Loretta L. Donovan

Loretta L. Donovan


Synopsis: A coach and consultant dedicated to physicians, leaders and executives in healthcare, I believe that professional development is a vertical growth process that expands the mindset and perspective. My clients increase both their leadership abilities and their capacity to maintain and discover hidden resources of physical, mental and emotional energy in their lives as we work together.

Client and Business Focus: My clients are people, teams and organizations on the rise, ready for a transition, or stalled in their performance. I collaborate with them and deliver on opportunities for adapting to new roles, fostering change, and improving client relations. They have included physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, health care administrators and mid-level managers. Some of them have had system-wide responsibilities, others have managed residency programs along with all of their stakeholders or professional services to the healthcare sector.

Background and Experience: With three decades of diverse experience in leadership and talent development, I started coaching internally more than a decade ago. My coaching clients in healthcare have ranged from physicians and leaders with a history of disruptive behavior, to high potential clinical and non-clinical staff positioned to be the next generation of leaders. I coach from a perspective built on generative principles, i.e., know your strengths and use them well, along with constructive development, i.e., understand your assumptions and how they constrain your success.

Education and Credentials: I am a Certified Physician Development Coach, and have studied Organizational Learning and Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College where I certified as a doctoral candidate. I hold certifications in DiSC, MBTI, Strengths Finder, CCL Benchmarks, T-K Conflict Mode, Risk Type Compass, EQi 360, many of which have 360-degree feedback, and have the capability to create custom leadership competency assessments for teams. I am a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the organization that sets industry standards to ensure the highest levels of professionalism in coaching, and a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School.

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