The New World Explorers exemplified the true entrepreneurial profile and spirit; especially Ferdinand Magellan. This man had a grand vision and persuaded kings to invest. Magellan inspired men to leave their homes and families – to follow his vision – literally risking their lives. He surrounded himself with a team of navigational experts, they relied on his intuition, the stars, and a few simplistic navigational tools to chart their course. He sailed into the unknown, following his vision – starting alone then joined by many – and succeeded.
Ferdinand Magellan serves as our corporate inspiration every day. To see the problem the questions others raise, and also the bigger business picture. To serve not only our clients but healthcare providers and most importantly patients by partnering with medical innovation throughout the globe.
In the long lists of history it is difficult to find another figure whose heroism matches Magellan’s. For most sixteenth-century Europeans circling the globe was unimaginable. To launch the pursuit of his vision, Magellan has to turn his back on his own country, inviting charges of treason. Before his departure Portuguese agents repeatedly tried, with some success, to sabotage his expedition. When he did sail, his hodgepodge crews couldn’t even communicate in the same tongue, and the background of the captains assigned to him almost guaranteed mutiny and treachery, which indeed followed.
The hero acted without encouragement relying solely on convictions and his inner resources. Guided by his inner gyroscope, Magellan’s conquest of the unknown seas was the crowning achievement of the Age of Discovery.
In doing so, he had done much more. He had provided a linchpin for the men of the Renaissance. Philosophers, scholars, and even learned men in the church had begun to challenge stagnant medieval assumptions, among them Vatican dogma on the shape and size of earth. Magellan had given men a realistic perception of the globe’s dimensions, of its enormous seas, of how its landmasses were distributed. Others had raised questions. He had provided answers, which now, inevitably, would lead to further questions – to challenges which continue in the twenty first century.
Tim Joyner — Author of Magellan