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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy M. Schlichting Narrator: Karen Saltus Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781469096476
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What does it take to lead the successful turnaround of four consecutive organizations? What does it take to run a $5 billion business in Detroit as the city struggles to emerge from municipal bankruptcy and its worst ongoing crisis ever? What does it take to be a female CEO who has come up against discrimination and personal attack? It takes unconventional leadership, a style of leadership based on confronting reality and leading headlong through adversity.

In this inspiring story, innovative LGBT leader Nancy Schlichting, the CEO of Henry Ford Health System, reveals her unique strategies that drive success: maintaining a focus on people, creating a culture of innovation and reinvention, and embracing diversity as a key strategy for growth.

The book describes a leadership paradigm that will motivate, inspire, and drive new thinking in today’s disruptive business environment in which traditional modes of managing are no longer working. In Unconventional Leadership, Schlichting weaves together three themes that explain how she has become one of the most powerful individuals in healthcare today:

  • Deftly conquering the immense challenges within the healthcare industry itself: consolidation, new models of delivery and financing, increasing government regulation and oversight, changing customer expectations, and pressures on cost and quality
  • The exciting and panoramic backdrop of Henry Ford and Detroit: Ford’s legacy of invention and innovation combined with ongoing attempts to restore and renew a city in deep decline; and
  • Forging a career path and excelling as an LGBT and female CEO in a world typically dominated by men.


An abiding fan of the underdog, Schlichting reveals, above all else, the sheer grit and determination required to lead through adversity and create a successful legacy of leadership.

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About the Author

Nancy Schlichting is chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, an award-winning, nationally recognized $5 billion health-care organization with 23,000 employees. A hallmark of her career has been working with community, legislative, and business leaders to improve health services while providing affordable care. She serves on numerous community, professional, and corporate boards, and her work has brought her numerous awards, including the NCHL Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award, the ACHE Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award, and HealthLeaders Media recognition in 2012 for “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” She received her AB from Duke University and MBA from Cornell University, and she has also received honorary doctoral degrees from Walsh College Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University.

About the Narrator

Karen Saltus has narrated television and radio commercials, audiobooks, textbooks, multimedia, film, and voice prompts for interactive telephone applications. She began her career thirty years ago at a radio station in Portland, Maine. She later became a creative director for a station in Massachussetts. In 1994 she became a full-time freelance voice-over talent.