Every organization is different, but our approach is to always ask the tough questions that reveal new paths of behavior. In this video series, see that approach in action. Get to know Senior Partner Mark Shunk and O’Brien Group President Dr. Michael O’Brien as they address the questions that helped turn breakdowns into breakthroughs.

Shifting from Lack of Focus to Productive Practices

Many of your clients are telling you that they are having a hard time focusing these days. Why is this, and how are you helping them manage their minds out of distraction and into productive practice?

If you’ve been struggling to focus lately, you’re not alone. For many of us, the routines we used to rely on have been disrupted or even eliminated entirely. As a result, we must pay closer attention to things, which can be quite exhausting and challenging to maintain.

How to Bring Out the Best in Your Team

We’re all experiencing challenges and setbacks right now and it’s hard to keep a team together when you rarely see them in person. What are some ways to bring out the best in your team?

During challenging times, it can be difficult to maintain a strong and supportive team environment. As a leader, however, it’s important to remember that there are things you can do to bring out the best in your team.

Quiet Contemplation

Executive leadership is a marathon, especially now when there is so much uncertainty. So why is quiet contemplation so important for the busy executive to practice?

Quiet contemplation is a powerful tool used by successful leaders across industries. In just 10 minutes a day, you can transform your mindset, work through difficult challenges, create an action plan for a project, and more.

The Connection Between Leadership and Mindfulness

How can mindfulness and self-awareness help healthcare leaders achieve more, lead better, and create more meaningful experiences for themselves and their team?

One of the core tenets of mindfulness is the ability to know your own mind and how external factors or experiences may influence your thoughts, reactions, and behaviors. This is particularly important during times of conflict and uncertainty. As a leader, you can only grow and become a better leader in proportion to your own self-awareness.

Trust Is the Foundation of Excellence

How can healthcare executives create an environment of trust and excellence in their leadership team and facility as a whole?

Relationships are at the heart of leadership. And like any successful relationship, leaders must create an environment of trust to be successful. Trust is earned. It cannot be commanded. To earn trust, you must behave in a way that elicits feelings of credibility, honesty, and authenticity.

What If You Could Accomplish the Impossible?

How might our own stories hold us back from achieving our full potential?

For one healthcare COO, her health system’s financial target seemed impossibly out of reach with just one quarter left in the year. But far too often, “impossible” is just a story we tell ourselves. Senior Partner Mark Shunk asks a simple question that can change everything: If the impossible were possible, what would you do?

Why Aren’t You Getting What You Want?

On the surface it might seem like you’re doing everything you can. But when that’s not enough, what comes next?

In one healthcare organization growth goals seemed out of reach, putting quality of care at risk. To get the executive team on board for the push they had to make, the CEO tried camaraderie, then tough love, but nothing seemed to be working. Watch as O’Brien Group President Dr. Michael O’Brien breaks down the key questions that can turn breakdowns into breakthroughs: What am I tolerating? What is that costing me? What is life calling for me to do about that?

Why Do You Want to Be a CEO?

A deceptively simple question, we have to understand “why?” before we can begin to execute the “what.”

Leading complex organizations is no easy task — success requires complete commitment. But when you don’t understand exactly why you’re in the drivers’ seat and what you want out of your time at the helm, that commitment can be hard to conjure. In this video, Senior Partner Mark Shunk walks us through the four questions that can help reveal the powerful motivations we need to be successful.

When Being “Right” Is Actually Wrong

Why being curious is more powerful than being correct

Working collaboratively is rarely just about doing the “right” thing, because for two different people what seems “right” for one could be at odds with what’s “right” for the other. It’s tempting to dig in your feet and justify your point of view, but what would happen if you traded frustration for curiosity? Watch as O’Brien Group President Dr. Michael O’Brien explores this key question with a real-world example.

Dr. Michael O’Brien — Speaker’s Preview

View Dr. O’Brien in a series of clips from speeches he has given to a wide range of audiences on the topic of leadership development.

Dr. O’Brien is President of the O’Brien Group, a leadership consulting firm with an international clientele and one of the most sought-after coaching firms in the healthcare industry. Widely recognized for his expertise in leadership and change management, he has conducted hundreds of seminars and given keynote presentations on the subject over the course of a thirty-five year career.

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