The Innovative Connection Between a Children's Hospital and the Ferrari F-1 Pit Crew

Josh Linkner
December 20, 2020

Josh Linkner

Five-time tech entrepreneur, hyper-growth CEO, NY Times bestselling author and venture capitalist.
Leadership Business

The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children is one of London's most respected healthcare institutions. Despite their long history of success, hospital leaders wanted to explore new ways to improve patient safety and decrease medical errors. In their efforts to deliver the best possible outcomes, they turned to a surprising source of inspiration.

It turns out that many healthcare errors occur during transitions, such as transporting a patient into surgery. In rapidly changing, high stakes moments, split-second errors can lead to disastrous outcomes. Instead of studying other hospitals, the leaders at Great Ormond Street asked a critical question: Where else?

Where else in the world do transitions need to be perfectly choreographed to deliver results? Where else does every second matter? Where else could simple errors lead to catastrophic outcomes? Where else do diverse teams need to integrate and adjust with precision?

Enter Ferrari's Formula One pit crew team. In just a few seconds, the team changes tires, refuels, makes critical adjustments, diagnoses any problems, and gets their car back on track. The Pit Crew's flawless execution is a key factor in the team's overall results, so every move has been studied and optimized. With this in mind, hospital leaders traveled to Italy to observe and study Team Ferrari's approach to their highly efficient work.

Back in London, the medical team filmed their own processes and sent the recordings off to their new friends in Italy. Ferrari pit crew experts studied the tapes and provided a host of suggestions to drive speed, boost efficiency, reduce errors, streamline transfer protocols, and improve safety conditions. The unlikely partnership that spanned borders and industries led to a 66% reduction in errors, delivering significantly better outcomes to young patients.

When we're working to boost our own results, it's easy to get caught in the echo chambers of our industries. Just as the hospital leaders did in London, ask yourself where else in the world does a similar situation exist? Innovations of all types and sizes can be borrowed from another field of study or part of life and may just be the inspiration that you've been looking for.

If a children's hospital in London can learn from a Formula One pit crew in Italy, just think what you could discover by looking outside your normal area of focus. Borrowed ideas can be the high-octane fuel you need to accelerate toward your own checkered-flag championship.

Josh Linkner

Want Josh Linkner for your next event?

Find out more information, including fees and availability.
Find Out More
Keep Reading
39 Quotes on Innovation, Creativity, and Performance
Josh Linkner
Josh Linkner
February 28, 2021
As we work to learn, grow, and thrive, let’s learn from the legends. Here are 39 of my ...
Becoming Backable
Josh Linkner
Josh Linkner
February 21, 2021
Getting someone to take a chance on you is one of the most important steps to achieving success in both business and ...
How Tiny Bubbles Led to a $28 Billion Cost Savings
Josh Linkner
Josh Linkner
February 14, 2021
Each year, over 50,000 large vessels travel the oceans to move people and cargo through ...
39 Quotes on Innovation, Creativity, and Performance
As we work to learn, grow, and thrive, let’s learn from the legends. Here are 39 of my favorite quotations from the giants of business, art, music, and innovation. I hope you guzzle and share these powerful nuggets of wisdom… The post 39 Quotes on Innovation, Creativity, and Performance appeared first on Josh Linkner.
Read More
Becoming Backable
Getting someone to take a chance on you is one of the most important steps to achieving success in both business and life. Yet mastering the art of persuasion is often overlooked and misunderstood. Alexander Fleming, the inventor of penicillin, was especially bad at communicating his discovery, despite it being one of the most important scien...
Read More
How Tiny Bubbles Led to a $28 Billion Cost Savings
Each year, over 50,000 large vessels travel the oceans to move people and cargo through the turbulent seas. While a solid ship gliding through malleable water should be well smooth sailing, it turns out that intersection between vessel and water is anything but smooth. As the giant metal structures plow through the ocean, friction and drag are...
Read More
This Dish Isn't Very Good
As consumers, we're besieged with puffery. Brands shout at us, boasting they have New York's #1 pizza, the world's best coffee, America's favorite car, or the best blue jeans in the universe. But these hollow claims fall flat with our exceptionally well-developed BS detectors. In sharp contrast, one creative restaurateur took the opposite app...
Read More
What Everyday Innovators Can Learn From Fresh Salsa
Words like 'innovation' and 'disruption' can feel overwhelming and out of reach. Too often, we think an idea must change the world or have a billion-dollar value in order to count. Instead of establishing an impossibly high minimum threshold, let's think of innovation more like fresh, delicious salsa: mild, medium, and spicy. A flavor option for...
Read More
Innovation Swapping
Behind only water, concrete is the second-most used material on our planet. It's low cost, durable, and beneficial in a variety of construction applications. As our population continues to swell, demand is expected to skyrocket. But there's a problem. As useful as concrete may be, the production of this sturdy material is responsible for eight p...
Read More
Boost Results With Rule 105
In our professional lives, our days consist of delivering value in one form or another. Depending on your craft, your deliverables may take the form of a research report, sales presentation, prospecting outreach, email response, customer interaction, financial model, or a legal brief. Or maybe you build handmade wooden furniture, corned beef san...
Read More
What We Can Learn From The Relics of the Past
I tend to get reflective at the start of each new year. I was thinking how different our lives were just 10 years ago, and those differences were striking: Ten years ago, we still thought Zoom was a verb. Plastic straws seemed totally fine, and teenagers smoked instead of vaped. There was no DoorDash, Shipt, GrubHub or Instacart; no Uber or Lyft...
Read More
Let It Go
Queen Elsa, the lead character in Disney's smash hit Frozen, was haunted by her past. As the plot unfolds, she gains the courage to let go of her previously held beliefs in order to break free and discover her true self, culminating in one of the movie's most memorable songs, Let it Go. As we enter 2021, I can't think of a better mantra for u...
Read More
The Innovative Connection Between a Children's Hospital and the Ferrari F-1 Pit Crew
The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children is one of London's most respected healthcare institutions. Despite their long history of success, hospital leaders wanted to explore new ways to improve patient safety and decrease medical errors. In their efforts to deliver the best possible outcomes, they turned to a surprising source of inspiratio...
Read More