On October 8th I hosted a special, high-profile event that I have been designing and putting together for the past several months: The first ever Forum for Partnership of the Americas. The event, which took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, was the opening day of the Americas Competitiveness Forum.
In theory, forward-looking people and executives embrace the idea that continuous innovation and exploration of new frontiers is an essential skill. But how about in practice?
In my book ‘Slingshot’, I draw on examples from sports to illustrate the power of overstepping self-imposed, mental limitations. One of these is the story of the 4-minute mile – how people thought that the human body was simply not capable of running this distance in such short amount of time.
Adversity is opportunity in disguise. It is all a matter of perspective. We can choose to see the world as a victim or as a champion. The good news is we all have the ability to be champions, if we chose to adopt the right perspective.
One of the most powerful examples of such a transformation in perspective is the story of Mrs. Vivian Pellas – how she turned surviving a horrific plane crash into inspiration to create an exemplary hospital in Central America providing free and complete care for burnt children.
One of the three key Slingshot principles for re-imagining boundaries is the embrace what I call “the innovation shortcut”: To link seemingly unrelated, already existing components to create new customer value.