Carolyn Buck Luce is currently the Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Talent Innovation. Last week, Luce posted a potent piece,"The Power of the Purse: Catching the Wave of the Next Emerging Market"on Inc. magazine’s online forum.Tweet
Carolyn Buck Luce spoke at the Annual Meeting of the SFO chapter of the HBA on October 24th, 2013 at the HQ of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. She shared her vision for the future of the HC industry and the new competencies that leaders will need to drive the transformation that is upon us.
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In my last class of Women and Power that I teach at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, the topic was Leadership in the 21rst Century and the legacy of this generation of women for the women’s movement and the world. My guests were 3 courageous leaders from the Amazon rain forest.
Here is a link to my blog on the Huffington Post on what we learned.Tweet
Carolyn Buck Luce, a cofounder and managing partner at Imaginal Labs, writes on Huffington Post: “I have found that women have to get to the center of what it means for them to have a life of meaning and purpose and to envision the leader they want to be — at home, at work and in the world.”
See the entire interview with Nancy Redd and read Carolyn’s essay on Huffington Post.
How did I spend my summer vacation? Journeying deep into heart and lungs of the world - - the untouched, pristine Amazon rain forest in central/south Ecuador, the home of the Achuar Nation. The Achuar are a “dreaming” culture who put great emphasis on their dreams. Up until about 25 years ago, they were “uncontacted” and for centuries had been recognized for their fierce warrior culture.
However, having witnessed the disastrous effects of oil exploration in the northern part of the country and its impacts on their indigenous neighbors, the Achuar leaders came to realize that they needed to “awaken the dreamers” of the North and change the dream so that the Rain Forest, and the world could be saved for generations to come.
Seventeen years ago, the Achuar leaders decided to voluntarily make contact with the outside world on THEIR terms and they reached out to some leaders of moral courage who shared their view of creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fullfilling and socially just human presence on the Earth - - and the Pachamama (meaning Mother Earth in Quechua language) Alliance was formed. The founders - - John Perkins and Bill and Lynne Twist - - along with 9 others - - ventured into Achuar territory to meet with the shamans and leaders and were told that if they had come to help the Achuar, never mind. But if they had come because their respective liberations were tied up with one another, then a partnership could be formed. (I encourage you to go to www.pachamama.org to view fascinating videos)
My husband Rob and I are long time supporters of the Pachamama Alliance and it was under their leadership that we took our journey. I went first, with a fierce and wonderful group of women to help support one of Pachamama’s programs “Jungle Mamas”. With the help of the One Heart World-Wide, Jungle Mama’s is training the Achuar women on midwifery and maternal health.
After a week with Jungle Mamas I was joined by my husband Rob and another Pachamama group led by all three of the founders so that we could all learn more about the rain forest and its critical role in the health of the world, the culture of the Achuar and other indigenous neighbors and the work of the Pachamama Alliance to work with indigenous leaders to develop alternatives to oil exploration to present to the governments of the Amazon Basin.
I could write for weeks on my experiences, but here are a few major take aways that I would like to share:
1) Ecuador is one of the world’s “hot spots” in that it has more bio-diversity (given its position on the Equator and its treasures of the Galapagos, the Andes and the Rain Forest) and cultural diversity than any other country of its size.
2) Oil exploration in the Amazon and the infrastructure that supports it has devastating effects on the rainforest which will not grow back. Given the effects of overconsumption of fossil fuels in the world, the melting of the ice caps and the deforestation of the rainforest will combine in tragic ways in the future.
3) I had thought of indigenous people living in the jungle the way they have done for thousands of years as primitive. They are highly sophisticated in ways that we are primitive - - in their knowledge of the earth, nature, spirit world, community, and vice versa. We have so much to learn from each other to take the best of the world of technology and the world of nature.
4) I have known for awhile that future progress of the women’s movement and women’s empowerment in the world would require enlisting men as allies. I was blown away by the dedication of the young men leaders of the Achuar to learn as much as they could about our Jungle Mama’s program so that they could support the health of their wives, their children, the community and mankind.
