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Making the Connection:. An Approach to Aligning Associate Goals with Organizational Strategy. St. Luke’s Hospital Mary Hagen, Administrative Director of Operational Effectiveness Leigh Faaborg, Program Manager Strategy and Deployment. St. Luke’s Facts and Figures:. Established: 1884

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Making the connection

Making the Connection:

An Approach to Aligning Associate Goals with Organizational Strategy

St. Luke’s Hospital

Mary Hagen, Administrative Director of Operational EffectivenessLeigh Faaborg, Program Manager Strategy and Deployment


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St. Luke’s Facts and Figures:

  • Established: 1884

  • Beds: 534

  • Associates: 2,973

  • Medical Staff: 490

  • Volunteers: 987

  • Admissions: 18,947

  • Births: 2,612

  • Surgeries: 16,392

  • Outpatient Visits: 170, 881

  • Clinic Visits: 330,690

Awards and Recognition:

Top 100 Hospital

Top 50 Hospital

Top 100 Heart Hospital

Magnet Designation

IRPE Gold Recipient

Healthstreams Research Excellence


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St. Luke’s Baldrige Journey:

Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence


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St. Luke’s Strategic Framework

Partnership with Associates

Partnership with Associates

High Middle Ground

Top 100

Strengthen the Core Regional Resource

Better Outcomes Partner of Choice

Better Outcomes

Strengthen the Core

St. Luke’s Baldrige Journey:

Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence


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Developed as part of the St. Luke’s Baldrige journey, the Pyramid of Excellence guides everything we do.


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St. Luke’s Staff Alignment Team had a two-prong focus when developing the Making the Connection Toolkit.


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St. Luke’s Strategic Framework

DEMONSTRABLY BETTER QUALITY

Focus #1

PARTNERSHIP WITH ASSOCIATES

PARTNER OF CHOICE FOR PHYSICIANS

STRENGTHEN THE CORE

REGIONAL RESOURCE


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Strengthen the Core:

Enhance leadership’s ability to cascade goals down to the frontline, and align goals at all levels of the organization.

St. Luke’s Strategic Planning Process


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St. Luke’s Strategic Framework

Focus #2

DEMONSTRABLY BETTER QUALITY

PARTNERSHIP WITH ASSOCIATES

PARTNER OF CHOICE FOR PHYSICIANS

STRENGTHEN THE CORE

REGIONAL RESOURCE


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Partnership with Associates:

GPTW Question:

‘My work has special meaning. This is not just a job.’

The toolkit needed to be something that would assist leadership at all levels of the organization in helping associates understand how their work connects to the overall success of the organization.


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St. Luke’s Goal Setting Process:

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Annual strategic planning process kicks off in the summer with a leadership group retreat to review progress and set priorities for the coming year.

BOD retreat in late summer/ early fall – SWOT analysis/ Strategic Checkup

President’s Council uses information from retreats to set (annual and multi-year) goals and initiatives for the 5 components of the strategic framework.

Progress on current years goals/initiatives, as well as the goals/initiatives for the coming year are shared with management group in Nov./Dec. = Beginning of the goal cascade.

Directors and managers use organizational goals to formulate goals for their divisions/departments. Then begin cascade of goals to all associates.

Making the Connection Toolkit was designed to enhance steps 4 and 5 in the Strategic Planning Process.


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Toolkit Components:

  • Coversheet

  • Script

  • Goal Setting/Outcomes Visual Aid

  • Cascading Goals Templates

    • For Each Strategic Framework Component

  • Department Goal Summary Sheet

  • Associate Goal Summary Sheet


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Toolkit – Script:


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Toolkit – Goal Setting Visual:


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Toolkit – Cascading Goal Sheets:


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Lessons Learned for 2012:

Goal setting/sharing was not done as consistently as we originally thought.

User friendly format – Microsoft Word vs. Excel.

Script was very useful – especially for new management.

It is more difficult to ‘make the connection’ for non patient care departments.

Examples are very important!

Find ways to utilize the tool that make it the least cumbersome for end users.

Share best practices.


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2012 Example:


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Badge Buddies:

My personal goals for this year are...

