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A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation

The Innovation Engine at Atrium Health

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E45: The Design Value of Health with Steve Downs

What would it look like if Netflix was helping you stay healthy? Learn about how we can make health an inherent design feature in our everyday lives from Steve Downs, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this, our 50th podcast episode, Steve paints a picture of a world intentionally designed to make it easier for individuals and communities to choose healthy behaviors. How do we get there? Listen and find out! We discuss behavior change theories, promoting a culture of health, persuading tech companies that health is a value expressed horizontally across product lines, and the three phases of Steve’s lunchtime routine. @stephenjdowns @RWJF @SherpaPod @WillBehrmann @TheBenReport Piano Stairs Designing Everyday Life to Be Healthier – Health Experience Design Conference 2019 - A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation is a proud member of the Health Podcast Network @HealthPodNet -
August 21, 2019
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E49: Industry Integration and Serendipitous Collisions with Mike Biselli

Episode 49 features Mike Biselli, a healthtech entrepreneur and community-building pioneer with a bold vision for reimagining healthcare. Learn about how Mike planted a flag in the ground and determined to create a built environment that would foster serendipitous collisions to catalyze innovation and transformational change. The result: Catalyst HTI, a 180,000 square-foot industry integrator campus designed to bring health-tech start-ups and established health care entities together under one roof, located in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Lindsay Deneault shares her experience facilitating similar collisions at TMC Innovation in Houston, Texas. This episode nearly melted the walls of our podcast studio, so drink up your 5-Hour Energy, kick back, and enjoy this animated conversation about the power of vision and collision!
August 8, 2019
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E48 Part 1: Designing for Cultural Competency and an Inclusive Workforce

Our world is becoming increasingly complex and wonderfully diverse. How can organizations keep pace with this expanding cultural diversity and design with cultural competency? Episode #48 Part 1 features Kinneil Coltman, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Atrium Health; Elizabeth Watson, Manager of Innovation; and Ben Tingey, Manager of Innovation and, for this episode, in a hybrid role as host and guest. Listen and learn about how a large healthcare system champions diversity and inclusion, adapts services to meet culturally unique needs, includes cultural groups in the design process, and improves health outcomes and community trust as a result. @KinneilC @ElizCLT @TheBenReport @SherpaPod @AtriumHealth - A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation is a proud member of the Health Podcast Network @HealthPodNet -
July 26, 2019
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E48 Part 2: Designing for Cultural Competency and an Inclusive Workforce

Our world is becoming increasingly complex and wonderfully diverse. How can organizations keep pace with this expanding diversity and assemble an inclusive workforce? Episode #48 - Part 2 features André Blackman and Touré McCluskey of Onboard Health, an organization dedicated to building a dynamic ecosystem of career acceleration opportunities to cultivate a powerful, inclusive workforce that is well equipped to solve some of our most pressing issues. When talented individuals who reflect the diverse fabric of our society build new ventures or have a seat the table of innovative companies, the solutions that come will inherently reflect the complex needs of our society. Listen and learn to build a more human company! @onboardhealth @mindofandre @touremccluskey Onboard Health The Sustainable Future Blog "Why I Started Onboard Health" @SherpaPod @TheBenReport - A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation is a proud member of the Health Podcast Network @HealthPodNet -
July 26, 2019
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E47: A Passion for Product – Tom Schlegel of Radio Flyer

Ben & Jay talk to Tom Schlegel, Chief Innovation Officer of Radio Flyer, the iconic 102-year old company that’s on a mission to bring smiles to kids of all ages. During his 16 years at Radio Flyer, he has been a key leader in the evolution of the company from a steel wagon manufacturer to a customer-driven design and development powerhouse. Tom talks about how he has employed Dr. Clay Christensen’s theories of Disruptive Innovation and Jobs to be Done to help Radio Flyer hold potential disruptors at bay and continue to develop products that create warm memories for kids of all ages. It’s not just little red wagons anymore! Innovators of all walks of life will enjoy hearing Tom’s journey from studying engineering and industrial design at Notre Dame to leading product development, sales and marketing at one of our country’s recognized best places to work. An Emmy Award winning short film capturing the essence of the Radio Flyer purpose brand: The history of Radio Flyer:
July 10, 2019
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E46: An Abundance Mindset with Robin Glasco

