Technology is changing how we live our lives. No more boarding passes – it’s on your mobile device. No more paper charts – we have electronic health records. No exchange of cash for your latte or groceries – it’s on a card or your mobile device. Words like text, Facebook, and Google have become common activities of daily living, with email serving as the usual medium for communication. Consider, when was the last time you chose to send a letter by what is now known as “snail mail?”
The Goldman Sachs 2013 Annual report talks about the impact of technology:
- The pervasiveness of technology is creating extraordinary opportunities for business formation on a global scale.
- Technology companies are setting an unprecedented pace for growth… they have become some of the world’s largest and most impactful businesses…
- The next generation of entrepreneurs is capitalizing on a faster innovation cycle, new technologies and a more connected landscape.
So how is technology changing ministry formation for Catholic healthcare leaders? The Catholic Health Association’s Framework for Senior Leadership Formation (2009) identifies in its conclusion several next steps for formation, including “identifying implications of new communications technologies on leadership formation.” LFP has been exploring communication technologies and what’s possible for formation, especially as we seek to go deeper and wider into our organizations and seek to build a sense of community around ideas and work that matters.
The key we have discovered is the judicious use of technology to deliver content and build community, blended with in-person contact. Good instructional design has allowed us to engage this technology much more easily. Good sense reminds us that technology is not an end in itself, but a means or a tool for connection and even healing. And when used well, technology allows us to connect and serve in powerful and broader ways, creating a “more connected landscape” for Catholic healthcare. We will be reflecting more about this in coming blog posts.
As I write this we are arriving in Chicago and will be joining the Catholic Health Association Assembly. We are very excited to be part of the exhibit hall, space #15 on Sunday, June 22nd. This is our first big venue to introduce Leadership Formation Partners. We will be available to answer questions and talk about our shared work and new program, MISSION: Day by Day®.