John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific spent the better part of 4 decades pioneering the field of less invasive medicine. With the undeniable success of Boston Scientific John has since pursued philanthropic endeavors including promoting science literacy for children and projects in social innovation. John also purchased The Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute in Ontario, Canada.
So, why a conference centre? It seems an unlikely progression, medical devices to meetings, but for John the link is clear. The current edition of Briefings Magazine published by The Korn/Ferry Institute features an article by accomplished author Glenn Rifkin exploring this very connection – “Growth Through Collaboration: John Abele’s Vision”.
The article highlights how after years of working to convince often ego driven medical professionals and a bureaucratic medical industry to make change and ‘try something new’ that the key to success was collaborative approaches featuring innovative meeting techniques. One of the most notable outcomes of these efforts is the still widely used Live Demonstration Course.
(Full article here)
In the following video John summarizes in his own words his vision for The Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute and it’s roots in his experience with Boston Scientific.