IBM Healthcare Executive Shares Her Secret Sauce for Success

On this issue of The Inspirational Executive Series, we are featuring Lina Shadid, IBM’s Global Leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences, as she shares her view on being an IBMer, her interests outside of IBM, and some great  advise for aspiring executives.

 The Inspirational Executive Series, consists of interviews with our executive IBMers to demonstrate how you can successfully build an executive career in this increasingly demanding market. Juggling work, life, and family commitments is a daunting challenge, but this series reveals how, with careful time management, flexible leadership, and a willingness to embrace challenge, IBM can support successful executives to succeed in every aspect of their careers.

 With Lina Shadid

LinaLina is the Vice President of Global Healthcare and Life Sciences. She began her IBM career in 1994, holding a series of consulting positions, and becoming the Healthcare Leader for Middle East and Africa where she established the Healthcare Business for IBM and grew the company’s portfolio to the largest healthcare tech businesses in the region.

She is also an IBM Industry Academy Member she is focused on cognitive care, patient engagement and care coordination domains. Lina holds a Bachelor degree, in electronic engineering and has special interest in promoting innovation culture and women empowerment.

How would you describe your role at IBM?
My role is to put IBM on the map when it comes to healthcare transformation. Universal healthcare is a worldwide challenge and opportunity, working with IBM I help governments and organizations around the world deliver better healthcare to their citizens. By introducing Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence to the way healthcare is practiced today we can positively impact people’s lives by making healthcare easily accessible, better managed and more personalized.

What skills and experience have you developed over your career to lead you to this position?
I have worked with hundreds of people, partners, clients and organizations, I have learnt how to stay on top of the game, how to stay in control, manage competing priorities and how to lead by example.

I am a believer that establishing a long term trust and partnership with clients are essential to our joint success. The longest I worked with the same client was 10 years. Will I have a longer duration in my career? That is still to be seen.


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Can you tell us about the work you do outside of your role as Healthcare Leader at IBM, for example the work with non-profit organisations?
I have a passion for helping others and although I wish I had more time to support initiatives, I do support a group that provides medical support (treating heart problems) for children in war zones. I am also supporting a new cancer centre, providing them operational guidance so they are ready to provide a great service from day one.

 What is your favourite thing about being an IBMer?
Being an IBMer is like being Alice in Wonderland, there are so many things to know, study and do and you will never get enough!

IBM has enabled me to learn a lot, grow my career, personality and aspirations – the sky is the limit.

Outside of IBM, what are your hobbies, interests, and passions?
In my free time I like traveling, antique collection and cooking. Every country I visit, I will try to visit their museums, antique stores, learn how they cook and listen to their music. I love learning about  and experiencing the culture when travelling and I feel that learning about history, traditional food and music are the three of the best ways to immerse yourself into culture.

 How do you manage your work life balance?
With 3 children, aged 15, 14 and 6, my interests outside work these days are centered around them, trying to give them the best experiences I can and ensuring they are developing as new generation global citizens with the right values in life. I try to integrate work and life so there is no separation, which works for me – I do what I need to do anywhere, anytime, work is part of life and both are one to me.

Do you have any recommendations for employees aspiring to an executive career at IBM?
Dedication, hard work and passion is the secret source in my view. You have to love what you do, see the value and have a dream. I always had a dream to reach new heights and have an impact on humanity, and I get to do this every day in healthcare with IBM.

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