MARCH 2017

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Practice Updates
Education Practice: Witt/Kieffer is pleased to announce that Concetta Stewart, Ph.D. has joined the firm as a principal following an accomplished career in higher education as a teacher, mentor and administrator. She is based near Philadelphia and supports executive recruitment in areas such as academic affairs, art and design, and technology and communications. 
IT Practice:  Chris Wierz, managing director and IT practice co-leader, led a focus group titled "How to Stay Relevant" at the CHIME CIO Forum held during the recent HIMSS17 Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. The  IT practice also represented the firm at a booth during HIMSS, which annually draws a crowd of 45,000 healthcare IT leaders.

Life Sciences : The Association of Executive Search and Leader Consultants (AESC) announced the appointment of new members and officers to the AESC Global Board of Directors. Among the elected was Witt/Kieffer's global managing director of the Life Sciences practice , Morten Nielsen .
Physician Integration and Leadership: Stop by Booth #609 at the AMGA Conference, March 22-25 in Grapevine, Texas and visit the Witt/Kieffer team. Senior partners and practice co-leaders  Linda Komnick and Christine Mackey-Ross  will be on hand, along with other members of the Physician Integration and Leadership practice
Blog Bits
Hiring Outsiders: The Caffeinated Choice? |
Michelle Lee explores how industry "outsiders" can energize organizations with their unique skills and fresh perspective. While hiring talent without industry experience may seem risky, Lee suggests that organizations should take the leap to find what may be their new caffeine of choice. 
New Medical Schools Require Visionaries and Risk-Takers as Leaders   Jeff Schroetlin offers insight into the skills leaders must possess to meet the challenging requirements of new medical schools. While the process of launching a new school may be complex, Schroetlin describes how leaders can build the necessary momentum for the school's doors to open. 
Feature Story
Healthcare Leadership: The Role of Gender in Career Advancement

As part of our ongoing focus on
executive  diversity,  Witt/Kieffer recently surveyed nearly 200 female and male healthcare executives around issues of gender and  careers. The idea was to explore how men and women may differ in relation to career ambition, influential factors that govern decisions, personal development tools and  workplace opportunities. We are pleased to share the report here:  Gender and Career Advancement in Healthcare. 
This study suggests that men and women are not always in sync in terms of executive career goals and how they choose to pursue advancement. Another finding: Women seem to place higher value on their professional relationships and support system. Speaking recently with the website Healthcare Dive, Witt/Kieffer senior partner Donna Padilla touched upon this idea. "Women seem to be more thoughtful and strategic about their career development," she noted. "They place higher value on relationships with bosses and peers, and make use of mentoring, performance reviews, succession planning and other organizational resources for their advancement."
We look forward to continuing to explore issues regarding diversity and inclusion in leadership.
Thought Leadership
Gender in the Job Interview   | In a recent article for   The Chronicle of Higher Education , managing partner of Witt/Kieffer's Education practice,   Robin Mamlet,   explores how gender bias, self-presentation and interviewers' expectations limit female candidates' advancement in job interviews. She indicates, " All of us involved in the hiring process benefit from a greater awareness of potentially gendered language and behavior."  Mamlet lends her expertise to explain what candidates and search committees can do to fairly approach the interview process. Mamlet also refers to   Amy Crutchfield's   article, "Introverts and Interviews," to emphasize how to impress in more nuanced ways.
Are Your Red Flags Turning Away Good Job Candidates?   | "It is an opportune time to reevaluate hiring processes," writes  David Boggs, practice leader of WK Advisors, in his recent article for Training Magazine. As the hiring pendulum swings back in favor of job seekers, Boggs outlines how developing best practices results in a strong reputation as a good employer while simultaneously sending positive vibes to potential candidates. 
Prioritizing Data Privacy, Security in the Healthcare C-Suite |   For today's healthcare organizations, it is no longer a matter of if they will be affected by a data breach or security issues - it's a matter of when. Chris Wierz, Witt/Kieffer's IT practice co-leader, explains in her article in that the right CISO, education and transparency are critical to managing and maneuvering through these security concerns. 
Population Health is for Rural Hospitals, Too  |  "Most rural facilities are striving to change in some significant way," writes  Beth Nelson, Witt/Kieffer consultant, and Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital, in their article for AHA's Hospitals & Health Networks. Although changes are ongoing in rural healthcare, Nelson and Long describe how rural hospitals and health systems can seize a pivotal opportunity with population health strategies.        
Career Corner
Camera Ready: How to Prepare for a Video Interview  Every interview comes with a unique set of obstacles to overcome. As executive search firms and their clients increase the use of video technologies, a candidate's preparation becomes critical to their success. In his recent article, associate Andrew Trechsel provides nine best practices to ease through the video interviewing process.
Leader Profile
Listening to One's Own Leadership Voice In a Leader Profile from Witt/Kieffer, Dr. Jabbar Bennett, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University, attributes his leadership success to listening to "the voice inside his head to pursue a calling that would give him both purpose and peace of mind." He explains the qualities that are the catalyst to great leadership, spanning from accountability, transparency and engagement to nurturing relationships. Bennett provides a blueprint on how to become a great leader, the qualities leaders maintain and the building blocks to transform a leadership role.
Fighting a Different War: While the battleground might be different, veterans are challenged with winning many wars at home, including transitioning from military life into the civilian workforce. Despite recent efforts to hire veterans, common misconceptions remain about skill gaps and language barriers on resumes between soldiers and civilians. To combat these obstacles, Workforce contacted veterans and professionals to gain a better understanding of preparing for a smoother transition. Witt/Kieffer chair and CEO, Charles Wardell is a Vietnam veteran and served in distinguished positions in his military and civilian career. He shares that the skills learned in theater are different than the ones needed at home. In support of Wardell's guidance, Kimberly Smith, senior partner, describes the personal difficulties of returning to the civilian workforce and how it impacts the prospect for re-employment. Both Wardell and Smith illustrate the difficulty veterans face and provide advice to overcome the challenges ahead. 

In a coordinated effort to support those who served, Witt/Kieffer announced that its annual Days of Service, held throughout the month of April, will be "Supporting Our Nation's Veterans and Military."
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