Podcast Show Notes with Chris Lah
Are you putting a lot of effort paddling and steering in the wrong direction? Join me as Chris Lah shares his story of a failed technology implementation project where he tried to do too much. Learn how Chris found himself drowning and what he ultimatly did to sail forward. Learn how Chris found clarity about his mistake six months later and how you can learn from him to prevent missing that important pitch.
Chris is currently the Senior Director of Revenue Cycle Customer Service at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He began his career at the hospital in 1983 as a Financial Counselor while he was finishing his undergraduate degree. In 1994, he left the hospital and managed the business operations and call center for the Mayfield Clinic. In the summer of 1998, he was recruited to lead the project management office for Anthem (now Wellpoint). He returned to CCHMC in 2000 to help centralize customer service operations. His service teams have achieved J. D. Power & Associates certification 6 years in a row and have won national team awards for excellence on three different occasions.
Chris has his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and is currently completing his MBA at Xavier University in Ohio. He is strongly committed to helping with Children’s Hospital related charities and has been a fund raiser for the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education (CISE) as well. In his spare time, he is a Program Director for TEDx Cincinnati.
Chris currently lives in the suburbs of Cincinnati with his two sons, Evan and Joe. He is most proud of his 2 year old grandson Jack and swears he’s the cutest kid on the planet!
Tweetable Quotes and Mentions
“Good captains steer in the current, they don’t try to paddle against it.” –Gandhi Click to Tweet
“Don’t get in the middle of a whirlpool and find yourself trying to steer against it.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“Every lemon you throw out there hopefully you can find a way to make lemonade out of it.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“Focus, delegate, and most importantly ignore the things you need to ignore.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“The embarrassing thing about failure is I wish I had the epiphany while failing.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“Some stuff just doesn’t need to be acted on.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“If I had just stepped back and got myself out of that churn I might have had an epiphany.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“You can’t live your leadership life looking in the rear view mirror.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“You need to have a balance outside of your work.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“Exhaustion is the biggest way to repeat mistakes or make major mistakes.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“You need to be fit as a fiddle when you go in everyday to lead.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“They need you at your best.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
“My worst decisions were made when I was sleep deprived.” -Chris Lah Click to Tweet
Hump to Get Over
Chris was the lead of a radiology information systems implementation project. By his definition and his bosses’ definition the outcome of the installation project failed. Chris unfortunately was unable to focus, delegate and ignore the things he needed to ignore to properly steer the project. Listen to the show to find out how Chris learned about how his very own leadership led to the failure and what he needed to do in the future to prevent it from happening again.
Some things just don’t need to be acted on.
Best Leadership Advice Received
You need to not complicate the simple.
Secret to Success
Family balance. My grandson gives me inspiration every day.
Chris mentioned a book still being written by Tom Chi, Google X co-founder, on rapid prototyping. See Tom’s Ted Ed talk: http://youtu.be/d5_h1VuwD6g
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