Available Programs

Is your association looking for interesting and informative programs for upcoming conferences? If so, you should know that Latham Consulting Group has put together several new programs which your members might find of great interest.

If we can be of help in the success of your next conference, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our current programs include:

Herding Cats: 7 Steps to Rapidly Improve Group Governance

This program is designed for medical groups seeking strategies to improve the effectiveness of their group’s governance with practical tools and measurements.  This program addresses the causes of “Governance Disorder Syndrome,” the need for effective governance, how to move your group towards a system that works, and pitfalls to avoid.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Learn how to get your group to make decisions and stick with them.
  • Keep your Board focused on matters relating to governance—not management.
  • Examine innovative ways to enhance your Board’s performance through redesigning function, structure and composition.

 Chaos to Clarity: Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Medical Group

With today’s fast changing environment, and the significance of needed decisions, planning for the future is especially critical for medical groups.  No matter what future you foresee, long-range, strategic planning is essential to identify where you want to go, and how to optimally utilize your resources to get there. This minute program addresses the need for, process of and benefits from strategic planning.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Learn why strategic planning is the best method to optimize resource allocation and achieve job security and satisfaction.
  • Overcome obstacles to planning, get physicians involved and make sure the effort pays off.
  • Learn how to conduct a strategic planning session for your group.

 Negotiation Skills for Medical Group Managers

This program is designed for professionals seeking strategies to resolve conflict and improve their effectiveness of negotiating with groups or individuals.  The program addresses methods to create win-win results by focusing on the three critical areas of successful negotiations… skills, knowledge and attitude.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Understand how knowledge, skills and attitude impacts negotiations
  • Understand the value of “pre-negotiation” planning and tactics
  • Recognize adversarial tactics and learn how to counter them
  • How to set negotiation goals

A Negotiation Role Play session is also available and is designed to test and practice the negotiation knowledge, skills and attitude of each participant.  At the end of the negotiation session each participant will be able to evaluate their negotiation success based on their final results.

 Got Autonomy?  Mergers Are Back!

As medical groups work to strengthen their position as independent entities, many are considering strategic mergers with other groups in their region and/or specialty.  This program provides an overview of the merger process and direction on why a coordinated and logical process is needed to reach success.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Learn why groups are merging.
  • Understand the merger process.
  • Identify key merger issues.
  • Learn pitfalls to avoid.

The Resilient Manager

Medical group managers work in challenging times, with challenging people, doing a challenging job, and are expected to produce at a high level.  If you can build your resilience, you’ll have an easier time facing new challenges and coping with stress.  This program outlines techniques to prepare for difficult situations and how to bounce back.

Learning Objectives include:

  • The need for resilience in today’s environment.
  • How to build resilience.
  • Dealing with the “heat of the moment.”
  • Bouncing back.

 Overcoming Physician Resistance to Change

As medical groups work to implement needed changes, physicians often respond to change with stress, fear and even hostility. This normal human resistance to change is the biggest reason why organizational change efforts often fail to live up to their potential. This program helps medical groups prepare for and successfully implement change.  The program will address buy-in, acceptance, motivation, anticipation, fear, uncertainty, and all the other messy human considerations that cause change to fail in the real world.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Learn why change is resisted.
  • Determining your organization’s readiness to accept change.
  • Pitfalls to avoid.