Ahead of the game

Thompson_Kabby_2K18-0410_PVK_0815 Mark Wallace Maxim blog series

Maxim No. 8: “Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where the puck is.”

Maxim No. 8 came to me by way of Wayne Gretzky, one of the greatest hockey players of all time. When asked by a reporter how he managed to stay at the top of his game, he answered, “I think it’s because I skate to where the puck is going to be, and… Read More

Category: Maxims of Leadership, Partnership, Recognition

The freedom to lead


Maxim no. 7: “Most companies are under-led and over-managed.”

Leadership Maxim No. 7 expands on the principles laid out in Maxim No. 6. The ability to manage – making sure processes, procedures and protocols are followed – is an essential and necessary skill.

But if you are solely focused on managing, you may have less time to concentrate on new ideas and growth. I believe that everyone is a leader, in… Read More

Category: Maxims of Leadership, Recognition

Balancing act


Maxim no. 6: “Leaders lead people; managers manage an asset, process or thing.”

Leadership Maxim No. 6 is one of my favorite maxims because it highlights two distinct, yet very important, skills that are essential to running an organization like Texas Children’s – leading and managing. With more than 14,000 employees across our system, it takes exceptional leaders and managers throughout every level of the organization to ensure we deliver the… Read More

Category: Embrace Freedom, Maxims of Leadership, Recognition

Kicking off Leadership Maxim series 2.0


“Leadership always influences or determines outcomes, not some of the time, but all of the time.”

Over the course of many years of dedicated effort and thoughtful consideration, I have refined and developed a list of ten leadership maxims. You hear me share them often, in person, Connect stories and on this blog. These maxims guide me daily and represent my leadership philosophy, and they are the core of our… Read More

Category: Maxims of Leadership