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Valuable advice for rising leaders in the medical field.

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A former CEO applies up-to-date management techniques to modern health care.

Cochran (The Doctor Crisis, 2014) was the executive director and CEO of the Permanente Federation from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, he worked in plastic and reconstructive surgery for 25-plus years and was a Kaiser Permanente board president for the Colorado region. Concerned with physician burnout and the urgent need to adjust care to respond to the information age, he has produced a straightforward, thorough guide to leadership skills and styles. “We need to make health care a learning industry,” he insists, and for medical professionals, that learning must start with the self. “Knowing yourself is very powerful,” he writes, especially because it allows for effective working with people of different social styles. Communication is one of the book’s major themes, with an emphasis on achieving the right tone and an encouragement to rehearse one’s delivery beforehand. Cochran also pinpoints five C’s of leadership: clarity, consistency, collaboration, compassion, and courage. Senior leaders, in particular, need “awareness, humility, and courage,” he asserts. This might all seem daunting, but the author offers a reassurance: “Leaders do not have to go it alone” because they have supportive teams behind them. There are practical tips here for dealing with difficult crowds, developing performance evaluation plans, and getting the most out of feedback and mentoring. Helpfully, Cochran also gives examples from his own professional life, such as how he prepared his staff for the move to a new IT system. In places the volume’s language can seem somewhat jargon-y, like part of the definition of effective leadership: “Persisting in this iterative process to develop shared context and mutual learning.” The repeated use of the adjective “longitudinal” to refer to communication and leadership may be slightly confusing for the uninitiated. A work of half this length might prove more useful for frequent reference. But the content is usefully recapped via “key points” (take-home messages), “voltage drops” (potential pitfalls), and “wicked questions,” which are set apart in text boxes and designated by three different icons.

Valuable advice for rising leaders in the medical field.

Pub Date: Dec. 11, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1127-6

Page Count: 332

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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