Sometimes when I travel and get to see all the hundreds of people darting back and forth to their destinations — I think about what their stories are. More often than not, there is an opportunity to connect/engage and have a quick conversation. One of those situations presented itself a few weeks ago in an Uber headed to the Nashville airport. After a minute or two into the journey, my driver asked if I was in town for business or pleasure (answer: business) and then inquired what opportunities there were in healthcare. For the next 20 minutes of the drive to the airport, I learned that my driver was an MBA/MD (finishing medical school in the next year) and his wife was a public health researcher at a local institution.
We talked about opportunities in technology, design and the future of medicine. I told him about the upcoming Health:Further events and how his education/experience could be very useful in health innovation. He was hooked. I gave him my card and he thanked me for being open to this discussion. To be honest? This is what energizes me. Being able to connect the dots and move people forward.
Taking a moment to slow down and pay attention to what stories are right in front of you can make all the difference in how you develop as a leader & innovator (and of course, a human being).