|Submitted By: Tom Elmore, FACHE, Adjunct Faculty - UNC Charlotte|
There is a TV credit card commercial that states,
"What's in your wallet?" A catchy phrase, but I cannot remember
who the credit card represents. So, I thought I would modify the phrase
to ask, "What's in Your Future?." After 40 years of healthcare
experience including Premier (it was called SunHealth in early times), Novant
Health, Central Piedmont Community College, Aramark, and now UNC Charlotte - I
am hoping I can share some lessons learned about navigating your future
healthcare career. So below are some investigative questions across
several healthcare career seasons for your consideration.
Do you know why you are choosing a career in
Have you developed at least a 'rough draft' of
your personal mission (priorities), vision (passion), and values (principles)?
Have your started your networking efforts? A sincere effort to build that network - bringing them information,
contributing to their learning, bringing value to them when they need your assistance?
Can you manage a career in an
industry that is: huge, complex, and always changing?
Does your personal mission, vision, and values
match with your organization?
Are you making more 'deposits than withdrawals'
in your expanding networking efforts?
Are you active in ACHE? In the local chapter? Do you have your FACHE?
Are you engaged in giving
back to your community? This could be numerous areas: schools,
homeless, behavior health, church...
Do you have a mentor?
What are your priorities
(those most significant) in your life?
Are you balancing your work/life
Do you know your strengths
& weaknesses (including skill sets & values)?
Are you mentoring the early careerists?
Are you involved in leadership positions within
ACHE or your community? Do you have your FACHE?
Are you considering your
'retirement' contributions to your industry, community, family?
Are you living your
Are you balancing your work/life
Do you have more deposits
than withdrawals in your network?
Have you renewing those
strengths & correcting those weaknesses (including skill sets &
Do you know your deeply
rooted values that guide your leadership style?
Are you mentoring the mid careerists and/or the
Do you have that 'retirement' plan identified,
maybe already in practice? Ex. serving your church, serving on a nonprofit
board, teaching, mentoring, tutoring, part-time work, etc. You can have an
amazing 'encore' career giving back to those areas that mean so much to you.
Are you appreciating
(demonstrating thanks) your network?
Are you encouraging your
leadership staff to pursue their FACHE? Do your immediate reports
have their FACHE or an equivalent credential for their profession?
Are you finalizing your
Do you support/endorse an
active leadership development program for mid & senior careerists?
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of investigative
questions. I hope these get your head, heart, and hands
engaged. I'm not saying my 40-year healthcare career has been perfect -
far from it. Yet, I know my priorities, passion, and principles have been
like a compass to help navigate my path. And what an amazing path it has
been and still remains. As I've had the opportunity to live out a life of
'servant leadership,' I hope you discover your 3P's: priorities (mission), passion
(vision) and principles (values).
Later Y'all - after all, I'm still a southern boy at heart.