How would you like to go to a global leadership forum? There can't be many of those. But if you do a google search for that exact phrase you will find over 10,000 results. Managers around the world must be using the same buzz word generator. It's no wonder we don't always take managers seriously.
Recently Grumble attended a meeting at a red brick university. The Vice Chancellor had just returned from a meeting of vice chancellors from around the world that took place in the East somewhere. Each chancellor had stood up and talked about their global aspirations. The Vice Chancellor related this to his audience and then announced that being global was not good enough for their red brick. They were going to go stellar. The raucous laughter showed that this was a leader with some insight. This was a leader who knew that these buzz words not only get in the way, they discredit the people who use them. Who can take managers seriously when they string these words together in the way that they do? We all laugh at them. Or is it just Dr Grumble?
Drs Grumble and Rant are enthusiasts for clinical engagement. Dr Rant knows the failings of managers when it comes to understanding primary care. And how can you manage anything in a hospital without getting senior front-line clinicians involved? But the truth is that unless they are desperate the managers shut us out. Or they did until the latest directives from on high.
Where do they pluck these figures from?
Here are some crucial questions the managers need to address at the Global Leadership Forum which will be a fast-paced, hands-on learning experience:
Why is it so difficult to secure clinician cooperation?
How do you motivate clinicians to “take the helm” and lead the quality improvement agenda?
How do you align clinician perspective on quality improvement?
What does it take to develop clinicians as true hospital leaders?
Can the Grumble readers help with the answers? Do you have a view on how your perspectives should be aligned? Or perhaps you have time to go to the conference which is being held in a magnificent Grade I listed building, in the heart of the West End. Sadly it clashes with one of Grumble's clinics. And he has targets to meet. Perhaps that's part of the problem. Not enough time for perspective alignment.