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When attention is focused on lowering the volume of those who are loathe to self-examination, the status quo wins.
Whether I was a good leader for the organization is not the point. I wasn’t. I did not achieve the goals set for the organization.
The questions of importance are: What has been accomplished over the last year since I left? Are persons served safer? Is staff safer? Is the public safer? Is staff more inspired to excellence? Are families more optimistic? Are communities enriched by the facility?
Transformation is hard. It involves stress. It is not sought out or endured by all.
If top leaders cannot tolerate the stress, why would others in the organization embrace it?
My hope for Minnesota is that the Department of Human Services will block out the noise and stay focused on its goals long enough to achieve something of which those served and those serving can both be proud.
David Proffitt was CEO of the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter from August 2011 to April 2012.
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