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Name: Perry Blankenship
Title: Supervisor, Clinical Case Management
Organisation: Mary Washington Helathcare
Perry works in the healthcare industry serving those who need inpatient help as well as pastor's a local church and supports virtual therapy clients in the evening. He has pursued his education with nine degrees and numerous experiences.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
The challenges of staffing, it appears that the mindset of associates at this juncture has a different mindset about working, we work daily to overcome this challenge by being flexible and collaborating with the associates.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Over the course of my journey, I have always been one who has gone the extra mile in my work ethic and learning pursuit. Because of that every organization has been encouraged to utilize me in leadership roles.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My schedule is jam packed from rising up to going to bed. I found that in order to achieve everything I must be organized, and everything has to be done in a timely manner, therefore, removing distractions and barriers helps to keep me on track. Not letting things pile up on my plate keeps me from getting behind.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
I am reminded daily that not everyone has the same passion and drive as myself.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Two books have impacted my life. One is the bible, the lessons of compassion, forgiveness, and grace remind me that if I expect to receive mercy from others, I must also be willing to show mercy as well. The second book is Hurt People Hurt People. This helps me to understand that people are reacting to the pain and struggles they are facing, I cannot take it personal, instead I must help them to heal and grow.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Stay humble and remember we all had to start from the bottom and needed someone to see our potential.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
The moment when several people I have helped supervise to licensure has come back with excitement and gratitude for my role in their journey.