Marna Borgstrom, President and CEO of Yale New Haven Health System.
"My predecessor and mentor told me to stay focused and to not over-commit. People will pull you into doing a lot of different things and they're all fun and interesting, but then you find yourself pulled in too many directions, and you can't do any of it well. Organizations that may want you to participate on boards are still likely to want you later when you will be able to give them more time. Pace yourself and remember what your 'day job' is."
"I actually do think the greatest achievement is the people I've been able to recruit and the team that we've put together. They move the organization forward magnificently well. One of my predecessors told me that one of the hardest things about becoming the CEO is you move from being a player to being a conductor. Rather than playing first violin really well, you decide who they should be and how to get everyone to play together so it sounds good. He is absolutely right, and that's the challenge of leadership: finding the right people, encouraging them and expecting people to work together and then letting them go and do their thing.”
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