Author Archives - Chris LaVictoire Mahai

All on the Line: An Interview with Sarah and Scott Buell

I met Sarah Buell when she and I were paired in a formal mentorship program two plus years ago. She was the finance leader for Buell Consulting. I think it was in our second meeting when I learned that her company was in real financial trouble and looking for options. Her husband, who had been…

COVID-19 Lessons That Can Improve All Patient Experiences

When patients form a positive relationship with their healthcare provider—or when members have a good experience with their health insurance plan—they become more engaged in their care and loyal to an organization. For both healthcare providers and payers, the experience is of the utmost importance. So how can the healthcare industry continue to improve the…

He Had Me at Stigma: An Interview with Gary Mendell

I heard Gary Mendell, the Founder and CEO of Shatterproof, speak a few weeks back at Liberation, Medecision’s annual healthcare summit. Gary spoke just after I facilitated a panel about BOLD leadership, the kind required for the transformative change facing the healthcare industry. But I didn’t have a chance to meet him. Probably a good…

“What would YOU do?” An Interview with Carina Edwards

I met Carina Edwards, CEO of Quil when in Philadelphia for the B!PHL Innovation Festival a couple months ago. We were both speakers at this great community event centered on innovation. Since meeting, I’ve talked with Carina a few times and feel like I made a fast, forever friend. Each conversation has been at a…

Positive conspiracies! (On trust)

This is the fourth in a series focused on the characteristics that, in combination, allow rare BOLD leaders to accomplish what others struggle to do: drive innovation and transformative change. In other words – they move their organizations forward beyond whatever exists today into exciting opportunities. They do this effectively, bringing others with them, achieving…

Make my decisions better! (On empathy)

This is the third in a series focused on the characteristics that, in combination, allow rare BOLD leaders to accomplish what others struggle to do: drive innovation and transformative change. In other words – they move their organizations forward beyond whatever exists today into exciting opportunities. They do this effectively, bringing others with them, achieving…

Laugh if you want! (On confidence)  

This is the second in a series focused on the characteristics that, in combination, allow rare BOLD leaders to accomplish what others struggle to do: drive innovation and transformative change. In other words – they move their organizations forward beyond whatever exists today into exciting opportunities. They do this effectively, bringing others with them, achieving…

Better, more interesting answers are out there! (On curiosity)

This is the first in a series focused on the characteristics that, in combination, allow rare BOLD leaders to accomplish what others struggle to do: drive innovation and transformative change. In other words – they move their organizations forward beyond whatever exists today into exciting opportunities. They do this effectively, bringing others with them, achieving…

BOLD Constrained. BOLD Released.

“They hired me because I’m bold. They are afraid of me because I’m bold.” A recent conversation with an amazing heath care leader started with that quote. It encapsulated what I’ve heard recently in a collection of BOLD interviews. And it brought back a theme I’ve heard over the past several years with many BOLD…

“I think you need to go fly”: An Interview with Ben Carter

Benjamin Carter, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Health, was a speaker at a recent Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) conference that I attended. I was looking forward to meeting him because a colleague, Mary Kay Plona, spoke so highly of him and the influence he had been in her career…