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How Young Leaders Can Gain Respect and Influence at Work

The look of leadership, especially in the corporate world, is still based on the assumption of a certain age (e.g., 35+ years old), which in some cases can lead to differences in communication styles, priorities, and work ethic—especially between younger and older generations. So to get insight into how young leaders can gain respect and influence in the workplace we caught up with Curtis Odom, Ed.D., a career coach and management consultant to Fortune 100 companies, and author of From Campus to Corner Office: How Co-Ops and Internships Will Help You Win In The Workplace.

As more college graduates are being hired and more Americans (e.g., 65 years old and older) are delaying retirement, a generation gap exists in the workplace. What’s your advice for young leaders dealing with older employees?

As a young boss, you need to gain an understanding of your employees’ goals and pressures, their strengths, and weaknesses, regardless of their generation. You will also benefit from understanding how the individual goals align with the organizational and personal objectives, pressures from their own boss, their style of working, how their boss likes to get information (e.g., memos, email, phone calls, text messages, one-on-one meetings), how they deal with conflict, etc. Without this information, you are flying blind, and problems are inevitable.

What are some ways a young leader (under 30 years old) can gain respect in the workplace?

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring ourselves from within.

My advice is to first examine the relationship you have with those who are centers of influence or COIs in your organization. A healthy, positive relationship with them makes your work life much easier. It is also good for your career and your job satisfaction. I’ve often thought that the best way to think about these relationships is as a partnership with the COI being a culture coach and historian. And as a result of these relationships, you build advocates through relationships and that opens the door to getting results.

What are some ways to build influence in the workplace?

Credibility is first built through actions, such as thinking beyond oneself and working toward building a larger mutually beneficial goal. Add a sense of integrity through possessing a set of core values that guide what you do, combined with an ability to project core values through actions. Also, consider the following:

  • Seek to understand those whom you want to influence. Focus primarily on characteristics of those who are recognized as influential without authority because they are able to effectively use those attributes in a variety of contexts in order to either be heard or influence others. You can raise questions without seeming to push an agenda, especially when you are new, or seen as junior in the organization.
  • Lead through relationships. Those who are successful, lead and inspire because of who they are and how they interact with others. By focusing on results, an influential leader maintains a wide perspective and acts with an independent initiative. They use the ends to define the means, which can mean working outside of strict processes to achieve results. They aim for the end they are supposed to produce and feel responsible and accountable for achieving it. How? By remaining client purposed. This is different than client service—it’s an awareness of how an action in a specific job affects the client. It’s a big-picture focus and having a deep understanding of the value promised.

Tell us why you believe it’s important to focus more on the power of influence versus authority in today’s ever-changing workplace.

Leadership is not telling others what to do. Leadership is inspiring others to do what needs to be done. A title alone does not make you a leader. Genuine leaders take a stand and motivate others to join them for a noble purpose. Influence is subtle, yet incredibly powerful. You can order someone to do a task, but you cannot order them to do their best. It simply does not work and usually has the opposite effect. You can influence people to do their best by providing a strong, motivating example in addition to positive reinforcement. Leadership addresses tasks, while influence addresses attitudes and awareness. It is in that way that influence is the soul/spirit of leadership.

 

 

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Readers Have Their Say … On Pain And Who Stands To Gain In Drug Market

Letters to the Editor is a periodic KHN feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names.


Surgeons AWOL In The ER

While performing surgeries simultaneously is supposedly justified on the grounds of teaching residents and fellows, it wasn’t always this way (“Double-Booked: When Surgeons Operate On Two Patients At Once,” July 12). The surgeon was expected to stay and oversee and advise the resident as they worked. The real reason surgeons double- and triple-book in teaching hospitals — and the hospitals let them — is that it jacks their income into the stratosphere. That is one way teaching hospitals attract and keep some of the more talented (if somewhat avaricious) surgeons. I have been a hospital and medical group executive for over 40 years.  I know this is true.

— Richard V. Stenson, Forest Grove, Ore.
MHA, MBA, FACHE, FACMGA


The Other Side Of The Opioid Crisis

Chronic migraines forced me to go on disability after 15 years of working as an RN in the NICU. I tried every medication suggested by my neurologist. The only medication that had any effect was gabapentin. Every day I read a new article about the abuse of an alternative to opioids, like gabapentin (“New On The Streets: Drug For Nerve Pain Boosts High For Opioid Abusers,” July 6). A new medication to vilify, restrict and cross off the list of alternatives to opioids. While I understand there is the potential of abuse for gabapentin, there is for all medications. In the efforts to fight the “opioid epidemic,” those of us who live with chronic pain have been ignored. Don’t be surprised if next time you break your leg, they give you an aspirin.

— Kristine Bell, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Hammering Home The Message

There’s no better proof your recent video carries the drug lobby’s message than the PhRMA CEO’s two-word compliment: “Nailed It.” We take exception to the video (“Middlemen Who Save $ $ On Medicines — But Maybe Not For You”), which we think confuses the roles of drug companies, wholesalers, drugstores, payors and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

First, payors (employers, unions, government, health plans), not PBMs, decide what to do with the rebates that PBMs negotiate on their behalf. While PBMs are typically directed to pass through 90% of rebates, an increasing number of payors choose to have all rebates passed through. This is a transparent negotiation between PBMs and their clients. Likewise, it’s incorrect to say “consumers don’t see the savings” from rebates. Payors use rebates to reduce premiums, deductibles and copays for consumers.

Second, the video confuses the roles of PBMs, wholesalers and drugstores. Wholesalers and drugstores are the ones that buy and resell drugs. Whether those industries “pocket the difference” or include a “mark-up” is a question for them, not PBMs.

Third, the video confuses the role of drug companies (which set prices) and PBMs (which negotiate discounts off those prices). PBMs have no control over whether “prices for some drugs keep going up.”

