It’s mid-September in Minnesota and summer begins its gentle slide into autumn – right on cue.
Five tell-tale signs that fall is upon us…
1) Leaves find their way to the ground…mysteriously and usually only at night.
2) Windows left open at night mean that toweling off after an early morning shower will result in goose bumps.
3) From my deck I can hear the cheers and see the Friday night lights of the high school football stadium (which also glimmer on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to JV games)
4) Thoughts of making two-bean chili become incessant.
5) Nearby apple orchard signs sport a coat of fresh paint.
A recent work assignment involved researching the topic of “innovation” for an executive speech that my VP is beginning to write. The audience is a group of about 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers responsible for coming up with new technologies that will ultimately grow the company and help people live life more fully.
During the research phase, it became clear to me that their task, while daunting, is incredibly exciting. Things like nanotechnology and drug-device combinations are on the cusp of emergence. Soon, we may all swallow a tiny drug-coated device that not only treats a condition but then monitors whether we get better or not from the inside and transmits that data to our physician.
Creativity. Collaboration. Innovation. As the average age expectancy of people in the U.S. continues to rise (we’re now, on average, living to the age of 78) these intelligent scientists are cracking the code to ensure we not only live to a ripe old age, but that we live well and capable lives so our latter years are enjoyed not in diapers wheeling around in a nursing home, but in our own homes with our own families, cooking our meals and contributing to society.