Shirley Weis went from the bedside to the boardroom in her nursing career, becoming a senior leader at Mayo Clinic, one of the most famous healthcare organizations in the world. Her success wasn't due to luck but to an understanding of the rules of the game of business; especially those many women don't know - the unwritten rules of career success.
In this candid, authentic, and inspirational book for women, Shirley reveals her principles for winning the game in business. When you read it, you'll learn how to:
• Use Just Respect™ to build relationships throughout your organization
• Gain the experience that leaders require
• Thrive during challenges and survive failures
• Manage family needs while climbing the corporate ladder
• Earn a spot at the management table, even when it is full of men
With a foreword by Lou Anna K. Simon, PhD. President of Michigan State University
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About the Author
Ms. Weis recently retired from her role as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Her work involved overseeing 60,000 employees and coordinating overall institutional strategy and operation of Mayo Clinic's $9 billion healthcare system. Mayo treats more than a million patients a year from around the world.
Ms. Weis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Michigan State University, a Master of Management Degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a Doctor of Science Degree( hc) from Michigan State University. She is also Professor Emerita at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
Shirley Weis has held a number of clinical and administrative leadership positions in her 40-year career including chair of Administrative Services for Mayo Clinic in Arizona, chair of the Mayo Clinic Managed Care Department, executive director (CEO) for Mayo Management Services, Inc., chief operating officer (COO) for Blue Care Network Mid-Michigan and emergency services manager for a Lansing, Mich., healthcare system.
Shirley Weis has a broad academic and teaching background. She taught healthcare leadership at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, Michigan State University, Winona State University and for the Michigan Hospital Association. She was also a curriculum adviser for Capella University and the Western Governors University.
Shirley Weis lives with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's rare to see a business book from a woman who moved into corporate circles from the lower rungs of the ladder and built a successful career; much less in an organization that became one of the most famous in the world: the Mayo Clinic. But Shirley A. Weis did just that, moving from a nursing job to the boardroom and then to a respected senior leader role in one of the most politically-changed atmospheres in the country. Her principles for winning business games to move up the ladder thus come not from ideals, but from tested principles developed 'in the field', and offer concrete experiences that teach women how to thrive in the cutthroat business world. There are many unwritten rules in this environment: actions and interplays that typically lock women out of higher echelons and reserve big-stakes rewards for men. While some books would maintain that higher levels are unobtainable, Weis is proof that this can be done - and done well, while managing a family. Speaking of 'management', the book also tells how to interact with males on the same playing ground as a manager, and how to gain respect during the process even while being part of a dual-career couple. This is not to say that Playing to Win is filled with professional detachment: far from it. Weis adds an element of personal experience and autobiography throughout, teaching how to reassess skills to improve one's game, how to confront common challenges in a manner that lends to positive change and results, and how to understand not just the rules of the business game, but the nature of how it's played. The goal is increased success, to be sure - but it's also respect. Thus, Playing to Win in Business represents Book One of the 'Just Respect for Women' series, and serves up powerful tools for change. No aspiring female business leader should be without this!