Hiram Seth Whitmer
Born in Arizona and raised in a large family, I now enjoy a large family of my own. My wife and five children mean the world to me! I am lucky to be the husband to the most amazing woman on earth, who is a successful mother, author, respiratory therapist, and much more. I have lived in many states and visited many more. I love the outdoors and I love food (the latter, perhaps too much).
From my youth I learned how to work hard from my Dad, as well as how to love and respect others. I have a bachelor’s degree in health administration services, and a Master of Health Administration. I am also a licensed Healthcare Facility Administrator (nursing home administrator). I am a veteran of the United States Air Force, where I received an honorable discharge as a Captain in the Medical Services Corp.
I love healthcare and the dynamics involved to provide transformational care to the communities I live. In general, I love people. I love learning about others, and I love to lift them and help them to become better.
My role as the executive is to lead. As a leader I am focused on creating a culture and vision. I am responsible for mentoring and teaching my executive team who then in turn does the same for their teams. I am a man of integrity and honesty. While I certainly make mistakes, I view every moment as an opportunity to improve myself. I trust others to fulfill their work and strive understand the motivating drivers behind each person in my team. Most importantly I am a husband and father of five beautiful children. As is the case with being a father, I believe that leadership is a calling of love and compassion.
Articles by Seth Whitmer
How I Overcome The Darkness: Do you remember that scene in the movie, Lord of the Rings, when Sam trying to give Frodo hope and encouragement asks Frodo if he can remember their home; but Frodo is so worn down from carrying the ring of power, that he says: “I can’t recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water, nor the touch of grass. Instead, I’m… naked in the dark.”
Trust: “I believe in trusting. Trust begets trust. Suspicion is foetid and only stinks. He who trusts has never yet lost in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi Trust is one of those words that has come to have a lot of meaning to me. I often hear people use it very casually, without giving much thought. I also hear people use it putting much emphasis behind it, as a critical element in relationships.
Gratitude- A message to my staff: Some of you may remember that I have talked about gratitude in the past. While I certainly don’t have all the answers, I have found this principle of gratitude to be one of them. I would like to focus on it again today. Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” I am convinced that from gratitude springs forth compassion and forgiveness. I believe they follow in that order. If I may, I would like to share with you a personal story to illustrate this.
How do you define honesty?: A question I love to ask when interviewing candidates for a job is, how do you define honesty and how do you live it? Typically I get a response of, “telling the truth.” That’s it, nothing more… In full transparency, its not a trick question, I really want to know what it means to them. Often my hiring teams will ask me why I ask this question. The answer to that question and what honesty means to me, is what I hope to layout in this essay.
Leadership and Culture: Several years ago, I heard about Professor Kim Cameron, from the University of Michigan, and how he taught the concept of positive leadership and its heliotropic effect. He explained: “This refers to the tendency in all living systems toward positive energy [light] and away from negative energy [darkness].
Great Leadership and Failure, why it’s essential: We try to hide it and don’t ever want to talk about it. In job interviews we shun it and look down upon it. People associated with it are lessor’s and undesirables. Yet, it is an essential and inevitable experience every leader must have. Failure, it’s what makes us a great leader!
Passion : For those that know me, words carry a lot of power. They define behavior and thought. In this light I hope to share my thoughts on a very important word, passion. I hope those that read this will find this thought provoking and helpful. The modern use of the word passion, has little to do with its root or original meaning. This change in meaning and its use in our modern world has caused some reflection on my part for the last two decades. It is something that I have discovered to be undesirable in its modern use.