Get ready to shift your mindset from scarcity to abundance in this episode of A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation featuring Robin Glasco, co-founder and Managing Partner of Bambü Global Healthcare Advisors.
June 6, 2019
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E45: Reframing Healthcare with Zeev Neuwirth, MD

Ben & Jay have the privilege to talk with Atrium Health colleague Dr. Zeev Neuwirth, Senior Medical Director of Population Health about his exciting new book Reframing Healthcare
May 23, 2019
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E44: Designing for People with Intermountain Healthcare’s Todd Dunn

Episode #44 features a man we admire from an organization we admire: Todd Dunn, Director of Innovation at Intermountain Healthcare.
May 9, 2019
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E43: Turning Information into Innovation – Health Datapalooza Conference Recap

Perspectives from Atrium Health teammates who attended the 10th anniversary Health Datapalooza conference on March 27-28 in Washington, DC.
April 25, 2019
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E42: Karen Dillon – Bringing Great Theory to Life

Ben & Jay have the unique pleasure of speaking with Karen Dillon, NYT best-selling author and former editor of the Harvard Business Review, about her being in “the front seat of the Clay Christensen experience” through years of collaboration with Clay and some of their incredible colleagues.
April 11, 2019
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E41: #SXSW2019 – Human Connections, Analogous Learning & 147 Cheeses

Listen to Lindsay, Jay, Sally, and Ben recap the SXSW2019 sessions they attended, their tried and true success strategies for navigating SXSW, some of the overarching conference themes, the piles of delicious food they sampled, and the applications to innovation and healthcare they uncovered.
March 28, 2019
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E40: Efosa Ojomo Turns Theory Into Hope – The Prosperity Paradox

Ben & Jay are honored to speak with Efosa Ojomo, Global Prosperity Lead at Clayton Christensen Institute and co-author of The Prosperity Paradox with Dr. Clayton Christensen and Karen Dillon.
March 14, 2019
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E39: #HIMSS19 – Caped Crusaders, Precision Medicine and #pinksocks

We have Dr. Jean Wright (Chief Innovation Officer), Emilie Pandullo (Investment Fund Director), and Michael Johnson (Director, Innovation) in the studio to relive their HIMSS experience.
February 28, 2019
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E38: Niyum Gandhi – Population Health in the City that Never Sleeps

In this episode, we welcome Niyum Gandhi, Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer at Mount Sinai, to discuss health system transformation, and how he tackles it in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
February 21, 2019
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E37: Dr. Rasu Shrestha – Passion, Purpose & A Plan

Get to know the dynamic Dr. Rasu Shrestha as he reflects on experiences and influences that have shaped his approach to leadership and innovation, and his exuberance as he anticipates guiding strategy for Atrium Health.
February 7, 2019
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E36: Healthcare Disruption & Precision Innovation with Rebecca Fogg

Rebecca Fogg, Senior Research Fellow of the healthcare practice at the Christensen Institute, joins the Innovation Sherpas from across the pond to talk disruption, air ambulances, Jobs to Be Done, and why she switched from consumer financial services to research on healthcare business model innovation.
January 31, 2019
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E35: Catalyzing an Environment for Innovation

Our human-centered design Sherpas Elizabeth Benfield Watson and Sally Baek are joined by a special guest, John Tartt, AVP of Enterprise Risk Management of Atrium Health, to talk about the Innovation Engine’s Catalyst Program.
January 17, 2019
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E34: A Sherpa Holiday Podcastpalooza!

