Marshmallow Challenge

A few weeks ago I attended Innovation Pioneers tank meeting. The topic was agile teams and the impact teams have on companies ability to innovate. The event was hosted by IKEA Future Home Labs and the environment could not have been any more inspiring. I do not think I over estimate that every single attendee had more than one ²aha² during the day. (Myself included.)

Do not build hierarchies

In a recent blog post, I right about the way we organize for Innovation. With an emphasis on avoiding the construction of hierarchies I return to some of the central challenges for Innovation: Big demands big, management lacks strategy and resources, and why we choose structure over entrepreneurship.

Innovation Principle #5: Speed

A wise woman said to me "There is no difference between a good time to do things and now.” This is true whether it comes to mowing the lawn, writing a business case or speaking to your customers about service quality. However, you should not let speed and quality become enemies. My point is that once you made a decision, every minute between that decision and executing it is time wasted.

Cross Functional Workshops

At Googol we claim "diversity is a dynamic strength". With this we put an aim at the value of bringing people of different trades, experiences and even types of personalities together, to find problems and solve them in new ways. To achieve innovation, a solution has to be brought to forming value. The route towards this can also be defined in new ways through the collaboration of diverse teams.

Tänk i andra boxar

Dariush Ghatan deltar som en talare vid seminariet Next Generation Banking arrangemang av Affärsvärlden och Talentum. ”Som bank behöver man kombinera den kontinuerliga processen med utveckling av de existerande erbjudandena, med att leta de mer disruptiva och banbrytande. Om detta nu inte råkat vara ett legio hittills, innebär det inte att det fortsatt kommer vara så..."

Blaze your trails

We do not necessarily innovate to be bigger, we innovate to be better, a CEO of a larger bank once expressed to me. My take on this is that getting better at different matters is absolutely vital. As we are getting better at what we do and what we offer, we gain competitive advantages. Competitive advantages affect our likability, which in its turn can be transferred into sales and value creation.