Leadership in the Classroom…

Leadership in the Classroom…

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July 23, 2012

Beginning March 7th, 2008, the Kansas Heart Hospital (KHH) initiated a   continuing educational program for administration and KHH managers by providing leadership development courses through the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.  These courses are day long and are hosted periodically on Fridays throughout the year at the Center for Management Development (CMD) on the campus of Wichita State University. The R.P. Clinton Distinguished Professor of Business Management, Gerald Graham, Ph.D., of the Center for Management Development at Wichita State University was the first and has continued to be the only mentor and teacher of our continuing leadership series. Dr. Graham is well known to the Wichita business community and has been cited in numerous business articles in the Wichita Eagle, published four management textbooks and has facilitated more than 100 partnership workshops with private, public and state entities. Initial enthusiasm coupled with the acknowledgement that healthcare administrators and managers are best served by on-going educational endeavors prompted adoption of management enhancement and development as a regular practical and academic exercise. Scheduled and periodic lectures as well as required book reading has been central to course structure in conjunction with free and open discourse and dialogue. Notable comments from Dr. Graham over the years have included the following: “Never, never underestimate the value of relationships…….Listen to people tell their stories……Feedback is the breakfast of champions…..Measure, measure, measure, metrics are important for understanding and quantifying facts and behaviors….” When asked about his reflections and Kansas Heart Hospital participants over the years, he said, “They have come to embrace the concepts of fundamental management and have applied them to their hospital culture in very positive ways.”

It is has been a very rewarding experience for KHH participants and the Kansas Heart Hospital. Their patients and employees have benefited greatly from this educational journey.