Nano Medicine Trials Show Collaborative Leadership Works for Solving 4iR Problems

Collaborative leadership is making nano medicine possible at Northwestern University. Nano medicine is one example of how 4iR technologies are impacting the physical world.

In this video, you’ll learn how researchers at Northwestern University leaders are collaborating to rapidly move a unique cancer treatment to human trials. Their nano medicine attacks a rare brain cancer at the DNA level by using new technologies to cross the brain-blood barrier.

This video case study is a great example of VELOCITY, one of the five leadership requirements of 4iR. Through collaboration, doctors from Northwestern Medicine have accelerated the speed and direction of nano medicine to treat glioblastoma.

The technology behind their cancer treatment could also have implications for treating Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, and even Huntington’s disease.

Collaborative Leadership in a 4iR World

Collaborative leadership in a 4iR world requires:

  1. Establishing a shared goal
  2. Building the best team, and
  3. Sharing risks and rewards

Collaborative behaviors are uncommon among leaders and leadership teams today. Previous industrial revolutions did not require collaboration as much as 4iR does. What we can be certain of is that 4iR requires a different mindset (from competition to collaboration). The complexity of 4iR problems requires a new form of thinking together and new behaviors for engaging the workforce of the future.

The most effective leaders, like the ground-breaking cancer researcher featured in this video, will not only lead with a collaborative mindset, they will demonstrate collaborative leadership behaviors.

Leadership 4iR: The next horizon

Leaderhip 4iR’s mission is: To empower and enable responsive and responsible leadership for a changing world. 

The articles that Leadership 4iR publishes:

  1. Raise awareness about 4iR technologies,
  2. Explore the changing nature of leadership,
  3. Provide education and advice for busy leaders.

In the months ahead, Leadership 4iR will dive deep into the requirements of 4iR leadership, and share valuable resources to help you future proof your organization.

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Chris Groscurth, Ph.D.

Chris Groscurth, Ph.D., is author of Future-Ready Leadership: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. For the past 20 years he has worked as a researcher and strategic advisor to leaders across healthcare, finance, manufacturing, government and education. In addition to his consulting work, Chris addresses thousands of leaders annually through speaking engagements and workshops. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions with Gallup, the University of Michigan, and Trinity Health. Chris currently leads Stryker's global learning design and development team, shaping the future of leadership in a high-growth medical technology company. Chris received his doctorate in human communication processes from the University of Georgia and has bachelor's and master's degrees in human communication studies from Western Michigan University.

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