Emerging Themes & Forward Momentum

Thank you to all who came out to the recent Town Hall meeting. If you were unable to attend, we discussed some of the emerging themes that the Steering Committee has identified based on the plenary retreat and your SWOT analyses. These include: • Collaboration: How do we make it more of a reality, whether […]

Where are “U”?

We are engaged in a strategic planning process that is as much about change as it is strategy. A diagram that I particularly like depicts change along a “U”-shaped curve on a temporal and internal/external perspective axes. (See image above) Before change begins we are operating at the status quo and using automatic ways of […]

Stop. Look Around. Cheer.

Change is everywhere. And for most of us, change can be unsettling. The planning process itself we are now conducting spurs uncertainty. As an organization we are asking questions that, as of yet, don’t have answers. This week, I’d like you to reflect on uncertainty and how to maintain confidence in the face of the […]

Rankings: U.S. News & Strategic Planning

Today, U.S. News and World Report published its rankings for medical schools across the country. The University of Virginia School of Medicine remains highly rated again this year, ranking 26 in research and 29 in primary care. Last year we were listed at 26 and 18, respectively. You can see the full list of U.S. […]

Springing into Action

As winter (hopefully) subsides, our Academic Strategic Planning is springing into action. Our Mission groups are starting to meet and our Tactical group discussions are underway. As departments and centers are beginning to submit their SWOT analyses, commonalities and trends are beginning to emerge that will help us plan where our efforts need to be […]

We Need Your SWOT

A week and a half ago at the Academic Strategic Planning Retreat, we discussed how developing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis is used as a tool to jumpstart strategy formulation. The exercise helps us think about internal and external environments in an organized way. Doing this at the retreat was incredibly helpful, as […]

Why do we need a strategy?

“It’s not so easy anymore to be successful, just because you’re here, because you have history.  You have to earn your success.  In order to earn your success you need a strategy.” Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School, presents his preeminent strategic planning process.    

Flywheels, Planning & You

Before we go any further, I wanted to say thank you. In response to last week’s missive, “What can you stop doing?” we received many wonderful and thoughtful responses about the work we do here at the School of Medicine and how we go about doing it. (Or in this case, how we should stop […]

What can you stop doing?

Last week we officially kicked off the Academic Strategic Planning process when the steering committee met for the first time. This is an exciting time as we look to the future and plot a course for the School of Medicine. However, with finite resources, efforts must be focused. Our planning cannot merely be adding more […]