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May the Productivity Be With You: How Hospitals Can Learn From Star Wars (Episode II)

In healthcare, productivity is crucial for managing labor costs and providing quality patient care. At ALTIUS, we offer benchmarking and operational improvement services to help hospitals work smarter, not harder. In Episode I of "May the Productivity be with You," we covered the importance of embracing technology and training your team, but what else can we learn from a galaxy far, far away? The Star Wars universe provides valuable insight into standardized processes and collaboration.

May the Productivity Be With You: How Hospitals Can Learn From Star Wars (Episode I)

In healthcare, productivity is crucial for managing labor costs and providing quality patient care. At ALTIUS, we offer benchmarking and operational improvement services to help hospitals work smarter, not harder. But what can we learn from a galaxy far, far away? The Star Wars universe provides valuable insight into technology, training, processes, and collaboration that can improve hospital productivity.

Avoiding the Telephone Game

The rumor mill can create operational challenges and impact employee satisfaction in any organization. Information that has been spread and retold by multiple parties often results in the obfuscation, distortion, or exaggeration of the original statement. Healthcare leaders often find themselves unwittingly playing the “telephone game,” receiving feedback that has made its way “down the lane” and is not a true reflection of reality.

Are You Flirting with Disaster?

February is the month of love, and now is the perfect time to evaluate your organization’s relationship with productivity. Is it one-sided? Does your bottom line give and give without much support from leadership? Productivity is a partnership requiring constant attention. If you are not willing to put in the work and make a long-term commitment, you could be headed for an expensive break-up! Effective productivity management is a consistent balancing act.

What Does Your Favorite Christmas Movie Say About You?

In the spirit of the season, ALTIUS is combining two of our favorite things: the magic of Christmas and the mystery of effective healthcare leadership! We are taking the results of our recent social media poll and are breaking down what your favorite holiday movie says about your leadership style. And the winner is… Elf Released in 2003, this Christmas comedy became an instant critical and commercial success, grossing $220 million worldwide. It is listed among the greatest holiday movies of all time and clearly our followers would agree, earning 46% of our poll votes! Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human raised by Santa's elves, who learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.

The ALTIUS Guide to Drafting Your Fantasy Team – Part III

ALTIUS is wrapping up our Fantasy team series the same way that all games are decided, with “red zone” performance! All too often, teams have the right strategies, but fail in application. They march down the field, come close to scoring, and fall short. It could be due to the amazing defense of the opposing team or perhaps, it is the result of the players’ inability to effectively deviate from the called plays when obstacles are present.

The ALTIUS Guide to Drafting Your Fantasy Team – Part II

ALTIUS is back with the second installment of our Fantasy team series. To adequately discuss “team selection” through recruitment and retention strategies, we must first delve into the art of coaching: the good, the bad, and the misconceptions! Whether you are a hospital executive or department/service-line manager, it’s a high stress/big reward position. Leaders are the face of operations, setting the tone and establishing expectations.

The ALTIUS Guide to Drafting Your Fantasy Team

It’s that time of year again! The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing, and football season has officially begun. In the spirit of the ever-popular Fantasy leagues, ALTIUS is kicking off a new series of effective tips to help healthcare leaders “draft” the most capable teams. “Who’s on your bench?” That’s the first topic we will tackle! Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your current staff as well as having a “game plan” for any anticipated vacancies is crucial to sustained efficiency.