Winter 2014
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Message from Your ACHE Regent - Winter 2013-2014
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Professional Development on a Budget
7 Things Really Persuasive People Do
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Dave Engel, FACHE
Phillips County Hospital
Phillipsburg, KS
President Elect
Heather Fuller, FACHE
Sunflower Health Network
Salina, KS
Past President
Janet Stanek, FACHE
Stormont Vail HealthCare, Inc.
Topeka, KS
Melissa L. Hungerford, FACHE
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, KS
ACHE Regent
Jeremy Armstrong, FACHE
St. Luke Hospital and Living Center
Marion, KS
Professional Development on a Budget

You can provide ongoing training for yourself and your team without expending a large amount of resources by starting a book club. It’s simple: The team commits to reading a book by a selected due date, and then you meet to discuss what you have learned. Follow these steps to make a book club part of your training plans for 2014:

  1. List the topics you want to cover. Examples: management, leadership, communicating effectively, time management, etc. Aim for one topic a month. Then search online for books on that month’s skill. Pick a few books for each topic so that you can give the team a choice of what to read. Then vote as a team to pick the book.
  2. Meet to discuss the process. At the beginning of each month, hold a meeting to hand out copies of the book, to set a deadline for finishing the reading and to provide a list of discussion questions employees should answer as they read the book. Include these questions among others: “What was most important to you?” “What did you learn that was new?” “Did you agree or disagree with any parts of the book?”
  3. Provide enough time to read the book. Three to four weeks is ideal. You want employees to benefit from the reading, not be stressed out by it.
  4. Reconvene to discuss what you’ve read. Ask for people’s initial thoughts on the book. Then go over the discussion questions.
  5. Apply the learning to work. Choose one or two ideas that you will implement in your organization immediately.

—Adapted from Communications Briefings, January 2014,


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