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Leadership in Healthcare at Critical Turning Point

ATLANTA, GA – The future of healthcare in America is destined to be a highlight of the upcoming 2008 presidential campaign. Experts agree that strong leadership will be needed to weather the challenges and transformation the healthcare industry will experience as the baby boomers reach retirement. In an effort to focus more heavily on the growing need for high performing leaders in healthcare, leadershipForward has announced that effective June 30, 2007 it will become independent from Healthcare Performance Solutions and continue on as a strategic partner. “In today’s rapid and highly complex marketplace, it is important for organizations to have a laser-like focus on their core strengths to best serve their clients’ and the industry’s needs. For leadershipForward that laser is pointed at partnering directly with healthcare providers to create highly capable, credible, confident and influential leaders,” said one of the firm’s founders, Paul Litten. The move indicates the growing demand and importance of high performing leadership in the healthcare industry.

leadershipForward will continue to focus on optimizing people, structures and systems to improve strategic, operational and fiscal performance for healthcare leaders and leadership teams as well as improving the collaboration and alignment between physicians and healthcare leaders. leadershipForward has served a significant number of healthcare organizations throughout the country improving their employee and physician engagement, increasing patient satisfaction scores and strategically bringing about cultural transformation aligned with the values, mission and financial outcomes of the organization.

Greg Hiebert, another founding partner asserted, “Healthcare leaders face a future of extraordinary challenges and opportunities–strong, compassionate and visionary leadership will be needed more than ever before. leadershipForward is proud to continue to serve and support our clients with focused dedication and clarity of purpose.”

leadershipForward Announces the Hiring of Senior Healthcare
Executive Nancy Carlstedt

ATLANTA, GA – leadershipForward, a leading leadership performance development organization announces the appointment of Nancy Carlstedt, senior healthcare executive to serve in its healthcare practice as a consultant and executive coach. Ms. Carlstedt’s healthcare career spans more than 25 years, two decades in healthcare administration as a CEO in 4 different hospitals and other senior administrative positions along with many years as a renowned healthcare advisor and consultant. Nancy’s work in developing new services and successfully navigating through challenging transitional environments is well documented within the healthcare industry. Ms. Carlstedt retired from full-time administrative roles in 2003. Since that time she has provided consultation and advisory services to the VHA as a national faculty member, focusing on improvement initiatives and strategic forecasting. Ms. Carlstedt has been on the guest faculty at Indiana University, VHA, Texas Women’s University and Health Care Forum.

“We are delighted that Nancy has joined our team”, remarked Paul Litten, one of leadershipForward’s founding partners. “We expect that Nancy’s experience in successfully transforming healthcare teams and organizations will assist our organization in continuing to deliver healthcare performance results that will have tremendous impact for our clients and the communities they serve”.

“It is a privilege to work with leadershipForward as they bring strong values, insightful coaching and workable solutions to assist their healthcare clients in a challenging environment.” said Ms. Carlstedt. leadershipForward’s work focuses on optimizing people, structures and systems to improve strategic, operational and fiscal performance for healthcare leaders and leadership teams as well as improving the collaboration and alignment between physicians and healthcare leaders.

leadershipForward Announces the Appointment of Rebecca Henson to Partner

ATLANTA, GA – leadershipForward, a premier leadership performance development organization announces the appointment of Rebecca Henson to the position of Partner. Ms. Henson has served as a senior consultant with leadershipForward since joining the team in 2003. Her deep expertise and success in coaching senior executives towards new levels of performance and capability has been exceptional.

Rebecca has been in the business of coaching senior executives for the past 22 years getting her start with the Center for Creative Leadership and serving a host of clients to include Corning, Inc., MetLife, IBM, and many other Fortune 500 corporations. In addition to her capacities in leadership assessment and coaching, Ms. Henson is skilled in training, team building, conflict management, and process consulting.

“This appointment is a reflection of Rebecca’s invaluable contribution in building our growing firm and in her remarkable client focus,” remarked Greg Hiebert, a founding partner at leadershipForward.

Over the course of her career she has developed particular expertise in helping mid-level executives successfully make the transition to senior-level, strategic assignments. Most recently Ms. Henson has been instrumental in leading leadershipForward’s coaching practice developing innovative coaching models and client service metrics to ensure the highest quality service delivery.


“The value leadershipForward brings to the table is not typical of consultants nor leadership coaches. They believe in what they are saying and are seen as a legitimate resource that executives can connect with and learn from.” 

Jack Stephens, CEO
Lakeland Regional Medical Center