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7 Questions with Chris Golden

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7 Questions with Chris Golden

Name: Chris Golden

Current title: Chief Information Security Officer

Current organisation: SCP Health

Retired USAF Colonel. Worked cyber for Wall Street and now Healthcare.

7 Questions with Chris Golden


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Talent development, mainly in the hiring sphere.

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

As a retired senior military officer, I entered the private sector at a high level.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Up at 4:30. Breakfast and workout. Logon for quick review of the day. Professional reading for an hour. Various meetings and other work throughout the day. Attempt to wrap-up no later than 1700. Then dinner and I try to watch some sports on TV. Hour prior to bedtime, relax with some personal reading and hopefully asleep by 2200.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Ensuring that I can align interests with those I have to influence.

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?

The Patton Papers. Gaining an insight into how much of leadership is simply acting like a leader.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

Enable people to make decisions within their scope of practice and be comfortable with the fact that people are human and will make mistakes.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

Setting a high bar for both performance and character helps create an elite organization and almost everyone wants to be part of an elite group of people and will work incredibly hard to remain.

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