01 April 2024

Season 4, Episode 22. Innovation in Healthcare with Tim Fischer

How can leaders foster a culture of innovation and psychological safety in their organizations?


In this episode of the Innovation Meets Leadership podcast, host Natalie Born sits down with Tim Fischer, the president of Jackson and Coker, to discuss leadership, innovation, and the importance of psychological safety in the workplace. With over 30 years of experience in the staffing industry, Tim shares his insights on how leaders can create an environment where employees feel valued, appreciated, and comfortable taking risks. He emphasizes the significance of common sense leadership, the golden rule, and the willingness to listen and be vulnerable. Tim also delves into the challenges faced by the healthcare industry and how his company is working to address the shortage of physicians and the mental health concerns among healthcare professionals.


Tim Fischer currently serves as the President of Jackson + Coker, a locum tenens company filled with individuals who share his passion for making a difference in the world. Every day, he is surrounded by colleagues who inspire him to be better, expect excellence from one another, and understand the power of teamwork, positive energy, and hard work. The company is literally saving lives on a daily basis, and Fischer's role allows him to align his personal values with the company's values, an experience he has never had before in his career and one that he thoroughly enjoys.


The Shaping of a Leader (00:00:00 - 00:05:00)

  • Tim's upbringing and early experiences shaped his perspective on leadership.

  • The Air Force Academy taught him the importance of being a good follower before becoming a leader.

  • Common sense and the golden rule are essential in leadership, but often forgotten as people gain success.


Fostering Psychological Safety (00:05:00 - 00:12:00)

  • Psychological safety is crucial for innovation, as people must feel comfortable failing.

  • Leaders should be visible, approachable, and willing to listen to their employees.

  • Vulnerability and admitting mistakes can help build trust and psychological safety within the team.


Challenges and Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry (00:12:00 - 00:21:00)

  • The locum tenens industry helps address the shortage of physicians in underserved areas.

  • Healthcare professionals face burnout and mental health concerns, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Partnering with locum tenens firms can provide physicians with flexibility and the opportunity to focus on patient care.


The Importance of Purpose in Work (00:21:00 - 00:26:00)

  • Many workers feel unappreciated and unhappy in their workplace, highlighting the need for purpose-driven organizations.

  • Connecting employees' work to a greater mission can increase engagement and satisfaction.

  • Finding one's purpose is a journey, and it's okay to take time to discover it through experimentation and failure.


Becoming a Better Person in the Workplace (00:26:00 - 00:27:00)

  • Workplaces that focus on helping employees become better people are thriving in today's world.

  • Bringing one's full self to work and feeling appreciated are essential for employee well-being and success.



"If you're not a good follower, you can't be a good leader." - Tim Fischer

"Innovation does not happen if people are not comfortable failing." - Tim Fischer


Connect with Tim:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timfischer44/


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