Healthcare leaders are short on time, so a reading list might sound superfluous in the context of your daily grind.
But remember: You didn’t get to where you are without pushing your world view and mastering new ways of thinking.
To that end, here’s a “starter” reading list that will help you continue to grow as a contemporary healthcare leader. I encourage you to add your own suggestion in the comments.
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The Healing of America by T.R. Reid
Average Amazon Review: 4.7 out of 5
From Amazon: “Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world–France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond–to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.”
Journey to Excellence by Goonan, Muzikowski, and Stoltz
Average Amazon Review: 4.8 out of 5
From Amazon: “This book is based on several years study of the nine Baldrige Award winners from health care. It describes how these organizations approached their Baldrige journey and what other health care leaders should do to reap similar benefits. To fully understand the journey for these nine organizations and their return on investment, the authors studied each of their 50-page award applications, presentations at national and regional meetings, and other publications by or about them. Additionally and most importantly, CEOs and other senior leaders were interviewed at length. The questions asked of these leaders followed three basic themes: How did you successfully use the Baldrige framework to drive improvement? What would you recommend other organizations do to gain the value you have from a Baldrige journey? What can we learn from you that would help other organizations manage their improvement journeys to maximize the value they gain?”
Hardwiring Excellence by Quint Studer
From Amazon: “A ‘textbook with passion’, Hardwiring Excellence offers a road map and practical how-to guide for creating and sustaining a culture of service and operational excellence. In this book, author Quint Studer, CEO of Studer Group, draws on his personal experience as a former hospital executive who led two organizations to the top 1% in patient satisfaction and his experience coaching hundreds of healthcare organizations since.”