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Massachusetts Home Health Executive Leadership Circle
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“The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” – Sheryl Sandberg

It has been well documented that businesses with more effective leadership always outperform businesses with less effective leadership. But what does it mean to be an effective leader? What are some of the skills and tools that great leaders need to anticipate to manage challenges or to effectively handle any situation that may arise?

With the creation of our 2018 Executive Leadership Circle, HCA of MA is committed to giving our new executives what they need to move from managing to leading. The goal is to help build up a new generation of industry leadership that will be effective in running quality home health agencies, as well as in articulately advocating for the industry today and into the future.


What is the Executive Leadership Circle?
Exclusively for member agency CEOs, the Home Health Executive Leadership Circle is intended to be a safe, confidential “Community of Practice” designed to allow participants to take an honest inventory of their leadership skills and style, to build on what that already have and know, and to learn from and with peers who are similarly positioned.

The Circle is geared toward leaders in their positions for 30 months or less. It will meet five times in 2018 with five goals:

  • Connect with other CEOs
  • Learn and practice Peer Coaching
  • Share personal knowledge and experience
  • Practice new leadership skills
  • Examine significant challenges though the collective wisdom of industry executives


How Will Leaders Engage?
A professional executive coach will lead the learning community using a combination of assessment tools and leadership development concepts. Meeting agendas will encompass topics such as: your role as a leader; people management, including developing and engaging talent; conflict resolution; leadership effectiveness; and managing change.

At every session the facilitator/training will lead the attendees in exercises and activities where they will apply leadership lessons in practical situations related to running a community-based health care organization in 2018.
The number of participants will be limited to no more than 15.


Who is the Facilitator?
Kande McDonald, Vice President, Crystal Clear Consulting

Kande is an executive coach, trainer and facilitator with over 20 years experience working in social benefit organizations and higher education, on staff and as an external consultant. She has developed unconventional approaches to leadership development in higher ed, such as virtual coaching groups for leaders from diverse schools, and leadership training for support staff. She coaches and consults faculty and staff at all stages of their career to make successful transitions into new roles, navigate organization uncertainty and change, tackle persistent organizational challenges, improve communication, and develop confidence and competence as a manager and leader.

Kande blends non-traditional careers in the performing arts, writing, yoga and other mind-body traditions, with her human resources training and experience to bring a holistic and creative approach to her work. She regularly incorporates mindfulness practices to support improved focus, stress management and self-awareness. Whether facilitating a large group or working individually, Kande cultivates an environment of empathy, humor and non-judgment to establish a safe and fun learning environment.

Certifications: Certified Internal Coach through Babson College; Associated Certified Coach through International Coach Federation; MBTI practitioner certification; Advanced Training in Conflict Management, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.


When and Where Will the Group Meet?
The initial meeting will be held 9:30 am – 1 pm on May 17, 2018
at the HCA of MA office at 75 Kneeland St in Boston.

Subsequent meetings will be on the third Thursday of the month as follows
at a central location to be determined.

June 21 • Aug 23 (open to group discussion) • September 20 • October 18

All meetings will include lunch.


How Do I Apply/ What is Application Process?

Interested candidates are asked to complete the application (downloadable here), or online (see below)

What is the Fee?

HCA is asking Executives to contribute $300 towards the cost of meals and materials.



For more information, contact Megan Fournier:

Leadership circle membership is intended to be available to C-Level individuals who hold the top position of a home health company or division. Titles representing this position may include President, CEO, or COO or Director.

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