ALWAYS LEAN INTO CHANGE
Before I knew I cared about being a businessman, I knew I wanted to innovate. After all, my first (and probably most significant) major career shift was going from waiting tables to writing software. Becoming a coder put me head first and knee deep into the Internet and all of the changes that it would bring about in the world. I knew early on that the impact was limitless, but I spent seven years making sure that I understood the pipes that enabled it all, so that in the decades to come, I would understand the implications of future layers of innovations that would build upon the previous ones.
Having owned the first iPhone, and before that hacking on a Gentoo Linux laptop, and before that building CD ROM eLearning courses in Flash with ActionScript, I’ve seen enough cycles to know that whatever we think won’t happen, likely will. What ever we think we won’t do as humans, we end up doing. We have continuously adopted new technologies for the benefits of lower labor costs, convenience and improved performance. And there is nothing that seems to be able to stop this from happening.
After seeing so many of these waves of innovation, and even being a doubter for some big ones (HTML5 and iPhone apps killing Flash most notably), I’m now obsessed with helping people understand that innovation is the undisputed, undefeated champ. Predicting the timing when things will happen is difficult, but at the macro level, if you understand that innovation is undefeated, then your strategies will be aligned with where things are going overall and you can treat change as a tailwind rather than a headwind. The tools, networks and systems are all incredibly accessible now. What we can all do with our phones and a laptop now would have taken tens or hundreds of people to do just three decades ago. This opportunity is ours to capture, we have to embrace it and become experiential learners to thrive in the world that is unfolding before our eyes.
I’ll be talking about innovation consistently on my podcast and video channel. Also, if you happen to be a leader in the healthcare industry, I’m establishing strategic partnerships with leading providers, payers and enterprise technology companies through my strategic advisory firm, Health:Further.