Demonstrably Better Quality:

Partner of Choice for Physicians:

Strengthen the Core:

Regional Resource:

Partnership with Associates:


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Scorecards/Dashboards:


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Executive Rounding:


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Testimony from Toolkit Users:

Dennis Winders, Director of Imaging Services:

Briefly describe the goal setting process in your division?

Division goals set by division leadership. Hospital and division goals then taken to department level – leads, supervisors, and frontline staff help set department goals. Frontline associates are then asked to develop supporting goals.

How has the ‘Making the Connection’ toolkit benefited your division/ departments?

Leads and frontline associates shared department results at the January division meeting – areas of great improvement were evident!

Since implementing the toolkit, do you feel like your associates have a better understanding of how their work contributes to St. Luke’s overall success?

We had great success last year. We witnessed an increase in frontline ownership and involvement in many aspects of the work.

Do your associates enjoy the goal setting process?

Yes, it was challenging the first year – but in a good way. We saw a lot of associates working on developing their goals and sharing ideas with their colleagues during the process.


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Testimony from Toolkit Users:

Joe Linn, Director Physical Medicine and Rehab:

Briefly describe the goal setting process in your division?

A division retreat is held every year to review current year progress and set goals for the coming year. Division goals are then shared with departments to develop related goals, using associate input. Associates then set annual goals with the help of department leaders.

How has the ‘Making the Connection’ toolkit benefited your division/ departments?

The toolkit has provided a clear, easy to understand set of directions on how the process should come together and align with the strategic framework. The toolkit has provided a great deal of support to managers in one of their most important focuses.

Since implementing the toolkit, do you feel like your associates have a better understanding of how their work contributes to St. Luke’s overall success?

Definitely! The challenge is keeping the information in front of them so we maintain progress.

Do your associates enjoy the goal setting process?

Sharon Hill, Manager of Witwer Children Therapy – ‘I love the toolkit. It makes sense to me and helps me organize the process to make sure we are aligned with the strategic focus of the organization. Associates have a much better understanding of how their goals align with the work of St. Luke’s overall’.


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Testimony from Toolkit Users:

Carol Collingsworth, Director of Laboratory Services:

Briefly describe the goal setting process in your division?

Hospital goals used to set divisional/departmental goals. Managers then work 1:1 with frontline associates to set related individual goals.

How has the ‘Making the Connection’ toolkit benefited your division/ departments?

The toolkit has made the goal setting process much clearer, not only for associates, but for our supervisors as well. Having clearly outline hospital goals has enabled us to better define department and associate goals that align and support the organizational focuses.

Since implementing the toolkit, do you feel like your associates have a better understanding of how their work contributes to St. Luke’s overall success?

I truly believe our associates have taken some time to think about what they do every day in their work, and how that contributes to our laboratory and hospital success. I believe it has made them proud of the work they do each and every day.

Do your associates enjoy the goal setting process?

Previously the goal setting process seemed disjointed and associates commented that they had a hard time coming up with personal goals. It is now much better – the toolkit is the reason! 


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Testimony from Toolkit Users:

Carmen Kinrade, Director of Nursing Services at St. Luke’s:

Briefly describe the goal setting process in your division?

Nursing directors meet to discuss goal priorities for the coming years. These priorities are affirmed with the unit managers. Managers then develop department goals and a guide for associate goal setting to impact the department and division goals. Associate goals are set with manager and supervisor assistance.

How has the ‘Making the Connection’ toolkit benefited your division/ departments?

It makes it easier for managers to communicate how everything fits together, and helping associates see how their work is meaningful.

Since implementing the toolkit, do you feel like your associates have a better understanding of how their work contributes to St. Luke’s overall success?

I have newer managers in my division. They have reported to me that the focus on individual and department goals has resulted in notable progress on several initiatives.

Do your associates enjoy the goal setting process?

One of my managers had the following to say, ‘they are all a little apprehensive about goals, but once they have 30 minutes of my time and I make it about what they do, it is less threatening and more exciting’. It is important for us in helping each associate become stronger and personally successful.


Discussion questions

Discussion Questions:

Do you think this tool might work in your organization?

Does your organization have a different tool or process for ‘making the connection’ that has been successful?

Initial ideas on how the tool might be improved?


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