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CIO Unplugged 3/6/14

March 6, 2014 Ed Marx 8 Comments

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Executive Success – The Secret Unplugged, Part 2

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This is the second guest post from my wife Julie. The first one is here. She writes what she feels and it is unfiltered, straight from her perspective. She would not have it any other way! I am thankful to have married a very strong woman.

“No, no! Take your finger off that send button, Edward Marx.”

Yes, I had to stop him before he sang his own praises on this blog. For heaven’s sake, he just finished pouring out his heart in a four-part series on Identity based on humility, and now he was about to shoot himself in the foot.

I confess. It’s tough living with a “celebrity,” especially when his prominence is bigger in his head than it is in the mortal world.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely proud of him for winning the “John E. Gall CIO of the Year” award. After all, how many execs choose to trample their way out of the policy box their organizations try to keep them in? How many execs have disrupted their workplace practices and standards and influenced their peers and followers to change their own organizations?

Ed has a voice that speaks volumes to improving healthcare on the technology side. He draws out leadership talent in people everywhere he goes. He absolutely deserved to win the award.

Ed was equally proud of winning the HIStalkapalooza IT Leader of the Year award.

But I can always hear the tremble in his voice that asks, “Why are these people following ME? What if I lead them in the wrong direction?”

Ultimately, time will tell on the direction part. But my response to the first question would be “vision.” Am I right? We like to go somewhere important and add significance to our sphere of influence.

Now that the 2013 award ceremony is over, my hope is that you show your admiration and appreciation by applying all the spoken and unspoken lessons you’ve learned from the 2013 CIO of the Year and revolutionize your own domain. Don’t live vicariously through Ed’s achievements and settle for complacency in your own world. Seriously, one man can only accomplish so much, but an army of like-minded leaders can advance the IT kingdom beyond its present borders and into a model worth imitating.

Yes, you do have what it takes. For some of you, the secret is to bust the box. And that would be an applause heard around the world.

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Julie’s personal highlights from the HIMSS conference:

  • A man came up to congratulate my father-in-law and said, “I want to be just like you.” (Wow! I’ve never met anyone who aspired to be an old German fart. Or a holocaust survivor.)
  • A taxi driver mistook Ed for The Edge from U2 (this is becoming the norm.)
  • A man (name withheld) said, “I appreciate Ed, but Julie always makes me smile.” (Ahh shucks.)
  • Three of Ed’s direct reports (names withheld) serving others who had fallen ill and required medical treatment
  • Taking pictures of Ed posing with Disney princesses at Epcot
  • Argentine Tango at HIStalkapalooza

Ed Marx is a CIO currently working for a large integrated health system. Ed encourages your interaction through this blog. Add a comment by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. You can also connect with him directly through his profile pages on social networking sites LinkedIn and Facebook and you can follow him via Twitter — user name marxists.

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8 Responses to “CIO Unplugged 3/6/14”

  1. 1
    Don Lyons Says:

    Very nice Ed.

  2. 2
    Lisa Reichard, RN Says:

    Julie-Great blog. You two are an amazing and dynamic couple. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Lisa

  3. 3
    Don Says:

    OMG; The Edge? Absolutely, dead-ringer! From the subliminal messages I pick up from Ed’s blogs, I have the feeling that he “Still Hasn’t Found What He’s Looking For” professionally! Great column, Julie!

  4. 4
    The PACS Designer Says:

    Julie, you are the new shining star on HIStalk! Keep us in your mind when bringing out the best of what you can tell us about living with Ed, and the experiences good and bad you’ve encountered in your lifetime together. TPD!

  5. 5
    Josie Says:

    Always the best, Ed Marx! Congrats (both on the award and the beauty queen!), and nice dance moves you two!

  6. 6
    Sam Says:

    Not feeling this post. It comes off as self aware faux humility. My take away is this “I am not going to write how great I am, I am going to get my wife talk indirectly how great I am.” I would assume the intended point of this post is “come up with your own vision and see it through, colaborate”.

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    Withheld Says:

    Ed, now that you won the prestigious award for CIOs we expect you to clean up the “old boy’s club” of HIMSS and CHIME. The “old boys” are just that – but worse some bullies and choose board members who are weak and followers instead of thinkers in their own right. This is killing the industry and those who want to change healthcare. Clean up the “old boys club” once and for all – do us all a service so we can serve.

  8. 8
    Julie Sykora Says:

    Ed–belated congrats to you! Was really liking your philosophy, you approach to work and play UNTIL I read Julie’s post and I think I might like her a little better! ;-) Besides, her name rocks!

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