Leadership from the Field - What is Your Why?
Leaders' Newsletter April 2015
Welcome to this month's issue of "Leading from the Field."
Hi Greetings!,

Welcome to the April 2015 issue of "Leading from the Field."  I am pleased to welcome several new subscribers and followers.


Happy Easter and Happy Spring.  

In this issue:
  • Leadership from the Field - What is Your Why?
  • Next Wave Connect Tweet Chat - Work/Life Balance
  • HIMSS Speaking Engagements in Chicago - March to HIMSS 2015 Interviews
  • Other Upcoming Speaking Engagements
  • What I am Reading: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • Updated Spring Catalog - includes new speaking topics and a curriculum for high potentials
  • Author Page
  • Latest Book Coming in August 2015!

 Also, please check out my website and browse through my blog posts, and leave your comments and replies! 


Thank you,

Dr. Jean Ann Larson

Managing Partner

Jean Ann Larson & Associates

800-823-4330 (office)

Leadership from the field 

 What is your WHY?


Rereading Simon Sinek's book, Start with Why, got me thinking. What truly is my why at a very granular level? As a business owner? A consultant? A facilitator, teacher or speaker? What topics and activities engage me with my why? I decided to dig deeper than my roles and focus on a couple of topics that I speak on and use when working with clients.

For years I have delivered a speech to many groups titled, Balancing Your Professional and Personal Life. I've done this talk probably 100 times and it has never failed to connect with my audience regardless of their background, profession, age, gender or country of origin. It also never fails to reengage me and give me energy. I realize that this is because it connects deeply with my "why" and my core purpose.  It is a topic that I try to live every day.

Having been a graduate of and a facilitator for Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, I had ample opportunities to develop a mission statement or core purpose. A key part of my core purpose is to bring light, life, love and learning to all my roles and relationships. How do I do this? I use my gifts to bring forth the greatness in others through consulting, coaching, teaching, speaking and writing. This applies whether I am a consultant, a business partner, mom, a speaker or a business owner. So many of us struggle to keep balance in our lives and stay true to ourselves. I don't have an easy answer but I enjoy sharing what works for me and learning from those in the audience. Together we can find better ways (how and what) to stay true to ourselves meet our respective whys.

Another topic I have been researching informally for at least 20 years and formally for about 9 years as part of my doctoral studies and research is managing transitions. Specifically, my research explores how we can productively transition through the inevitable changes that affect all aspects of our lives. I remain in awe of people who can be subjected to endless, seemingly negative life changes and yet emerge stronger and wiser. As Daryl Connor noted in 1993 in his book, Managing at the Speed of Change, "The ability to successfully manage change has become one of the most important skills needed for personal happiness, the prosperity of organizations, and the health of the planet." I also know that as I teach and facilitate I learn more about the topic, myself and my deeper whys. 

If my why is to bring light, life, love and learning to all my roles and clients, how can my research help my clients navigate change more productively and positively. How can I? What can we learn? What are your whys? Share your thoughts with me on my website or in response to this newsletter. Everyone who responds will be eligible for a free assessment and will be entered in a drawing for a phone charger. (Reply back with your email address and contact information.)

Visit my website at www.jeanannlarson.org or send me a note at jeanann@jalarson.net


Jean Ann Larson & Associates

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"All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that."  - Balthazar Gracian Y Morales 

Next Wave Connect Tweet Chat on Work/Life Balance

Follow the link below to check out a summary of the highlights of my tweet chat held on March 23 on Work/Life Balance





Jean Ann Larson & Associates

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Up-coming Speaking Engagements 

Next Wave Connect recently interviewed me about my HIMSS sessions on their popular March to HIMSS 2015 series.  The video interviews provide brief overviews of my 3 sessions at HIMSS 2015:


Title: Overview of HIMSS15 Sessions from a Speaker's Perspective-NWC Interview with Dr. Jean Ann Larson


Video Overview:

Dr. Jean Ann Larson is a Speaker, Author, NWC ACE, and Executive Consultant who is getting geared up for HIMSS15 where she will not only be accepting an award, but is also the featured speaker for three separate breakout sessions! In the interview, Dr. Larson sat down with the team at Next Wave Connect to dive further into her HIMSS speaking events and hopes for a successful conference event.

