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John H. Cochran, MD
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John H. Cochran, MD

Executive Director of The Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for the regional Permanente Medical Groups, which employ 15,000 physicians who care for 8.6 million Kaiser Permanente members.

Time to lead by teambuilding

Q: This week's Washington Post investigative series on the government's burgeoning intelligence network prompts the question: Can an organization get so big and so complex that it just can't be managed effectively? Or is "too-big-to-manage" just a cop-out for flawed structure and lack of leadership?

An organization's size and related complexities are challenges, but hardly that big a barrier to effective management. A leader that takes on complex challenges inherent to large organizations needs to transition from being an individual leader with comprehensive knowledge and mastery to one who develops a strong team of individuals to whom significant responsibility and accountability are vested.

By John H. Cochran, MD

 |  July 21, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
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