Who Needs a Leader?

I was reading my most recent issue of Bloomberg Business Week, last week. And I read an article on the protests against the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The photo had a protester with a banner that
read,  “A Strong Society Needs No Leader. ” This stood out for me because I have
been reading and speaking lately on the value of culture in our organizations. Specifically how if we spend the time to develop a strong culture, it can almost run itself.

I say almost because I have watched …

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Leadership is often Counterintuitive

I was recently reading in Health Leaders Magazine about Kadlec Medical Center, a community hospital in the Northwest. What struck me about the story was the counterintuitive approach the CEO took in
turning the hospital around. As the story went, in the 1990’s the hospital experienced significant financial challenges. Initially, they struggled and reacted in the usual ways by cutting expenses
and staff.

Eventually, they found they could no longer staff the number of beds that they were licensed to fill. …

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