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Strategic Teamwork in Health Care: The Essential Role of Physicians

 
 
Research Topic: 
Leadership
 
Personnel: 
Trastek, Victor
 
Citation: 
Beckham DJ, Berry LL, Feussner JR, Trastek, VF. Strategic Teamwork in Health Care: The Essential Role of Physicians. Physician Leadership Journal. 2015; 2.2: 34-38.
Description: 

Strategic teamwork is distinct. It deals with the organization's highest-level decisions -- the challenges it addresses may be tough to define, its implications are broad, its impacts are often distant in time and implementation must cut across the entire organization. Health care institutions that confine physicians to the clinical sphere are taking a big risk. Effectively defining and fulfilling an organization's strategies depends on engaging the frontline professionals who must implement them. When physicians lack a seat at the strategy table, their hard-earned wisdom is squandered and their buy-in is lost. Despite barriers to their involvement, many physicians want to shape the future of health care institutions. Absent such involvement, they can become disengaged, resentful and resistant. To provide meaningful engagement, leaders must involve a wide cross section of frontline physicians on teams responsible for creating the organization's strategic direction -- and on tactical teams that implement that direction.

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