2016 RLI Leadership Summit Session Descriptions

The 2016 RLI Leadership Summit will help you develop the necessary skills to create, deliver, maintain and claim value in your practice.


  1. Immunity to Change - Closing the Knowing-Doing Gap
    Thursday, Sept. 8 – 1:30 - 5:15 p.m.


    Radiology has survived and flourished at the edge of innovation and change in medicine. Ensuring our continuing ability to not just envision, but also implement change, will guarantee our future.

    Creating value often requires doing things differently.  Such change is hard because what it demands from us goes beyond a checklist of tasks.  Even if we accept change intellectually, our thoughts, feelings, unconscious biases, assumptions, habits of mind and action, and other commitments can be obstacles to executing change.  

    In this session, we will learn how to overcome these obstacles to change and to close the knowing-doing gap.

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  2. You Are Your Brand: Personal Branding to Drive Growth
    Friday, Sept. 9 – 8:30 a.m. - Noon


    There are distinct examples of branding and personal branding that have brought recognition and the consequence of strengthened market share for both individuals and organizations in Radiology.

    Learn how the core concepts of Personal Branding can be applied to raise your professional profile and ultimately grow your practice.  In this session, you will uncover your unique strengths, skills, and talents; learn how to create a compelling story, deliver a memorable elevator pitch, project a positive professional presence; and learn strategies to build your network in person and online.

    The session will include a panel of your successful peers who will talk about their experiences in building a personal brand. 

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  1. Governing in Today's Climate: Leading and Making Decisions Under Uncertainty, Speed and Change
    Friday, Sept. 9 – 1:30 - 5:15 p.m


    Radiology leadership has become more exciting and vital as margins have decreased, and as the way we do business changes in an environment with increasingly complex regulations and competition.

    To better align with and address changes in technology, regulations, and the nature of health care, leaders must rethink how they govern their organizations.  Given the rapidity and uncertainty of such changes, no longer can they over-analyze data before making decisions, nor can they rely on past experiences to determine the best future options.  Risks must now be assessed differently, resources allocated in more dynamic and flexible ways, and decisions made faster while ensuring that subconscious cognitive biases don’t result in bad choices. 

    In this session, we'll look at how we govern today and what needs to change across mindsets, processes and decision making.  We'll strive to develop a new blueprint that each organization can take back to begin a new model for governance in their practice.

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    1. Competing Through Operations
      Saturday, Sept. 10 – 8:30 a.m. - Noon


      Well-run Radiology enterprises are identifiable, distinct, and are essential to success. Such examples typically have succeeded by paying very close attention to both production and financial management.

      The competing through operations session will encompass two learning modules.  The first module examines the concept of operational excellence as a component of strategy.  Most organizations strive to be operationally excellent but very few achieve this level of excellence.  Failure to achieve operational excellence often results from the failure to fully define the concept in the context of the organization’s strategy.  Operational excellence is not a ‘one size fits all’ concept. 

      The first module will explore the sources of advantage that organizations can secure through superior operations and the critical capabilities that an organization must develop in order to successfully execute an operations-based strategy. 

      The second module incorporates a more external, customer-focused view of operational excellence.  Specifically, the module will examine the role of customer loyalty, a desired outcome of operational excellence, as a driver of both growth and profit.

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    1. Building a Value-Based Performance System
      Saturday, Sept. 10 – 1:30 - 5:15 p.m
    2. Radiology’s future will in large part depend on a significant focus on pricing and the customers’ willingness to pay, both of which hinge on a clear understanding of the derived value of services provided

      There is increasing discussion on how radiologists should view their practices in terms of the value they add to the larger health care enterprise.  The challenge is figuring out how to convert this appealing but nebulous idea into something more specific and actionable? 

      This session, grounded in finance, will cover ideas to help you think more rigorously about value and adding value.  How do you associate a value to an activity?  How do you separate what are truly value-added activities from those that are not?  What to do more of, less of, and to stop doing?  How do you transition an imaging practice to a more value-added focus? 

      The ideas covered in this session will also help you in rethinking your organization’s operations and business model.

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    1. Dynamics of Value Claiming in Negotiations
      Sunday, Sept. 11 – 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


      Radiology’s financial success is secured not simply through pricing and resultant payment; rather, securing payment and revenue generation, and therefore financial success, hinges on successful negotiation.

      Negotiations play a role in both creating value and dividing it among the players involved.  Using experiential exercises, this session will help you develop your negotiation skills.  You will assess your current abilities in deals that require value claiming or basic bargaining skills.  You will learn the key attributes for claiming more value in deals.  These are fundamental ideas that can be powerful tools for any level of negotiator.

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