COVID-19 is a global crisis that is impacting every single one of us – at various levels and degrees. What makes this crisis different than most - is that it’s personal. Very personal. We are all experiencing the ramifications, many of which we would have never expected in our lives and that are out of our control.
What often gets lost in discussions about job losses in some areas of the country is the massive competition for and a deficit of skilled workers in our country. According to Randstad’s 2016 Workplace Trends Guidecompanies struggle to fill jobs, especially with diverse executive talent and leadership positions. In fact, 75% of companies surveyed by Randstad said it takes them more time to find the right talent to fill positions than ever before and reported being 13% understaffed. These trends are expected to continue in 2017.
The premise of Healthy Hispanic Living (HHL) is to serve as a platform to prepare U.S. leadership for the cultural demographic shift™. The goal is to develop a culturally-relevant content and communications platform to guide Hispanics to live healthier lives and also to pursue careers in healthcare. From family to physician and from research to cures, Hispanics need to play a more meaningful and purposeful role in the healthcare industry as well as other industries.
According to a Cancer Journal for Clinicians report cited by City of Hope in 2012, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Hispanic community is cancer – even though heart disease has held that distinction among all Americans since 1921. Earlier that same year, the American Diabetes Association revealed that young Latinos have the highest growth rate of diabetes of any group in the country.
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under immense pressure. The process of making these decisions comes from an accumulation of experiences and encounters with a multitude of difference circumstances, personality types and unforeseen failures. More so, the decision making process is an acute understanding of being familiar with the cause and effect of behavioral and circumstantial patterns; knowing the intelligence and interconnection points of the variables involved in these patterns allows a leader to confidently make decisions and project the probability of their desired outcomes. The most successful leaders are instinctual decision makers. Having done it so many times throughout their careers, they become immune to the pressure associated with decision making and extremely intuitive about the process of making the most strategic and best decisions. This is why most senior executives will tell you they depend strongly upon their “gut-feel” when making difficult decisions at a moment’s notice.