Carolyn Buck Luce, the 2012 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Woman of the Year, will be speaking at the Annual Meeting of the SFO chapter of the HBA on October 24th, 2013 at the HQ of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. She will be sharing her vision for the future of the HC industry and the new competencies that leaders will need to drive the transformation that is upon us.Tweet
I had the privilege of participating in a panel at Arianna Huffington’s apartment last week for a gathering to explore ”The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power.” Arianna asked all of the speakers to post a blog on the HuffPostWomen’s site. Here is an excerpt from that blog:
"…I have been thinking about this topic for a while as I reflect on the imperative to get more women into impactful roles of meaning and purpose so that we can make the institutions of today - - healthcare, education, politics, religion, capitalism - - better meet the needs of society. We all know that these institutions are broken and require transformational change. This type of change calls for courage. Courage, comes from the word “heart” and means to move forward with your heart in your mouth during times of fear, uncertainty and doubt
And change requires courageous leaders taking the Hero’s journey, leaning into possibilities - - to do all that they can and become all that they are meant to be.
I celebrated the beginning of the new Era, December 22, 2012, with two auspicious events. I “matriculated” from 40 years in the male-dominated corporate world when I retired as the partner leading the global Life Sciences business at Ernst & Young due to our mandatory partner retirement age of 60. And I got married. In order to “clear my head” and get ready for the next chapter in my journey, my newly minted husband, Rob and I, spent our honeymoon climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and at 19,300 feet one of the highest in the world. A strange choice for a honeymoon given that entailed sleeping in separate mummy bags in little tents in freezing weather clinging to the side of an old volcano. Why did we do it? Not because we wanted to “conquer” the mountain. In fact our local guides, and we had a crew of 25 to help us, told us “You are the conquerors” “You will conquer the mountain”. However early on in the climb we shared a different reason. We were not there to conquer the mountain - - rather we were there to borrow a little strength and wisdom from the mountain that had been there for over 200mm years and had wept for many. We climbed Kilimanjaro because we wanted to share the gift of an intense physical, mental, emotional and spiritual experience together - - to really know and feel and remember the spirit of partnership that would take us to and through our dying days.
In fact, we were not there to get to the top - - but rather find the center. The essence of strength and human limits, of love and partnership.
I have thought a lot about the courageous leadership the world needs now and here is the question I keep asking myself. Why is it that courageous women - - women have to be courageous as we are the birthers, the fixers, the caregivers, the mourners - - Why is it that courageous women find it challenging to be all that they want to be at work. Surely it is not because we don’t Lean In enough. It’s that Leaning in is not enough.
What I have learned is that women need to be clear about “Why” they are working and “Who” they are committed to be as leaders - - taking the Hero’s journey to be all they can be for a better world. Getting to the center, not the top. Authentic bold strong committed leaders who get to the essence of the matter - - your value proposition, your team, your project, your community - - rise to the top that matters, the pinnacle of their souls.
By understanding these metrics and designing performance measurements and rewards that celebrate getting to the center, not the top, we will create the institutions that actually meet the needs of society and create the legacy that the next generations will thank us for.”Tweet
May 1. May Day. For centuries and millennia, May Day has been celebrated around the world for many reasons - as the rites of spring, the celebration of summer, and to honor the international labor movement. On this bright, refulgent May Day in New York City, over 500 of us gathered together to celebrate the lives of commitment of three extraordinary courageous leaders who have been supported by the work of Auburn Theological Seminary - - Congresswoman and veteran Tammy Duckworth, Spiritual leader and activist Sister Simone Campbell, and Philanthropist and social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren.
Auburn’s mission is to equip bold and resilient leaders with the tools they need to bridge religious and political divides, build community, pursue justice and heal the world. They achieve this through their efforts to educate and support leaders through research, media training and movement building that uphold and connect the core values of the multi-faith movement for justice.
Here are just a few words of insight and inspiration that I took away from these courageous and god-filled leaders:
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in Iraq who lost both her legs and partial use of an arm and was awarded a Purple Heart for her valor, fights valiantly for the rights of veterans and all people in America to have the chance to participate in the American Dream. She spoke about the little acts of grace by individuals and the big acts fo grace by our government that has sustained her from her childhood living on food stamps and 25cent school lunches to her recovery at Walter Reed hospital. And of the gift of fearlessness that she learned from her experiences in Iraq that allow her to commit to fight all the necessary political battles ahead. And of her first hand experience of “no one left behind” by her fellow soldiers on the battlefield that drives her courage to fight for all human dignity and economic justice for all.
Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK in Washington and is known as a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. She has been very much in the news as the leader of the Nuns on the Bus tour that raised awareness, took on the Vatican and changed minds and votes in Washington on issues from health care reform, to immigration and economic justice. Sister Simone reminded us that the preamble to the US Constitution that starts with “We the People” concludes with “…to promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” Which means that our job doesn’t stop with us - - but includes making sure that we are creating a just and secure world for our children and grandchildren. And that the role of policy making in Washington and in the State Houses is not to secure and protect profits but to shape the future for posterity.
Sister Simone has not always agreed with the Vatican and other institutional religious leaders but sees that they are all part of “one body, many members” and they each have a role to play. She brought down the house by identifying her unique role as “stomach acid” which is a critical element in the ability to digest food.
Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, a charitable company with the mission to create good products that help feed the world. She is the granddaughter and niece of two American Presidents and the daughter in law of one of the world’s great fashion families, had combined her talents and her heart to create a model for ethical business practices and products which provides nutritious, life-saving meals to millions of hungry school children worldwide. Lauren is a great example of “conscious capitalism” where the triple bottom line is achievable. She believes that the millennial generation and consumers around the global will demand that capitalism take responsibility for the short and longer term impact they have on all stakeholders and the CEOs who don’t take that to heart will be left behind.
It was a great way to usher in May Day and celebrate the lives of commitment of courageous leaders. Courage, after all, comes from the word heart - coeur - and it means to go forth with your heart in your mouth at times of fear, uncertainty and doubt. And to do that on behalf not just of ourselves, but for posterity.
Happy May Day All!
Is there a Doctor in my Phone?…
Remember when you had to make an appointment with the computer scientist at the University to bring your punch cards to the Mainframe computer there in order to get computing done? Now you don’t have to leave your bed to upload, download, troubleshoot and even have your genome decoded. But we still have to beg for an appointment with the doctor, drag ourselves out of bed when we are sick, be shuttled around to get various tests over the ensuing weeks and not be able to get your own test results because they get sent to your doctor which requires another appointment…
Welcome to the reality and the promise of telehealthcare where the Doctor’s Office is the Mainframe of the Decade
I recently keynoted at the inaugural Telehealthcare Leaders Forum held in Newport, RI and sponsored by Tunstall America, a leading global creator of telehealth solutions. The footprint of telehealthcare continues to expand because of the exponential impact of Big Data, the Internet of Things, smartphone utilization, the super consumers’ demand for better and faster healthcare insight and service, the forecasted shortage of doctors and the incredible pressure felt by individuals, payers, providers and governments to contain HC costs.
Think about this - -I would venture to say that there has never been so much pent up demand for improvements in any system by Main Street, Wall Street and Washington then currently exists to improve the entire HC system - - how HC is produced, delivered, consumed and paid for. And the technology is already in place, at our fingertips, to make a substantial and transformational change.
There is not a panacea for change because systems evolve organically based on multiple factors and we know from the decades long battles over health care legislation that money, politics and policies are a three-dimensional chess game and the pricing incentives that help make markets honest will be a long time coming.
However, as pointed out by another keynoter at the Forum, Dr. Jason Hwang the co-author with Dr. Clay Christianson of “The Innovators Prescription”, the price of computing did not require legislation to drive disruptive innovation of the mainframe business.
The promise of telehealth care (eg home monitoring, smart clothing, remote telemedicine, hand-held hospitals, smartphone ECGs etc) will also be driven by behavioral change at many levels:
HC savvy consumers, who have learned how to use technology to make their lives easier by bringing the expertise to them through digital innovations- - fast, reliable, dependable, assessable and affordable with online on demand banking, shopping, learning, computing, publishing. etc.
Company behavior, otherwise know as a Business Model, as traditional and non-traditional companies are experimenting with the components of telehealth to finally be in the patient outcomes business, instead of the product and device business.
Leadership behavior as more professionals and executives recognize that it is a personal (and corporate) competitive advantage to become digitally fluent in order to enhance the way they lead, manage, communicate and innovate
This will be a great win for patients, companies and society.
In the last 3 weeks I retired from EY ( given our mandatory retirement age for partners of 60), got married To the incomparable Rob Evans and started a month long honeymoon in Africa.
