It is with a very heavy heart that I share that I am leaving Covenant Health. I have a wonderful opportunity with a biotech company but will remain in the area. I have immensely enjoyed my time with Covenant. I have had the opportunity to work with many of you and gotten to know several of you well. I appreciate the support you have offered to me and the LLD team. I believe we have been able to do some amazing things in our department and your support is genuinely appreciated. I wanted to share with you a few parting thoughts:

Be concerned with getting good instead of looking good
This is a simple statement; yet, one that has profound meaning. Rather than trying to always look good, are you focusing on getting good? Are you obsessed with looking good rather than learning from mistakes and failures? Are you transparent (truly transparent) in your communications and communicate with no hidden agendas? Do you finger point, blame, shame, or lead with fear in attempt to look good instead of getting good? Your employees deserve the very best and that begins with you.

Manage your stories (you knew I would go there!)
Of course, we have to talk about stories. The ability to manage your story is a sign of an excellent communicator. Have you noticed how often people talk in stories? And who doesn’t love to buy a good story? If you are sharing a negative story with someone, that leaves an impression and further reinforces your own story. Some will choose to buy your story and it then becomes their story and creates or reinforces their own beliefs. Some listen to the story and unknowingly, you begin to lose your leadership because now they see you in a different light. We know we have a high patience workforce and as a result, we avoid confrontation. Many of you have attended Crucial Conversations and have the skills to have conversations; however, you need to determine if your will is strong enough. It will be difficult for you to change what you don’t want to confront. May your will to do the right thing give you the courage you need so that you and your team can grow.

Choose to see others differently
This ties a little into managing your stories; however, how we choose to see another person is simply our choice. As you may recall, a book we recommended to read is called “Leadership and Self Deception.” This book speaks specifically to this point. Being intentional in how you choose to see someone will benefit you in the long run. When we see someone in a negative light, the negativity that you carry takes up residence in your heart. And before too long, the area grows and expands. Rather, choose to see the person as a person, not as an object within the story you’ve told yourself. I assure you this will be one of the best things you do for yourself and it will increase your happiness.

Live your dash
As I’ve shared, my Daddy was a minister. He was one of the wisest men I have known. Not by academia standards, but by the knowledge and heart he had for serving God and others. I first heard the story of the dash when I was about 6. At a graveside service atop a hill in Kentucky, my Daddy spoke about the fact that the now deceased gentleman had a date of birth on his tombstone and would soon have a date of death. However, he explained that neither of those dates held any significance. It was the dash between the dates that bears the significance. He would go on to speak about how the person has lived their dash. I’ve decided that life is not about accomplishments, it’s about the relationships that I achieve. Life isn’t about what job title I had or how many people reported to me, it’s about how I made people feel. My happiness in life isn’t dictated by whether or not I’m invited to certain circles, rather I seek joy in knowing that I made a difference in the lives of others. How we treat others and how we serve others will speak volumes to our dash. Even though you may not have control over situations that happen to you, you always have a choice of how you will respond and you can decide what takes up residence in your heart. Find your joy, live your dash.

Moving forward
While I’m biased, of course, the organization is fortunate to have an amazing Leadership Development Department. They will still be here to support you. I encourage you to visit our website for future updates at lld.covenanthealth.com. The course catalog will be published in a few weeks and classes will resume in 2022. Following is a brief overview of each team member and how they may be able to assist you:
Kelly Floyd – Coaching, PDP, Training, Team building, NEO, LDI
Scot Bolz – Strategic planning, Training, PDP, Process Improvement, LDI Distribution, eLearning Development, LLD Website
Kayla Shellenberger – CovLearn administration, NEO registration, LLD Website
Drew Scarbrough – CovLearn questions, video, audio, graphics, leadership quick tips
Liz Colbert – TCPS clinical clearance, tuition assistance, general department questions
For any CovLearn questions, please contact the department at CovLearnSupport@CovHlth.com.

It has been my pleasure to work with you. I pray God’s blessings over you and your family and wish each of you the absolute best!
Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the best!

Johnda

 

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