For Ed Marx, who recently wrapped up his cancer treatments, being a patient only further advanced his “drive to be part of digital transformation and bring hope,” he writes in the final installment of this blog series.
One of the most powerful qualities a leader can have is empathy, says Cleveland Clinic CIO Ed Marx, who talks about how his cancer journey has increased his capacity to feel and understand.
Upon receiving the call that his cancer had been confined, Ed Marx wrestled with a complicated set of emotions, which included expressing gratitude for his health, remembering others who have battled the disease, and finding ways to “create good from this.”
In preparation for his prostatectomy, Ed Marx reflects on his life’s mission to ‘shape, study, share, and serve,’ the people and events that helped create it, and how he hopes to keep living ‘a life of purpose.’
For Ed Marx, getting his affairs in order prior to beginning cancer treatment meant strengthening relationships, delegating work responsibilities, and finding ways to create some good out of a bad situation.
After recovering from the shock of receiving a cancer diagnosis, the next step is to decide on the right course of treatment and plan accordingly, says CIO Ed Marx, who shares the next chapter in his journey.
They’re the three most difficult words one can hear. But for CIO Ed Marx, who has dedicated time and resources in the fight against cancer, they mark the beginning of a journey – not an ending.
One of the key components in creating a digitally enabled organization? Blurring the lines to the point where an external observer could not differentiate the CIO from any other member of the C-Suite, says Ed Marx.
After the first six months in a new leadership role – which often feels more like a sprint than a marathon – it’s time to hit your stride, says CIO Ed Marx, who provides guidance on everything from remaining visible to managing up.
The first three months of a new role should be spent learning the culture, establishing relationships, converting quick wins, and building your team, says CIO Ed Marx, who talks about how he hopes to do that.