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When: Friday, February 10
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, February 10, 2012
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Physician Leadership 2.0: From Expertise to Facilitation
Guests: Nedra Weinstein and Lisa Kimball

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Nedra Weinstein is principal with Arden Consulting, an organizational development consulting firm that provides a range of services to clients in public and private sectors—including team and leadership development, coaching, planning, culture change and large and small group meeting facilitation. Her clients have included the Drug Information Association, the American Society of Association Executives, T.RowePrice, University of Maryland Medical Center, Goddard Space flight Center, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency. In a recent study sponsored by Plexus Institute, Nedra studied the work of physician leaders who have taken on responsibility for major transformative changes in their institutions. Health care institutions have traditionally been hierarchical with stovepipe operations. Today’s economic and health care reform issues demand a more fully integrated organizational approach with different disciplines and departments working together. Physicians who have leadership roles as hospital executives and department chairs often find their experience and training at odds with their new demands. Their training has focused on expertise, and being right, while the new roles need them to facilitate processes that engage others.

As one physician explained, "My 20 years of medical training almost prevented me from understanding truly how to be an effective leader. My mantra now is ‘shut up and listen’.” When his staff asked his direction on a situation they had discussed, he replied, "Why don’t you tell me?” He said that thought would not have occurred to him three years ago."

While Nedra’s research focused on physicians, her findings illustrate similar challenges faced by professionals in many other fields who must change prevailing mindsets and deep-rooted practices to navigate new leadership challenges. Nedra is a past president of the Chesapeake Bay OD Network, and as a leader in organizational development, has been a frequent presenter at professional programs. She holds master’s degrees in organizational development from American University and in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut.

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