Ben & Jay do a short recap of the last year of A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation, highlighting some memorable moments.
December 20, 2018
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E33: Objectively Creative & Subjectively Analytical – Design Strategist Lee Fain

Join Design Strategist Lee Fain as he takes us on a storytelling adventure using the Hero’s Journey to a new world of creativity, frameworks, prototyping, and customer discovery.
December 6, 2018
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E32: Disrupt to Improve vs. Disrupt to Destroy

Your disruptive innovation Sherpas are back to discuss how the theory may be playing out in healthcare. Will Behrmann, Jay Gerhart and Ann Somers Hogg cover a lot of ground on the complex and ever-changing healthcare landscape. Is disruption truly occurring? Why does it matter? Do we really want it to occur? What will it look like? Weighty questions indeed. CVS/Aetna, primary care disruptors, health care system talent joining large tech companies, personalized care moving into the home…and Ben performs some Shakespeare. @WillBehrmann @JayGerhart @annsomerswh @TheBenReport #InnovationEngine
November 23, 2018
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E31: Sherpa Showdown: Fast Company Innovation Festival vs. Impact 2018

Two great conferences – two Innovation Engine Sherpas facing off to extol their virtues!
November 8, 2018
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E30: The (Cult)ivation of Failure: ILN 2018 InPerson Meeting Highlights

ay takes the show on the road for the Innovation Learning Network’s InPerson Meeting (absolutely not a conference) in Sacramento, California, hosted by The Shop at VSP.
October 25, 2018
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E29: On the Road with Ann Somers & Elizabeth – Mayo Transform 2018

Join Innovation Sherpas Ann Somers Hogg and Elizabeth Watson in a continuation of their Twitter barrage sharing their experiences and highlights from their recent attendance at Mayo Clinic’s Transform 2018 Conference in Rochester, Minnesota.
October 12, 2018
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E28: The Sherpas Make Time to Sprint with Jake Knapp!

Join your Sherpas as Ben & Jay give you a play by play of a recent Design Sprint bootcamp taught by author Jake Knapp himself!
September 27, 2018
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E27: Coonoor Behal of Mindhatch – At the Intersection of Improv & Innovation

Ben & Jay have a lively conversation with Coonoor Behal, founder of Mindhatch, a creative consultancy that blends design thinking, organizational improv and innovation facilitation.
September 13, 2018
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E26: Bob Moesta – Following Language & Energy Through Time & Space

Welcome to the Bobcast - we’re thrilled to have our Jobs to be Done sensei, Bob Moesta, sharing his innovation wisdom across a wide range of topics.
August 16, 2018
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E25: Digital Innovation, Experience Enablement, and Customized Optionality

Get your gear ready for this episode on digital innovation, courtesy of Skookum’s own Jason Rome and Michael Ifkovits, along with our summer intern and technophile Nkechi “NC” Nwoko.
August 2, 2018
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E24: Futurespeak with Zayna – People-Powered, Digical & More!

Dr. Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist with SE Health joins Ben & Ann Somers on a wide-ranging conversation about the future of health and how to drive innovation.
July 19, 2018
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E23: “Yes, And” Now for Something Completely Different!

Your Sherpas enter unexpected territory when Jay has a transformative improv adventure at The Second City in Chicago – Improv & Innovation.
July 5, 2018
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E22: Design Thinking: Tales from the Wild

We again welcome Innovation Provocateur David Phillips of Faster Glass to join our own Sherpa Elizabeth Benfield Watson to hear their insights on learning, teaching and practicing Design Thinking.
June 22, 2018
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E21: Special Edition: ILN Spring 2018 Highlights – We’re All In This Together

Your on-the-spot correspondent Ben Tingey captures live reflections and insights from a star-studded Innovation Learning Network roster.
June 7, 2018
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E20: HLTH 2018 – Quinoa and Carrots, Unlikely Pairings, & “Activated” Employers

Lindsay Deneault, Michael Johnson, and Emilie McKenna give an insider perspective on the mind-blowing inaugural HLTH conference
May 24, 2018
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E19: Risky Business – Business Model Innovation & Evolution

Your Innovation Engine Sherpas welcome Dr. Derek van Bever, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard Business School to the studio.
May 17, 2018
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E18: Developing an Innovation Ecosystem – Collecting & Connecting the Dots

In a milestone episode, Ben brings our first two guests from outside Atrium Health into the Sherpa studio, Amy Chiou (former Executive Director of Queen City Forward) and David Phillps (founder of innovation consultancy Faster Glass).
May 4, 2018
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E17: Startups, Plug and Play, and Swiss Army Knives

