Looking inward and learning how to move ahead – both are part of growing as a leader

Michael Maldonado

Michael Maldonado (IL Fall ’18), Global Media & External Communications, Yum! Brands

As the Ignite Louisville experience progresses, I continue to be impressed by everything we’re learning about leadership and teamwork. Even more impressive is how each program day helps us uncover things about ourselves. From the surprisingly accurate performance indicator results that were shared during our kick-off retreat to the mental and physical challenges we were able to overcome during our day at Fort Knox – the program days have been truly eye-opening.

Our latest program day at Norton Healthcare was no exception.

We started by listening to the leadership story of Dr. Joseph Flynn, Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Medical Group, and Physician-in-Chief, Norton Cancer Institute. Dr. Flynn shared his professional journey and some of the life-changing decisions he made to get to where he is today. From switching careers at 25 to going to medical school and traveling all over the world with the U.S. Army before eventually settling in the Midwest – Dr. Flynn’s path was by no means linear. However, what stayed constant was his devotion to doing something he was passionate about (specifically, advancements in oncology) and staying true to his values. Not following a paycheck, but following one’s personal and professional happiness… that is where true success comes from.

Michael Maldonado and Kim Crocker presented to the Ignite Louisville class as part of the day at Norton.

Our leadership “muscles” were tested and strengthened by some engaging exercises facilitated by Al Cornish, System Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development, and Chief Learning Officer, Norton University. Mr. Cornish helped us understand the importance of specific characteristics and behaviors leaders can develop to get results. During the session, we analyzed our individual results from our Strengths Finder 2.0 self-assessment. It was a great opportunity to reflect upon some of our own leadership behaviors while also learning about each other.

After Mr. Cornish’s presentation, we heard from Holly Prather, Vice President, Leadership Louisville Center, about how to market and publicize our team project. This was particularly helpful for class members whose backgrounds may not involve marketing, advertising or strategic communications.

We ended the day meeting with our team mentors from the Encore Louisville program. This was an excellent opportunity to get an outside perspective on our team projects from an experienced professional.

Overall, one of the best things about the Ignite Louisville program days is the wide spectrum of experiences we get in such a short amount of time. Whether we’re having a moment of introspection about our Strengths Finder self-assessment, laughing at a hilarious role-playing skit or even shedding a tear during the tour of the Norton Cancer Institute – the entire day offered a variety of experiences that made us better leaders and people.

Thanks to Ignite Louisville for another fantastic learning opportunity.

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