Speaker Spotlight: Jim Godwin, VP of HR at Bon Secours Virginia Health System

This week's Healthcare HR Management Institute Speaker Spotlight is highlighting Mr. Jim Godwin, VP of HR at Bon Secours Virginia Health System and a panelist at this year's Healthcare HR Management Institute meeting, sharing insights on “Overcoming The Challenges and Concerns of Today’s Healthcare HR Leaders.” We had the chance to catch up with Jim this week to ask him a few questions about his work at Bon Secours Virginia Health System and the role of a Leading Healthcare HR Professional today.

This is what he shared with us:

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced along your career path?

One of my biggest challenges was the transition from being a Director of Human Resources for many years to serving at the Vice President level. Until you get there, you don’t realize how different the role is at the executive level. Developing a high level strategic focus takes hard work and fundamentally changing how you view the workforce and its place in your organization’s mission. Our organization offered little support for those making such a transition at the time. We are doing a better job now.

What attributes or personal characteristics do you believe are integral to your role?

I am blessed with the gift to be able to see the “big picture” in situations. Seeing multiple possibilities and solutions in complex systems and situations comes easy to me and makes me a more innovative thinker and contributor. I also developed my listening skills early in my career. These two capabilities in combination help me to think strategically while including stakeholder voices effectively. Finally, I have good diplomacy skills and am able to bring people together to promote constancy of purpose among work group members.

Favorite Quote?

I was taught as a boy by my family that “the person speaking is responsible for how his words are perceived.” I always try to remember that and recognize that I am responsible for how people hear me. I also strive to follow the state motto of my home state of North Carolina, “esse quam videri”, which means “to be rather than to seem”. Authenticity matters

Don’t miss out on Jim Godwin’s session at the Healthcare HR Management Institute, September 10th -12th, 2017 at the St. Regis in Atlanta Georgia.