EIA 042 Career Mental Health Love from Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur

Craig DeLarge is a digital healthcare executive in the Pharma Industry. In a career that spans over thirty years. His focus has developed into challenging leadership roles that have advanced digital health outcomes globally. From his base in the USA specific projects included digital mental health, digital healthcare strategy development education & advisory and change leadership strategy consulting & coaching. He knows what it takes to make an organisation change when it faces a crises.

“It’s Just that in my experience what I found generally people will agree with you about an opportunity but they will act on a crisis.”

Three years ago he moved to Singapore to support clients & stakeholders navigate the emerging digital healthcare ecosystem and develop the capacity to lead in ambiguous change scenarios. He describes himself as an intrepreneur.

This is our first meeting. Our conversation takes place just a few days before his return to the USA, in his bare bones apartment. A reflection on move which is about to see him start a Master of Public Health in Global Mental Health, a family reunion, and the next phase of Craigs passion project and the change from Intrepreneur to Entrepreneur “The Digital Mental Health Project”.

“…the point in life where your most susceptible to becoming mentally unwell, between about 18 and 25, I hope the university that he goes to, has a whole suite of support systems, technologies, data algorithms, notifications to the family, and an absence of stigma.”

During our conversation Craig reveals the motivations behind his career choices and how he sees the potential benefits that digital technology can bring to the field of mental health.

As well as:

  • His origins as a regional hybrid from the southern United States before moving to north-east and Philadelphia.
  • His initial career choice and the reason for switch to the Pharma industry.
  • His memory of going to his VP who advised him that his career choice was going to ruin his career.
  • The role love and novelty in his career replaced burning out.
  • The nature of the digital cycle of adoption in the Pharma industry and how this led to him become a serial intrapreneur.
  • The last three years in Singapore working as the head of the digital accelerator for for Takeda Pharmaceutical.
  • Similarities and differences between the roles of intrapreneur and entrepreneur.
  • The forces working against the intrapreneur in an organisation and the reasons.
  • Well know failures that did not capitalise on their own R&D innovations.
  • The point when an organisation recognises a crises, before during and after.
  • The thing that makes an organisation successful is also the thing that can make it fail.
  • Solutions that reduce the possibility of organisations from failing.
  • So why don’t most companies do that. The 3M model is well known. I know about it.
  • Why organisations conserve of energy. and the connection to complacency and then crises
  • Employees that see a crisis coming and what should you do.
  • The Fortune 500 today is not the same as a decade ago.
  • How the switch to a career based on love of being a designer.began with an MBA at University of Westminister to connect the intrapreneur, and innovator within to design management.
  • How “nudge” is helping healthcare is get human beings to take better care of their health.
  • The sabbatical that led to linking being an entrepreneur in the pharma industry to his mental health advocacy for the creation of the Digital Mental Health Project.
  • Future benefits that digital technology will bring to improve mental health.
  • How in the future mobile digital devices can move from damaging mental health to improving it.
  • The move from intrapreneur to entrepreneur, the nervousness, the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • The loneliness of being an entrepreneur and advice on how to maintain mental health
  • How Silicon Valley is recognising the negative mental toll that the pressure, and the loneliness and the drivenness of tech entrepreneurship is having on its workers.
  • The symptoms to look out for with your own mental health and what mistaken beliefs exist when the psyche breaks and the stigma surrounding it.
  • Strategies on improving and protecting mental health
  • How to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health issues and
  • Craigs hope for the support, in the future, that will be available at university and for 18 and 25 year olds, which is the point in life.
  • When to start taking care of your mental health and who to start with and the challenge.
  • The importance to remember, the advantages we have today in society are because somebody in the past stepped out of line and began to challenge the status quo and how we can create the same for someone in the future.
  • Finally he tells us about his family and the number one motivation for leaving Singapore and how it fits into the plan.

Links

On Linkedin Craig DeLarge

The Digital Health Project