Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

Sick Care is a Wicked Problem

Sick care is a wicked problem. By that, I don’t mean just scary. A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems. Horst ...

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Why Sickcare Innovation Centers Don’t Deliver

If you work for a big, established company, you’ve probably been noticing the sudden rise of a new trend: the innovation lab. Companies as diverse as Delta Air Lines, Target, Google, Pfizer, Marriott, Autodesk, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Verizon, and Stanley Black & Decker are jumping on the bandwagon. As discussed on this site recently, open innovation labs like this bring The Garage Experience inside ...

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Innovation Starts With The Right Mindset

My back of the envelope observation is that about 1% of doctors, engineers and scientists have an entrepreneurial mindset and the 6 habits that define it, as described by Narang and Devaiah, in their book, “Orbit Shifting Innovation”: 1. Personal growth relates to the size of the challenge, not the size of the kingdom. What motivates real innovators is the more exciting challenge, ...

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