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SMFM Leadership Webinar

Thank you for joining us for the SMFM Webinar, Lead Now. Lead into the Future!  We enjoyed the opportunity to be in conversation with you and each other on this important topic of Physician Leadership During the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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We encourage you to reach out to us if you would like more information on any conversation point, have an example that you would like to share, or an application that brings to life the idea at hand. We appreciate your engagement in the conversation.

You will find links to readings, newsletters, and videos included below in the order of the discussion. Each book referenced is linked to a purchase site not because we are endorsing that site, only because we know how busy you are and ease in access might be helpful.

Additionally, you will find a link at the bottom of this letter to provide your feedback on the webinar. We thank you in advance for that.

We began the webinar by addressing the following Key Elements about Leading Now and Leading into the Future:

1. Leadership starts with YOU!

2. Develop and Sustain Strong Relationships

3. What Your Team Needs From You

4. Thoughtful and Action-Based Decision Making

5. Confront the Reality of the Current Situation and Lead to the Future

Resources for the Key Elements:

1. Know Your Strengths and Lead With Them.  We recommend the following evidence-based resources for Strengths-Based Leadership. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath includes a code for you to complete the highly respected Clifton StrengthsFinder Survey. Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie tells the story of 4 leaders and the specific ways they use their strengths in their life and work. The empirical research from the Gallup Organization on the Needs of Followers is also included in this resource book. The Truth About You video offered by Marcus Buckingham is a great summary. 

Focusing on "Why" you want to lead now and into the future will help to crystalize your passion, purpose and "calling" for physician leadership. Clearly you are leading, regardless of your current position and title. You lead everyday in so many ways.  Start with Why and Find Your Why by Simon Sinek will help clarify your leadership journey.  We also like his short version TEDTalk, Start with Why and the Golden Circle.

Mike closed the discussion of this first key element by sharing his leadership stance. You can read his story on the Wisdom of the Wave here.

2. Developing and Sustaining Relationships

We encourage you to read the excellent article offered by SMFM President, Dr. Judette Lewis. In addition, we made reference to the research by Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan on relationship building and social psychology. Their books - Big Potential and Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change are essential reading for leading today and beyond. Shawn Achor's TEDTalk is clever and provides evidence and specific examples.

We have already received great feedback on Dan's reminder at the end of the webinar: "love and kindness are more contagious than a virus." While time did not allow an in-depth discussion of "social and emotional contagion," we want to share this article from Knowledge at Wharton.

3 .What Your Team Needs From You

We respect the resources and books by Pat Lencioni, The Ideal Team Player, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Advantage as invaluable resources on building and sustaining strong teams. Here is a short YouTube video with Pat discussing the 5 functions of a high performance team.

200% Accountability is a concept growing out of the research by Joseph Grenny and his team at VitalSmarts. They have done a fabulous webinar series click here to find out more.

Attention to the Elements of Great Managing is another way leaders can build relationships and strong teams. We briefly discussed recent findings about leading in the pandemic provided in the Gallup at Work Newsletter. We also recommend The 12 Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and Jim Harter for a detailed discussion of each element and ways to attend to it in your own leadership.

4. Decision Making for Now and Into the Future

There are many great resources on decision-making. The book we appreciate the most because of the solid evidence, great stories, humor, and practical applications is Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath. This is a must read "training manual" for understanding why we make bad decisions . . . and how to make good ones.

While time did not permit, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Dan Heath's important book published just last month, Upstream: The Quest To Solve Problems Before They Happen. It is critical that we get "upstream" of the issues we are facing in our leadership challenges today in order to lead more effectively in the future. Here is a great YouTube clip with Dan Heath talking about "Upstream Heroes." You, your colleagues, staff, and other essential workers are today's "Upstream Heroes."

5. Confront the Current Reality and Lead to the Future

Two resources here. First, CBS Sunday Morning invited 3 leaders to discuss their insights into leading today and into the future. Dr. Penny Wheeler, MD. was brilliant! One of her closing comments, “we are leading in a moment of peril and great goodness" reminds us of the empirical research by Jim Collins in Good to Great. Jim shares one of the key findings of companies that were able to go from Good to Great: "Confront the Brutal Facts with Unwavering Faith in the End Game."  In response to many requests to share his most important insight and understanding about leading in the pandemic, Jim recently posted this video on YouTube. We think this is great insight into: Lead Now! Lead Into the Future! 

As we close this letter to accompany the webinar and slides we reaffirm our goal to share resources with you. We have provided details here so that you can personalize your follow-up to the webinar. 

We know you are busy with your important work of leading. If we were to recommend one or two books focused on the themes of the webinar they would be:

Big Potential by Shawn Achor

Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath 

Again, thank you for joining us for the webinar: Lead Now! Lead Into the Future!

We are honored and humbled to be a part of the conversation.

Be Well. Stay Healthy.


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