The first leg of the trip was to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, at 19000 ft the tallest in Africa, the top of the world and, an experience beyond belief. One that gives new meaning to a “once in a lifetime” experience.
And what an experience. Majestic awesome massive unforgettable and beyond extreme challenging. In Swahili “pole, pole” means slowly slowly. We had a climbing crew of 25 to support Rob and me. And they were climbing with 20 kilos of gear and food and water on their heads. And we climbed 7-13 hours a day up up up up waterfalls down waterfalls across waterfalls up rock walls through lava tubes up gravel dunes ascending through rain forests, savannah’s and arctic moonscapes through sun rain clouds hail snow. Pole pole. In fact you don’t climb up Kilimanjaro, you crawl up it. Particularly the last 9 hour push to the summit. In fact. In the last 3 hours the only pace that worked for me was lunging in order to maximize the strength of my large leg muscles. One lunge and a deep breath. Then stop for two breaths and rest. Then another lunge…
Our crew was so happy that we made it. On the way down they baked a wedding cake for us at a rest atop and sang and danced a story about our climb and our new life together. Once we got to the base , we presented the crew with gifts tips and sang them ” You never walk alone” from Carousel. Then the entire crew piled into a rickety bus with us and drove two hours to our lodge and the entire lodge staff was waiting outside and everybody started singing and dancing again, climbing crew and lodge staff narrating and celebrating the story of the climb.
There were many personal lessons to learn on the mountain. Many we have yet to fully understand and digest. Several however stand out to me 72 hours layer as we recover our strength on a beautiful African day on the island of Zanzibar. Our lead guide kept telling us that we will conquer the mountain because we are conquerors so “pull up our socks” and keep walking. Wise rob said he had a different idea. We were not there to conquer the mountain. Rather we were there to borrow just a little of the mountains strength, endurance and wisdom from having stood on that place for tens of millions of years. Kilimanjaro means difficult journey and the mountain has wept for many.
"Pole, pole" slowly slowly. For someone who has lived a fast paced life with an eye to the future, I would like to embrace the concept of slowing down to fully absorb the miracle and gifts of the present.
II was so ready to call it quits 2 hours from the summit. I was beyond spent. I couldn’t catch my breath if I took more than one step. My heart was pounding. And I knew I had 4 hours to just get down to base camp over treacherous territory and I had no juice left. Rob called an audible and lead a conference with our guides and me. Did I have signs of altitude sickness? Would be be able to finish the descent In daylight? Did we have headlamps? Could I find apace that would allow me to control my breathing and heart rate? He reminded us that JFK said we would “put a man on the moon AND get him back”. Most people die on Everest during the descent and we saw several people that day being hustled down the mountain in scary makeshift gurneys. Planning for the entire journey is required!
There were also some strategic, tactical and practical lessons to share with potential climbers.
Strategic: conventional wisdom has climbers making their ascent (6-8 hours) to the summit from Barrafu (snow in Swahili) camp at midnight getting to the summit at daybreak and then coming down to Mweke camp (about 8 hours) in order to avoid snowmelt from the glacier on the ascent. However that means climbing up steep inclines in the cold and dark. Unfortunately, the glacier has melted considerably and our guides arranged for us to climb at the dawn - considerably more bearable. However this did mean that we did two days worth of climbing in one day the day before ( about 11 hours from barranca to Barrafu camps)
Tactical: a successful climb is not just about strength, endurance and altitude adaptability (although take the preclimb training seriously with cardio, weights and lunges). The determination and will not to give up and the ability to listen to the parts of your body and psyche that will serve you well are also critical elements. Knowing how to breathe, meditate, and travel deep inside as you climb steeply for hours, pole pole, are essential tools.
Practical: we travelled with Micato (excellent company) who provided a great expedition packing list. Here are a few items that became saviors for me.
- a warm headband that never came off
- a poly fiber jacket with a hood that I wore 7/24
- enough warm layers including a light down jacket ( think ski mountain not Africa)
- plastic bags for all clothes and sleeping bag so everything stays dry
- rain poncho that will cover you and your day pack
- camelbak, not water bottles
And on a lighter note. “Hakuna Matata” no worries really is a phrase that real people say - a lot! Not just in the lion king!!!!Tweet