April 2011

The Power of a Daisy Chain

They say that daisy chains—formed either by threading the stem of one flower through the stem of another, or by knotting them together to form marvelous garlands—started life as a children’s game. 

Today, the concept has been borrowed, by analogy, in fields as disparate as electrical engineering (meaning that devices are wired in sequence one to the other, rather than through a central point); information technology (ditto—for software, hardware, and system access); mountain climbing (where it applies to the configuration of the strap used to help the lead climber find the optimal placement for the next anchor point); and even kidney transplants (where a patient with a willing but incompatible donor receives a kidney from a stranger who's a match, while the original would-be donor gives a kidney to someone else, and so on).

What I find powerful about the concept of the daisy chain is that each link is essential, both to the one that comes before and the one that comes after. If any one of them breaks, no garland. Period.

I think you see why I mention all this. For our Medical Center to achieve the fullness of our mission, we need every single link to be strong and reliable. And we need to respect and value accordingly each person who is part of making the garland whole.