For a number of healthcare IT leaders, serving in the Armed Forces instilled core values such as loyalty discipline, and a solid work ethic that have benefited them immensely in their current roles.
Effective leadership isn’t about knowing all the bits and bytes; it’s knowing how the whole system works together, said CIO Sheree Mcfarland. “That’s what you offer the business. You’re a business executive first, and a technologist second.”
Enlisting a career coach can be extremely beneficial, as long as participants are willing to learn, and coaches are equipped to ask guiding questions, listen, and build a connection, according to Sarah Richardson.
The key to providing feedback is to frame responses in a way that allows your recipient to hear something positive, followed by a “neutrally posed concern,” and a tentative suggestion, said CT Lin, MD, who shares lessons learned during a recent workshop.
The biggest mistake job hunting IT executives can make – especially at an event like HIMSS – is staying inside their bubble of colleagues, says Zachary Durst of WittKieffer, who provides tips on how to effectively leverage networking opportunities.