Here are five keys to being innovative in health care.
You can’t learn if you are speaking. We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. If you do the simple math, we should listen twice as much as we speak.
You should write down the problems and challenges you face and are trying to solve. You can’t solve it in your head. Ideas that are kept to oneself are worthless and often forgotten unless you write it down. Here’s a tip: use a pencil and paper instead of a computer.
No idea is fully formed out of your head. Ernest Hemingway said the first draft of anything is crap. You have to do the work and refine it. And by work, I mean teamwork. You can’t do it in isolation — our job is to challenge each other. Solve problems and make it go.
True innovation takes a very long time. Sometimes, it takes 30 years to be an overnight success. In 1878, Thomas Edison focused on inventing a safe, inexpensive electric light to replace the gaslight — a challenge that scientists had been grappling with for 50 years. With the help of financiers like J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilt family, Mr. Edison set up a company and began research and development. He made breakthroughs but continued to refine his work and in 1880 discovered the key to a long-lasting and affordable light bulb.