Gootee Lecture Features Trail Blazers Leader

Goatee Lecture 12

Portland Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan was the featured speaker for OHSU School of Dentistry’s sixth annual Robert G. Gootee/Moda Health Endowed Lecture in Leadership and Professionalism. The Nov. 14 event was presented in a question-and-answer format moderated by Portland Business Journal editor Suzanne Stevens.

“I’m a believer in saying big things, and then hoping you can get a business team together and go accomplish your dream,” said McGowan, who joined the Blazers in November of 2012, and lists his first accomplishments as a partnership with Moda Health, and de-layering of the organization. 

“My job is to make decisions,” said McGowan. “Leaders want to be compassionate, open, and efficient in making decisions so people are not walking on egg shells. You need to be a good communicator, and consistent in your style so people are comfortable coming to you.”

McGowan also advised dental students to be organized, develop a career business plan, be adaptable and continual learners, and remain collaborative.

“Be passionate about what you’re doing,” said McGowan. “I call it the Sunday test. If you are pumped on Sunday about going to work, then you are in the right job.”