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THT Spotlight: Recognize an Outstanding Colleague
Texas Healthcare Trustees
Texas Healthcare Trustees celebrates and encourages excellence in leadership through two awards presented each year during the Healthcare Governance Conference. The Founders' Award honors a distinguished health care trustee with an exemplary record of leadership, and the Star Trustee Award recognizes an outstanding trustee, committee or board that effectively advocates for the hospital, health care system and community. Nomination forms for both awards are available on the THT website and are due May 1.
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Aligning Governance and Business Models to Achieve the Best Fit
Great Boards Newsletter
According to the American Hospital Association's annual survey, more than 62 percent of community hospitals across the country are now part of “systems.” Many of those systems comprise multiple hospitals, but others are single-hospital care systems. In either case, the traditional acute-care hospital is becoming just one of the entities within a larger, complex organization that often has multiple business lines, various ownership models and many layers of governance. Understanding how governance is structured and functions in various business models now being adopted by health care systems can help boards best align their governance with the business model it is designed to support.
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Four of Health Care's Longest-Tenured CEOs Define What Makes a Legacy
Becker's Hospital Review
When we think of legacies, we tend to think of the accomplishments of figures from the past. In health care, some of the leaders with the greatest legacies continue to serve their organizations today. Having guided their organizations through innumerous policy changes, increasingly complex regulations and high rates of executive turnover, some of the longest-tenured leaders stand out as health care's greatest contemporary leaders.
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Practical Tips to Recruit Women Leaders
A study by Pepperdine University found that Fortune 500 firms with a high number of women executives outperformed their industry median firms in three major measures. Research shows having women executives improves your bottom line, but if your leadership team is predominantly male, how do you attract qualified women leaders?
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Four Responsibilities Successful Leaders Won't Delegate
Becker's Hospital Review
Successful leaders don't underestimate the competencies and value of their staff, and they understand the power of delegation. However, there are several important duties leaders should always take responsibility for themselves.
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How to Make the Accomplishments of Young People Count
By Betty Boyd
Developing the leaders of the future can be a difficult task, especially as young people enter the labor force. In today's environment, it’s important to make a young person's accomplishments count when he or she is working alongside older leadership. Is there a struggle in your organization about the future of your younger workers? Here are some tips for the older leadership to help grow their younger workers.
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Executives: Succession Planning at Most Companies Is Sorely Lacking
Bloomberg BNA
Executives who should know best admit their own organizations are doing a terrible job of succession planning, according to a survey by Korn Ferry. A minority (36 percent) said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their organization's succession planning, and just 23 percent reported having “a solid pipeline of ‘ready now' candidates.” More than three-quarters (78 percent) of respondents said their companies only bother planning for the need to replace executives at the rank of vice president or higher, and almost half said they “are more dependent on outside hires than internal promotions” to fill executive positions.
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The One True Measure of a Great Leader
Think of the name of a great leader, someone whose leadership prowess you greatly admire. Now list the three most important characteristics of that leader. This exercise often produces a wide variety of responses, but words such as "decisive", "inspiring" and "visionary" often make the list.
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Texas Healthcare Trustees is a statewide association whose members are Texas hospitals, health systems and health-related organizations. THT is a 501(c)(3) organization providing education and resources to help ensure our members are equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the health care industry and lead their hospital to success. Membership includes more than 450 governing boards and represents nearly 4,000 trustees. THT is the oldest trustee organization in the country, founded in 1961. THT is affiliated with the Texas Hospital Association and regularly partners with the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals.

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