Five Steps for Hospitals and Health Systems Recruiting During a Reorganization
There is a school of thought in healthcare recruiting that organizations in flux should delay major hires until the dust settles and stability returns. Get through a merger, restructuring, or even a mild strategic repositioning, the thinking goes, and then target your next great CEO, CIO, CMO, or other senior executive. This always made sense in the past when hospitals or health systems rarely faced dramatic change or upheaval and executive recruiting was more deliberate.
Today the pace of change has quickened and, in many organizations, it seems the dust never really settles. Hitting the pause button on executive hiring may result in missed opportunities from a talent perspective, and thus missed strategic and other opportunities for the organization. Great leaders won’t always wait. Therefore, in times of flux, recruiting not only must continue but it needs more urgency and a slightly different approach.