The one constant in healthcare is that industry leaders must enter their roles with the understanding that little in the field ever remains the same. “We are an inherently complex industry and we shall always be complex, that’s just who we are. Any leaders need to accept this degree of complexity and the ambiguity that goes with it,” says Peter B. Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, chief executive officer and president of the American Association for Physician Leadership. “It’s an ever-changing environment, so just being able to know and expect that is important.”
It’s one thing to say that this volatile time in healthcare presents special challenges, but Angood says that’s just the name of the game. “We tend to say this is a very complex time in healthcare and there is dynamic change, but the inference on those types of comments is that there’s some kind of outcome at the end of this,” he says. “There’s no new plateau, it’s who we are as an industry so let’s just get comfortable with it.”
Healthcare leaders must be able to provide a strategic vision and interpret which new trends in this changing environment are a good fit for their organization, says Angood. “It creates kind of an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to things, to not react to everything that comes by. Not everything needs to be followed, but important trends need to be picked up on,” he says.
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