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Search Insights Report: UC Davis Health – Chief Strategy Officer

By | May 28 th,  2020 | Healthcare Executive Search, Search Insights | Add A Comment

UC Davis Health partnered with Furst Group to find a Chief Strategy Officer to continue moving the organization forward by advancing its focus on building stronger community partnerships and affiliations. As a leading national academic health system, UC Davis Health is ranked among the Top 10 medical schools in the United States, the Top 30 for medical centers, and the Top 50 for schools of nursing.

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Mapping the Role


Defining success is an integral part of identifying the ideal candidate profile. Beyond the description of the position itself, it is important to develop a deep understanding of the culture and the needs of the organization, while also considering the specific factors and support needed for the executive leader to achieve the desired outcomes.


For UC Davis Health, success was crucially dependent on finding a strategic executive who had the competencies and operational experience to design and execute a new clinical strategy within the distinctive pace and cadence of an academic health system and subsequently drive the evolution of the organization’s culture over time.


Navigating the market


Strategy executives are in high demand. These leaders, however, are acutely decisive when considering their next opportunity. Employing an intentional, informed approach to the market allowed potential candidates to match their style to that of the organization in several key categories, including risk tolerance, agility, and propensity to innovate.


Slate Dynamics


The strong partnership between Furst Group and UC Davis Health provided a solid, targeted approach to the competitive Chief Strategy Officer talent market and produced a highly dynamic candidate slate that included leaders with for-profit experience in complex markets and varied experience in all facets of academic institutions, as well as high-potential candidates ready to step-up in their careers. Click the link below to view the report for statistics and insights: 

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Installation and Onboarding


Within many of our C-level searches, we embed our sister company, NuBrick Partners, from the start to assist with the selection and installation of the new leader. NuBrick’s expertise in leadership development and executive team performance minimizes the potential disruptive impact of transitioning a new leader into an organization. It also accelerates the leader’s immersion and cohesion into the culture and the team, translating into higher success rates and reduced time to results. Review the Search Insights Report for more information.



Why 'the best' isn't always what's best for you

By | December 12 th,  2011 | Healthcare Executive Search, Blog | Add A Comment


By Sherrie Barch

Furst Group President


The hospital’s search for a new executive was down to two finalists. They were leaning toward Mark, but it was clear to me that John was a better fit and a stronger leader. So why was John lagging behind as the final interviews approached?


It was simple. John knew he was initially the underdog, and he became so focused on his competition that he neglected the very qualities that had brought him to the table. I pulled him aside.


“This job is yours to lose,” I told him. “You’re managing to your competition instead of touting your strengths. You’re the best candidate. The board likes you. They want to hire you. But you have to forget about the other guy and focus on who you are and what you can do for this organization.”


It worked. John took the hint, got the job, and has been thriving ever since.


I was reminded of this recently as I read an article by Joan Magretta in Harvard Business Review, “Stop Competing to Be The Best.”


Magretta, a frequent champion of management strategist Michael Porter, says we should “compete to be unique. Focus on innovating to create superior value for your chosen customers, not on imitating and matching rivals.”


“In War, there can only be one winner,” she adds. “Not so in business, where companies like WalMart and Target can thrive and co-exist.”


That is why we warn our clients to beware of hiring the perfect candidate. Sometimes “the best” isn’t always what the search profile dictates. “The best” isn’t necessarily the most experienced or the most visionary. “The best” is what the best fit is for your company, bearing in mind the culture and the timing. "The best" is also the one who represents where you want to be as an organization, the one who can craft and attain that vision -- not just what you are today.


So stop worrying about the competition and, more important, don’t limit your goals to competing with them. You may end up adding to their success without even knowing it. As branding expert Rob Frankel notes, success is when your customer sees you as the only solution to their problem – a decision in which the competition has faded from view.

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