High Stakes

Introducing the Art of Change

Why isn’t healthcare better?

No one is happy with today’s healthcare “system” – not leaders, not physicians and nurses and certainly not the patients they serve together. And the dissatisfaction is nothing new. Healthcare has been evolving, transforming, redesigning itself for, well, decades.

Yet, for all that, our industry isn’t transformed.

Healthcare is delivered today much like it was two generations ago…before the mobile phone, before the internet, before fax machines and VCRs.

Healthcare has stubbornly resisted change.

Until now.

Telemedicine. Amazon. Consumerism. Price transparency. Population health. Rising costs. Shrinking reimbursements. Pick your favorite pressure. The question today isn’t whether healthcare will finally, dramatically change; it’s who will be Blockbuster, who will be Netflix and how fast will that be decided?

It’s a moment for big decisions. And it’s a moment for artists.

We’ve all seen health systems and healthcare companies bet big on new technologies, strategic plans or the latest management trend as they have struggled to stay competitive in their markets– and we’ve seen these bets fail.

Why do good plans fail? Because a good plan is not enough.

In today’s pressure cooker, leaders must not only understand why they must change, they must also know how. They must understand the element behind every successful, radical, transformative change that sticks.

This is the Art of Change.

The Art of Change gets to the human core of healthcare.

It requires a deep appreciation for the relational, political dynamic within every healthcare organization.

Using the Art of Change, leaders map and leverage the powerful connection between physicians, nurses, patients, operators, regulators, payers and more.

This art requires time and patience. It requires speaking to the emotions – the fears and hopes and the callings – of the people who matter and of the moment in which they live.

But the Art of Change is not a soft skill. It is strategic thinking and acting. It requires skills that are learnable, measurable and scalable.

There’s a way to do it right and lots of ways to screw it up. And those who master the Art of Change enjoy a clear return on investment that drives the bottom line.

It’s an art, but it’s not a mystery.

Over the next many months, we will demystify the Art of Change.

We will publish case studies, best practices, and insight from industry leaders who are recognized for their skills at leading their organizations through radical transformation.

We hope, too, to launch a conversation with the right people about the real, possible transformation necessary to improve our industry.

Please join us. You can access exclusive insight on our Art of Change website. You can also subscribe here to receive updates when we publish new original content.

Healthcare is rich in visionaries and task-masters – in planners and strategists and executors of excellence. They are all critical. Now we need to be more than experts – we need to be architects of a world that doesn’t exist yet. In a word, we need artists.

Because the future of healthcare belongs to those who master the Art of Change.

 

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