Healthcare Leaders: Is Your BHAG as Humbling as El Capitan?

shutterstock_66127849At the recent Healthcare Analytics conference in Salt Lake City, Good to Great author and leadership guru Jim Collins, who coined the term Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG), inspired us with an amazing story of grit and determination. He recounted how seven years earlier, big wall rock climber Tommy Caldwell asked him, “What if your BHAG is not actually attainable?”

Caldwell wanted to free climb El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, a steep rock face with extreme pitches and hardly any vertical cracks (which climbers wedge hands and feet into to help them ascend). Read more

Developing the Strategy

shutterstock_254677891RI International (formerly Recovery Innovations) is strengthening its core mission with a clear vision and road-map.

“Disturbative” and “Deep Change.” These were the two key words that fifteen members of the RI International leadership team considered as we convened for a two-day Strategic Planning Retreat last month to focus on the future vision of the organization.

The first concept, an amalgamation of “disturbing” and “informative,” was coined by a team member to capture the essence of the climate in which specialty behavioral healthcare organizations find themselves in 2015. Read more