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. Often the candidate will pause for a moment with a bit of a surprised look on their face. Obviously they had never thought about this before or wondering if this is a trick question. 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…


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!

In motivational speeches or meme’s we will often see things such as “it took Edison 1,000 failed attempts to invent the lightbulb.” However, I would argue this is not real failure. The invention of the lightbulb certainly depicts success through adversity but not failure. It gives the impression…


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.

The root…


Critical attributes needed for a successful workplace

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.[1] He explained: “This refers to the tendency in all living systems toward positive energy [light] and away from negative energy [darkness]. From single-cell organisms to complex human systems, everything alive has an inherent inclination toward the positive and away from the negative.”[2] I was intrigued by this and thought about my own leadership style. I had read many studies that discussed how we create pathways in…


Healthcare in question has always been a pressing issue in the minds of everyone around the world. The concept of personal health is an instinctive priority: No one would prefer to be unwell if they were given the choice. History has taken the concept of healthcare from an extremely localized and ungoverned body to an intricate system that both spans an entire country as well as being overseen by it.

As the world’s population has increased over the centuries, so too has the need for adequate healthcare systems grown right alongside it. More and more individuals need healthcare year by…


The essentiality of healthcare systems is firmly established in modern times, with healthcare providers and institutions widespread and readily accessible for the vast majority of the populace. With a system as far-reaching and intricate as this, it is essential for oversight and administration to occur: There must be a group of individuals charged with leading, making decisions and weighing options for the collective whole to maintain order and progression within the healthcare industry. …


Women play a leading role in the healthcare industry, accounting for 70% of the global healthcare workforce according to the World Health Organization and making 80% of their family’s healthcare decisions according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Despite that influence, women rarely reach the upper ranks within the administrations of healthcare insurers or providers. With only 13% of the industry’s CEOs being women the disparity is noticeable.

HPM Corporation program manager Hiram Seth Whitmer, who helps struggling healthcare companies overhaul and revitalize their operations, believes that talented and knowledgeable voices in the field should not be held back by…


By the year 2030, an estimated 78 million residents in the U.S will be age 65 or older — marking for the first time in history that the number of seniors will surge past the number of children under 18 (estimated 76.7 million). And even now, the aging population has already begun to make landfall in the U.S. as evidenced by the age dependency ratio, which measures the ratio of older dependents to the working-aged population. In 2018, the ratio was 24.16, while in 1965 it was just 15.65.

While the population is having an impact in a myriad of…


Parenting in the 21st century is drastically different, and it’s all thanks to the widespread accessibility of smartphones and tablets. Whereas even just 20 years ago you might have had a single family-shared computer, now there are a multitude of devices which have internet access in the average home. Being able to watch shows, play, and communicate with others is now more convenient than ever, but it’s no secret that this convenience can become an addiction; this is doubly true in the case of impressionable children.

Children in this modern world are more dependent than ever on their parents to…


For the working father, the first thing he wants his family to know is that everything he is doing is to support his family. Working full-time, going for those promotions, putting in extra hours, it’s all about creating a better life for both his children and his spouse, but this isn’t always an easy thing to handle. Sometimes it seems too difficult to walk the tightrope of trying to balance both. Too much to one side or the other, and someone is settling for less. What’s the best way for fathers to approach this challenge?

Seth Whitmer

Hiram Seth Whitmer is a visionary leader and influencer with a passion for executing the complete turnaround of healthcare organizations

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