Innovating beyond Borders - Today and Tomorrow
- Invest in your leadership potential – Despite the many distractions of today’s environment, and to Prof. George Wasserman’s point (of the MIT Sloan School of Management), the best place to invest… is leadership! Investing in deep leadership, the kind we have come to call Vertical leadership development provides some of the essential tools and practices to see with a new pair of eyes…across borders. From the present into the future and from the future, back-casting to today’s world. I have yet to come across an investment offering higher returns over the medium to the long-term horizon (and as an investor in Innovation, we have come across some pretty good ones). Investing in our leadership potential is something that has personally empowered many leaders whom we have come across and had the pleasure of working with – to lead effectively across this border, building future-fit organisations.
- Form connections with people who are capable and have a very picture of the future than you. Approach these conversations, not with an inward mindset, of who is right or wrong in their predictions of the future (the world’s best futurists – and we work with several of them, would all tell you that the future cannot be predicted). Rather, approach these enlightening conversations with an outward mindset, with the intentionality to learn. Be curious about their logic about how today’s events might unfold and what signals are they paying attention to, in informing their perspective of the future. You may be surprised by how willing they are to form these connections and learn from you!
- Practice Foresight and bring it into your strategy process – while we cannot predict the future, we can become anticipatory, and in the dilemmas which the present playing into the future makes visible to us, innovators often find pockets of opportunity. This form of anticipatory and adaptive strategy process is something we practice regularly and find quite powerful.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Saar Ben-Attar (A Connector Beyond Limits)
Upcoming podcast ePISODE
In an upcoming podcast episode of Hidden Growth Champions, we meet up with Farzam Ehsani, Co-Founder & CEO at VALR, a Payments platform which incorporates traditional and digital currencies, offering access to new assets which our traditional financial system remains difficult at providing. We speak about the value of the customer experience and how introducing new forms of value in an experience which empowers consumers, is key to the adoption of cryptocurrencies. A fascinating discussion with a true innovator, working across the border between Today and Tomorrow.
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“You can’t predict or plan for everything. Even when people understand the bigger picture, people don’t just buy into the vision, things don’t just start to happen (in line with our aspirations for the future). There are a lot of unforeseen obstacles and we must think on our feet. It’s because of that, nimbler players unseat larger incumbents, making tough decisions about today and tomorrow.”
Konstantinos Vossos, Vice President GSK Consumer Products 2015-2019.