|Article of Interest - Leadership Development|
Ways Accomplished People Begin Their Morning Routine
Travis Bradberry, author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, recently
published an article on Forbes.com outlining seven early-morning habits people
who want to be successful should adopt, summarized below.
lemon water. The nutrients in lemon water improve physical and mental
Research has shown exercising can boost a person’s energy as well as their
outlook. Positive, energized people tend to get more done.
from technology. Avoid jumping onto your phone before you even get out of
bed. Texts, emails and social media alerts can clutter the mind.
4. Eat a
healthy breakfast. There’s a reason breakfast is called the “most important
meal of the day.” Eating a healthy breakfast can enhance short-term memory and
5. Be mindful.
Many successful leaders begin each day by meditating. The quiet time allows the
mind to focus, combat stress and be more creative.
6. Set goals.
Setting specific, feasible goals helps leaders remain calm and productive in
the face of a hectic workday.
7. Say no.
It’s important for leaders to honor their commitments, even if the commitment
is to a quiet, work-free morning routine. People who can say “no” to taking on
a new commitment that would encroach upon a previous engagement are less likely
to overextend themselves.
—Adapted from “7
Things Wildly Successful People Do Before 7:30 A.M.,”
by Travis Bradberry, Forbes.com, Oct. 18, 2016.
to Sustain Healthcare Improvement Efforts: 4 Keys to Success
There are few things more frustrating than pouring
time and effort into a process improvement just to see those new workflows
forgotten and an organization regress to its bad habits. Highlighted below are
four tips to help overcome that obstacle.
1. Test new
work processes in a pilot unit. Rolling out a new work model tends to be
easier when the model has already been tested on a small scale. Having a pilot
unit allows management to standardize good habits and ensure the new model is aligned
with the organizational goals.
improvements on the front line. Engaging frontline clinical staffers who
deal with the day-to-day operations of an organization is critical to the
success and sustainability of a process improvement. Without the frontline
staff, systems frequently revert to their old ways.
small successes to build morale. Change is difficult and asking for too
much too quickly can be demoralizing for any staff. During the early stages of
major process change, be prepared to recognize small, short-term achievements
that could boost buy-in and momentum.
staff grievances with improvement efforts. Positive performance reviews and
promotions are not the only ways to motivate employees; frontline managers are
also more likely to stick with an improvement effort if it eliminates a daily
hassle in their own work processes.
—Adapted from “4
Steps to Sustaining Improvement in Health Care”
by Kedar S. Mate, MD, and Jeffery Rakover, Harvard
Business Review, Nov. 9, 2016.