Self Perspective

A twice weekly podcast focusing on career management and recruitment with executive recruiter John G. Self, Managing Partner of a Dallas-based search firm.
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Aug 23, 2016


Here is the rundown for Tuesday's SelfPerspective Podcast.

Today, John is in the Augusta, Georgia area working on a new search.  

John donates some of his spare time coaching ACHE colleagues and others looking for their next job, advising them on their resume and interviewing skills.  Over the years John said he also has been thinking about his own career and whether he could have been more successful if he had taken advantage of some of his early professional contacts and experiences. If he could only turn back the career clock.  

But we cannot turn back the clock.  So, today John is sharing some of his thoughts on what he could have done differently.  

If you are in your 20s, 30s, or early 40s, you do not need to worry about turning back the clock.  You have time to do a reset, to avoid making some the most common career management mistakes.

Today's podcast includes three ideas for that career management reset.

We welcome your feedback.

The SelfPerspective Podcast Team


Aug 18, 2016

Here is Thursday's SelfPerspective Podcast rundown.


A CEO is hired into a perfect situation but fails to survive two years.  How could this happen?

It begins with recruiters who take a plug-and-play approach to candidate selection.  And it usually ends with candidates who allow their egos to ignore some important signposts regarding a community's culture.  In secondary markets, you not only have to recruit for the culture of the hospital, but you must spend time figuring how the type of personality who will do well in the town.

Joins makes three points.  They are among the most common reasons a new CEO does not survive.

Aug 16, 2016

Here is today's rundown for the SelfPerspective podcast.

On Monday John discussed the less is more approach to leadership.  Today, he poses an important question for Millennials who are now entering the executives ranks at many organizations:  What kind of leader do you want to be?

Be purposeful in this pursuit.  The decisions you make today, the good and bad habits you develop, will shape how your colleagues, peers and customers see you in the future.   

He provides three points to consider as you begin your leadership journey.

Aug 11, 2016

Here is today's rundown for the SelfPerpsective Podcast.


John is working on a new CEO search which led him to focus on the importance of understanding a potential employer's corporate culture.  

On Wednesday, John's blog, After All These Years:  It Is Still the Culture, discussed how candidates said they were rarely, if ever, provided any information on a suitor's corporate culture.  This is amazing such poor culture fit is one of the most common reasons that candidates recruited from outside an organization are forced out in less than two years.

Today John, who has a reputation for accurately reading a company's culture after only a short period of time, provides some sample questions for candidates.

Share your experiences and contribute to the conversation.

Thanks for listening.

The SelfPerspective Podcast Team


Aug 9, 2016

Here is the rundown for today's podcast.


John focuses on common problems with resumes, specifically how candidates screw up listing their employer, title, scope of responsibility and quantifiable accomplishments.

Sounds simple?  Well, most people have apparently have not read that memo.  

So, if you want to differentiate yourself in a positive way in the job market, listen up.

If you have questions, email us at AsktheRecruiter@JohnGSelf.Com.


The SelfPerspective Team


Aug 2, 2016

Here is today's rundown for the SelfPerspective podcast.

John focuses on the issue of candidates who become too complacent in an interview, or those with the uncanny ability to anticipate the next question.

Interviewers, when they sense this is happening, will use a 'trick' or curveball question to brick the pattern.  It is not in a recruiter's interest for a candidate to become too comfortable! 

John shares several of his favorites.


Jul 28, 2016

Here is the rundown for today's podcast.

John reflects on his early career asa  reporter, editor and an investigative journalist for newspapers in Tyler, Lubbock and Houston Texas. He was loved what he was doing, even on the bad nights covering crime for The Houston Post.

When he changed to a "normal" job, first as Director of Public Relations and then as the first Director of the hospital's new Life Flight emergency helicopter transport system, John remembers feeling a sense of sadness at leaving the world of news.  But those feelings were quickly replaced by a love of, and a passion for, his new work.

In his work today, he encounters people with passion for healthcare. From Dr. Forney Fleming, Director and Clinical Professor in the healthcare management graduate program at UT Dallas to current and would be CEOs and senior executives.

Listen to learn an important leadership quality we should keep close to our hearts.  

Jul 26, 2016


Here is the rundown for today's podcast.

Today, in the first half of the podcast, John discusses the importance of drilling down on a candidate's personal and business values in deciding whether they can deliver effective leadership.

In the second half, John discusses how mistakes in business, even those that result in a termination, are learning moments.  It is what we learn from those missteps, and how we respond when asked about them, that makes all the difference.


Jul 21, 2016

Here is today's podcast rundown:

1.  Today John focuses on the importance of social media in the job search. Is it a meaningful tool for career brand management that can aid your job search, or just a passing fad that will be replaced by the next sparkly, shiny mobile application.

2.  In an information segment, John explains the Firm's new Vision and Values Physician Recruitment Solution and the Firm will work to add value in this broken business model.

3.  In Part II of this podcast, John provides 5 ideas to help you improve your social media strategy and enhance your career brand.

Jul 19, 2016

Here is the rundown for today's podcast:

John focuses on the kickoff to the presidential campaign, that period of time when the truth seems to be the least important consideration. Politicians seem to get a the ballot box.

Business leaders are not afforded that luxury.  Integrity in their communications is central to their overall success.

Jul 14, 2016

Today's rundown.


John interviews Dan Nielsen, Founder of CEO of America's Healthcare Leaders and the Dan Nielsen Company.  Dan is one of the preeminent thought leaders in the healthcare industry.   

As CEO of the DFW Medical Center, he earned the reputation for being one of the early innovators, attracting the attention of his larger rivals who were saw Dan's hospital as a mini-lab for program and service experimentation.  Dan spent 15 years with VHA responsible for their national education and networking programs.

He is an author and frequent speaker on the issue of leadership.

Jul 12, 2016

Today's rundown:

John focuses on the importance of vendor innovation and leadership to help clients succeed in these challenging times of healthcare reform and reduced reimbursement. 

He describes how his firm, JohnGSelf + Partners, Inc., has focused on this value proposition and how he feels compelled to continue looking for ways to invest in the success of his clients.

Jul 7, 2016

Here is the rundown for our Tuesday, July 7, 2016 podcast:


1.  We focus on the difference between leaders and people who can lead

2.  John discussed Simon Sinek's revolutionary Golden Circle.  It is not about what do you but why you do it -- from selling solutions to leading people.

You can listen here or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.


Jul 5, 2016

Here is the rundown for Tuesday's podcast:

  1.  We tell the story of Robert, a hospital CEO with a long and solid record of accomplishment who finds himself struggling mightily to land his next assignment.   When his last job was eliminated in a corporate consolidation, Robert did not think he needed outplacement coaching. So, he plunged into his job search relying on all of his experience from prior interviews.  And then he encountered a tidal wave of market realities that he does not seem to understand.  What worked in the past often does not seem to have traction today.  So, Robert doubled down.
  2. John shares information on the Firm's outplacement and career coaching service. Losing your job, especially in this current climate, can be an epic crisis.  There are many options in the market place but the JGS+P approach is unique and successful. We have your back.


Jul 2, 2016

Here is the rundown for our July 4th weekend podcast:

  1. A California judge halts an SEIU initiative on executive compensation
  2. Strategies for using executive compensation to enhance your brand
  3. A new survey on Millennial values provides some stunning, and promising, insights
  4. 19 hospitals in rural New Mexico have formed a network in hopes of surviving
  5. A surgeon's promise to his brother shapes a rewarding career

Happy July 4th! Have a great weekend.

The SelfPerspective Team

Jun 30, 2016

Today's podcast looks into the issue of poor employee engagement and how that problem contributes to the healthcare industry's ongoing challenges with quality of care and patient safety.

Jun 28, 2016

Today's podcast is a follow-up to our Monday post, What Got You Here, Won't Get You There.  We reaffirm the financial and competitive value of hiring the smartest best performers available. As the healthcare industry through the era of reform and the added challenge of lower reimbursement, health systems, hospitals and other providers cannot afford not to hire the strongest people available.

We examine the importance of changing your hiring culture and the value of development a talent management plan, an investment that can be recouped in just executive or management transition. This is especially true when it comes to your medical staff.


Don't Forget Your Medical Staff

As more health systems and hospitals employ physicians, we should not forget that they then become employees --- employees who are central to fulfilling our mission to deliver quality of care and to produce revenue that will support that mission.  So, it is critical that hospitals build a plan to develop and engage these employees as well as options in the unforeseen event of an early retirement, death or disability.  

Losing a physician can financially cripple many rural and smaller community hospitals so it is important to have an immediate response strategy.  

At JohnGSelf + Partners, we can help you develop that plan to expedite recruiting a replacement physician.  We also have the resources to help your medical staff develop a long-term manpower plan to ensure that the needs of your community will be met.

For more information, call John Self, Managing Partner, in Dallas or Laura Merker, Dr. PH, RN, in New York.  214.761.5472.  

Jun 25, 2016

This weekend we take a look back at the two major news stories that could impact the US healthcare market, we will take a look at the value, and humor of reading wedding announcements and I will share a story about how my dad created a leadership legacy.


Jun 23, 2016

Today we focus on a troubling fact in healthcare -- our values are not where they need to be.  

If you are a hospital CEO who believes that, at the end of the day, it is all about financial performance, then click the off button now.  You will not like what you hear. 

This headline is a direct quote a CEO candidate made to our Firm earlier this year in an interview. Believe it or not.

This rattled me because it seemed to be a link between our troubling problems with quality of care and patient safety and a shift in our leadership values.

Are we getting so corporate in our approach and speech that we are losing sight of why our business exists?

Jun 23, 2016

Today we focus on a troubling fact in healthcare -- our values are not where they need to be.  If you are a hospital CEO who believes that it is all about financial performance, then click the off button now.  You will not like what you hear.  

Jun 21, 2016

In today's podcast, John focuses in on one of the great myths in business:  bigger is definitely not necessarily better. Is having 20 offices of recruiters any guarantee that the firm will passionately committed to your success.

Probably not.  But in an era of bigger is better, that is a myth that seems to be driving the day. Meanwhile, quality of care and patient safety is suspect.  Bigger will not improve care, enhance safety or reduce costs to the consumer.

If you think this is self serving. Fine. Call me. I bet I can change your mind.

Jun 18, 2016

Hello. Welcome to our podcast for this Father's Day weekend, 2016.

Today in SelfPerspective, John interviews John Graves, CEO of Lillian Hudspeth Memorial Hospital in rural Sonora, Texas.  Mr. Graves describes his leadership values and the important role his Air Force experience has played in his success as a CEO.

Next up, John shares excerpts from several college commencement addresses that captured his interest.

We end the podcast with a return to one of John's favorite subjects -- the power of storytelling to communicate important values and ideas.

Jun 16, 2016

A lot has been written -- and I do mean a lot -- on the subject of career branding and career brand management.

In today's podcast, John focuses on the issue of brand blindness.  It is a must-listen for anyone seeking to gain a market advantage in a hyper competitive job market.

Jun 14, 2016

The use of stories to illustrate a point, to sell an idea -- to win the hearts and minds of followers -- has been around since the beginning of time. Today we are seeing a renewed interest in the art form of story telling to motivate and engage employees.  As one CEO told John, "I have a new title:  Chief Storyteller."

Jun 11, 2016

This weekend, we focus on leadership values.  Ken Richmond, FACHE, an interim executive based in Buffalo, New York, walks the talk when it comes to being a values leader.  It is not a good day unless he visits with at least five patients and tours the facility talking about the importance of quality -- treating patients as if they were a relative or friend -- and preaching the gospel of quality.  What makes Ken special is his passion, his empathy and his commitment to listen carefully.  

John also talks about two of his blogs, Values Versus Value and The Power of Love (In Leadership).  So join us and then let us know what you think.

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