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A Time for Renewal and Inspiration

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring is drawing near and it’s a great season for reaffirming, rededicating and reimagining. This is a season of renewed optimism and an ideal time to open up to new ways of thinking and feeling.

Spring is also a sure sign the TRUST Forum is right around the corner. This year’s Forum will be held on April 11. The Forum brings inspiration, renewed confidence, and rededication to the spirit and passion of the TRUST’s support of women leaders in health care. These themes are often echoed in the statements of those who attend the Forum. Here’s what a few people had to say about the TRUST and our 2017 Forum:

  • “I love the camaraderie. I love the inspiration.”
  • “There’s no place other than right here in Minnesota that has a women’s health leadership Forum like we do.”
  • “The Forum is a great way to recognize women and to inspire.”
  • “It’s a superb networking event to meet women from all sectors of health care throughout Minnesota.”
  • “These are pivotal years in health care and the Forum is the perfect place to address this and help share the value of the TRUST.”

It’s so heartwarming to hear women speak of how the Forum inspired them to act. We bring the Forum to you each year because we know it can make a positive impact in the lives of women leaders and spark the innovation and courage to transform the health care industry.

I anticipate this year’s Forum will again inspire action in ways currently unknown. Our theme this year is courage, which we talked about on this blog in January. Courage expands our awareness, our ability to be transparent, our vision to transform, and most significantly, the audacity to act.

The TRUST believes strongly in supporting women leaders in health care to move through fear, choose courage, and transcend challenges. That’s why the 2018 Forum will recognize 20 Courageous Women in Minnesota Health Care who found the courage within to tackle risk and vulnerability with grit and determination. We are excited to celebrate these women who discovered the power of “we” and partnering, and gain inspiration from their courageous achievements. The 20 Courageous Women will be announced on March 9 via the TRUST website and that day’s issue of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

The TRUST is overjoyed to have Ann Bancroft as keynote speaker for the 2018 Forum. I have had the opportunity to meet Bancroft; she is truly dynamic and engaging! At the Forum, she will share her insights as a teacher, author and explorer who has repeatedly demonstrated vulnerability, grit and courage through her incredible expeditions. The TRUST recently talked with Bancroft and we were a bit surprised to hear she doesn’t view herself to be courageous. You can find the TRUST’s Q&A with Bancroft in the February 23 issue of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and on our website.

I hope you will register for the Forum as an individual or as a table of 10, and join us April 11 as we celebrate courageous women and connect with women leaders in health care. One final note on spring — the first day of spring, March 20, is also the International Day of Happiness. May your spring be filled with joy, gratitude, and renewed inspiration!
 
Connie currently serves as TRUST President, and Professor and Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Delaney holds degrees in nursing and mathematics, adult health nursing, educational administration, and informatics. Delaney’s work is expanding connections, collaborations, integrative informatics, and social structures which advance co-discovery of solutions that transform health and education systems.

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Bold Leadership: Thinking Bravely, Leading Confidently

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, Friday, November 3, 2017
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The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST’s mission is to support women leaders in health care, and we continually aim to support our members grow as the most transformative leaders they can be. Recently, we’ve heard members tell us they want the TRUST to support them to not only become leaders, but BOLD leaders. We’ve listened and are taking action by adding related topics to our strong programming line-up and honoring courageous women in health care at the 2018 Forum.

What does it mean to be a bold leader? A bold person is defined as taking risks; being brave, confident and courageous. A leader who is bold, confident and courageous chooses to act in a situation that involves risk or fear, and yes, vulnerability. She follows the integrated heart and mind to lift up health, and radiates fortitude as well as vulnerability to persevere in the face of challenges even when she can’t control the outcome. A bold leader thinks bravely and acts confidently to expand horizons, move beyond the familiar, and envision a future of health and well-being.

Sometimes boldness and confidence come naturally, other times it is a skill to be enhanced through increased mindfulness, intentionality and action. So, how can women move forward as bold leaders, even if it doesn’t come naturally? Here are a few suggestions no matter where you are on your journey.

  • Lead Authentically from Your True North. Determine who you are based on your values and sources of insight and satisfaction in your life. Your leadership will be authentic and confident when you’re true to your True North.
  • Take Confident Action. Share your insights even if they differ from the views of others. Get involved with projects outside of your comfort zone. Talk/listen to a stranger at a networking event. Practice creates more confidence, so aim to take one confident action a week.
  • Talk with Bold Leaders. Bold leaders are seldom shy about sharing their experiences with others. Talk to women you view as courageous and confident, and ask them to share their insights for growing as a bold leader.
  • Share Information. The most confident leaders share information and wisdom with others rather than amass it and use it in a short-sighted attempt for power.
  • Tell Stories. Confident leaders tell stories with impact and they weave these into their meetings, presentations and day-to-day conversations. Sharing and listening to stories are a bold way to engage with your audiences and help drive home messages.
  • Be Present; Demonstrate Confident Body Language. Body language can instantly demonstrate confidence, or a lack thereof. Engage through authentic eye contact and expressions with others.
  • Use Your Voice. Be mindful of the way you communicate verbally. Allow your energy to flow.
  • Prepare Comments. There is almost always an opportunity to prepare comments even in situations that may seem spontaneous. Think about what you want to say, then say it and stop. Allow silence to speak.

We all have something to share and to learn about being transformative leaders. Live your boldness daily. The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is here to support you on your bold journey!

Connie currently serves as TRUST President, and Professor and Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Delaney holds degrees in nursing and mathematics, adult health nursing, educational administration, and informatics. Delaney’s work is expanding connections, collaborations, integrative informatics, and social structures which advance co-discovery of solutions that transform health and education systems.

Sources:
Forbes, “How to Communicate Like a Confident Leader,” 5/10/17, http://bit.ly/2xbevq7
Inc., “7 Things Really Bold People Do,” 4/4/14,

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