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"I Have An Idea..."

How many great ideas started with "I have an idea..."?  (4 words.)

 Or "What if..?"  (Two words.)

Or "Why not..?"  (Two more.)

If you are an average-sized hospital, you have, maybe, 2,000 people working in your organization? Think there might be, say, 10 great ideas in there somewhere?  10 new, paradigm-busting, customer-delighting game changers?

2,000 people, ten great ideas, two words.  2,000/10+2

It's not exactly Pythagoras as math formulas go.  But before you question the power of new ideas, here's a headline for you: "Online gamers (i.e. scientific novices) crack AIDS enzyme puzzle."
"Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade."
Kids, thinking differently, solving problems.  It's not that the ideas aren't out there, waiting.  They are.

"What if..?"

Leave a comment about how your organization is cultivating the next generation of game-changing ideas. Where do you find them? Nurture them? Reward them? Thanks!


Anonymous said…
How about giving people the ability to get health advice from a leading specialist from the comfort of home? Wouldn't it be great to grab a cup of coffee and get online to see a doctor when it was convenient for me? Well, now you can. This health innovation is located at We hope it will provide millions of people a great experience.
Steve Davis said…
OK commenter 'dford,' now that I've given your startup business some free publicity, do you have anything to say about ideation and/or innovation? That WAS my original question after all.

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