Trustees Newsletter Articles
Making Innovation a Priority

innovation (Feb. 8, 2021) – It's human nature to want to help others and solve problems, particularly among health care workers who often pursue their profession because of that commitment. Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic are a perfect environment to spark innovation and develop new solutions. The challenge for boards is to capitalize on the innovation already taking place and carry the momentum forward.

Innovative boards set the tone for their organization when they:

  • Prioritize innovation on their meeting agendas
  • Make time to question assumptions and explore different ways of accomplishing goals
  • Encourage open discussion and thinking that drives new ideas and approaches
  • Value a combination of healthy questioning and collaborative thinking
  • Seek input from inside and outside sources
  • Allocate resources to support innovation throughout the organization
  • Engage in innovation training for the board and senior leadership