercise and nutrition to lose weight and lower the risk of developing preventative life-threatening health issues and diseases. [Read more…]
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Board of Trustees approved $1,518,000 in grants, including grants to design and create a virtual museum to the future of health care; fund planning activities for a potential new senior living-learning community at Chatham University; serve the needs of the Jewish community through a block grant to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh; and support the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Impact Fund.
Creating a Museum to the Future of Health Care
Technology advancements have the potential to transform every aspect of the healthcare system– from prevention, diagnoses, and treatment, to workforce preparation and accreditation, to care design and delivery. To prepare for this new era, JHF has approved a three-year, $500,000 grant to design and create a Museum to the Future (MTTF) of Health Care. Rather than a traditional bricks-and-mortar building, the MTTF will be an online, evolving space for healthcare experts, technologists, futurists, policy makers, community leaders, students, and other stakeholders to learn about cutting-edge healthcare innovations, spread best practices, and collaborate on new breakthroughs.
“When it comes to improving our healthcare system, the time for tinkering at the margins is over,” says Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, president and CEO of JHF. “The U.S. spends nearly a fifth of its GDP on health care—far more than any other affluent country—and in return we are among the worst in population health status. It’s estimated that nearly 40 cents of every dollar spent on health care buys waste, in the form of overtreatment, poor care coordination, inefficiencies, preventable errors, and other activities that add no value and some that cause harm. That means we’re squandering resources that could be used to pay for things that improve health, like behavioral health services in primary care, pharmacy consultations, patient education, cheaper drugs, nutrition and exercise, community health workers, quality improvement coaching and training, and new technologies. [Read more…]
Funds support community needs for children with special needs and their families
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, an independent, nonprofit leader in pediatric rehabilitative services, announced that it has successfully achieved its goal of raising $12 million through the Make an Amazing Difference Campaign. Publicly launched in 2014, the Campaign supports a series of strategic initiatives that are improving the health and quality of life for larger numbers of children and youth with special needs and their families.
“Through the Campaign, we’ve been able to make strategic investments in innovative programs and services that respond to real community needs,” said Michael and Judy Hannon, Chairs of the Make an Amazing Difference Campaign.
“We have made an amazing difference for our kids and their families, specifically in the areas of pediatric behavioral health, care coordination and our transition program in The Day School, as well as via facility upgrades on our main campus,” noted the Hannons. [Read more…]
For many parents, being a foster parent is the only way they can experience the joys of being a parent. However, many parents have little to no idea on how the whole process works and may have misconceptions on what it really means to be a foster parent. In this article, we’re going to discuss five things every future foster parent should think about before they make the decision to welcome a child into their home.
You Might Deal with Damaged Children
Many children who enter foster care do so because of abuse, and you might have to deal with the emotional distress the child is experiencing. And since this is commonly the case, these children will often have emotional impairments which may difficult to figure out at first. It’s very important to remain patient at all times and try to understand the child’s circumstances. Understand that fear when entering a new home is perfectly normal, so don’t take it as a bad sign if the child is apprehensive at first. [Read more…]
The Social Revolution’s impact on the business and even the political world cannot be over-estimated. Like the meteor that likely precipitated the end of the dinosaurs, Social is the catalyst in an extinction event–and business as we know it has changed forever.
In the brand new book A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt offer an eye-opening look at fundamental and powerful changes the social collaboration era has set in motion. With compelling stories and dozens of concrete examples the two social media masters share how:
- Customers now have the power–just watch what happens as more realize it!
- The days of pretending are over — With increased transparency, businesses must be more ethical.
- Command-and-control leadership is antiquated – It is now so inefficient, it is a liability.
- Nimble and small is the new competitive advantage –few corporations are capable of the agility required by evolving marketplaces.
- Recruiting is now a two-way proposition Job seekers are able to peer behind the corporate curtain and decide whether they want to work within.
- Customer relationships matter more than ever — Relationship and community-building is how customers and brand ambassadors are won–and retained.
- Engagement on all channels is required — Engagement–with partners, employees, and customers–is not a luxury; it is a requirement.
A World Gone Social takes a close look at companies who are demonstrating enlightened business practices and doing Social right–and some that are not. Their book describes the many lessons to be learned from their experiences.
Among the amazing insights contained in the book is one piece of advice where they recommend how to objectively assess the fitness of a company’s culture and social presence. It is titled The Social Sanity Checklist. Take it yourself! Here it is: