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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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.

Jun 9, 2016

Today’s podcast features Part II of our ongoing series Executive Search:  Pulling Back the Curtains, an insider’s look at how search firms operate.

In this installment, John explains how first handle candidate references and background checks.  Times are changing and lax background reviews that were typical in the past are becoming more focused as is the process of checking candidate references.


Jun 4, 2016

It's Saturday.  John has a steaming cup of Community Coffee and the morning papers as well as notes on interesting ideas from the past week so settle in for interesting information and insight that will help you manage your career.

Today he shares some interesting reasons candidates are eliminated from searches that a New York colleague provided.  Then he is going to pass along some reasons why he will automatically eliminate candidates.

Finally, John shares some thoughts from David Brooks, New York Times columnist, author and a member of the Yale faculty where he teaches a course on leadership.  

Mr. Brooks shared an interesting piece of research on why certain people achieve promotions and become great leaders, and other wallow in the ditches. The answer may surprise you. It was part of a fascinating hour-long interview with Charlie Rose.

May 28, 2016

Hello, this is John Self in Dallas.

It is a Saturday morning and all I can say is, Wow, what a week. 

We are adding resources to meet client needs and preparing to thrive in the post volume-based reimbursement/consolidated health system world. I am so glad we have retained our boutique structure.   

Value-based reimbursement is really going to throw some of the bigger companies and health systems a real curve ball with lower reimbursement and inpatient admissions. 

We all see it coming.  At JohnGSelf + Partners, we are getting ready at a high rate of speed!

It has been raining off and on all week.  We had some big storms roaming the area yesterday but today, we think sunshine and smiles are in the forecast.

I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do.  Books are a great source of ideas and insight. And, some books turn a bright light on a part of our way of life we may not want to see.

So i decided  to share with you some books I have really enjoyed reading, and which have provided me great enthusiastic fuel for thinking about career management, leadership and, doing the right thing when the government would just as soon you look the other way.


May 26, 2016


Today, I want to talk with you about what academic degrees should be used after your name at the top of  your resume.

This podcast is based on one of my most popular blog posts from 2013.  

We will also discuss the use of your certifications and professional credentials.

You may not agree with me but I think you should listen and then decide.  

Hint:  Less is more! 

Let me know what you think. You can reach me at AskTheRecruiter@JohnGSelf.Com.  

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By the way, we have more than 1,000 career management blogs on our site in a searchable database.  They are always available for your review. SelfPerspective.

Have a great day!

May 24, 2016

The competition for executive jobs is intensifying. To be successful, candidates must execute flawlessly, from their initial research and customization of their resume so that it addresses the needs of the prospective employer, to nailing the various interviews.

Select a panel of references that can help you close the deal.

Today's podcast provides five tips to ensure that your references are not the weak link in your job search.



May 18, 2016

As healthcare leaders ponder their life in a population health management environment, they must also consider how they can be truly effective if their leadership teams do not reflect the populations they serve.

Since 2012 the number of diversity executives in the executive offices of hospitals across America has declined, said Fred Hobby, a healthcare leadership diversity thought leader and former President of the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management.  While not having a diverse team will not  automatically spell disaster, but it will limit an organization's ability to maximize their effectiveness.  Understanding  the cultural nuances of various ethnic and racial groups will be beneficial.

What is more surprising that although employment diversity is still a key issue for many healthcare organizations, the 2012 declines have yet to recover.

In today's broadcast, Mr. Hobby discusses this and other important issues.


May 17, 2016

Fred Hobby is a national thought leader on the subject of diversity in healthcare management.  The former President of the Institute for Diversity for Healthcare Management, Mr. Hobby has played a crucial role in helping expand the ranks of diversity candidates in senior management roles.  

But in 2012, progress stalled out and the numbers of minority executives actually declined.  There have been no appreciable gains since then. Moreover, there are no clear cut reasons for this surprising change.

In this the first of two podcasts, Fred details his path from a senior hospital operations executive to the role of Chief Diversity Officer of one of the largest teaching hospital health systems in the south.


May 10, 2016

Today’s podcast features Nancy Swain, a highly regarded transition/outplacement coach.


Her unique insights on career management are something you do not want to miss!

Her outplacement work includes work for MedAssets during their acquisition of the GPOBroadlane.  She is a former board member of Hire Heroes USA.

She brings more than 20 years of extensive and diverse experience in counseling, public speaking, education, training, sales, and career transition coaching. She holds a B.S. degree in Business and a M.A. Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Western Kentucky University. She is the President of Strategic Intelligence, Inc. which collaborates with JohnGSelf + Partners for outplacement services.

Ms. Swain was an instructor at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, from 1998 through 2003 teaching Career Management, Organizational Change, Human Resources Administration, and Business Communications.  She has facilitated career transition workshops and provided executive leadership coaching for multiple corporations in all industries including privately held and Fortune 15 companies.  If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at Selfperspective@JohnGSelf.Com.

SelfPerspective Team

Apr 28, 2016

We all know they are coming. They are inevitable.

What's coming?  What is inevitable?

The negative question!  What are your weaknesses?  Tell me about your biggest mistake?  Tell me why you have had several short job tenures? 

Today's podcast offers some common sense tips for dealing with these types of questions in a business environment where the push for transparency has reached "fad" status.  How can you be honest and transparent without coming across as negative, or as a flawed candidate.

Actually, it is not that hard.

Listen in and learn.  If you have questions, John is happy to help.  Email us at AskTheRecruiter@JohnGSelf.Com

The SelfPerspective Team

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