While we spared them from parading around in a cap and grown, we still recognized the 2019 SOAR and inSPIRE participants on their recent graduation at Arrowhead Stadium. The programs provide year-round support and resources to current and emerging Netsmart leaders. Grounded in the five LeadSmart Expectations, both programs aim to expand each participant’s leadership skills and potential. To ensure we continue to increase innovation, productivity and incorporate the Netsmart mission, it’s vital we invest in our leadership. Continue reading to learn more about the SOAR and inSPIRE programs.
Associates who are recognized as emerging leaders are nominated to join the inSPIRE program. The goal of the program is to equip individuals with a strong leadership foundation prior to stepping into a director level role. Participants work to hone strategic thinking, networking and communication skills as they engage in interactive learning and leading opportunities.
The inSPIRE class unites associates from across the organization, which broadens participants internal network and exposure to different Netsmart operations. At the end of the program, participants present initiatives they believe will improve Netsmart workflows, practices and deliverables. This is a unique opportunity for their voices to be heard as they challenge our context.
The SOAR program supports current Netsmart directors and vice presidents. Leadership resources are provided to them to utilize in their own self-study. The material focuses on leadership skills, the healthcare industry and business acumen. To provide personalized guidance, each participant is matched with a performance coach they meet with monthly. This grants participants the opportunity to reflect on their performance, set goals and seek advice from a professional who is fully vested in their leadership journey.
SOAR participants also spend time mastering how to tell the Netsmart story. This supports the organization-wide priority to ensure our associates are confident explaining what Netsmart does and how we, in partnership with our clients, are changing healthcare. Our leaders play a pivotal role in increasing awareness of this initiative. By propagating this effort, associates become more connected to the various causes and communities we serve.
We’d like to extend a final congratulations to all 2019 SOAR and inSPIRE graduates. Thank you for your time, commitment to your professional development and a fantastic year.
Hear from participants below regarding their unique experience:
“Participating in the inSPIRE leadership program was a truly impactful experience. Not only did it afford me the opportunity to build my network within Netsmart, it provided me tools to emerge from the program as a better leader. One of my favorite sessions was the Tango Biz simulation. Collaborative sessions like these allowed me to ‘work outside of my lane,’ which will continue to serve me well as I work alongside various teams across the organization. I truly appreciate the commitment of Netsmart to provide professional development opportunities.” – Jamie Smith, Senior Client Alignment Executive
“SOAR is an inspiring leadership development program at Netsmart. The focus on igniting peak performance through coaching sessions, developing industry knowledge, uplifting business acumen and networking with peers created a platform for my sustained growth. I have a deeper ‘why’ and a better ‘how’ than ever before. Thank you to Netsmart for building leaders that can make a difference for our clients and the people they serve every day. #LeadershipMatters” – Tom Geis, Senior Director, Plexus Cloud
“It was a great privilege to participate in the inSPIRE leadership program. The program allowed me to take time and develop my leadership skills alongside my peers from different departments. The interactions with associates and executives across the organization fosters an exciting environment where you can see the true potential of Netsmart and the positive impact we can have on our clients. Each session left me feeling motivated and excited to take what I had learned and apply it to my daily activities.” – Kevin Arnold, Solution Strategist
“I am so honored that I got to take part in this program. SOAR allowed me to meet and make connections with leaders in other parts of Netsmart that I would normally not work with on a day-to-day basis. The program was invaluable for me as a leader. The people that were in our group are so good at what they do and the speakers from the organization challenged us at each session. You can’t help but come out of a program feeling like excited and wanting to become a better associate and leader.” – Jennifer Moist, Director, Business Operations