Category: passion

“Oh, so you just – you just DO it?”

I couldn’t help but smile back to the comment. Yes, yes I just go do it. Sometimes it is better to try a little bit of something and see what happens than stand in analysis paralysis thinking deeply about what could be changed.

Though I absolutely value the therapeutic process for design thinking and systems thinking and other efforts, I joke often with folks that I am built for “design doing” – I love the exploration of theory and the act of research, and then I’m ready to dive in and see what happens if we try something new.

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For the last year, Flip the Clinic has been working directly with a single practice site and testing the flips, ideas, and elements behind our work from the last three years in partnership with the brave team at the Children’s Integrated Center for Success. I’ve been working intensively with the practice lead, Amy Edgar, on everything from the basics of marketing to the intricate choices of team design and care delivery models all while serving as an executive coach on our journey together with Flip the Clinic to test what works and doesn’t across the Flip the Clinic work.

At times, we’ve had to jump to doing. It isn’t always comfortable but, to me, it symbolizes the action necessary to actually take a leap to something new.

Throughout this process we’ve been writing. Writing and interviewing and capturing the adventure. The Flip the Clinic Playbook, a 200+ page book offering our tips, tricks and how-tos for the path to flipping your clinic – as a clinic, clinician, patient, caregiver, community, or other interest group is flooded with illustrations and tools to take you from thinking about something to doing and it is officially — HERE!

Get your copy of the Flip the Clinic Playbook!

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Whitney

 

 

I attended a walking tour once where the guide was going on about Von Gogh’s quest to paint yellow in the most yellowy of yellow ways. Even NIH articles talk about it. Theories abound.

As we walked, I gained an appreciation for the lengths this guy went to on his quest for a single portrait of yellowy yellowness. I remember the guide saying something like:

“Van Gogh sought his whole career to paint in a way that demonstrated how yellow made him feel.”

The tour was years ago but that line stuck with me. Has anything ever trapped you like that? Like a quest to craft a brushstroke for how something made you feel?

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The world is flooded with the notion that story is the key to finding and discovering the next great idea, exposing your true business model, and exploring the landscape of a deep problem. At Business Innovation Factory’s 2015 event in Providence, this concept hit the pavement and left many parts of my brain raw, exposed, and ready to dig deeper into what I was experiencing.

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