I want to start by thanking each of you for another impressive and productive year. Every one of you makes a difference on our campus, and I appreciate it. The EVCP organization, across an incredible breadth of units and functions, is critical toward achieving our goal of advancing health worldwide and all of the Chancellor’s stated priorities. As you’ve heard from me before, one of the privileges of my role is the opportunity to be part of an organization that does so much, across many diverse and complex areas, to support our faculty, staff, students, and community. I am tremendously proud of your accomplishments this year as well as our collective contributions to UCSF.
As we enter a new time, we continue our efforts to think outside the box. This year, I was fortunate to hear from a range of highly respected and prominent Bay Area leaders from an array of sectors and industries. These men and women all came from disparate backgrounds and have very different types of successes. They had unique insights on leadership and success, but a couple of common themes emerged. One was the extent to which these individuals had been deeply affected, often at critical points in their career, by a manager, supervisee, or peer. Each had interacted with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of highly impressive people; but there was always one or two that stood out—often several years down the road. While these people are themselves today considered the epitome of great leadership, they always felt that their own leadership style had been affected by one or two key pieces of advice or experience often in the form of concise, simple, and clear messages related to the importance of transparent and direct communication.
As managers and leaders in an organization, we cannot underestimate how influential we may be—for good or bad—on those who rely on us for direction and guidance. Every day, through our actions and words, we model ethics and behaviors that our colleagues observe and often take to heart. You never know when someone with whom you work or interact will recall something you’ve done or said years later and use it to make a critical decision; and in turn share that with other people whose decisions they could affect. We are fortunate, as members of the EVCP organization, to be part of a high-performing team, where we all have multiple opportunities to learn from each other. Great leadership ideas and creativity don’t just come from famous people who manage large organizations. They come from all over, including from those we manage and often when we least expect it. I would be thrilled to hear about the ideas, inspirations, and guidance you have gained that have helped you in your own management and navigation of your own UCSF experience, which could be shared with other managers and leaders in the organization.
We have an exciting year, 2013, just around the corner. Our Chancellor and leadership have big, bold, ambitions for UCSF. I am confident that we will achieve many successes. In the meantime, I wish you all the best for a happy and enjoyable holiday season.
Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost