Leaders Are Always Watched

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, leaders are watched. Whether you realize it or not, followers listen to you, even when you don’t intend to send messages. It is for this reason that I am often very cautious about staying focused on messages of leadership...

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How Values Trump Experience in Leadership

Photo by Jeff Fusco I took a bit of a break due to a trip to the summer Olympics in Rio and a 9-day trip to London. Now that I am back from that travel, I plan to update the blog more regularly! Over the summer I guided an older gentleman on a tour of CHOP. He had a...

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Why Influencing Skills are More Important than Your Title

Over the past month, I have spoken to three people about their future career options. Each was seeking career advancement and an executive title. In each case, I told them that chasing a title is not actually the best way to advance. Of course, that seems easy for me...

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How to Hire and Motivate the Right People

In a recent mentoring session with an emerging leader, we spoke about the challenges of the hiring right people. Beyond that, we talked about how I motivate new team members and make sure that they support my vision as a leader.  It’s an important conversation about a...

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How I Learned Empathy as a Nurse

I recently received the same question at two different post-speech Q&A sessions and during an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer: What about your experience as a nurse prepared you to be CEO? Well, firstly, that question kind of makes it seem like I was a...

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How to Establish ‘Executive Presence’

[Photo courtesy of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia] A young female administrator I was mentoring asked me to describe executive presence and how she might practice it for an upcoming presentation. I thought I would share my response here, with the hope that it...

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What is a ‘Leadership Platform’ and Why is it Important?

[Photo courtesy of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia] Every leader, whether they’re leading four people or four thousand, needs a platform -- a set of values for which you are (or will become) known. A leadership platform drives the culture of your team or...

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