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The Five Modules

The program consists of five, 12-day modules over 15 months. Each module builds from the last and corresponds to a specific "leadership mindset":

Module 1 - The Reflective Mindset: Broadening Perspectives

The Reflective Mindset is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of their personal management style - how they present themselves to others, their strengths and weaknesses, and their current leadership skills. Participants learn how to be thoughtful and reflective, to step back from always doing, to see familiar experiences from a new perspective.

Module 2 - The Analytic Mindset: Leading Organizations

The Analytic Mindset provides an overview of today's principal health care organizations including health promoting hospitals, community agencies, health maintenance organizations, etc. Participants gain insight into the operation of these organizations by analyzing their intrinsic similarities and differences. Participants are also introduced to the analytical tools used to manage specific organizations and to formal approaches that improve managerial effectiveness. Key concepts in accounting, people management and organizational strategy stimulate participants to diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of their own organization. Strategy, structure, sourcing and delivery are explored in a systematic way that allows participants to view the managing process as a melding of science, art and craft. Discussions are reinforced by field studies at the many institutions represented in the classroom.

Module 3 -The Worldly Mindset: Navigating the System

The delivery of health care is rooted within highly complex systems that vary enormously across the world - from fully socialized to market-driven. Yet every system struggles with where it should sit on this continuum. Because most practitioners - whether managers or clinicians - typically spend their careers within a single system, they rarely have the opportunity to appreciate the alternatives. The third module focuses on these contextual "systems", exploring the various social institutions within the health care field and their interactions with economic, political and social forces. The goal is to increase understanding of the dynamics of "system change". Participants are encouraged to seek creative solutions based on an integrated, rather than a fragmented understanding of health care. Participants also explore in greater depth the interactions between economics and health, and the possibilities for leveraging change within complex systems.

Module 4 - The Collaborative Mindset: Appreciating Work Relationships

In this module, participants focus on managing relationships with patients, professionals, health advocates, administrators, the government, the media and many other groups. Skill development includes relationship-building, negotiating, stakeholder coordination, and knowledge management. The managing of professional relationships is emphasized, with participants developing the advanced skills necessary to build and lead complex networks rather than simple organizations. The integration of knowledge from multiple disciplines and perspectives is also examined.

Module 5 - The Catalytic Mindset: Achieving Change

The final module is action-focused, integrative in nature, focusing on the achievement of change. The impact projects on which participants have worked throughout the program are given considerable attention. Successful health management cases are reviewed and the action implications of adaptive management are explored. Other key areas of study include: integrated and sustainable approach to health; the notion of prevention and its applied dissemination; effective intervention within the policy environment; positive/negative outcomes of media exposure in health policy; and the notions of evaluation and accountability. Participants integrate and synthesize the knowledge they have acquired during the preceding modules. The program closes with in-depth consideration of the process of transformation leadership and what it means to lead comprehensively, analytically, collaboratively, contextually, catalytically and reflectively.


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