Talking Systems - Organisations as living systems
Living organisms have evolved by adapting and thriving over time, often in the context of highly challenging situations. If we look at organizations through the lens of living systems, we see that they share a number of parallels.
What lessons might we learn from human physiology that could be applied in tackling the challenges we face in our organizations?
Could we enhance organizational performance by tapping into already well-understood paradigms among clinicians in health care organizations?
In this conversation, Dr. Pawar addresses these questions and more. Sharing practical insights drawn from human physiology, we’ll explore potential applications in organizations, touching on topics such as systems thinking, organizational learning, communication, innovation, and culture.
About our speaker
Dr. Manoj Pawar is a senior physician executive with over 20 years of healthcare and executive leadership experience. Dr. Pawar’s passion is helping healthcare organizations understand and adapt to emerging systems of care and evolving economic models to cultivate organizational success clinically, strategically, operationally, and financially.
In producing results for organizations, Manoj leverages his expertise in operations, strategy, and leadership/organizational dynamics. As a certified professional coach and a member of the Society of Organizational Leadership, he brings a unique system-thinking perspective to the challenges faced by companies.
His leadership journey has taken him through executive roles in which he transformed multi-specialty group practices, hospital systems, and integrated delivery systems to deliver competitive advantage built on value in both fee- for-service and capitated environments. Dr. Pawar recently served as System Vice President, Clinical Operations and CMO for Catholic Health Initiatives. While there, he led clinical operations, division physician executives, medical imaging, and medical staff services. In addition, he had responsibility for physician leadership development and talent management for the organization. One of his most rewarding experiences during this time was the honor of leading and developing CHI’s 900-provider hospitalist organization.
Prior to this, Manoj served as Chief Medical Officer for a regional physician- led integrated health system, President and CMO of two large multi- specialty group practices, and managing board member/medical director of a large capitated IPA (Medicare Advantage and Commercial).
Most recently, he has taken the helm of Mutual of Omaha, the second largest Medicare Supplement provider in the United States, to work on improving health outcomes and affordability, while providing clinical leadership for a national prescription drug plan.
He loves being a family physician, and continues to practice medicine, thriving on the relationships he builds.
Dr. Pawar completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University, medical school at McGill University in Montreal, his residency in family medicine at University of Colorado, and his Masters in Health Systems Management at Tulane University. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He has written a number of articles on systems thinking in health care delivery, including a piece in The Systems Thinker entitled, Organizations as living systems: Lessons from human physiology.
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