When it comes to innovation — that apparent end-game to change the status quo — there’s no roadmap, though consultants often claim there is by putting the words ‘innovation’ and ‘strategy’ together. Innovation is triggered by conditions that do not follow a precise formula. It’s alchemy. It’s what happens when you bring the right people together, empower them to be as creative as possible, frame the right questions, teach them how to look at problems from different angles, and then experiment with an open mind.
The first person to die from Ebola Virus Disease on U.S. soil was Thomas Eric Duncan. Mr. Duncan flew from Liberia to Dallas, Texas in good health. He was headed to rekindle his long-lost love, with whom he had a son. They had plans to marry and live as a family; three of them, happily ever after.
Worldwide there are 2 billion children of school going age. How can we prepare them to prosper in a rapidly changing, increasingly technological and complex world? And how can they learn to design to a better world for themselves and the planet?
We gain and lose as many things we love float in and out of our lives. It’s not until we lament this transience that we finally begin to grasp our appetite for feeling, and along with it our enormous capacity to balance rational thinking with empathy and compassion. Such awareness took me down an unconventional path of leadership and investment, sometimes not without controversy.