Dave Dowling has applied a depth and breadth of knowledge of healthcare roles and players in helping to advance our company’s strategy in a variety of ways, ranging from helping me to build the executive team, to mentoring team members in the development of service lines plans, to introducing us to his network of healthcare leaders. In doing so, his industry knowledge and general business skills have been consistently demonstrated with exceptional responsiveness to the needs of our team. I find Dave to be an innovative strategic thinker who balances the provocative with the immediate and practical. As we continue to experience accelerated growth, Dave’s advice will be of great value to me.
Dave Dowling is one of the smartest and best-connected healthcare consultants I’ve ever worked with. His background was originally in the non-health Fortune 100 sector across several industries. This combined with his long-term relationships, start-ups as well as large global business clients contributes to the breadth of what he brings to today’s healthcare and organizational challenges. And, his training was as a professional jazz musician — which may explain the creativity and fun of working with him. Most important, in my opinion, is his integrity: expect truth-telling, confidentiality, and relationship-protection as completely assured.
I have worked with Dave twice since I have joined SXC Health Solutions. He has been extremely responsive, insightful and practical. As a result, Dave has served me and our leadership team well in supporting the alignment of executive talent, roles and our overall strategic management process that has been core to the achievement of our aggressive growth strategy. He first partnered with me to design and implement an approach to strategy development that focused our leaders on distinct market segments. Recently, we again worked together to develop and implement an unusually transparent and valuable approach to individual and executive team development that has positioned us well for moving our company to the next level of success for our shareholders and employees. Aligns, Inc and Dave Dowling provide considerable ROI.
I have known Dave for several years, having met when I was the President and CEO of an organization in turnaround. I found his advice and hands-on consulting support to be exceptionally valuable to our organization, my leadership team and me. He has the ability to meet people and situations where they are and help organizations row in the same direction. During the time he worked with us, we turned a loss into positive operating margin by re-staffing the leadership team and building an operating discipline that was lacking.
We engaged Dave to help with one of our portfolio companies. In short order, he provided a fact-based assessment of the current situation and recommendations for corrective action. It is now a year later and the company and its leadership have performed in an outstanding manner. I appreciated the fact that Dave added value as needed and promised, while not seeking to position his firm for additional add-on services. He recommended appropriate resources while continuing to be a professional friend to me, our firm and the portfolio company.
Whether I need a quick laugh or reflective counsel on a complex issue, I turn to few people, one of whom is Dave Dowling.
The succession planning process at my company identified me as a high performer with high potential to take on additional responsibilities. I am fortunate that my company believes in investing in talent and supported my desire to engage an executive advisor and coach to support my development planning. Dave Dowling facilitated a process that provided candid and valuable feedback and supported me to develop and implement a meaningful and measurable development plan. This plan focused my energy on leveraging strengths and acquiring new competencies, as well as addressing weaknesses to manage the risk we all face. Dave was generous in sharing his exceptional business acumen, keen understanding of factors critical to the success of a Human Resources executive and overall organizational insight with me. As I take on additional responsibilities, I know that I am better prepared, and more importantly that I have a lasting professional friend that I can call on.