Everything that Fred Astaire did, Ginger Rogers did backwards, and in high heels

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Author: Connie R. Curran
Date: January-February 2007
From: Nursing Economics(Vol. 25, Issue 1)
Publisher: Jannetti Publications, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 786 words

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WE HAVE ALL WATCHED the wonderful dance scenes where Fred and Ginger seemed to float over the dance floor, swirl seamlessly, and smile the entire time. There is a leadership lesson in those dance scenes: select your partner wisely. No matter how talented Fred was, Ginger needed to be more talented. She was going to do all those steps in reverse, and in high heels. Fred's talent would have been wasted if his partner slipped and stumbled. How do we as nurse leaders select our partners?

Leadership requires effective interactions with many individuals, but those interactions are not the same as true partnerships. Strategic alliances are mutually beneficial long-term relationships formed to pursue a set of goals or to meet a critical need while remaining independent organizations. These alliances are synergistic arrangements whereby each partner brings different strengths and capabilities to the arrangement. Many of us have witnessed the formation of partnerships between hospitals. These partnerships were usually mergers or acquisitions, where one organization was actually taking over the governance and management of the other. A strategic alliance does not involve one organization controlling the other. Rather, an alliance is a way for organizations to work...

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Curran, Connie R. "Everything that Fred Astaire did, Ginger Rogers did backwards, and in high heels." Nursing Economics, vol. 25, no. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2007, pp. 5+. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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