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A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation

A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation

The Innovation Engine at Atrium Health

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E66: Debunking Design Thinking Myths with Jason Rome

Jason Rome of Skookum joins us on A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation podcast again, this time talking about the common myths and misapplications of design thinking. He pulls in his customer experience insights, just as he did on Episode 25, to explain how the value of design thinking is not found in the workshop event but in the subsequent iterations and execution of the work. Collected from years of human-centered design work with large organizations, Jason shares such nuggets of wisdom as: Balance desirability, feasibility, and viability. Fall in love with the right problem, not a solution Design for who people simply are, not who we wish they were The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do Respect the engineers! This episode is another closet studio edition as we grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With much of the nation now working remotely, Jason also shares some recommendations about remote work-life balance and how to conduct virtual workshops—topics he recently wrote about for Skookum’s blog. @Skookum @GlobalLogic @SherpaPod @AtriumHealth @theBenReport - A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation is a proud member of the Health Podcast Network @HealthPodNet -
April 8, 2020

E60: Kelly Leonard from The Second City – Improv is Human Being Practice

Ben and Jay open a new decade with an improvisational theatre, organizational learning, and human behavior rock star, Kelly Leonard.
January 22, 2020

E59: 2019 Sherpa State of the Union

Fellow innovators, esteemed podcast listeners, ladies, and gentlemen – We enter 2020 grateful for the wonderful 2019 behind us. Join us (Jay & Ben) as we review and reflect on the brilliant guests and special moments of 2019, conduct an assessment of the hypothesized Jobs to Be Done of listening to the podcast, and preview some exciting episodes coming down the pike. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for more in 2020!
January 9, 2020

E56: The Chris Elmore – 5,000 Cold Calls, Bootstrapping, and a Beard You Can Hear

Chris Elmore rolls into the Sherpa studio--Company Evangelist for AvidXchange, a fintech unicorn based in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as author, teacher, speaker, father of four, and husband of 25 years. Referring to someone as “one of a kind” can be kind of cliché, but Chris lives up to the billing. He’s a dynamic and authentic purveyor of innovation and entrepreneurship wisdom. Hear his perspectives on innovation, as well as the outlook for a blooming innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Charlotte. Can you hear his beard? Listen closely . . . @thechriselmore @AvidXchange @SherpaPod @TheBenReport TheChrisElmore.com Creative Mornings Charlotte: Taming the Chaos in Your Life, by Chris Elmore Shout out to Stacy Cassio at the Pink Mentor Network - A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation is a proud member of the Health Podcast Network @HealthPodnet -
November 13, 2019

E55: Everyone is Creative and Everyone is Welcome

“Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome.” Long-time friends and local Charlotteans Matt Olin and Tim Miner are the co-founders of Charlotte is Creative, a not for profit organization that develops programs and initiatives designed to break the Charlotte mold and re-make it with creativity—into a city that draws people in, excites them, and inspires them to invest their financial, social, and creative capital. Learn about some of the unique ways Matt and Tim foster a culture of creativity in Charlotte, such as hosting CreativeMornings/Charlotte, H.U.G. Micro-grants, the Queen City Quiz Show, and their multimedia site The Biscuit. Listen to this episode and “don’t wait, create!” @cltiscreative @cm_clt @mattolincreates @afewminertweaks @SherpaPod @TheBenReport - A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation is a proud member of the Health Podcast Network @HealthPodNet -
October 30, 2019

E54: Michael B. Horn – The Jobs to Be Done of Education

Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Learn more about the Jobs to Be Done for which we hire education throughout our lives by listening to this episode, the third in our series on innovation in higher education, with co-author Michael B. Horn of the recently released book Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decision Throughout Your Life. Michael is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Entangled Group, an education technology studio, and a senior partner for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, Michael has authored several books including Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Clayton Christensen, and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. He also co-hosts a podcast entitled Future U, in partnership with Jeff Selingo. Listen to this episode, and then go read his books! @michaelbhorn @EntangledSOL @EntangledGroup @christenseninst @SherpaPod @TheBenReport @JayGerhart - A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation is a proud member of the Health Podcast Network @Healthpodnet -
October 17, 2019

About A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation

Are you looking to better understand and apply innovation theories, methods and tools? Do you need to think about your business or industry in a different way? Join the Sherpas as they conduct spirited conversations and tell compelling stories to guide you along your innovation expedition.Get your gear ready!Business Model Innovation, Human-Centered Design and Strategic Partnerships
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Team

Jay Gerhart

Jay Gerhart

A passionate driver of consumer strategy and innovation for Atrium Health. As part of the Innovation Engine, he employs methods such Design Thinking, Jobs to Be Done and Business Model Innovation in product and service development. Recently trained at Second City Chicago and Charlotte Comedy Theatre in improvisation, he brings “Yes, And” and a next level of teamwork to transformational projects. During his 20 years with Atrium Health, he has led many of the system’s most significant corporate strategy, planning and development initiatives, including Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute.
Ben Tingey

Ben Tingey

Benjamin Tingey is an Innovation Manager with the Atrium Health Innovation Engine. In this role he champions the voice of the patient, designing care experiences and business models that nail their Job to Be Done, and curates the voices of the Innovation Engine and other innovation thought leaders by hosting the "A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation" podcast. Benjamin learned to speak Spanish fluently as a 19-year old serving the Hispanic immigrant community in South Carolina. Before joining the Innovation Engine, his prior career experience included Spanish language instruction, social entrepreneurship, healthcare startups, and hospital system corporate strategy. Benjamin’s love of American history and literature influenced his preference for schools named after famous Americans, receiving his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Brigham Young University and a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University.

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