Leadership Development for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Dawn Forman, Marion Jones and Jill Thistlehwaite, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 292 pp., $100 (book).

Though this book’s emphasis is on healthcare, other ideas presented are applicable to leaders and decision-makers in many professional leadership fields. Ideas about interprofessional collaboration are explored and opportunities are put into practice.

The book is a challenging technical read, but it results in discoveries and extended thinking with insights about quality processes, program leadership and administration.

A historical overview of the interprofessional education and collaborative practice field is presented in part one, with reference to perspectives from some of the field’s pioneers.

Part two links theory to practice with emphasis on client care. An interprofessional leadership skills toolkit and short case studies are also presented. It is important to note that the authors explore obstacles faced in healthcare and education around issues of improvement, quality and collaborative patient-centered care.

Part three presents a worldwide perspective on important topics such as leadership development, faculty development in health professions education, evolution of faculty-wide interprofessional workshops and leadership collaboration, resulting in interprofessional lifelong learning. Case studies are presented, including reports from developing countries where healthcare services are in the early stages.

The book emphasizes thinking about outcomes, procedures, quality and leadership related to attainment of goals. Content is focused on interprofessional education and collaborative practice, setting the stage for action in a wide range of fields.

This book is suggested as a reference resource for ideas on leadership, professional activities, collaborative opportunities and the role of teaching learning activities in the classroom and on the job.

Gerry Brong
Ellensburg, WA

The Executive Guide to Enterprise Risk Management: Linking Strategy, Risk and Value Creation

Christopher Chappell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 200 pp., $45 (book).

This book is an excellent guide on how an executive board approaches risk management. Chappell provides the tools necessary to effectively pitch any project to an executive board. He includes many lists of potential questions you could be asked by board members from different aspects of the business strategy components.

Chappell breaks down ways to build risk into the business strategy in order to create a culture of risk within the organization. He also outlines the role of the board’s chief risk officer and provides board members with tables outlining what they should consider or ask whenever there is a proposal brought before them.

This book is a great guide for analyzing financial risk management while you are putting together a proposal to be evaluated. It is also excellent for anyone on an executive board or who could potentially be on an executive board in the near future.

I have already used the principles in this book while preparing proposals for my company’s executive staff that have required capital expenditures.

Conor Leahy
San Diego

The ASQ Pocket Guide to Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)

D.H. Stamatis, ASQ Quality Press, 2014, 272 pp., $17 member, $29 list (book).

The book is divided into 16 chapters. The first four chapters introduce the reasons for performing a failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), but in these beginning chapters, the author assumes the reader is familiar with FMEA terms without fully explaining them until later.

Chapters six through nine contain the main themes of the book where the author introduces the following topics:

  • The FMEA form and rankings.
  • Types of FMEAs.
  • The most common types of FMEAs.
  • Healthcare FMEAs.

Additionally, there is a chapter on failure mode effects, and critical analysis, which is a bottom-up inductive, analytical method to be performed at either the functional or piece-part level. It extends FMEA by including a critical analysis, which is used to chart the probability of failure modes against the severity of their consequences. In explaining, the author gets into some higher math functions which the average person may have difficulty understanding.

Rather than a pocket guide to FMEA, the author tried to fit too much information into this small book and missed the intent of providing basic information about FMEAs.

Wayne Sander
Dousman, WI

The People Powered Brand: A Blueprint for B2B Brand and Culture Transformation

Chris Wirthwein and Joe Bannon, Paramount Market Publishing, 2014, 168 pp., $28 (book).

This book is about building an organizational brand and your own personal brand. With the business-to-business (B2B) case portions of the book, there are differences between marketing consumer goods and B2B-considered purchases. In the consumer goods arena, it’s about creating a personality—internal buy-in and alignment of the brand by the employees within the organization is essential.

A brand is about what goes on in people’s minds. It’s an accumulation of experiences, attitudes, opinions, feelings and thoughts, and is blended with the real, the perceived and the imagined. The process for defining a brand is implemented in five steps and a prototype is developed.

Creating the brand structure follows the creation of the prototype. The brand structure should be no more than one page, which concisely summarizes six foundational elements: the strategy, promise, organization, personality, values and brand nucleus.

Creating a brand involves more art than formula. A simple chart provides the definitions and purpose of each of the elements of the brand structure.

Delivery of a clear, coordinated message is critical to achieving a universal and favorable perception of your organization. The success of a brand is not how well it is planned, but how well it is implemented. The book gives many tools and examples of how to implement a brand successfully.

The book is an easy read, not only because it is short in length, but it’s also told in the context and dialog of a meeting between an independent coach and the key management in an organization, focusing on building a brand. Many of the lessons learned from the authors can be used by anyone looking to build a personal brand.

Russell T. Westcott
Old Saybrook, CT

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