|Healthcare Leadership - Thoughts From My Foxhole|
|MG David Rubenstein, FACHE, Past Chairman, ACHE|
Shared Thoughts from Forbes
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Howdy, all. I trust you and yours are well as we continue
to battle COVID-19. All of us in health
and healthcare are involved in the battle.
Though you may not hear it often or at all; thank you! Thank you for all you and your organizations
are doing to keep your communities healthy and to return the ill to better
I came across an article that,
admittedly, is four years old. But the
messages are timeless.
In recognition of its 100th
anniversary, Forbes Magazine published a series of 100 essays from business
leaders. The magazine editors then
distilled each essay to a single quote: 100 quotes. This month, without commentary, I’ve selected
23 of these equally meaningful quotes to share with you.
Don’t be turned off that these are
quotes with a business bias. I believe
each of us as health and healthcare executives can find how each quote relates
to our organizational duties and personal mission, vision, and values. We just need to take a moment to find the
You can find the entire list of
100 quotes at the following link or, if you don’t click on links, search
“forbes 100 quotes abram brown.”
Here we go . . . .
"Investing in people is
how we grow."
-- Howard Schultz, Executive Chairman,
"We are absolutely a more
profitable (and better) business because we have a mission beyond the sole
pursuit of profits."
-- Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans
“No matter how small a project
you work on, and no matter what it is, put your heart and soul and sense of
responsibility into it."
-- Frank Gehry, world-shaping
"A leader works for those
-- Martine Rothblatt, founder,
Sirius, United Therapeutics
"It's just foolishness to
not recognize the creativity that you can unlock in the corporate world."
-- Bono, lead singer, U2; cofounder, One, (Red), Elevation Partners, Rise Fund
"Every industry today has
to fight complacency, prepare to see the disruption coming and then be flexible
enough to adapt swiftly."
-- Lakshmi Mittal, chairman, CEO, Arcelormittal
"You cannot do everything
alone – especially when you get to a certain level. It is impossible."
-- Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, Chobani
"Curiosity has kept me
young as I have gotten older."
-- Les Wexner, visionary of The Limited (Victoria's Secret, Pink, Etc.)
"Most people fail in
science because they talk themselves out of doing the experiment. Ideas are a
dime a dozen. What makes the difference is the execution of the idea."
-- Craig Venter, founder, Celera
"Integrity means honesty
and willingness to fulfill a promise, even at high cost."
-- Morris Chang, founder, Taiwan Semiconductor|
"Don't just satisfy your
customers—delight them...Anybody who has happy customers is likely to have a
pretty good future."
-- Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
"What allowed me to
survive is that I was always honest, and I truly believed in what I did."
-- Diane von Furstenberg, fashion
"I learned to never kick
someone when they're down. Everyone makes mistakes, and some are real whoppers.
But that makes them whopping opportunities, too."
-- Jack Welch, former CEO, GE
"If you [and your
partners] have the same values and are focused on the same goals...you can go a
-- Henry Kravis, cofounder,
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
"Here's how I stay
relevant: I read. I listen. I try to surround myself with smart people of all
ages and backgrounds."
-- John Doerr, venture capital
"Don't worry about
reputation but about character. You build character by practicing empathy,
practicing moral courage, practicing determination."
-- Jacqueline Novogratz, founder, Acumen
"You need to be curious
and never stop studying. You have to challenge yourself to think every day to
understand and react to what is happening."
-- Miuccia Prada, co-CEO, Prada
innovation--and those that do inevitably fail--because people are more
comfortable with what they know than with what they don't."
-- Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York; cofounder Bloomberg LP
"If we are complacent and
not open to change, we will soon lose our place. The best way to stay ahead is
to learn from the younger generation."
-- Dhanin Chearavanont, senior chairman, CP Group
“The question is, how to be
-- Jim Collins, author, Good to Great and Built to Last
"The four most important
words in business are 'What do you think?'"
-- Bill Marriott, Jr., chairman,
"I'd said to my partner
Stedman, 'What am I going to talk about for ten days and ten nights at Nelson
Mandela's house?' And Stedman said, 'Why don't you try listening?'"
-- Oprah Winfrey, founder, Oprah
I chose to end with these two
quotes, from Oprah Winfrey and Bill Marriott, for one simple reason. We learn most when we listen. I’d be interested to learn how any of these
quotes might have been received. You can
find me on LinkedIn.
Best wishes for your every future
For Leaders Who Care!
Even as we shed masks,
Control the controllable;
For yourself, for others.
David Rubenstein, FACHE
Past Chairman, ACHE