Your Innovation Engine Sherpas are proud to host Dr. Matt Hanley, Chief Medical Officer – Metro Group at Atrium Health, Lindsay Deneault, and Michael Johnson (Commercialization and Technology Sherpas at the Innovation Engine) discuss the interplay between startups and large healthcare organizations.
April 26, 2018
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E16: Disruptive Innovation: From the Classroom, to the Bedside, to the Home

Your Innovation Engine Sherpas are proud to host two Atrium Health senior leaders to discuss how they are applying their learnings from Clay Christensen’s HBX Disruptive Strategy course and their perspectives on disruptive innovation in healthcare.
April 12, 2018
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E15: Special SXSW Edition – Welcome to the Jungle…And the Future

Join the Innovation Engine Sherpas as they provide a behind the scenes tour of the SXSW conference, recently held in Austin, TX.
March 22, 2018
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E14: Proactive Health Part 2 – Creating a New Frontier

Your Innovation Engine Sherpas welcome back Dr. Greg Weidner in a "How We Built This" episode on Proactive Health - primary care, reimagined.
March 2, 2018
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E13: Proactive Health Part 1 – Cool Doesn’t Get it Done, Progress Does

Your Innovation Engine Sherpas welcome Dr. Greg Weidner to describe how Proactive Health is reimagining the primary care experience.
February 25, 2018
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E12: An Exponentially Fine Lens – Amazon, Berkshire & JP

Your Innovation Engine Sherpas explore the new Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-J.P. Morgan Chase venture through the lens of Aggregation Theory.
February 11, 2018
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E11: How Do You Make a Sherpa?

Are innovators born or made? Your Innovation Engine Sherpas get up close and personal about their innovation career journeys.
January 28, 2018
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E10: Mr. Magoo, Field Trips & Sparks of Curiosity

Your Innovation Sherpas kick off 2018 showing how Intentional Serendipity helps you find new ideas and perspectives.
January 11, 2018
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E9: Jobs to be Done – It’s Not About Us, It’s About You

Your Innovation Sherpas continue their series on Jobs to be Done. Why is this theory so well suited to the healthcare industry?
December 13, 2017
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E8: Jobs to be Done – Start with the Why

Your Innovation Sherpas start a multi-episode series on Jobs to be Done. Why does this theory resonate so well? What jobs arise in your life?
December 6, 2017
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E7: The Sky is Falling? Or Not?

Your disruptive innovation sherpas are back to sort out the kerfuffle (and scuttlebutt) around Amazon, Apple and Google causing all kinds of disruption in health care.
November 3, 2017
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E6: Special Edition – Health 2.0 Fall Conference, Let’s Disruptivate!

Our start-up and tech sherpas share their experiences at Health 2.0 11th Fall Conference in Santa Clara
November 3, 2017
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E5: Special Edition – Dr. Jean Goes to Holland #ILN17

Dr. Jean Wright, Chief Innovation Officer of Carolinas HealthCare System, fearless leader of #InnovationEngine, describes her experience at the Innovation Learning Network (ILN) 2017 on-site meeting in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
October 24, 2017
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E4: Special Edition – Mayo Clinic Transform 2017 Conference Highlights

Ben and Jay share their experience at the Mayo Clinic Transform 2017 conference - Closing the Gap Between People & Health.
October 18, 2017
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E3: Not for the Faint of Heart

Your Sherpas discuss how incumbents disrupt themselves (successfully or not so much) and the concept of Dual Transformation
October 17, 2017
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E2: Coaches, Clinics and Spitting Into a Tube

Your Sherpas talk about several disruptions within the healthcare industry.
October 16, 2017
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E1: Is There Still a Travel Agency Industry?

Your Sherpas dive into Airbnb to apply low-end and new-market disruption theory.
October 16, 2017
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B. Behind the Scenes with the Sherpas

Ben and Jay go deeper into why the Innovation Engine is doing this podcast, some of their podcast influences and early learnings in the development process.
October 10, 2017
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A. Teaser Trailer – Sherpas?

Ben and Jay introduce listeners to the Innovation Engine, why they should hire this podcast and what they should expect.
October 8, 2017
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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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