Welcome to on Leading - a video podcast series exploring conversations on leading with authenticity with leaders, staff and board members of MHS member organizations, as well as MHS staff.
We hope that through these brief snippets, you'll hear perspectives on leadership that inspire you and connect you with this caring community.
While the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic inspired this undertaking, we know that leading with authenticity is a calling that extends beyond the complexities of this moment.
Leadership happens in any role within the organization. Who would you like to hear from??
on Leading episode 17 features Kerry Beck, clinical supervisor with Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center.
Kerry shares about how his few months in a direct care position at his first post-graduate job gave him a better understanding and more insight into what direct care people experience and the challenges they face when he moved into clinical, and then administrative positions. He also talks about where he got his passion for the work he does.
on Leading episode 16 features Clare Krabill, Chief Operating Officer for MHS.
Clare shares about her early job experience as a waitress where she learned three valuable lessons. Find out what they were in the video. When she worked as a CNA during college breaks, she learned not to turn a blind eye to the difficult things in life. A little bit later in life, she worked as a Physical Therapist in New York City where she learned to see the spark of God in everybody.
on Leading episode 15 features Jen Foster, an MHS board member and Executive Director at Central California Mennonite Residential Services.
Jen shares about her earliest job experience on a strawberry farm during the summer - learn how she earned her "Half Ton Picker" t-shirt. She also reveals the earliest roots for her passion for the work she does now. Going back to first grade, she and a new friend Valerie, who was in a wheelchair, undertook the great work of rescuing earthworms from the puddles on the playground. Jen learned some lessons that day that she still carries with her.
on Leading episode 14 features Jeremy Kauffman, who is the new Managing Director of MHS Consulting. In this episode, he talks about his first "real" job as a roofer at AMBS as a high schooler. In his second summer as a roofer, he also got his first experience in leadership.
As Jeremy has grown and developed as a leader, his focus as a leader is to help others succeed. He doesn't consider it his job to tell people what to do, but rather to help develop the confidence that they need to do so that they can do what needs to be done and give them opportunities for growth and development.
on Leading episode 13 features Larry Guengerich, who talks about his first real job at 15-years-old where he washed dishes at a local restaurant and learned that he did not want to do that kind of work long-term.
He didn't grow up near any of his grandparents, until his teenaged years when his maternal grandmother moved into his community - one of her children provided a trailer for her on their property. It was the first time he had experienced anyone aging somewhere other than their own home. Much later, Larry discovered the idea of how to be part of the lives and the stories of families as they go through these times of change.
on Leading episode 10 features Ken Hochstetler, who shows off his "Outstanding Newspaper Carrier of the Year" award that still hangs on his office wall to remind him of where he comes from. He also reflects on how the talent and motivation of their workforce directly impacts Everence's ability to achieve organizational priorities and objectives.
on Leading episode 9 features Mim Shirk, President/CEO of Anabaptist Providers Group. She shares stories and lessons learned from her first job at a green house, and she also recognizes two leaders who have positively influenced her in her career. She has a t-shirt that says, "change happens at the edge of your comfort zone."
on Leading episode 8 features Emerson Lesher, who looks back to his early life where an internship first sparked an interest in aging services and some early leadership opportunities taught him a lot about leading and about himself.
on Leading episode 7 features Amanda Nugent Divine reflecting on her early jobs cleaning houses and teaching aerobics. She also talks about how she was designed by God to alleviate the suffering of other people - which lead her into behavioral health.
Today's episode features Edith Yoder, CEO of Bridge of Hope National. She reflects on working at her uncle's meat market through middle school and high school. She learned to always use her time wisely and to work ahead.
Our fifth episode features our own Karen Lehman, President/CEO at MHS. Listen to her remember her first real job and also her sense of calling to leadership.
Our fourth episode features Jeremy LaKosh, CEO of Maple Lawn Homes, who shares how he finds peace in the midst of hypervigilance.
Tim Weaver is Chaplain at The Community at Rockhill