Kellie Lease Stecher is an OBGYN and Co-Founder and President of Patient Care Heroes, as well as the Governor of the 7th district of the American Medical Women’s Association, and advisor to multiple other companies focusing on patient and staff safety, and mental health. She has won the Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine’s Top Doctors’ Rising Star award for the last three years. She was recently runner up for The Sharp Index: Physician Well-being Leader of the Year. She also won a silver Anthem Award.
Her work has made her an invaluable contributor to both local and national publications, news, and podcasts. Her focus is on advocacy and policy change, centering around safety and equity. She is the author of the book, Delivering, which is out now. The book is meant to empower women, mothers, working women, women in healthcare, and to inspire change.
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Kellie Lease Stecher: I’m an OBGYN and have focused on women’s health and the healthcare community. My goal is to create a culture of kindness and empathy. So many healthcare workers have felt trapped in their circumstances due to the pandemic. We wanted to create safe havens and options for people.
2020 and 2021 threw a lot of curve balls into business on a global scale. Based on the experience gleaned in the past couple years, how can businesses thrive in 2022? What lessons have you learned?
Kellie Lease Stecher: We need to be people centered. No two individuals are the same, just like no two patients are the same. We need to adapt and change. We can only do this through authentic and empathetic leadership.
The pandemic seems to keep on disrupting the economy, what should businesses focus on in 2022? What advice would you share?
Kellie Lease Stecher: We need to focus on what we are passionate about. If we seek to solve problems, in whatever industry, we will always be successful.
How has the pandemic changed your industry and how have you adapted?
Kellie Lease Stecher: The healthcare industry has always needed dramatic changes. The pandemic has brought those to light. However, many are still resisting change. We need to work together to mobilize and work as teams. That’s the only way we will solve the problems we have.
What advice do you wish you received when the pandemic started and what do you intend on improving in 2022?
Kellie Lease Stecher: Do what you’re passionate about, and listen to your heart, no matter the cost. I’m hoping ti step into some new roles in technology. We have a huge need to innovate in this space.
Online business surged higher than ever, B2B, B2C, online shopping, virtual meetings, remote work, Zoom medical consultations, what are your expectations for 2022?
Kellie Lease Stecher: I think this will continue to bloom. The Healthcare industry will need to change rapidly or it will fail. If people aren’t willing to change, they should get out of the way for people who are passionate about caring for people.
How many hours a day do you spend in front of a screen?
Kellie Lease Stecher: Sadly, 6-10. Some days 18 plus.
The majority of executives use stories to persuade and communicate in the workplace. Can you share with our readers examples of how you implement that in your business to communicate effectively with your team?
Kellie Lease Stecher: I actually wrote a book about my life, I did this to have authentic conversations around Women’s health, abuse, assault, and so much more. We have to be willing to be honest and vulnerable to connect with anyone.
Business is all about overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities for growth. What do you see as the real challenge right now?
Kellie Lease Stecher: People trapped in the desire to go back to “how things were.” Things were never really worth going back to. We need to push through that desire.
In 2022, what are you most interested in learning about? Crypto, NFTs, online marketing, or any other skill sets? Please share your motivations.
Kellie Lease Stecher: Everything. I think we need to continuously improve.
A record 4.4 million Americans left their jobs in September in 2021, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation. 47% of people plan to leave their job during 2022. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued and misunderstood in the workplace. Do you think leaders see the data and think “that’s not me – I’m not that boss they don’t want to work for? What changes do you think need to happen?
Kellie Lease Stecher: I think we are in denial. Especially in healthcare. We are predicting 75 percent our workforce leaving in the next 5 years. People need to completely change what we are doing. The typical patriarchal leadership style is going to obliterate our workforce.
On a lighter note, if you had the ability to pick any business superpower, what would it be and how would you put it into practice?
Kellie Lease Stecher: If I could never sleep… I think it would be allowing candidates to be hired based on who they are and their potential, instead of their history. What I mean is, physicians are often overlooked in business. However, we have skills that easily transfer. People are just afraid to take the risk on us.
What does “success” in 2022 mean to you? It could be on a personal or business level, please share your vision.
Kellie Lease Stecher: I’m going to write another book. I’m hoping to write a script with a colleague. I’m going to start a new venture as well.
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Kellie Lease Stecher for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Kellie Lease Stecher or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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