Transcending Life Experience to Influence

Transcending Life Experience to Influence

In the midst of a worldwide healthcare crisis, it is evident the vital role healthcare workers play. The U.S. healthcare system is experiencing a large scale stress test. Healthcare leaders are facing unprecedented challenges right now—operating near or at capacity, supply and equipment shortages, an increase in compromised staff, and navigating a unique situation at a scale never observed before. 

It’s times like these we should reflect on what motivates us and gain a deeper understanding of how our entire career and life experiences can be leveraged for positive influence on those we lead.  After all, everything we do influences others.

“If your life in any way connects with other people, you are an influencer.” —John C. Maxwell & Jim Dornan

Developing Stronger Leaders

As healthcare organizations expand, their growth is sometimes stifled due to a lack of experienced leadership. As a result, leaders at the helm of the organization must get creative to address the challenge head-on. One way of bridging the leadership gap is by engaging in targeted capability-building programs. Centered on multiple behavioral psychology theories that include influences from Flow Theory, Strategic Intelligence, Relationship Awareness Theory, and other thought-leader concepts in the space—Transcending Your Experience to Influence is focused on improving performance, collaboration, and understanding within individuals and among team members. 

Reframing Our Point of Reference

Is the cup half-empty or half-full? Reframing our point of reference allows us to change the meaning of something simply by creating a new perspective with an additional frame of reference. This approach can help individuals to feel and behave in a different way. Our life experiences form filters that impact our point of reference for better or worse. Additionally, individual motives drive behavior and perspective. Taking a step back to examine our point of reference allows us to see others’ points of view.  It also can give us a new perspective on how we see ourselves.  Such self-awareness positions us to reframe how others may see us in a different context, role, or level of value. 

Embracing an Accomplishment Culture Mindset 

Embracing an accomplishment culture mindset helps people to understand why their organization or team is better because they are a member and why they are better for being in their roles and a part of that team or organization. To help clarify these, ask:

  • What past career or personal accomplishments helps tell “your story”?
  • What “mile markers” in your life have shaped you?
  • How does this accomplishment experience prepare you for influence in your role now and in the future?

Creating a Master Capabilities List

Have everyone create a list of unique aspects of their career and life experience. What transferable skills do they possess? What could be their value? Putting pen to paper will solidify what each team member has to offer.

Applying the “Why” Questions to Help Your Leadership Team

Apply the “why” questions to the roles individuals play in the healthcare organization, team, and in relationships in a meaningful and purposeful way. Describe how the depth and scope of a person’s individual life experience can strategically position that person to more significantly impact the organizations he or she serves.

Develop a meaningful value proposition for influence, value, and impact through evaluation and awareness of the defining experiences of others and themselves and leverage that awareness to improve relationships on both the personal and professional levels. Help your team discover their why.

The “Why Questions”

  • Why is the organization, team or relationships in which you are a member of or participate in better because you are in that organization or team?
  •  Why are you better for being in that organization, team, relationships? 

Additional questions to explore:

  • What is the value you gain from the experience?
  • What skills from your current or past work experience transfer to your current position?

Help your employees evaluate how the depth of their capabilities, accomplishments, and motivational value system impacts the role they play in the organization, team, relationships, and how to leverage this life experience purposefully. The goal of this exercise is to help your team see themselves through a positive lens and that their value is greater than the limitations of their job description.

Contact Tyler & Company to discuss how we can help your organization achieve operational efficiency by matching the best possible candidates for your unique executive and interim healthcare leadership needs.


Marion Spears Karr, M.A., possesses over 28 years of highly successful executive recruiting and talent acquisition consulting in the healthcare industry. He currently serves as Vice President at Tyler & Company, the executive search branch of Jackson Healthcare – a comprehensive family of highly-specialized, healthcare staffing and technology companies. Marion is nationally recognized for motivational speaking, leadership coaching, individual/team development. Learn more about Marion