“An idea that can change the course of the company can come from anywhere.”
This is the advice Jack Dorsey gave at TechCrunch Disrupt. @Jack is the co-founder of Twitter and the mobile payment startup, Square, that allows anyone, anywhere, to accept credit cards via a small reader that attaches to a smartphone or iPad.
I encourage you to watch the 12-minute video of Jack’s keynote that puts a twist on the notion of a “founder” and the pivotal idea. The key to innovation, he says, is to be open to new ideas no matter where they come from.
Medical Leaders in an Idea Economy
Some of the biggest barriers in health innovation are hierarchical mindsets. In an idea economy, medical leaders cannot be arrogant. In today’s social networked world, ideas can come from anywhere, but some fail to see the value.
Dr. Ronan Kavanagh expresses his disappointment with colleagues who ask, “Are you still wasting your time on Twitter?” According to Dr. Kavanagh:
“Engaging in health-related activities on social media channels is the most important thing I have done for my medical life since completing my specialist training. It has renewed my fascination for healthcare in a way I haven’t felt since I was a medical student and doing so, has undoubtedly quelled a mid-life ennui with my career. It has transformed the way I learn (where I had all but stopped learning) and introduced me to new and interesting friends.”
Dr. Kavanagh reminded me of my presentation for the Ideagoras healthcare innovation conference in Madrid two years ago. Innovators are learners, not experts.
“Success no longer comes from possessing knowledge; instead, you have to participate in creating a flow of knowledge.” -Walter Isaacson, The Aspen Institute...