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Believing in the Art of Possibilities

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN “In the measurement world, you set a goal and strive for it. In the universe of possibility, you set the context and let life unfold.”  Benjamin Zander Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music.   He was also a keynote plenary …

Encouraging the Heart

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN “Getting extraordinary things done in organizations is hard work.  The climb to the summit is arduous and steep.  Good leaders encourage others to continue the quest.  They inspire others with courage and hope.”  James Kouzes and Barry Posner How intentional are you about encouraging the heart of those …

Avoiding Biases in Your Leadership Thinking

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN “Rarely do we find people who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” – Martin Luther King Nurse leaders make hundreds of decisions each day.  We rarely consider the …

Rebooting Your Nursing Leadership Career

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN “Change before you have to change.”     Jack Welch We are living in a health care environment that is undergoing massive change.  Although there are still many unknowns with health reform, one certainty is that things will never be the same again.  The delivery of health care is shifting from a “hospital …

Managing Your Own Psychology in Leadership Roles

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN As a young leader, a wise mentor once told me that my toughest leadership challenge would be to manage myself.  I found this to be true over my leadership career.  Leadership can be stressful especially during times of great challenges.  Anxiety can lead to a loss of confidence in one’s own abilities as a leader …