Episode 29

Employee Leadership Coaching and Development

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | June 7, 2023

Today’s episode features Mike Guelcher, managing partner and co-founder at Prism Consulting Partners. Mike brings his leadership and organizational development expertise to provide valuable insights into the significance of effective leadership in the post-pandemic world. He shares actionable strategies to enhance leadership within your practice, offering deep insights into the evolving landscape of employee retention and the rise of the Great Resignation phenomenon.


  • 00:01:05 – Mike’s Journey in Ophthalmology- A Walk-through
  • 00:03:41 – Why is good leadership more critical in the post-pandemic world?
    • The timing of the pandemic accentuates the need for leadership
    • The pandemic did not alter the trajectory of resignations
    • Leadership is the top reason why people leave their jobs
  • 00:07:04Why has culture become such an important factor in employee retention
    • Great resignation
  • 00:11:48 – What can practices do to enhance leadership within their teams, and what are the benefits of doing so? 
    • Decentralized leadership and empowering individuals
  • 00:17:00 – What do you do if you have a leader or a manager who is not a leader?
    • What to do when a leader is not a leader
    • How to deal with toxicity
    • Fostering trust and candor
  • 00:19:40 – What if you can’t have the candor because it’s not allowed by the practice owners?
    • If you can’t have an environment of candor between the manager and team, you have a bigger issue
  • 00:22:29Why should practice leaders and owners be concerned about these issues? 
    • Reputation: the way companies treat their employees is becoming more visible
  • 00:25:41 – Closing remarks


Mike Guelcher

Managing Partner and Co-founder- Prism Consulting Partners, LLC

Mike is a managing partner and co-founder at Prism Consulting Partners – a healthcare consulting and advisory firm which specializes in three key areas:

  1. Leadership/employee engagement & culture development.
  2. Organizational assessment & succession planning.
  3. Practice transitions.

His experiences in increasing roles of leadership have spanned 25 years and 2 fortune 500 companies where he has led teams as well as trained, developed and onboarded hundreds of representatives through organizational change and expansion. Most recently, he also led a successful multi-region expansion effort for a large private equity-backed Optometric group working closely with numerous individual and multi-site practices.

Outside Prism, he spends time as an active member of the Upper Palmetto Advisory Board of Let Me Run and F3 Nation. He resides in Fort Mill, SC with his wife and two children.

Connect with Mike: linkedin.com/in/mike-guelcher-1144ab2
Website: www.prismconsultingpartners.com


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