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The Courage To Go Forward

The Power of Micro Communities By: David Cordani and Dick Traum

The Authors

David Cordani

President and CEO, Cigna

At age 42, David Cordani became president and CEO of Cigna, a global health service company. He is a prominent voice addressing key health challenges, such as empowering individuals to manage their health, innovating new value-based models of care, and partnering with physicians to focus on integrated care and improved clinical quality. David earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, and an MBA from the University of Hartford. David is also an accomplished athlete, having completed more than 125 triathlons. He has devoted countless hours to serving as a running guide for wounded veterans through his involvement with Achilles International.

Dick Traum

President and Founder, Achilles International

After losing his leg at age 24, Dick Traum became the first runner to complete a marathon with a prosthetic leg, when he crossed the finish line at the 1976 New York City Marathon. Subsequently in 1983, he founded Achilles International, whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events. Today, Achilles has over 110 chapters in 41 countries. Dick has a BS, MBA and Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University. Prior to Achilles, he was the founder and President of Personnelmetrics, Inc., (1970-2001) a consulting firm which focused on quantitative analysis in Human Resources. Dick has written an autobiography, “A Victory for Humanity” (WRS Publishing, 1993), and “Go Achilles”.

This powerfully inspiring book shows us how simple emotional connection can be the direct route to personal and social change. It has important lessons for anyone in healthcare, or any endeavor where people are asked to do the seemingly impossible.

Toby Cosgrove, MD Executive Advisor,
Former CEO and President,
Cleveland Clinic

Have You Ever

been awestruck by individuals who overcome tremendous obstacles to accomplish great things? Or, conversely, have you ever pursued a highly personal goal, only to run into roadblocks you simply can’t figure out how to circumvent?

In The Courage to Go Forward, authors David Cordani and Dick Traum argue that as individuals and as a society, we need to think differently about goal-setting and, in particular, goal achievement. And, we need to consider how to complement societal programs designed for the “average” person, with customized approaches tailored to the unique needs and aspirations of every individual.

Time and again, David and Dick have seen the powerful role that small, mobilized communities of like-minded people (which they call “micro communities”) can play in helping people achieve their greatest goals or overcome obstacles, physical or otherwise – in a way they likely couldn’t accomplish on their own.

With provocative storytelling and accompanying insight, the authors provide numerous examples of these micro communities in action, largely focusing on the partnership between global health service company, Cigna, and the nonprofit Achilles International, which helps people with all types of disabilities participate in mainstream running events, in order to promote personal achievement. Through these stories and insights, The Courage to Go Forward provides each of us with a recipe for success – a path or road map for how we can visualize our own journeys to reach our own, unique goals.

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