Whether you are an executive with a large, global health technology company, a mid-sized and growing organization, or a start-up; tapping into the collective talent of a robust community with diverse perspectives produces results. Leaders are driven by an inherent human purpose – a desire to create change and cultivate value from our lives’ finite resources – time and energy.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But how do you jump off the hamster wheel?

One way is to think like Gene Kranz, NASA’s Apollo 13 Flight Director. When dangerous levels of CO2 were building up in the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), he said, “I don’t care about what anything was designed to do; I care about what it can do.” Then he told his team to “invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole” and design a new filter from spare parts. By tapping into collective talent and experiences, the crew safely arrived back on earth. The key is in leveraging the vast skills and experience of a team to do something truly amazing and impactful.

Within our Serious Talent Chat events, we do just that – leverage the skills and experience of other executives to advance health technologies globally. We may not be building the next new filter for the LEM, but we are all working on advancing life-sustaining health technologies. We lean on other leaders to answer the questions we have. These critical connections propel incredible innovations which otherwise would have never happened, had it not been for the purpose-driven thoughtfulness of individuals making the most of a networking interaction.

What problem do you need solved? How are you leveraging a broader community to generate innovative solutions?


About the Author

Paula Norbom Paula Norbom is the Founder and CEO of Talencio, an executive search and staffing firm serving health technology companies. She has worked in the health technology space for over 24 years. Prior to launching Talencio, Paula was an executive for several medical device companies, leading accounting and finance departments. Paula covers leadership topics related to employment and health technology.

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