Author Dr. Charles S. Ricks examines Healthcare Management in Confessions: The Soul of Leadership

One of the most refreshing books on organizational improvement to be written in a long time. The reader will follow in the footsteps of the author through multiple organizations during a thirty-year journey.
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May 29, 2012 - PRLog -- Written in a voice of gentle good humor and efficiency, Confessions: The Soul of Leadership by Dr. Charles S. Ricks brings readers’ awareness to a new heightened level of understanding. Written in a straightforward, yet avuncular style, Ricks puts forth a series of sensible principles that lay the foundation for solid, successful leadership, and he does it without the hooey that many “management” books exude.

“The biggest challenge is finding true leaders who can inspire an organization,” said Dr. Ricks during a recent interview.  “The lack of good leaders leads to a revolving door of leadership with short tenures at many management levels,” he went on to say.  
Although Confessions lays out principles and practices that are theoretically straightforward, taking the theory and putting it into practice is truly the challenge.  “The individuals who currently work with me are asked to review my principles of leadership as outlined in my books and let me know if there is any principle I espouse that I am not personally following,” he told the interviewer.  

Ricks went on to say, “To me the most common failing is the ability to truly work with people and understand how to motivate them to be successful. A true manager’s success is a by-product of those he or she leads.  As Ronald Reagan is supposed to have said, “One can accomplish anything they wish so long as they don’t care who gets the credit.”

With Confessions, Dr. Ricks covers the topic so well and with such good cheer, it’s hard to imagine what he could add with future editions without upsetting the balance of sense and charm he achieves here. In any case, students of leadership or business would do well to study the forthright lessons Dr. Ricks lays out in his book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Charles S. Ricks, DDS, MPH, a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and School of Health.  He is a practicing Dentist Anesthesiologist in Visalia, California.  He became a Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1994 and is a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.  He has written numerous healthcare articles which have appeared in Modern Healthcare and the Health Governance Report.

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Title:  Confessions:  The Soul of Leadership
Author:  Dr. Charles S. Ricks
Publisher:  Seagull Publishers          
ISBN:  978-0982163504  
Pages:  140, Paperback/Hardcover
Genre:  Self-Improvement/Business/Non-Fiction
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