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Enhance Your Creativity through Collaboration

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Hello, 2017! A new year is a time of reflection and, for many, of resolutions. The start of the new year in January is also Creativity Month and it should be no surprise as to why. It’s a fresh start on the clock. A time when the world is full of endless possibilities! This year, as you look ahead to your professional goals, I encourage you to be more creative and innovative.

You may think you’re either born creative or you’re not; however, creativity is a skill anyone can learn. One way to build your creativity is to engage with people who are different from you. If we only engage with those who are like us, we’re not growing. When you open yourself up to new people, healthy disruption can occur and new ideas flow more readily.

Collaboration is a perfect way to open yourself up to creativity – and you’ll meet wonderful new people and organizations along the way. Collaborative experiences can challenge us to open up our minds and truly shake up the status quo and reframe traditional thinking. This is why collaboration and creativity are common themes for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. In fact, this year’s Forum is focused on innovative collaboration and partnerships.

The TRUST is often focused on creativity and collaboration because they make us better people, better professionals. These are skills in high demand for leaders of any industry, and are vitally important for the health care industry. Creative collaboration can create:

  • Empathetic engagement with a focus on developing a diverse understanding of the needs, desires and values of the health care consumer.
  • Radical new ideas when creative tensions fostered by opposing ideas work together to find a solution that improves health care delivery.
  • Vision necessary to move forward past the concept phase to test ideas and learn as you go.

Creativity takes courage to move outside of your comfort zone. Push yourself creatively at least once a month and it won’t be long until creativity is part of who you are. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou

Theresa currently serves as TRUST president; she is president of Children’s Health Care Foundation and vice president of development for Children’s Minnesota. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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5 Ways to Get More from Your TRUST Experience

Posted By Candee Wolf, TRUST member, Principal, Wolf Olson Communications, Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Many people join an association without giving a second thought to how to make the most of the membership. Guilty as charged. Several years ago, I joined the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST; however, other than attending that year’s Forum, I didn’t get involved. I had let my membership wither on the vine and didn’t renew. When I rejoined the TRUST at the start of 2016, I joined a committee and immediately started shaping my TRUST experience. This time around I made more of my membership in three months than I had previously in one year.

So, how can you make the most of your TRUST membership? Here are five tips for fully realizing your membership experience.

#1 – Attend a New Member Breakfast. I made it a point to attend a New Member Breakfast right away when I rejoined the TRUST and I’m so glad I did. There I was able to not only meet other new members, but I had the opportunity to meet Carol Kraft, who was serving as TRUST president at the time. Meeting Carol opened up new opportunities, including service on the Forum committee. How often do you get to meet the president or other leaders of an organization in an informal, small group setting? It happens each month with the TRUST. Check the TRUST online calendar for upcoming New Member Breakfast dates.

#2 – Take advantage of professional development opportunities. Education is one of the four TRUST pillars and it is on ample display via year-round professional development opportunities. These seminars are focused on leadership development, career advancement, new trends and best practices. Keep an eye on the TRUST e-newsletters, social channels and online calendar for new sessions.

#3 – Join a committee. Why? Those who get involved on committees have the opportunity to enhance existing programs and create unique opportunities. I joined the TRUST Marketing & Communications committee and have helped enhance existing programs. It’s rewarding to give back to the organizations we are a part of.

#4 – Participate in the ACCELERATE! mentoring program. Mentoring programs are a meaningful way to truly learn from a peer in the industry who likely becomes a long-term trusted counselor. The program provides individual access to senior women leaders in health care so participants can build leadership presence, learn from experiences (both wins and mistakes) and have a personal sounding board to help cultivate a path forward. The TRUST’s ACCELERATE! mentoring program is available only for members and is a tremendous opportunity for reciprocal learning.

#5 – Network, network, network. From networking-only events such as the wine & networking event to the annual Forum conference, the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST provides numerous opportunities to meet other women with similar professional interests and goals. Don’t let networking feel like a chore. Fellow TRUST members are peers who can help you learn more about the health care industry, expand your network and perhaps make your next job search a bit easier.

Remember, membership is what you make of it and it doesn’t require a substantial time or financial commitment. Hopefully these tips gave you some inspiration to take charge of your TRUST membership and create an amazing long-term experience.

Candee serves on the TRUST committees for Marketing & Communications as well as the Forum and is a paid consultant for the TRUST’s social media. She has served as President of the Public Relations Society of America Minnesota chapter and is currently President-Elect of Minnesota Women in Marketing & Communications. Candee provides strategic communications planning and implementation for health care and senior care organizations.

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Powerful, Collaborative Learning

Posted By Carol Kraft, President, Women's Health Leadership TRUST, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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A great gift we can give ourselves and others is the gift of learning. You have likely heard a lot of people say, “I love learning;” though, like me, you perhaps have yet to hear anyone say, “I hate learning.” That’s probably because learning occurs naturally and continuously throughout a person’s lifetime. Learning happens every day whether you realize it or not. I especially love learning from peers whether through formal mentoring or other collaborative learning. In fact, learning from my female peers in health care was a significant reason why I joined the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.

Peer-to-peer and group mentoring are excellent ways to learn new skills, hone abilities and help others grow. What makes collaborative learning, such as mentoring, so powerful? Everyone participating is a teacher as well as a student! Everyone is learning from the unique abilities of each person.

Mentoring is a wonderful form of collaborative learning because it tends to be more one-on-one or small group, which can be ideal for having deeper discussions and more opportunities for questions in an environment that feels inviting and safe.

The TRUST offers great opportunities for collaborative learning. In fact, the Annual Meeting on September 8 will feature a collaborative discussion on partnerships and collaboration! And did you know the TRUST has a mentoring program? The ACCELERATE! mentoring program combines 1:1 learning with group round tables for a combined package of conversations and action steps aligned with development goals to maximize learning and growth.

Mentoring and collaborative learning environments are perfect for benefiting from each other’s resources, skills and experiences. I hope to see some of you at a future collaborative learning event through the TRUST!

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