How Mentors Can Best Train Young Lab Leaders

Upcoming generation of lab managers needs additional skills, savvy, to help their labs succeed

CEO SUMMARY: Mentoring will be the theme of a special learning track at this year’s Executive War College. Two nationally-respected experts on mentoring and leadership development will work with participating lab mentors and mentorees to help them advance their mentoring relationship. All of this is designed to help your laboratory prepare its younger managers to step up and contribute to the ongoing clinical excellence and financial sustainability of your lab.

SUCCESSION PLANNING at the nation’s clinical labs and anatomic pathology groups is getting little notice. Few labs have a formal program designed to prepare up-and-coming managers for top leadership positions.

One proven way to identify and cultivate the most promising leadership candidates on your lab’s management team is to have a mentor/mentoree program in place. One big benefit of such mentor and mentoree relationships is that they are low-budget and high impact. That is essential at a time of reduced lab budgets and a shrinking number of middle management positions.

Mentoring Younger Managers

But of greatest importance, by taking the time now to mentor your lab’s up-and-coming young managers, you can ensure the clinical success and financial sustainability of your clinical lab or pathology group.

It is for these reasons that you have the opportunity to participate in the clinical lab industry’s first-ever mentor/mentoree development program! It will take place on April 26-27, 2016, at the 21st annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management. Two of the nation’s most respected experts in mentoring and leadership development will guide you and your mentoree in a rich learning experience during the conference.

Your mentoring guides and teachers will be Colonel Jeffrey McCausland, USA, Retired, CEO of Diamond Six Leadership, and W. Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy.

Johnson is a nationally-recognized expert on the subject of mentoring and is the author of several books on mentoring, including The Elements of Mentoring and On Being a Mentor. McCausland conducted the popular one-day workshop on leadership that took place at last year’s Executive War College. This mentoring program is designed to build upon that leadership workshop.

McCausland and Johnson have prepared a learning experience customized to the unique needs of clinical laboratory and pathology managers and administrators. The mentor/mentoree learning experience starts with a pre-conference webinar on March 31. McCausland and Johnson will lay the groundwork and give the mentors and mentorees guidance on how to use the regular learning sessions at the Executive War College to advance the mentoree’s knowledge and skills.

Next, on Monday afternoon, April 25, before the Executive War College commences, McCausland and Johnson will conduct a workshop to present the proven methods of mentoring. Each pair of mentors and mentorees will meet and interact with the mentors and mentorees from other labs.

To sustain the learning and networking, McCausland and Davis will provide guidance and counseling each day at a private lunch session open only to the mentors and mentorees. Then, after lunch on Wednesday, April 27, there will be a two-hour session to wrap up the learning experience for all mentors and mentorees.

post-Conference Follow-Up

To reinforce this rich learning experience, McCausland and Johnson will conduct a webinar about 30 days after the Executive War College for the mentors and mentorees. This session allows participants to review progress and learn how to take the mentoring relationship in the directions that have greatest value to the mentorees.

Every senior lab executive and administrator has a legacy that remains after their departure. Developing the best management talent as part of succession planning contributes to that legacy. This mentor/mentoree program is an opportunity to advance that legacy.


Mentors are invited to bring their mentorees at a special discounted registration price. Program details are available at:

 Special Opportunities at Executive War College

IN RESPONSE TO THE MAJOR CHANGES now happening in the clinical lab market and the U.S. healthcare system, important learning opportunities will be available at this year’s Executive War College, which takes place on April 26-27, 2016, in New Orleans.

To help pathologists who are CEOs and their practice administrators, there will be a full-day workshop on Thursday, April 28, titled Private Practice Pathology’s Present and Future: What’s Working… What’s Not… with Strategies to Protect and Enhance Pathologist Income.

For lab sales and marketing managers and lab managers responsible for their lab’s outreach sales program who are seeking ways to increase revenue and specimen volume, also on Thursday, April 28, will be a full-day workshop titled Sales Performance Coaching for Clinical Labs, Pathology Groups, and Specialty Labs: Achieving Sales Success in Tough Markets.

Separate two-hour roundtables will take place for lab CFOs; lab CIOs and informatics managers; lab sales and marketing VPs; and lab compliance officers. Each roundtable enables personal networking opportunities and problem-solving in a rich learning environment.

For owners, executives, and investors in labs offering proprietary and patent-protected molecular and genetic tests, there will be a four-hour session titled New Business Opportunities in Molecular Diagnostics and Genetic Testing for Lab Owners and Investors.

Overall, this year’s Executive War College will feature more than 60 sessions and 100 presenters. It is now the nation’s largest lab program devoted to the management and operation of labs and pathology groups. Full details about speakers and sessions and registration information can be viewed at:


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