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David W. Cunningham

DAVID.050216_edited-6David has worked as a change agent in the field of health care administration. As a full time CEO for over 35 years he has gained valuable insights on change, along with actionable strategies to make it happen. David has been profiled by many as a “social scientist always leading from the front”. David, a brilliant entrepreneur by those who know him, understands how to make the most out of available resources to maximize organizational opportunities. Work has always been a godsend, plus I’ve been inspired by the notion that work should be fun, furious, passionate and with a significant purpose in mind. Particularly inspiring to me are other people who work in a similar fashion, holding nothing back in the way of reserves. Just look around you and you’ll find numbers of people who work in that fashion. There are varieties of folks from all walks of life who live and work for themselves and their community. And these people are the leaders who usually the most successful ones.

Kudos to those special behavioral health mangers who are the amazing change agents, innovators and dreamers driving our new health services system. By focusing on themes such as the changing nature of leadership and the importance of balancing work and life has allowed me to gain new insights into managing life. My experiences have allowed me to grasp the idea that personal ownership of one’s career is important in today’s management climate. The conclusion is that while social equality is important, it requires long term commitment in order to be successful.

You know, one can easily lead astray with offers of plush offices, laptops, cell phones, top money and profit sharing arrangements. But isn’t management all about articulating the serious questions that speak to the meaningful values inherent within the organization? Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves: What kind of teamwork is there within the organization were working for? How are teams formed, are they democratic with real accountability and responsibility? How available is education, training and what’s my role in the operations leadership chain of command? Who will my peers be within the organization’s structure?

The business of behavioral health care, like business’s everywhere are all about being able to make money to cover basic expenses. When a health care business is not achieving this primary goal, all other goals are put in serious jeopardy of failing completely. Given an over availability of low cost sources of capital and internet oriented marketing opportunities the quest for success has still evaded many substance abuse treatment providers. But, at some point those Facilities failing the challenge to become revolutionary work places will sooner or later find themselves seriously financially challenged.