Archives For innovation

All About Transitions

February 19, 2018

Olympic Games bring out the best in all of us.  Athletes from across the world set aside national differences and reconvene to honor the pursuit of excellence.  To stand shoulder-to-shoulder as the world’s best, each hoping to take center stage of behalf of their nation – fourteen days during which anthems and admirations stream across the world.

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“Intrastructure”

February 7, 2018

“The Red Apple” was the elusive prize of medieval conquest for an uninterrupted 800 years.  Secured behind what had proven to be the most formidable combination of building ingenuity and natural defenses was the fortress city of Constantinople.  Dedicated in 330 AD by its namesake Emperor Constantine the Great, it quickly became the center of wealth and commerce of the Middle Ages.

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JPM at 15

January 4, 2018

To “skip a stone” takes more than just practice.  It requires discriminating selection, as only a tiny subset of stones will do.  The perfect stones for this are those that have been polished by time – rounded of rough edges and protected from too much mid-body girth. 

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Thrilling Three for 2017

December 22, 2017

2017 will be recorded as the year of “resilience” – a year that illustrated more than any in recent memory our human capacity to endure. To survive the unexpected, to adapt and to rebuild after recurring setbacks. A year where the world began to search for new sources of leadership. A world where iconic institutions that were seemingly unshakable began to prove disruptable.

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To Nurture Our Nature

September 20, 2017

The quantification and forecasts of productivity are the gristmill of economics.  Typically, a ratio of inputs (labor and capital) over outputs (products and services) are often used to measure how effectively or efficiently a given economy is performing.   The range of creative variations of these ratios and measures are staggering. 

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Galvanized

August 16, 2017

Our world can be corrosive – an environment able to swiftly convert the “shiny and new,” into the “dulled and the rusted.” Why so? In our physical world both beauty and blight are made possible by oxygen. A relatively rare element in the universe generally but the transformative ingredient of what makes complex (eukaryotic) life possible. It is said that, “if carbon is the foundation of life then oxygen is its fuel.”

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What’s It Worth?

July 31, 2017

An age-old question that is generally answered by – “what is someone willing to pay for it?”   As we often see, this can become quickly irrational particularly when the price is set on the hope or expectation of a future value or outcome.

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Hard to Fathom

June 14, 2017

In the mere moments required to utter and comprehend a “we are so sorry to have to tell you” diagnosis, we are transformed from an individual, a customer, a voter, a parent, son or daughter into a patient.

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The stage was set, the seats were filled, and the evening candles lighting the Royal Society’s demonstration theatre were one by one extinguished. As all eyes adjusted to the blackness of the 1705 evening, Francis Hauksbee began to slowly crank the wheel of his contraption, which in turn began to spin a carefully suspended evacuated glass globe.

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Belonging

January 16, 2017

With the 35th J.P. Morgan just behind us we enter into the bold new world of 2017 with high expectations and some instructive soul searching in-hand. As expected, innovators from across the world yet again provided the “shock and awe” of how diverse discoveries can be translated into new healthcare solutions. New ways to detect, intercept, treat and track life threatening diseases. These combined with new ways to put patients or perhaps any of us prior to being “a patient” into the center of our treatment decision.

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