This month’s Spotlight features CFAR Manager Jason Pradarelli. A surgeon by training, Jason approaches his work with analytic rigor and strong intuition, keenly attuned to the interpersonal and team dynamics in organizations. Above all things, a learner, Jason works with his clients to understand complex problems and resolve dilemmas that get in the way of organizational excellence. He is particularly passionate about leadership development within organizations, culture change, and strategy development and implementation.
How long have you been with CFAR?
Since November 2021
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I get to work on the organizational (cultural, strategic, leadership) issues in healthcare that I saw constantly happening around me when I was in a clinical surgery role but that I did not feel I was in a position to affect at the time.
What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Multidisciplinary systems thinkers
What has been your favorite memory at CFAR? During the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting, I joined my CFAR colleagues for live music in Nashville. I was heckled for wearing my conference suit/tie attire to a country bar. “Drinks on the guy in the suit!”
In five words or less, what advice would you give others in your profession?
Take care of yourself (then you can care for others even better!)
What is your current favorite book or podcast?
“Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” by David Epstein.
If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
What are your top three publications that you read every morning?
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Detroit Free Press.
What is one thing (either industry-related or not) you learned recently?
How do you define success?
I’ll consider myself successful if I look back at my life as an old man and feel proud of the decisions I made and the relationships I formed along the way.
What inspires you?
The good that can happen in this world when we recognize the humanity in each other.