The Neurophysiology of Innovation, with Dr. John Kenagy

On this week’s episode of “The Innovation Engine,” we take a look at the neurophysiology of innovation. We talk about what’s really going on behind the scenes during the decision-making process and why we’re often anything but rational, how that impacts the ways to influence change in any organization, and why habit and singular focus can be powerful tools for any business looking to improve overall performance.

Dr. John Kenagy, author of Designed to Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times, joins us to discuss those topics and many more. This marks Dr. Kenagy’s second appearance on the podcast. He previously joined us back in August for episode 27 of “The Innovation Engine” podcast, when we discussed “Innovation and Adaptive Design.”

Dr. Kenagy was dubbed “the man who would save health care” in a 2000 Forbes article that covered his tenure at the Harvard Business School under Clayton Christensen and Dr. Kenagy’s subsequent attempts to lower the cost of health care for organizations using adaptive design.

Here are some of the highlights from this week’s discussion with Dr. John Kenagy:

  • Dr. Kenagy shines a light on what research around the human brain and MRIs have shown about how decisions are truly made, and the implications that has for affecting change within an organization
  • We explore whether a conscious effort towards impacting beliefs rather than behaviors can really influence the way a company operates.
  • Dr. Kenagy shares real-world examples of companies who have experienced tangible outcomes as a result of enforcing some of the powerful neurophysiological functions such as purpose, progress, and the experience of success.
  • We talk about the benefit of establishing a clear purpose for a company as outlined by Charles Duhigg in the New York Times bestseller Habit. See this excerpt from the Huffington Post for more on the potential business benefits of singular focus.
  • Dr. Kenagy explains whether pushing authority and the ability to influence change down throughout a company really helps drive results

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE

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Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

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