En­gag­ing team in de­liv­er­ing growth

TEENA PISAREV Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Icon SOC, Sin­ga­pore

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With more than 15 years of man­age­ment and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence in the pri­vate health sec­tor, Teena Pisarev has a broad un­der­stand­ing of the emerg­ing trends and chal­lenges fac­ing the health in­dus­try. Be­cause of Teena’s abil­ity to en­gage a team and de­liver growth, the Icon Group ap­pointed her to lead its first foray into in­ter­na­tional health­care as

CEO of Icon SOC in Sin­ga­pore. Her lead­er­ship style is sim­ple – happy, en­gaged clin­i­cians and team re­sult in ex­cep­tional pa­tient care. Be­fore that, Teena was CEO of Icon Can­cer Care in Aus­tralia.

At Icon Can­cer Care, she over­saw di­vi­sional ex­pan­sion via en­gage­ment with VMOs, staff and part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions. Through the sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of pro­cesses, strength­en­ing of clin­i­cal gov­er­nance and em­pow­er­ment of local lead­ers, Teena de­liv­ered strong growth in ac­tiv­ity and EBITDA. The 2015-2016 financial year saw record num­bers of pa­tients treated across the net­work, with many lo­ca­tions post­ing higher ac­tiv­ity than ever be­fore.

Speak­ing on gen­der par­ity in the in­dus­try, Teena says, “I am ex­tremely lucky I have not, for a very long time, ex­pe­ri­enced any gen­der is­sues in my work­place. In fact, my story al­most goes against the trend as I was of­fered my first CEO role whilst re­turn­ing from ma­ter­nity leave with Icon Group. I also be­lieve you must vote with your feet and work for com­pa­nies who ad­dress the is­sues and al­low gen­der di­ver­sity and equal­ity to flour­ish. Gen­der par­ity needs to be ad­dressed. The facts and fig­ures are in and show that com­pa­nies who have pro­gres­sive ap­proaches to th­ese is­sues do much bet­ter than those who don’t in nearly ev­ery facet of their op­er­a­tions. It makes sense and is hap­pen­ing glob­ally.”

In her ad­vice to women sci­en­tists and en­trepreneurs, Teena urges them to ac­cept the challenge and,

‘go for it’! “The tra­di­tional roles of men and women still of­ten im­pact the think­ing of many women across the globe. As a mum of two great kids (3 and 14), hap­pily mar­ried for 16 years and hav­ing the job of my dreams – you can have it all, but it is hard and some­times you need to make sac­ri­fices. Plan your next steps and tell peo­ple where you want to go to en­sure as­sump­tions about your ca­reer are not made for you. Peo­ple are im­por­tant to your jour­ney! What I mean by that is, no mat­ter what role you have, how you treat, com­mu­ni­cate and en­gage peo­ple will de­ter­mine your suc­cess”.

Teena loves Asian food and said that her fa­vorite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion is Bora Bora, where her hus­band took her on their 10th wed­ding an­niver­sary. Over her ca­reer, Teena has re­cruited and es­tab­lished prac­tices for new doc­tors, led ma­jor brown­field health­care re­de­vel­op­ments, and im­ple­mented new ser­vices to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease vis­it­ing spe­cial­ists and pa­tient num­bers. How­ever, climb­ing up the cor­po­rate lad­der in this male dom­i­nated in­dus­try wasn’t easy.

Teena says, “Un­con­scious bias is real and even for the most sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments this can pop up from time to time. I have learnt to rec­og­nize it and wher­ever I can, I try to ad­dress it.”

TEENA PISAREV Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Icon SOC, Sin­ga­pore

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