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Senior – Careerist

Senior – Careerist

Chart Your Course, Know Yourself

  1. Update self-assessments At this stage of your career, it is helpful to understand who you have become through your experiences and where you are now. Determining this will help evaluate the impact of your career so far and identify opportunities for growth. In addition, you should perfect your ability to manage and inspire change and help others achieve their true potential. Watch Anton Gunn’s video on the Power of Impact to learn more.
  2. Identify your optimum career setting Once you have completed updating your self-assessments, use the results to identify work environments where you perform best. It is important to find an organization where you are respected, have a “true-fit” to be able to thrive and be your best self, as Kenneth White, FACHE, shares in his advice about “Be Who You Are.”
  3. Continue higher-level learning and professional development Denise Lew, FACHE shares the importance of pursuing FACHE credential as part of professional development success.

Consider these assessment tools tailored for Senior Level Professionals:
The Benchmarks Plus Emotional Intelligence Workshop
Change Management Leadership Assessment
Power/Influence Assessment
$Note: fee required for some tools.

Master the Job

  1. Understand senior role’s complexities Dr. Edmund Lafer, MD, FACHE shares important tips on overcoming challenges transitioning from a clinician to senior executive to achieve overall success.
  2. Hone political astuteness Nicole Radford shares how she overcame the biggest obstacle in her professional journey of addressing concerns with low performing team.
  3. Sharpen inclusive leadership skills Senior leaders who are, themselves, demographically diverse will benefit from sharpening their skills in inclusive leadership. This article from Healthcare Executive provides practical tips on being an inclusive leader. Read more on how Jhaymee Wilson-Tynan, FACHE practices inclusive leadership to keep the continuous support and credibility from her team.
  4. Shift focus from tactical to strategic At this point in your career, your professional moves should be at the strategic level. Anton J. Gunn summarizes his focus on strategic career moves.

The ACHE Healthcare Executive Competencies Assessment Tool is offered as an instrument to use in assessing your expertise and determining competency gaps in critical areas of healthcare management.

Leverage Relationships

  1. Establish close connection with select executive search firms Focus on developing close relationships with a few executive search firms so they are optimally prepared to present you to each potential employer. Check out this study of executive search firms to understand what they are looking for and their approaches to filling senior healthcare management roles.
  2. Focus more on motivating others Your role as a senior leader can often be to motivate others or remove barriers for them so that they can accomplish their organizational and professional objectives. Learn more from Kenneth White, PhD, FACHE by watching this short clip on positioning yourself to be a change agent.
  3. Mentor and sponsor others As you have likely experienced already, by helping others in their career, you also boost your own career skills. For example, working with those in younger generations can help your skills stay current and relevant. Make time to sharpen your mentoring and sponsorship skills.


Gain Positive Visibility

  1. Expand your community impact Evaluate your accomplishments beyond your direct career achievements. Assess and seek opportunities to influence your professional and social communities. Besides the self-fulfillment you’ll gain, as your support various community efforts, you are also strengthening networks that may benefit you in your next career move. See how Chisun Chun, FACHE has taken action in creating change through her professional journey.
  2. Distinguish yourself from peers Find creative ways to differentiate yourself from others at your level, both within and outside your organization. This will help to present yourself as a well-rounded leader. Deborah Bowen, FACHE offers suggestions on how to differentiate yourself from the competition, which allows for continued growth and success.
  3. Enhance specialized personal brand It is important to personalize your own brand as seen by Etheline Desir, who has used the concept of “passionate curiosity” to set herself apart from competition regardless of the type of work she does.