1st Edition

Fit for the Leadership Challenge The 17 Keys Leaders Need to Win Big in High-Risk Environments

By Casey J. Bedgood Copyright 2023
    184 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    184 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    184 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    The key to effective leadership is being fit for the challenge. Leadership is a perpetual boxing match in many respects in which preparation, stamina and skill are required. Only the strongest survive. Every decision and tollgate along the career journey is laden with risk. Those leaders who harness risk to their advantage will land the knockout punch in every fight. The only question is how many leaders will be fit enough for the challenge?

    The purpose of this book is to provide insight on how risk impacts every aspect of leadership, including the mundane, routine and nonglamorous aspects of leadership. This is important because often the small things can easily turn into big disruptors. Moreover, the end goal is to equip leaders with a journey map and quick guide to win in high-risk environments. Change is the new normal and only constant in today’s world. As change increases, so will risk and its subsequent impacts on humanity. This includes leaders, organizations and customers. No one is exempt.

    In this book, readers learn how to:

    • Determine which career battles to fight and which ones to avoid
    • Prepare to fight the unavoidable challenges along the career journey
    • Leverage risk to choose the right leaders for the team
    • Leverage risk to invest time wisely and avoid wasting it
    • Leverage risk to predict, identify and resolve leadership burnout
    • Risk assess leadership credentials so only those that produce a return are added to the portfolio
    • Risk assess performance outcomes so the path ahead is smooth sailing instead of a rough ride
    • Leverage risk so high performance is a reality instead of a pipe dream
    • Leverage risk to find the right leadership sponsor

    Chapter 1: Leveraging Risk to Determine Organizational Efficiency: Is High Performance a Reality or Pipe Dream?

    Chapter 2: Is Finding the Right Leadership Sponsor Risky Business?

    Chapter 3: Leadership Guide to Maximizing Career Value Potential

    Chapter 4: The Risk of a Leadership Brand: Is it a Stamp of Approval or Scarlet Letter?

    Chapter 5: The Risk of Investing Time

    Chapter 6: Is Variation High Risk Poker or A Sure Bet?

    Chapter 7: Is Decision Making a Risky Proposition?

    Chapter 8: Is Positive Leadership Reporting a Risky Proposition?

    Chapter 9: Leveraging Risk to Grow Org Hierarchy: Is it Value Add or A Waste of Resources?

    Chapter 10: Risk Assessing Succession Planning: Is the Talent Pipeline Full or All Dried Up?

    Chapter 11: Risk Assessing Leadership Credentials: Is it A Game Changer or Just Another Plaque on the Wall?

    Chapter 12: Risk Assessing Leadership Burnout: Is the Tank Full or Running on Fumes?

    Chapter 13: Risk Assessing Leadership Outcomes: Are we on Track or Off Target?

    Chapter 14: Leveraging Risk to Find the Right Fit: Remote or In Person Work?

    Chapter 15: When the Early Bird Misses the Worm: Signals of When to Promote, Not to Promote & Transition Leaders Out

    Chapter 16: Out with the Old-In with the New: Expected Roles of the Top Leader for the 2020s and Beyond

    Chapter 17: Leveraging Maturity Models as Operational Truth Serum


    Casey J. Bedgood is a healthcare leader with over 20 years of experience. Casey is a Six Sigma Black Belt and accomplished author. Over the years, Casey’s work has been recognized, sourced, and modeled by National and Global best practice organization’s in the healthcare industry and beyond. He has amassed a portfolio of dozens of publications on topics such as: thought leadership, knowledge transfer, performance improvement, strategic design, innovative thinking, transformation, Quality Management System (QMS), and many others. Subsequently, many large complex healthcare enterprises across the US, Canada, and Singapore have sourced and sought after Casey’s thought leadership expertise. In addition, he is the author of The 10 Cardinal Sins of Leadership: What Thought Leaders Must Never Do to Succeed in High-Risk Environments and The Power of Organizational Knowledge: 11 Keys that Help Leaders Leverage Accurate Insight, Data, and Metrics. 

    Casey earned a BBA Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Georgia College & State University (GCSU). He is an IISE Lean Green Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Six Sigma Black Belt as well as CAP trained via GE and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).