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Strategy for Departmental Innovation Recruiting and retaining top talent. R. Kevin Grigsby AAMC Senior Director December 3, 2010. Objectives. • Understand the rationale for investing in the early identification and development of top talent

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strategy for departmental innovation recruiting and retaining top talent

Strategy for Departmental InnovationRecruiting and retaining top talent

R. Kevin Grigsby

AAMC Senior Director

December 3, 2010

objectives
Objectives
  • • Understand the rationale for investing in the early identification and development of top talent
  • • Realize the needs and benefits of succession planning as a vehicle for cultural change, individual change, and servant leadership
  • • Become skilled in giving meaningful feedback to develop top talent and facilitate the successful transition into senior leadership roles
every hire is an investment
Every hire is an investment . . .
  • Adequate due diligence before hiring
  • Don’t make commitments you cannot keep
  • Diversity your portfolio
  • Protect your investments!
search committees
Search committees
  • Searching and screening are the primary responsibilities of search committees
  • Search committees should not be asked to select candidates
  • Search committees should not be asked to negotiate with candidates
  • Search committees should actively search
    • Passive approach is not effective
search committee chairs
Search committee chairs
  • Search committee chair is one of the most important leadership roles in the AMC
    • Excellent leadership skills
      • Values based with high integrity
      • Communication skills are imperative
    • Organized; understands importance of process
    • High degree of emotional intelligence
two major tasks of the executive
Two major tasks of the executive
  • Charging the committee
    • Description of need
    • Responsibilities of the search committee
    • Breadth of the search
    • Timeline
  • Selecting and negotiating with finalists
search firms
Search firms?
  • Exception rather than the rule
    • 26% clinical department chairs
    • 4% basic science chairs
    • 6% center/institute directors
  • Pros are many . . .
    • Reduces typical search by 3 months
  • Cons are many . . .
    • Adds expense
internal search coordination
Internal search coordination
  • Creating concierge level service is the goal
  • Increases efficiency
  • Makes a much better impression on candidates
    • Candidates are interviewing you and your campus
    • Delivers the message that the candidate is appreciated
internal search coordination1
Internal search coordination
  • Creating concierge level service is the goal
  • Increases efficiency
  • Makes a much better impression on candidates
    • Candidates are interviewing you and your campus
    • Delivers the message that the candidate is appreciated
candidate attributes
Candidate attributes
  • Orientation toward the future
    • Values aligned with those of the organization.
    • Ability to collaborate and work as a team member.
    • Some degree of business savvy and/or entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Good understanding of clinical and translational research.
avoiding bias in the process
Avoiding bias in the process
  • Unconscious bias is well-documented
  • Bias training should be mandatory for ALL search committee members
  • Search committee chairs should be accountable for presenting a diverse slate
      • Demonstrate promising practices in screening and interviewing
  • Executives must be vigilant
      • May insist that the committee expand the pool
evaluating candidates
Evaluating candidates
  • Screening
    • CV alone is insufficient
    • Cover letters should address the call for applications and nominations
    • Leadership/management summaries are of value
  • Visits
  • Interviews
recruitment practices
Recruitment practices
  • Clear understanding of commitments and expectations by both parties
    • Candidates are interviewing YOU
    • Repeatedly ask yourself and the search committee members: Is this how I/you would want to be treated as a candidate?
developing an offer letter
Developing an offer letter
  • Ask candidate to prepare a plan
  • Plan should include request for resources
    • Be prepared to make commitments
    • Be prepared to set limits
good offer letters
Good offer letters
  • Use the process to develop a vision and plan for the future with mutual appeal
    • Allocation of effort across missions is imperative
    • Use effort rather than time
    • Typical letter for a department chair: 12 pages
negotiating for resources
Negotiating for resources
  • Don’t create a dowry!!!
  • Don’t bait and switch!!!
  • Tie each commitment to an expectation
  • Release resources as milestones are met
prevent a binge purge cycle
Prevent a binge-purge cycle
  • Dowry is given
  • Dowry invested poorly and is exhausted
  • Chair is released
  • Search process starts over again
negotiating compensation
Negotiating compensation
  • Think about having tools in the toolbox . . .
    • Salary
    • Incentives
    • Bonuses
    • Protected effort
    • Resources
      • Administrative support
      • Access to technical resources
barriers
Barriers . . .
  • Current role encompasses more than CME
  • Multiple clinical affiliates with no central administrative (power) structure
  • Being able to express to the physician leaders and learners exactly what is needed for the change and to get them to embrace that change.
transition to new leadership
Transition to new leadership
  • Interim leaders may be great resources
  • Not too close; not too far in terms of support
  • Build mentor networks
  • Vice/associate deans are best allies
search process innovations
Search process innovations
  • Growing use of external search firms
  • “Buying in bulk” from search firms
  • Creating internal search firms
  • Leadership development dean positions
  • Search committee “cores”
  • Interim leadership experience offers a “test drive”
retaining top talent
Retaining top talent
  • New generation requires new ways of working
  • $$ is not as attractive as other perks
  • Create a culture that reflects values
    • “Spin” won’t help you
  • Invest in faculty ongoing faculty development
  • Invest in leadership development
  • Organizational integrity is key to keeping the best and the brightest . . .
take your eyes off the rear view mirror look through the windshield
Take your eyes off the rear view mirror – Look through the windshield!
  • Incentives and rewards of the past are no longer as enticing
  • Growth will not necessarily result in success
  • Shift focus on sustainability
  • Recruit strategically
summary
Summary
  • Invest in chair and committee member appointments
  • Seek future orientation in candidates
  • Offer concierge level service
  • Invest in negotiation/planning process
  • Avoid bait and switch
  • Avoid binge and purge
talent management of future oriented candidates
Talent management of future-oriented candidates
  • Requires promoting scholarship at the same time as asking clinicians and scientists to maximize revenue, ensure efficient use of resources, and “right-size” the entire enterprise
  • Organizational cultures must reward interdependence and support work-life balance
goal of performance evaluation review the past and plan for the future
Goal of performance evaluation: review the past and plan for the future

To evaluate performance in each mission area

To set standards and expectations for each mission area

To plan for development in each mission area

A conversation is necessary…

encourage self assessment
Encourage self-assessment

Review evaluation from the previous year

In what areas have expectations been met or exceeded?

In what areas have expectations fallen short?

What barriers or challenges might explain potential problem areas?

What needs to change to be successful in the upcoming year?

stake out realistic targets
Stake out realistic targets
  • What is needed to meet expectations?
    • Clinical expectations
    • Research expectations
    • Teaching responsibilities
    • Scholarly products
    • Service responsibilities or commitments
establish clear assessment metrics
Establish clear assessment metrics

Clinician…(Productivity)…Clinic Director

Researcher…(Funding)…PI/Lab Manager

Teacher…(Evaluations)…Course Director

Service…(Committees)…Leadership

Outreach…(Engagement)…Scholarship

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Tactful, honest statements of fact will make the experience less anxiety provoking for everyone involved