Leading With Inspiration, Gratitude, and Positive Thinking

David-300Dr. David L. Schreiner, PhD, is the President and CEO of Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, an 80-bed acute care community hospital in Illinois. Dr. Schreiner brings over 30 years of healthcare experience and has served on national boards focusing on strengthening rural hospitals. In addition to his duties at KSB, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Francis and is the Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Schreiner’s first book, Be The Best Part of Their Day, was released On January 16, 2024, and shares valuable insights for communicating and leading with integrity, empathy, and purpose.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Dr. David L. Schreiner reflects on what inspired his book, Be The Best Part of Their Day
  • Dr. Schreiner defines “appreciative inquiry” and how it became the thesis of his book
  • Engaging and connecting with your employees: how to lead with a “being” mindset
  • Dr. Schreiner shares a story about his hiring best practices
  • How to actively embody the values outlined in your company mission statement
  • The power of positive thinking in leadership
  • What is Dr. Schreiner’s start with “yes” philosophy?
  • Why Dr. Schreiner leads with gratitude

In this episode

Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a positive approach to growing as a leader and developing positive organizational changes. It focuses on identifying and building on people's and organizations' strengths, assets, and possibilities. How can leaders use AI to create healthy work environments?

With over three decades in the healthcare space, Dr. David L. Schreiner explains that the AI approach encourages leaders to focus on the positive, fostering a culture of appreciation and growth within a thriving workplace. A key aspect of this philosophy is leading with a “being” mindset to unravel strategies for personally engaging and connecting with employees. This method also emphasizes the impact of authentic leadership that transcends a mere “fixer” mentality. Dr. Schreiner also addresses the challenges of transitioning from a mission statement to actively embodying company values. AI outlines practical steps to bridge gaps, ensuring the values highlighted in the mission become integral to the organizational culture. Dr. Schreiner concludes the conversation by examining leading with gratitude. Understanding the power of appreciating and acknowledging the contributions of others can be a catalyst for positive change and organizational success.

In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor welcomes Dr. David L. Schreiner, PhD, President and CEO of Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, to discuss his book, Be The Best Part of Their Day. Dr. Schreiner reflects on his inspiration for writing the book, defines “appreciative inquiry,” explains the importance of engaging and connecting with your employees, and shares his hiring best practices. 

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