The Phone Call That Changed Jaime Parent’s Life

One thing I have learned in this business over the last 30 years is that opportunities present themselves at a moment’s notice, and that the reactions to certain circumstances can have lasting effects, often times with little notice or fanfare. During my rookie CIO days with Air Force Medical Service, I was presented with an […]

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Acknowledging Our Mentors: Michael Elley’s Pearls Of Wisdom

A favorite quote of mine, by an unknown author is: “Leaders don’t create followers, they create other leaders.” As I reflect upon past mentors and those I consider mentors today, I find that quote holds very true. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great leaders, both inside and outside of […]

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How ‘Drive-By Mentoring’ Changed Drex DeFord’s Life

I’ve never really subscribed to a formal mentoring philosophy. Mentoring has just happened for me. To me. Usually without a lot of structure and with zero fanfare. I’m sure this means I lack style, and further signals my unwillingness to go along with the mentoring “norm”. It might also signal my unwillingness to put the […]

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Those That Do Are The Best Teachers

Kate Gamble’s request to share my experience of being a mentor caused me to pause and consider if I’m actually filling that role, directly or indirectly, and to reflect upon how I’ve been mentored during my career as a healthcare CIO. Most will know that I’ve recently made a change in employment after 23 years […]

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Acknowledging Our Mentors: Stephen Stewart’s Four Pillars of Advice

When I think back over my career, a lot of people have had a hand in shaping what I have achieved. There are too many to mention, but when I really think of mentors, four come to mind. First, my father. The one piece of advice that sticks with me more than any is: “No […]

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