The NHS Olympics

12 August 2016

This week has been hectic locally, but the NHS has also been in the spotlight nationally. You cannot get away from the fact that the NHS is under real pressure, with headlines from St Helen’s CCG and what they are proposing to do to reduce their expenditure really bringing into sharp focus our own challenge.

Alongside this, we have the Olympics, where human endeavour and commitment are seen at their best. All of this got me thinking about the parallels.

Crisis leadership

05 August 2016  

Reflections

What I have been thinking about this week is leadership behaviour in a crisis. I have been reflecting on the challenges the NHS faces this year in delivering finance and operational performance and how to remain individually and collectively motivated. One of my personal reflections is that telling people to ‘work harder’ is not the answer; and neither is telling people you just ‘have to deliver more’. Motivating people to aspire to do more and release their productive thinking is the answer.

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