Newsletter Fall 2009


Greetings Colleagues
Thanks to your continued support we are delighted to report that we will be offering another combined program in May 2010. Please register early and notify your colleagues of this opportunity. The 17th Dorothy Wylie Nursing / Health Leaders Institute will be held May 25-28 with follow-up November 8-10. For more information please call Katrin Wade at 416 426-7229.
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Update on our Strategic Alliance with CCHSE.
Congratulations to the many alumni who have successfully completed their CHE through this agreement:
Kim Alvarado, Jill Campbell, Priya Chetty, Tricia Cochrane, Tracey Davey, Sonja Glass, Farrah Hirji, Heather Hoxby, Catherine Kohm, Arden Krystal, Patricia Maxwell, Kathleen Millar, Lorraine Reynolds, and Myrna Suski. We are pleased to say that several more alumni are ‘in progress’ towards their Certified Health Executive (CHE) status.

Barry Posner is on Sabbatical
Barry is on leave from the Santa Clara University campus where he is Dean of the Leavey Business School and Professor of Leadership. He will be travelling and teaching in Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, Istanbul, and London England. You can follow his leadership blog.

Downstream Research Project
In partnership with the Centre for Health Leadership and Research at Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, we are conducting an important and exciting research project. This research focuses on the “downstream” experiences of individuals who have received leadership development opportunities within the last few months. We are interested in the impact of leadership development programs on participants’ leadership behaviour after they return to their place of work, how their leadership activities are received, or taken up by, the home organization, and ultimately what impact those actions may actually have at an organizational level.

Participants have been invited from several organizations that offer distinct forms of leadership training. Graduates from DMW-NLI 14 and 15 and from HLI4 were invited to participate. Anita Snell at Royal Roads University in BC, who is leading the research team, tells us that 25 alumni from the DWNLI and HLI programs have been interviewed as subjects for the study. Anita says the sample size literature indicates that 25 is a very good number to provide data for a good thematic analysis. Anita reports that she anticipates starting the analysis by October and will have a final report by the end of November. We hope to have some results for our next newsletter.

Role Changes
We often receive messages from you telling us of your job changes and it is always a delight to hear what you are doing.
For example, Monica Codjoe, accepted the position of VP Patient Services and CNE at The Toronto Grace Health Centre in Toronto last Spring. She tells us she is enjoying her new responsibilities very much. Monica can be reached at

Many people have kindly told us that they use the Change Leadership Framework for projects they are involved with. Some have asked for a link to the paper we published not too long ago about leading change in healthcare organizations. It might be a useful addition to your toolkit. Enjoy!

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors
Johnson & Johnson Medical Products has been a steadfast supporter of the Dorothy Wylie Nursing Leadership Institute and the Health Leaders Institute for the last 7 years providing a generous donation that enables participation in the Institutes by graduate students and by small hospitals and agencies with modest education budgets. Our very special thanks to our friends at J&J.

Last year Wiley Canada, publishers of The Leadership Challenge answered our call to support the program with a generous donation. Here is some information about their work and a note of thanks from their Leadership Challenge team: Are Your Leaders Ready to Lead? Leadership is an ongoing process. To create better leaders, you have to encourage great learners. Judith Skelton Green, Julia Scott and Beverley Simpson, Wiley Canada Pfeiffer Partners, are devoted Leadership Challenge and Leadership Practices Inventory organizational consultants who have successfully implemented The Leadership Challenge and LPI across the healthcare industry.

The Leadership Challenge is an evidence-based approach to how leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done. It’s about the practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and risks into rewards. It’s about a climate in which people turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes.

The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) is the best-selling and most trusted leadership tool of its generation. Developed by researchers and educators, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, the third edition of this celebrated instrument is available in both print and electronic versions and approaches leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviours. This 360-degree leadership assessment tool helps individuals and organizations measure their leadership competencies, while guiding them through the process of applying Kouzes’ and Posner’s acclaimed Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® to real-life organizational challenges.
As a result of completing an LPI assessment and using the Leadership Challenge® Workshop training, participants are able to:

  • Identify their own strengths and areas of opportunity for development
  • communicate fundamental values and beliefs
  • Inspire others to share a common vision
  • Search for opportunities to take the risk needed for growth
  • Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust
  • Strengthen others’ ability to excel
  • Recognize the accomplishments of others

Bev is one of a handful of Master Facilitators offering The Leadership Challenge program – and the only one in Canada focused specifically on the health care sector – and has worked with many hospitals and health care agencies, helping their staff to gain a deeper understanding of the competencies of leadership and their application to nursing and health care. Wiley Canada applauds Judith, Julia and Bev’s efforts and wishes them continued success!

If you would like to receive more information on Wiley’s suite of leadership and training materials, please contact: Peter McFarland at: 613-236-1842 or for a complimentary Pfeiffer training and development catalogue.

To our alumni friends and colleagues, all best wishes, and please keep your notes and updates coming in.

Bev, Judy, Julia