Significance

Significance

You might be like me. Growing up I wanted to be famous, to play major league baseball. I wanted to be recognized and important. Those dreams were replaced along the way with the reality that I couldn’t hit a curve ball and very few people get to play major league...
Forced decisions

Forced decisions

Our conversation over coffee turned to leadership succession, a challenge that faces every leader and every organization. We talked about transitions we’d watched where there was great success and others that had “crashed and burned.” A common thread in successes and...
Face time

Face time

I briefly stepped away from my desk after finishing a few morning e-mails. While walking back I created a mental list of things I wanted to spend time on during the day. I returned to my office and my chair wasn’t there and in its place were two sets of brown eyes and...
Zero based

Zero based

During a difficult financial period in the life of our organization, i.e., income was down, expenses were up (a bad combination), I learned one of the most valuable career lessons about managing. We were moving into “budget season” for the coming fiscal year. I never...
Decisions

Decisions

It was a routine, random security check at the back door of our hospital, just past the timecards where she had clocked out. Rarely was anything found, but our practice existed to discourage theft. The security officer later said as soon as he stopped her, she had an...