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October 25, 2021
2021 Workshop: Mentoring and Being Mentored - Presented by Patty Saponaro

Patty Saponaro, Associate Chair for Administration at UNC Radiation Oncology, presented on mentoring and being mentored.

The leader’s role is to be curious, to keep learning, and to teach others, she said. You have to start with the work (what work needs to be done) and knowing what you have to offer and what the person wants. In doing so, you’re asking the person to be self-reflective about why they’re seeking mentorship.

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: Leadership, Mentoring, conference2021
October 25, 2021
2021 General Session: Crisis Leadership in a Time of Pandemic - Presented by Dr. Ralph Gigliotti

Sunday afternoon’s general session address featured Dr. Ralph Gigliotti, Director of Rutgers University’s Center For Organizational Leadership. He spoke about how crisis has become a more negative and complex term.

He presented six key strategies for administrators:

  1. Focus on items within your immediate control and influence.
  2. Develop a clear understanding of your leadership goals.
  3. Design strategies for meaningfully engaging others in strategy, change, planning and crisis efforts.
  4. Prioritize wellness and well-being.
  5. Adopt people-centered approaches for navigating the “minefield” of the post-pandemic workplace.
  6. Remember your why.
By Tammy McCausland
Tags: conference2021, Leadership
October 25, 2021
Keynote Session: Leading with Vitality

SROA’s 38th Annual Meeting kicked off with a keynote presentation by Sara Ross, Chief Vitality Officer at BrainAMPED, a leadership research and coaching firm. 

Three key takeaways from her presentation about developing a vitality mindset are:

  1. Be willing to unlearn old intentions and re-learn new responses to serve that impact.
  2. Shift your thinking from, “What’s wrong with them?” to “I wonder what’s going on with them.”
  3. Write your own positive proof with a resilience resume. Keep it close, update it often, refer to it regularly.
By Tammy McCausland
Tags: conference2021, Leadership, Burnout
July 29, 2021
SROA Blog: A Team Approach to Patient Care

This blog post is based on “A Team Approach to Patient Care,” an article published in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators, Vol 31, No 2. The publication is an SROA member benefit.

In September 2020, Jana Grienke, clinical administrator in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa Hospitals, was recognized as a “Healthcare Hero,” and her team approach to health care was featured in an article.

“In radiation oncology, we’re always uber focused on the safety of patients and staff, but when the pandemic started, it really did force us to have a different perspective and approach with things in the clinic,” she said. “Due to the urgency, we needed to make decisions quickly and sometimes in real time.”

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: COVID-19, Leadership, Staffing
July 16, 2021
Improving Interoperability Through Standardization

This blog post is based on “Improving Interoperability Through Standardization,” an article published in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators, Vol 31, No 2. The publication is an SROA member benefit.

When clinics have separate standalone systems, often there are inefficiencies like duplication of effort, underuse of tools that can lead to errors from manual workarounds, and missing documentation. TriHealth operates five radiation therapy sites, three of which came online during the pandemic, so we needed to standardize workflows and software among all the sites.

By Mike Grindstaff
Tags: Leadership, Standardization, radiation oncology
June 9, 2021
A Tool To Help You Be Both Productive And Present

The same distractions that interrupt office productivity also penetrate remote work environments. There can be spouses, kids, pets, laundry, and yard work to manage. So, how can you be simultaneously present and productive? By learning to set boundaries using common language and simple tools like the 5 Gears.

By Posteed by: Skot Waldron
Tags: Leadership, Staffing
May 5, 2021
Zoom Fatigue is Real

Over the last year many of us have gone from days with face-to-face meetings to hours of virtual meetings. With accessibility increasing, it seems like more and more meetings are happening via online platforms such as Teams, Webex, and especially Zoom. 

Tags: Leadership, Burnout
March 31, 2021
Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the vital role of women in American history.

SROA’s Connect community offers members a platform to ask each other questions, share ideas, or, as the website says, “connect and collaborate.” We asked our Community members what women inspire them in honor of Women’s History Month. Here is a sampling of some of the responses we received.

By Melissa Castan
Tags: Leadership, Diversity, Staffing
March 17, 2021
The Value of Onboarding

As administrators, we cannot underestimate the value and impact of a comprehensive onboarding program. Onboarding is the first opportunity for new hires to get a true sense of our organization’s culture.

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: Leadership, Staffing
March 3, 2021
How to Lead an Effective Meeting

People want to feel valued, heard, and understood in every environment. So, how do you know which team members want to be led in which way? First, seek to understand yourself, then seek to understand others. The way you communicate will lead to building or destroying your workplace culture.

By Skot Waldron
Tags: Leadership