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High-Impact Practice Management Academy: Managing Accountability and Results in High Impact MFM Practices

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The High-Impact Practice Management Academy is a series of three independent, professional development courses designed especially for practice managers and other up-and-coming members of the team. The courses focus on developing strong people management skills and creating a culture of excellence for high-impact practices by:

1. Engaging the strengths of individuals and team members;

2. Providing practical skills that empower learners to address difficult conversations with colleagues; and

3. Fostering positive work cultures where individuals and teams deliver on shared goals.

Following the successful first course, "Engaging, Developing and Managing Individuals and Teams for High-Impact Practices," SMFM is hosting the 2020 Academy on "Managing Accountability and Results in High Impact MFM Practices."  This high-energy, collaborative, and very practical course will focus on understanding and developing your management style, applying key principles for high performance teams to feedback processes and systems, engaging in effective performance coaching and development, using the dialogue skills of crucial conversations and conversations of accountability to help team members achieve their personal best and practice performance outcomes.

We will begin with a respected assessment of Your Preferred Management Style and apply those findings to Workplace Style Preferences of your colleagues and team members.  The personalized results from this survey will give you specific strategies in understanding, developing communication skills, and adaptive management behaviors to meet the Workplace Styles of team members.

We will transition to a discussion of the benefits and characteristics of engaged high performance teams using the research and best practices of Patrick Lencioni: The Ideal Team Player, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and The Advantage. Lencioni’s research gives High Impact Practice Managers a lens through which to view individual, team, and organizational excellence.

With management style, individual behavioral style, idea team behaviors, and organizational excellence as the foundation for our work on managing high impact MFM practices, we will move to deepen your knowledge and skill in effective coaching strategies for performance development; engaging in crucial conversations; holding team members accountable for performance outcomes with crucial accountability conversations; and dealing with difficult and challenging issues, situations, and team members.

 Led by Idahlynn Karre, PhD; Dan O'Keeffe, MD; and Mike Foley, MD, this course is a celebration of the best of you as a manager, the best of individual and team behaviors, and ways to engage in dialogue and effective feedback for high impact MFM practices.

Who should attend: practice managers, lead sonographers, RNs, and other members of the care team who are currently involved in or will be assuming a leadership role with the practice in the near future.

Fees include all course materials, as well as breakfast and lunch on February 28-29. Click on the aqua button below to register. 

  • SMFM Member Fee: $1,045
  • Non-Member Fee: $1,400

Not a Member? Join SMFM today and you will receive the member-only discount on your meeting registration. You will also gain access to all of the member benefits. Questions? Contact Tim Heinle at timheinle@smfm.org for more information regarding membership.

COURSE LOCATION: The workshop will be held at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix (1111 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006).  There is complimentary parking on-site.

HOTEL INFORMATION: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix downtown for course attendees at a discounted, group rate of $189 per night. To enjoy this special rate, book online or call +1 (602) 343.0006. Please identify your affiliation with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine when calling. The special room rate will be available until February 7, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Attendees will be responsible for arranging their own transportation between the hotel and the workshop (taxi or ride-sharing service).

Questions? Contact Nneka St. Gerard at nstgerard@smfm.org


Course #3, "Managing Change and Creating Cultures of Excellence for High Impact MFM Practices" will be presented in 2021.

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Event Overview

February 28, 2020 - February 29, 2020
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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