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Adult and Graduate Education at Roberts Wesleyan College

Creating a Cross-Functional Team: Taking Meaningful Use Beyond Organizational Silos

Posted by John Schrenker on Sep 24, 2014 9:15:27 AM

Originally published in Journal of Healthcare Information Management, Fall 2012, Volume 26, Number 4

The healthcare landscape changes quickly and successful organizations must adapt quickly if they hope to be competitive and profitable. Unfortunately, larger, more complex organizations seem to have a hard time implementing change.

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Topics: leadership, goals, cross-functional team, health IT, cooperation, transformation, collaboration, Meaningful Use

Competent Leadership: A Spiritual Perspective by Dr. Laura Falco

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jul 14, 2014 8:41:00 AM

Introduction

Can strong leaders be trained and developed over time or must a person be born with inherent leadership traits in order to truly be a “successful” or “effective” leader?  Most leaders could probably make a case for both sides of this age old debate, but the purpose of this article is to focus in on the trainable aspects of leadership; competencies that can be improved over time.  It is generally accepted that all human beings consist of several different elements including our physical body (measured by behavior), our mind (measured by intelligent thoughts or beliefs), and our soul (measured by emotions, will, and desires).  As seen in the following literature review, each of these components has been positively linked to leadership outcomes.  A more controversial component, however, and one that is just now coming to the surface in leadership research, is that of the human spirit.  Are all humans spiritual beings?  Should spirituality play a role in the workplace?  Is spiritual competency more important than other human abilities as they relate to leadership effectiveness?  Can higher levels of spiritual competency be developed through training and application?  These are a few of the questions explored in this article.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, Graduate Business, leadership

Lessons in Leadership: Rest or Fail by Dr. Joel Hoomans

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jun 23, 2014 4:08:00 PM

Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.   Jane E. Brody

An Opening Analogy

Several years ago I recall hearing a manager tell an emotional employee to leave her “personal problems at home” – as if she could actually divorce the trauma of her personal experience from her work persona. I recall thinking how insensitive and ridiculous that request was. Of course it is impossible to segregate our emotions, conscience, thoughts, etc., simply by the locale of our physical being. These things stay with us no matter where we go. As human beings, we are a complex composite of physical capacities, perspectives, interests, talents, experiences, wounds, weaknesses, willfulness, values, and ethics which accompany us across our destinations and shape the way we act and interact.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, business, Master's degree, Graduate Business, leadership