Paul Plsek, the internationally acclaimed innovation expert, is now a senior fellow of Ko Awatea.
Mr Plsek, who recently visited New Zealand from the US, says he is delighted to be formally involved with Ko Awatea as senior fellow in innovation and complexity because he has great admiration for the organisation.
“I believe in what you’re doing,” he told a meeting of Ko Awatea staff recently “There needs to be a Centre in this part of the world that provides leadership in improvement and innovation.”
Beginning his career as an engineer, Mr Plsek was formerly employed by the US Telecommunications Company, AT& T. It was at AT&T where he learned about innovation, and within a culture in which he says encouraged employees to think differently and with very little hierarchy.
During the 1980s he became a founding member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) recognising the potential to translate his learnings to a new sector.
“I thought ‘there’s got to be something in the way industry does quality and improvement that could be transferrable to the health setting’”.
Through extensive research and experience he developed the concept of DirectedCreativity – demonstrating creative thinking is a natural process that anyone can participate in if they know how.
Mr Plsek now works with a number of healthcare providers in the US, UK, Norway, Sweden, and Canada.