Decency: That which is proper or becoming; the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality; the quality of being polite and respectable; seemliness; hence, freedom from obscenity or indecorum; modesty.
These are among the dictionary definitions of DECENCY, the subject of Chuck Lauer's latest book. I can't argue with any of these, but somehow they are not enough. Decency is deeper than modesty...or what is polite...or what fits the standards of propriety. And Chuck Lauer understands that.
Decency is about doing the right thing and being a good person.
There are few people who have a better sense of doing the right thing than Chuck Lauer. In his Publisher's Letters in Modern Healthcare, Chuck has reminded us repeatedly what it means to be a good person. He doesn't talk about complicated theories of morality. Instead, he tells stories that demonstrate the qualities that lead toward a fuller life, stronger relationships, a better society.
Chuck Lauer wears his heart on his sleeve. In this book you will see that. With Chuck, what you see is what he really is, day-to-day, year-after-year—a man who cares about people, about doing the right thing, about his country and his family and friends, and about the healthcare industry where he has spent his career.
This book weaves stories of these passions together into a quilt of reminders. The technique is the time-honored one of the storyteller. As he spins tales from his experiences and observations, he incorporates a lesson. And each lesson touches on an aspect of DECENCY. Some are the simple basics of decency such as what is polite. Some grow from the basic tenets of the world's great religions. Most will not be new to the reader. But pulled together, they form a pattern that can guide us to do the right thing.
- from the Preface by Diane Appleyard
|About The Author
Charles S. Lauer was the former publisher of Modern Healthcare for over 25 years and former corporate vice president of Crain Communications - publishing and editorial director of Modern Healthcare. He was an author, public speaker, and award-winning businessman and became one of the most respected and sought-after Speakers in American business.
His commitments to excellence and client/customer service were the steely threads that linked this work as public speaker and as magazine publisher. He also authored two previous books, Soar with the Eagles and Reach for the Stars.
Chuck, as we affectionately called him, passed away, April 30, 2017, of leukemia. His smile and upbeat personality will be missed.
“Anyone who cares about leadership in healthcare will find in Decency a trove of inspired wisdom offered up in a thoughtful collection of essays written over three decades by one of our most cogent and principles observers. Containing a combination of practical advice, pertinent stories, and reflective meditation, I found myself wanting to go back and visit these gems of insight again and again.”
Fred Lee, Author of If Disney Ran Your Hospital
“Chuck Lauer takes a subject– decency –and sheds light onto why it is absolutely vital in the business world today. From real world situations to personal anecdotes, this book shows how to keep our moral compass true. Taking his advice to heart will blossom better relationships with your co-workers, employees and customers, family and friends.”
Quint Studer, CEO, The Studer Group
“The final test of a leader and friend is that he leaves behind, in others, the conviction and will to carry on. Chuck Lauer, by his very leadership example, imparts part of himself and his essence to us through his written words. He writes about what he is... decent…' Inspired by the Heart'... and leads others from a well of passion.”
Bill Kelley, Chairman, Hill Rom Corporation>
“Chuck Lauer is a master at getting to the heart of a situation or circumstance.His reflections are more pertinent today than ever before...and comforting...truly an inspiring and heartwarming read.”
Gil Minor, III, Chairman, Owens & Minor, Inc.
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Author: Charles S. Lauer
Format: Paperback - This book is also available in Hardcover
Publisher: Second River Healthcare
Pub. Date: January 2005
Edition Number: 1
Product Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x .5"