It’s also a non sequitur to say PBMs favor competing drugs with higher rebates and discounts “instead of the cheaper drug.” By definition, the drug with the lowest net cost is the cheaper drug. In any case, 90% of the claims PBMs administer are generics, which involve no rebates at all.

Rising drug prices make coverage harder to afford for payors. Benefit design is not the cause but the effect. Payors try to cope by raising deductibles to continue offering coverage. It’s surprising that an established news organization would peddle such a misinformed video that so closely mirrors drugmaker talking points.

— Mark Merritt, Washington, D.C.
President and CEO of Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

Shaky Logic?

A recent KHN article (“5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare,” July 24) reports that various reputable entities suggest that Obamacare’s subsidized exchanges are “stabilizing.” But, a subsidy is money that bolsters that which is “unstable” by virtue of its being incapable of standing on its own. Are “Obamacare” exchanges requiring smaller and smaller subsidies, as time goes on, while delivering more and better coverage and care? Only then would “stabilizing” be an accurate description of their health and prospects.

— Larry Powers, Philadelphia


You Get What You Pay For

I am grateful for the attention Kaiser Health News brought to the extremely high sticker price of Spinraza. When assessing the cost of rare-disease drugs, one must look closely at the benefits the drug provides, and unfortunately the article (“Drug Puts A $ 750,000 Price Tag On Life,” Aug. 2) vastly undersold Spinraza’s benefits.

By any metric, Spinraza is a major breakthrough for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients. In addition to the data you cited, over 70 percent of the infants saw a four-point or greater increase in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Infant Test of Neuromuscular Disorders score, another motor-skills gauge. And it cut the risk of death or permanent ventilation by 50%. Infants dosed before symptom onset show even more profound benefits, with many hitting motor milestones when expected and some even walking. The data also show Spinraza benefits patients on ventilators.

You state, “It was tested only on children, most under age 2, though it was approved for pediatric and adult use.” However, over half the patients in the pivotal trials were ages 2 to 12. The drug showed incredible benefit in these patients as well — a four-point difference in the Hammersmith motor function score compared to placebo. This a meaningful change in these kids’ lives. And because the drug worked in two different patient populations, it would be unethical to withhold it from older patients.

With respect to the cost to develop the drug, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, the developer of Spinraza, has spent over a billion dollars over 30 years developing the novel class of drugs Spinraza is a part of (antisense oligonucleotides). This is Ionis’ first commercial success. Implying development started in the early 2000s with public money does not tell the whole story. Without Ionis’ decades-long efforts, Spinraza would not exist.

— Nate Uhl, Greenwood, Ind.

[Editor’s note: The FDA provides this “drug trial snapshot” and summary review to detail who participated in the clinical trials that led to the approval of Spinraza and provide information about whether there were differences among sex, race and age groups.]


Benefits Vs. Risks

We would like to clarify a few points in “Denial, Appeal, Approval … An Adult’s Thorny Path to Spinraza Coverage” (Aug. 2). Kaiser Permanente is strongly committed to providing safe and effective care for our patients based on the patient’s clinical condition, physician expertise and evidence-based research. At this time, there is no published clinical evidence that nusinersen benefits adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). While the Food and Drug Administration did approve nusinersen (Spinraza) for adults, the clinical trials tested nusinersen only in children up to age 15. This puts the responsibility of doing the research on the efficacy of nusinersen on health plans and delivery systems, while potentially exposing patients to side effects and harm.

Kaiser Permanente physicians have prescribed the drug for patients whose age and clinical condition indicate they are most likely to benefit from the treatment based on medical evidence. We encourage the FDA to re-examine its drug approval process to ensure that pharmaceutical companies have actually conducted research on the appropriate populations to prove their drugs are safe and effective.

— Dr. Sameer Awsare, Campbell, Calif.
Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group

[Editor’s note: Kaiser Health News is unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.]


Cutting To Heart Of The Data

Of course — if you demonize the cardiac surgeons with high death rates, then those surgeons will improve their rate by turning away patients who are likely to die (“Calif. Hits Nerve By Singling Out Cardiac Surgeons With Higher Patient Death Rates,” July 17). Those patients will die without surgery, but at least the reported numbers will improve! It happened in New York and will happen in California in proportion to how much demonization goes on.

— Dr. Bruce Bodner, Taunton, Mass.


What Readers Want: More Digging

When telling a story and someone says, “Obamacare was too expensive,” don’t stop there. You need to dig into why the person is saying that. We need to know whether:

  1. The person has income too low to be eligible for a tax credit to help pay for the plan and thus would have had to pay the full price.
  2. The person has income too high to be eligible for a tax credit to help pay for the plan and thus would have had to pay the full price.
  3. The person is eligible for a tax credit to help pay for the plan but they looked at bronze plans and decided the deductible was too high to be worth it. They weren’t aware they were eligible for a cost-sharing reduction with a silver plan.
  4. The person is eligible for a tax credit to help pay for the plan, looked at both bronze and silver plans, considered cost-sharing reduction if eligible and it still was more than they could afford.

These are different problems and we need to know which it was.

— Mary Schneckenburger, Litchfield, Maine


Poster Child For The New 90s

Your story “How To Put The ‘Non-Age’ in Nonagenarian” (June 26) is a big deal! When I was 97, I was writing plays and producing them. Since my 90s, I’ve been writing books and have published five books. I dance, but I have to hold onto my walker. I travel every year to somewhere warm … and my memory is excellent. I take each day as it comes and find enjoyment in simple pleasures. I enjoy a good laugh and good conversations — my daughter says I’m very funny and should do sit-down comedy! I find life very interesting — even at my age. (I am going to be 103 on my next birthday.)

— Estelle Craig, Toronto


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