Welcome to Latham Consulting Group’s On-line Bookstore.  Here you can shop for latest books of importance to medical group managers and leaders.

Our bookstore includes the following topical areas:

    1. Governance/Leadership
    2. Strategy and Planning
    3. Mergers
    4. Career Planning






Leading Leaders: How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich, and Powerful People

Whether you were born a leader or have had leadership thrust upon you, you're in for a whole new set of challenges when managing other leaders. Think of the qualities that have brought you to a leadership role: your vision, confidence, and charisma, or perhaps your experience, unique skills, expertise, or network of powerful allies. Now remind yourself that other leaders share some or all of these qualities with you.

The potential contributions of these elites to any organization are vital, but the likelihood of friction is also high if you don't manage relationships carefully.

How do you leverage the assets of the talented and powerful while making sure that egos remain unbruised? Leading Leaders breaks the challenge down into the Seven Daily Tasks of Leadership, and shows you how to carry out each task when you have to manage other leaders.

First Among Equals

Whether you have recently been appointed as a group leader or are a battle-scarred veteran, you know that managing professional people is difficult!

The authors show you how to actually add value as a group leader or induce people to accept your guidance, even with intelligent professionals who are often free-agents accustomed to having automony to work on grueling assignments with little supervision. They also give advice on how to handle those oh-so-talented but oh-so-annoying professionals who exhibit attitude problems or are just exceedingly difficult to work with, when you need them but they tend to needle you.

Robert's Rules in Plain English

Explains the very basic rules of parliamentary procedure in plain terms, showing how to run a meeting effectively, how to prepare an agenda, how to write resolutions, and more, illustrated by sample dialogues and exchanges.

Successful Meetings

This book breaks through and shows us in an easy-to-read manner how to put on successful meetings attendees will truly value.

The Physician Manager's Handbook: Essential Business Skills for Succeeding in Health Care

Physicians are increasingly taking on new roles as executives and managers in today's health care delivery system. As such, management skills should be an essential part of every physician's repertoire. Physicians who don't possess business skills are less able to provide their patients with the highest levels of clinical care. The Physician Manager's Handbook: Essential Business Skills for Succeeding in Health Care, Second Edition provides MBA-level business skills in core business areas, all illustrated with cases and examples to demonstrate how to implement the methods discussed in the text. Complete with sophisticated and practical approaches to health system management and leadership problems encountered by physicians, this text is an ideal resource every physician manager needs to succeed on the business level.

Groups That Work: Structure and Process

Health professionals and administrators spend much of their time working in and with groups. With that in mind, Ephross and Vassil combine innovative group theory and practice in this "how to" guide for professionals who take a variety of roles within the group. They draw practice examples from various organizations providing practical principles for day-to-day group life based on a democratic model.

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.

Toxic Workplace!: Managing Toxic Personalities and Their Systems of Power

The systems antidote to "poison" personalities in the workplace Most leaders have experienced the frustration and confusion of dealing with an extremely difficult person--an individual who debilitates individuals, teams, and even organizations. Based on the authors' two-year national research study of 500 leaders, Toxic Workplace! tackles the underlying systems issues that enable toxic people to create a path of destruction, often for a long time, at the cost of talent as well as productivity. The authors show the warning signs of a serious behavioral problem, how toxicity spreads, and ultimately its effects, providing very specific actions that leaders can take to reduce both the intensity and frequency of toxic personalities at work and create communities of respectful engagement.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

Practical Governance

This book draws on the experiences of healthcare CEOs and board members to identify the basics of structuring an effective governing body and helping that body function in the best way possible. The book is composed of short chapters that range from conceptual issues to practical matters such as board structure.
The book also has especially helpful appendices including sample job descriptions, contracts, assessment tools, and a list of resources.

Boards That Make a Difference

John Carver's groundbreaking Policy Governance model has influenced the way public and nonprofit boards operate around the world. Now, as widespread experience with the model continues to grow, Carver enriches his definitive exposition with updated policy samples, a new chapter on the process of policy development, and additional resources for various types of boards.

Reinventing Your Board

In the second edition of this best-selling Policy Governance operating manual, John Carver and Miriam Carver make this exciting approach to effective governance even more accessible and user-friendly, gleaning lessons learned in years of practice to help readers understand and use this invaluable model. Carver's groundbreaking Policy Governance model is the best-known, respected, and talked about governance model in the world and has fundamentally influenced the way organizations are governed. Reinventing Your Board, second edition, is a hands-on, step-by-step guide that puts the model to work in the meeting-to-meeting lives of board members. It includes new policy samples and a new chapter on monitoring performance, as well as other practical "put-the-model-in-motion" advice.

Leading Change

John Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work

The Heart of Change

Why is change so hard? Because in order to make any transformation successful, you must change more than just the structure and operations of an organization—you need to change people’s behavior. And that is never easy.

The Heart of Change is your guide to helping people think and feel differently in order to meet your shared goals. According to bestselling author and renowned leadership expert John Kotter and coauthor Dan Cohen, this focus on connecting with people’s emotions is what will spark the behavior change and actions that lead to success. Now freshly designed, The Heart of Change is the engaging and essential complement to Kotter’s worldwide bestseller Leading Change.




Strategy and Planning



Healthcare Strategic Planning

This new edition of Healthcare Strategic Planning provides the reader with practical guidance and expert insights for addressing near-term pressures, achieving long-term goals, and managing pitfalls that can derail effective planning.

Essentials of Strategic Planning in Healthcare

Essentials of Strategic Planning in Healthcare introduces readers to the factors influencing the strategic planning process in hospitals and other health services institutions. Structured around a comprehensive case study and accompanying end-of-chapter exercises, this text places readers in the planner's seat, asking them to apply what they have learned to lead the hospital in the case study to success.

The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care

Harvard Business School’s Clayton M. Christensen—whose bestselling The Innovator’s Dilemma revolutionized the business world—presents The Innovator’s Prescription, a comprehensive analysis of the strategies that will improve health care and make it affordable.

Christensen applies the principles of disruptive innovation to the broken health care system, He tells you how disruptive business models improve quality, accessibility, and affordability by changing the way hospitals and doctors work.
Strategies for Value-Based Physician Compensation

The book presents a step-by-step process for developing compensation plans - from defining and analyzing the current situation to evaluating the plan's efficacy - while revealing best practices and trends for designing a fair and equitable plan for your practice. New incentive plans based on quality versus quantity add a new dimension to physician compensation.







Physician Practice Mergers

The benefits of a successful practice merger are obvious. But done in correctly or unwisely, mergers often unravel, ending with a breakup of the group or with one or more doctors leaving. Just as important as having a merger go smoothly is knowing when not to merger. Practices may be too far apart in their values and ways of working to ever successfully combine into a single group.

After the Merger: Managing the Shockwaves

After the Merger provides a clear look at the tasks and problems of post-merger integration. It is the first book ever written on merger integration strategy.

This hardbound volume provides a level of detail that will help your team navigate the many potential pitfalls of the integration process. After the Merger is packed with proven strategies that allow you to turn the instability created by a merger or acquisition to your advantage.




Career Planning



What Color Is Your Parachute? : A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide with more than ten million copies sold. Now, no matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter can find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none.

Tyler's Guide: The Healthcare Executive's Job Search, Fourth Edition

If you are considering a job search in the competitive healthcare management market, this book is a must-read. Recruitment expert Larry Tyler presents sample correspondence, sample interview questions, excellent tips for networking, and suggestions for preparing an eye-catching resume. This new edition includes updated chapters on using search consultants and the Internet for job searching as well as a list of helpful web resources.