How do you measure the value and substance of a persons life? Ive been reflecting on that question for the past two weeks, as Ive readied myself for Charles S. Lauers departure from Modern Healthcares headquarters. Chuck will still be writing his fabled column, of course, but my life will be changed forever.
In his 30 years as publisher of Modern Healthcare, Chuck was a reservoir of daily gifts, both for the industry and for the people who worked with him. Here are just some of them: Patriotism. Chuck has never been shy about showing his love of this country. He has lived the idea that America is the worlds greatest nation, overflowing with benevolence and what he likes to call guts. As a refugee and emigrant from Vietnam, Ive come to view Chucks patriotism as an ongoing reminder of the importance of the American way of life. Salesmanship. Chuck has always called himself a peddler, and continues to feel pride in his role as a salesman. No matter whose door he was knocking on, Chuck has operated with discipline, perspective and self-awareness. Youre only as good as your last sale, he explains. Graciousness. Ever the gentleman, Chuck has never missed an opportunity to remind friends and colleagues of the importance of decorum. Even when Chuck was slowed by hip surgery, he would rush to open a door for someone else or answer a phone call. His explanation is simple: This is proper etiquette. This is the way I do things. Time. Chuck Lauer has never met a stranger. Hes lived Anne Herberts saying, Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
Chuck has made this magazine into a healthcare publication giant. But along the way, hes also turned the most routine of business days into joyous learning experiences and celebrations. Chuck and I share a special bond. Chuck is not only a mentor, but also a dear friend.
Not surprisingly, Im not the only person who shares these views: