In the boardroom of any successful organization, the question is always asked of the CEO, “What happens if you get hit by a bus?” Certainly, CEO leadership is the board’s most important responsibility and the top of mind for any chair. The follow-up question is then, “What is the succession plan?”
Today, we have the rare opportunity to talk with a leader who was figuratively “hit by a bus” with the diagnosis of bone marrow cancer that required immediate, aggressive care. Alec Hill was 62 at the time and at the top of his game, having served 14 years as president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Within a few weeks after the diagnosis, he stepped down from his leadership role to prepare for a bone marrow transplant. The probabilities of survival were against him.
Now, just over a year later, we can celebrate God’s grace and mercy as the doctors declare Alec cancer free!
Alec’s tenure as president was marked by one of the most significant periods of growth since InterVarsity’s founding almost 75 years ago. The InterVarsity ministry has grown to 985 chapters on 649 campuses involving more than 41,000 actively involved students and faculty. These chapters are served by over 1,100 field staff and numerous volunteers, and annual revenues are now over $100 million.
Tune into today's conversation to hear about Alec's battle with cancer, and how InterVarsity's succession planning payed off.
Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/52-alec-hill-intervarsity-christian-fellowship.
Disrespect in the workplace often mirrors our broader culture. Clearly, there is a cost of disrespect in the workplace as performance declines and disrespected staff take it out on their coworkers and customers.
Bill Hybels challenged us at the Summit that it starts with the leader. All people are created by God and have intrinsic value and should be treated with respect. He challenged leaders to create a written code of respect that is taught in the workplace.
Do you have a written code of respect in your organization? Do you know anyone who does? I thought you might be interested to hear about an organization that has done exactly that!
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Kathy Shingleton, Vice President of Human Resources for Virginia Mason Medical Center based in Seattle. Virginia Mason is a 6,000 employee health care organization known nationally and internationally as a quality leader in healthcare.
I’ve known Kathy for several years. She provided tremendous support for the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the Board, which I chaired.
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