Innovation is the only way to thrive in a world changing with this speed and intensity. But we easily immerse ourselves in the routines and responsibilities essential today and forget about what we must do to evolve for tomorrow. Without a conscious focus on the future, all energies and resources flow into the urgency of the immediate. The great imperative of our time is to create a new kind of organization—one that continuously regenerates itself.
The things that occupy us are often important but not transforming. It is easy to immerse ourselves entirely in the routines and responsibilities essential today. Without a conscious focus on the future, all energies and resources flow into the immediate. The great management imperative of our time is to create a new kind of organization--one that continuously evolves and regenerates itself. Here innovation becomes a cultural imperative. It is approached with as much intentionality as cost and quality. Leaders think about future prosperity as much as present survival, and change is a proactive choice rather than a reactive response.
The race is on. Entering it are entrepreneurs and healthcare organizations around the world. The goal is a new generation of services with strong outcomes and stunningly low cost. This challenge is much more daunting than innovating for the top of the wealth pyramid. But those who create novel solutions will own the future markets of the world. Look at what we can learn from innovators designing healthcare solutions for those with the least resource. Their breakthroughs ultimately reshape healthcare for everyone.
As competition among healthcare facilities increases, high quality and low cost become the norm. They will no longer distinguish the superior provider in the marketplace. Quality and cost are eclipsed in importance by innovation.
There is an explosion of interest in consciousness and its role in creating extraordinary leaders and extraordinary organizations. And an increasing awareness that who we are is as important as what we do. Learn how to live a more conscious life and lead a more conscious organization.
For many organizations, the odds and norms seem almost irrelevant. Somehow they flourish where others struggle. Often these exceptional places are invisible to us--we rarely hear about them, learn from them, or celebrate them. How, for example, did a hospital organize for innovation and unleash its human potential? How is another system approaching $100 million in retail? Where are the flourishing exceptions in clinical quality, organizational culture, and philanthropy? Hidden within the majority is a minority of positive deviants breaking all the rules and flourishing.
What if you could visit the future today somewhere inside your hospital? What would it be like to touch the future and interact with it? Every day in healthcare, we make decisions about the future. But we rarely create the futures we are considering on a small scale first. Now this is beginning to change. Look at how to approach prototyping and learn from leading healthcare organizations. Consider a world beyond healthcare that has greater experience prototyping new services and products. From these organizations on the edge, we have many clues about how to create the future in small ways today.