Habitual Excellence Episode #1: Paul H. O’Neill Sr.


Episode Synopsis:

Welcome to the first episode of Habitual Excellence, presented by Value Capture.

Today, we honor the memory (and the words and actions) of Paul O’Neill, Sr., the founder of our firm, Value Capture. Mr. O’Neill passed away April 18, 2020 at the age of 84.

This episode shares the full audio from a 2009 speech that Mr. O’Neill delivered titled “The Irreducible Components of Leadership Needed to Achieve Continuous Learning and Continuous Improvement.” He talks about the fundamental components of leadership that are necessary for an organization to achieve greatness. The speech is also available on YouTube.

The speech was delivered to healthcare CEOs at an event sponsored by the Tennessee Hospital Association and BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee. In the speech, Mr. O’Neill shares what he learned during his career, which included 13 years as CEO of Alcoa, and serving for two years as the Secretary of the Treasury for President George W. Bush. He later co-founded the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative and was a tireless advocate for habitual excellence in healthcare through Value Capture and other organizations.

I think you’ll find his words, and the calls to action for CEOs (and other leaders) to be timeless and compelling to this day, and beyond.

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Upcoming Episodes:

In the first episodes, you'll hear discussions such as:

  • Ken Segel, on Zero Harm and Theoretical Limits
  • Geoff Webster, on Habitual Excellence
  • Tony Millan, on Preoccupation with Failure (High Reliability Organizations)
  • John Collodora, on Sensitivity to Operations (HRO)
  • Paul H. O'Neill, on The Irreducible Components of Leadership (audio from a 2009 speech)


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