For Interview #1 follow the link:  https://youtu.be/6PhpvE_AbYA


NWC Interview Video #2 Identifying Target Attendees for HIMSS15 Sessions-NWC Interview With Dr. Jean Ann Larson

Are you making your HIMSS15 plans for session attendance? Every wonder if this session is "really for you?" Next Wave Connect recently caught up with HIMSS15 speaker Dr. Jean Ann Larson and asked her to identify a "target attendee" for her 3 event sessions. Take a look at her responses here. 

For interview #2 follow the link: https://youtu.be/5osXrGXNThQ 


NWC Interview Video #3 HIMSS15 Panel Discussion Highlight -NWC Interview with Dr. Jean Ann Larson

At HIMSS15 , Dr. Jean Ann Larson and several leading Management Engineering experts are set to discuss the future of Health Care Management Engineering in a panel discussion on Monday, April 13th at 1:00 PM. Learn more about improving your organization's processes, outcomes, and technology in this quick highlight interview video between Next Wave Connect and panelist-Dr. Jean Ann Larson. For more HIMSS15 insight, visit the NWC March to HIMSS community at: http://goo.gl/qjtFPR

For Interview #3 follow the link: https://youtu.be/guKzTPyl_fc 


Please join me in Chicago at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference: Chicago, April 13-16th, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago

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  • The Future of Healthcare Management Engineering: Improving Your Organization's Processes, Outcomes & Technology Benefits Realization, Monday, April 13th at 1:00 pm in Room N426

  • Managing Your Own Professional Transitions, Monday, April 13th at 11:30 am in Room W196A

  •  Sharpening the Saw: Balancing Your Professional and Personal Life, April 15th at 2:00 pm in South Building, Room S104


Jean Ann Larson & Associates

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Additional Up-coming Speaking Engagements 

April 8th - The Mergers and Acquisitions Forum of the Dallas Business Navigators at Jones Day in down town Dallas

Topic - "Orchestrating M&A Success: How to Build the Right Team Post-Transaction"

This interactive session will describe strategies for building and maintaining strong teams post M&A to ensure consistent and higher levels profitability. Dr Larson will share her experiences and lessons learned. Topics include:
  • Overcoming the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
  • 10 Common Problems with Teams
  • Dealing with individuals: The good, the bad and the ugly
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Leading Change
June 1st at the Institute for Industrial Engineers National Conference in Nashville, TN
Topic - Managing Your Own Professional Transitions
Click here to register: http://www.iienet2.org/annual2/

June 24th for the Executive Healthcare Network - Dallas- 7:00 AM at Bravotech Offices
Topic: A Panel Discussion: How Can Systems Engineering Improve Healthcare

Contact me for more information and for an invitation.

Jean Ann Larson & Associates

800-823-4330 (office)

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Updated Spring Keynote Speeches and Workshop Catalog


If you're interested in a copy of the Spring Catalog, send me a note at info@jalarson.net with CATALOG in the subject line.


"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." 
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Coming Soon! New Book


My latest book is coming out in August 2015.
You can preorder it at a 20% discount by following this link:

Here's what people are saying:
"Dr. Jean Ann Larson has developed an invaluable technique that integrates process re-engineering and change management functions derived from her years of experience in the healthcare provider industry. This novel technique will assist healthcare organizations to successfully transcend the implementation of new clinical and financial processes that will be required to address fee for value business models. This book will become an invaluable tool for healthcare executives as they address the pain points of moving from fee for service to fee for value." - Michael W. Davis, Principal, Mountain Summits Advisors LLC, Denver, Colorado

U.S. healthcare is beyond simply picking the "low hanging fruit" of siloed process improvement initiatives. True transformational change is a product of highly effective communication, collaboration, trust and a clear vision of the desired future state. Jean Ann cleverly aligns the best tools and techniques together that drive reliable, sustainable change to our modern healthcare organizations. Rudy Santacroce, PE, Vice President, Operational Excellence, RTKL and Associates, Dallas Texas

If you need to lead your organization through fundamental change and improvement, this book provides a road map along with case studies, templates and lessons learned. 

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What I Am Reading 

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek

Though I read this book when it first came out, I am rereading it as it applies to my evolving roles as a consultant and business owner.  Even for the many of you who have previously read it, you'll find it worthwhile to reconnect with Sinek's material. https://youtu.be/IPYeCltXpxw


Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.

In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way -- and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit-- those are always results. WHY does your organization exist? WHY does it do the things it does? WHY do customers really buy from one company or another? WHY are people loyal to some leaders, but not others?

Starting with WHY works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Those who start with WHY never manipulate, they inspire. And the people who follow them don't do so because they have to; they follow because they want to.

Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.  (Summary from Amazon.com)


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