Healthcare

Leadership

 

Valerie L. Myers, Ph.D.
 

Expertise 

  • Leadership

  • Ascending to the C-Suite

  • Strategic Alignment & Renewal

  • Change Management

  • High Reliability Organizations 

  • Organizational Climate

  • Teamwork & Inclusion

  • Community/Multicultural Health

  • Faith-based Interventions 

  • Organization Factors Predicting Racial Disparities in Patient Care

The insights that Valerie Myers shared with myself and our leadership team and the outcome of her research  deepens our ability to be curious.

                                                         

Barbara Rossmann, ​President & CEO

Henry Ford Hospital, Macomb

Dr. Myers works with leaders to elevate performance in all types of healthcare organizations, including: hospitals, health systems, physician group practices, community providers, public health departments, allied health professionals, professional associations,  insurers, and institutes.  She provides assessments, executive education, one-on-one executive coaching, strategic guidance, and motivational keynote addresses. Working with Myers, you will gain insights about:

 

  • Strategy: Recognize key macro factors that are driving change in your market. Use data to identify and seize appropriate opportunities; align clinical services to meet patient population needs; identify and exploit strengths relative to market competitors.

  • Leadership: Refine executive team members' decision-making, critical thinking and self-awareness about contagious behaviors that influence performance. Prepare high-potential talent to successfully transition to senior leadership roles with skills and a systems perspective of healthcare management.

  • Systems Thinking:  Learn frameworks to analyze and manage relevant interests  across levels (e.g., board, C-Suite, management and staff), functional areas (e.g., human resources, finance etc.), and constituencies (e.g., patient population, business community, region.) Learn fundamentals of healthcare leadership.

  • Human Factors that drive performance: Cultivate behaviors that influence quality and teamwork; Inspire professional and staff engagement; Transform routines to create a learning, inclusive, and adaptive culture that advances the caring mission.

Valerie's consulting expertise is derived from a decade of teaching and research at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, contributing to the #1 national ranking of its Health Management & Policy graduate program. She designs and delivers transformative learning experiences in graduate, Continuing Medical Education and Healthcare Executive programs.

Research

Myers, along with her colleagues, has analyzed a variety of healthcare organizations including health systems, hospitals, safety net providers and community health organizations. Her scholarly insights about healthcare leadership, organizational climate, diversity management, and racial disparities in patient care are published in peer reviewed publications including the Journal of Healthcare Management, Journal of Health Administration Education, Organizational Dynamics, the Journal of Adult Development academic book chapters and technical reports.  

With funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Myers led a team that examined Organizational Climate and Diversity Management in in 27 Southeast Michigan Hospitals. The mixed method study included executive interviews, online surveys, focus groups, and participant observation.  Surprising findings revealed that, while a diversity infrastructure matters, the mindset and behaviors of leaders is most predictive of a positive or negative work climate.  

To address research findings, Myers' search for solutions led her to combine management theory, cognitive neuroscience, and liberal arts to create Strategic Curiosity® -- a streamlined solution for multiple leadership challenges. Strategic Curiosity® is a customizable change management program that promotes emotional intelligence, teamwork, inclusion, and high reliability organizations. Even though Strategic Curiosity® emerged from her healthcare research, Dr. Myers discovered that these skills are essential for professionals in all industries.

I created Strategic Curiosity® as an elegant solution to improve leadership, learning and high reliability.

Teaching & Consulting

Myers, a highly rated professor in graduate and executive programs, has cultivated hundreds of emerging and established professionals through her teaching and service on the Griffith Healthcare Leadership Center Advisory Board, Admissions Committee for Executive Education, Faculty & Advisor for the Healthcare Strategy Competition, leading multiple teams to 1st place victories in the National Association for Health Services Executives (NAHSE) competition.  She has consulted with leaders of  hospitals, physician groups, insurers, allied health, public health departments, and community organizations. Her portfolio of expertise and  courses includes:

Graduate & Executive Education Courses
  • Managing Healthcare Organizations​

  • Understanding the Healthcare System

  • Strategic Planning  

  • Leading Change 

  • High Reliability Organizations

  • Inclusive Leadership

  • Strategic Curiosity®     

SCHOLARSHIP

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Research Funded by the

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

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Diversity Ideologies in Action: Energizing Renewal and Excellence in Healthcare

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Generative Change in Health Care Organizations: Co-Creating Health To Reduce Health Disparities

 

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Examining the Structure and Sustainability of Health Care Safety Net Services 

 

One does not climb to attain enlightenment.

Rather, one climbs because

they are enlightened.

 

Zen Master Futomaki

 

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