- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2ND edition (February 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469978571
- ISBN-13: 978-1469978574
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Paul F. Levy has had a career of important leadership positions in corporations, institutions, and government. Most recently, he served nine years as President and CEO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. BIDMC is one of the nation’s preeminent academic health centers, providing state-of-the-art clinical care, research, and teaching in affiliation with Harvard Medical School. Previously, Paul was the Executive Dean for Administration at Harvard Medical School, where he was responsible for administrative, budgetary, and facility issues, as well as community and governmental relations. Before joining Harvard Medical School, Paul was Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at MIT, where he taught infrastructure planning and development and environmental policy for seven years. He also maintained an independent consulting practice, providing strategic, negotiation, and regulatory advice to firms in the energy, water, and telecommunications arenas. Paul Levy has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and Director of the Arkansas Department of Energy. At the MWRA, he had primary responsibility for the “Boston Harbor Cleanup,” one of the largest pollution control projects in the world. As Chairman at the MDPU, Paul regulated the electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, and water utilities in Massachusetts. While at the Arkansas Department of Energy, he directed energy programs, planning, policy and advocacy for the State, including such areas as energy conservation, renewable and fossil energy resource development, and regulatory and legislative matters. Paul Levy is the author of numerous articles in a variety of fields and co-author of Negotiating Environmental Agreements (Island Press, 1999). He is author of a blog entitled “Not Running a Hospital." While at BIDMC, he was one of very few hospital CEOs to have used social media to share thoughts publicly about hospitals, medicine, and health care issues. Paul Levy is a member of the Boards of ISO-New England, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, A Better City, and the Celebrity Series of Boston. He previously served as a member of the MIT Corporation and on the Board of the Risk Management Foundation. He has coached youth soccer for over two decades, has refereed soccer since 1994, and plays on an adult team.
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Highly recommend to anyone who cares about their employees and colleagues.
As a hospital director, I am continually surprised by how many poorly managed healthcare organizations are out there-- and how energized hospitals with visible leadership are so rare. Some healthcare companies do well financially, but are miserable, cut-throat and unsupportive. Others seem to lack any sense of mission or purpose. Healthcare is important and requires earnest, thoughtful, pragmatic and uncynical leadership.
Over the course of several chapters, Levy recounts some of the management decisions that made him one of the most renowned hospital CEOs of past decades. These include: an open, inclusive management style; managing a hospital like it was family; the importance of avoiding blame (with attention paid to systems, not just people); the necessity of open communications (Levy was the Great Communicator). He also offers a chapter on forgiveness and the human character. Over the course of the book he continually returns to the soccer field, and notes than most of the management decisions he employed at work were the ones that he learned as a girl's soccer coach.
This is a timely, important and occasionally profoundly moving book. It is been distributed to all executives and managers at my hospital. It should be on the reading list of any healthcare management program.