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Straight A Leadership

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Straight A Leadership

Author: Quint Studer

Publisher: Fire Starter Publishing

List Price: US$28.00

Format: hard cover; 264 pages

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9840794-1-4

Reviewer: Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date: August 2012

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Introduction to the Book

This book shares how healthcare leaders are striving to better align, act and build accountability within their organization. Their goal is to be competitive by quickly adapting to external environmental changes, while delivering exceptional healthcare. To accomplish this, leaders need to understand the big picture of what is done well in the organization and what needs improving and consistently implement best practices to align necessary changes. This book provides guidance on how to accomplish these tasks.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is divided into four main sections.

Section 1: The Straight A Diagnosis assesses strengths and weaknesses of organizational capabilities. Guidelines on how leaders can improve 3 A’s (alignment, action and accountability) and consistently applying best practices are provided.

Section 2: External Environment Communication Tools explores ways to increase the visibility of senior leadership to internal challenges. How leaders answer tough questions, address behavioral challenges, share financial decisions and improve communication via meeting and forums are discussed in this section.

Section 3: Senior Leader Toolkit revisited provides exercises on formulating organizational grade point, addressing creative tension, answering “what’s in it for me” for all organizational stakeholders and aligning on board commitments.

Section 4: The Basics provides tips on how leaders need to apply consistency and aligning organization into pillars, building leadership skills and conducting effective evaluations.

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About the Reviewer

Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Born in Iran, Nazanin Mehrooz migrated to the USA where she studied software engineering and worked in both defense and telecom industries. For the past decade, her focus has been IT Application Support, Operations and Service Delivery Management. Nazanin is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth PMI chapters in Texas. Email: [email protected]

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