Rūta DapkūnaitėDevelopment&UX/user researcher;applied anthropologist;project&case managerSome time ago
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If you want to revive, renew and reinvent your activity wouldn’t it be handy to have an INNOVATION MANAGER?
Just as even the most expert surgeon can’t operate on himself, you need someone with an outside perspective.
A fresh pair of eyes and new brain can work wonders. By giving the doctor your trust and complete information, you’re on the way to being cured.
Every case is different, and you need not only deep experience of different kinds of innovation techniques, but also be able to gauge how it will impact your specific organization.
What kind of person becomes an INNOVATION MANAGER?
Usually they are generalists rather than specialists. These people can fit for so many different positions because they bring a wide-angle lens to a problem that a normal employee would just bring a close up view for. The best example is the main character from a TV series “Pretender”, Jarod who can quickly master complex skill sets to successfully impersonate any profession. It sounds unbelievable but these kinds of people really exist and can create huge benefits for those who are looking for effective innovations.
How does an INNOVATION MANAGER Operate?
Studies indicate that our ability to think creatively comes one-third from genetics; but two-thirds of the innovation skill set comes through LEARNING and UNDERSTANDING different skills then PRACTICING, EXPERIMENTING
and at the end ASSOCIATING them.
So, an INNOVATION MANAGER will come to your “home” – company, he is going to
to observe everything like an anthropologist or social scientist.
He carefully looks for small behavioral details—in the activities of customers, suppliers, and even cleaning ladies of your office—in order to gain insights about new ways of doing things.
Then he is going to talk to as many team members as possible, including an engineer, a stay-at-home dad, and a designer to identify what kind of innovation could benefit your business or organization.
The most important role of INNOVATION MANAGER is to find THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
Is it a new team?
Is it a management technique?
Is it a product?
Is it service offer?
Is it a marketing campaign?
Is it a communication campaign?
Is it long-term vision?
Is it turnover?
Is it a leadership skill?
Is it the atmosphere?
Is it meaning of work?
Is it the engineers?
Is it the front-line workers?
Is it the office?
Is it the motivation?
Is it the general mood?
Is it clients service?
Is it proceeding?
Is it logistics?
What is it?
‘If we did this, what would happen?’”
Bringing all the team together, mixing them with new professionals from outside, asking to imagine a completely different alternative can lead to truly original insights.
In these ways INNOVATION MANAGER will find the ANSWERS together with the team and will develop the creative spark in everyone.
The best historical example is the “Medici effect,” referring to the creative explosion in Florence when the Medici family as “INNOVATION MANAGER” of that time brought together people from a wide range of disciplines—sculptors, scientists, poets, philosophers, painters, and architects. As these individuals connected, new ideas blossomed at the intersections of their respective fields, thereby spawning the Renaissance, one of the most inventive eras in history.
If you want a Renaissance in your business – just reserve a call :)
There are many people who live their lives looking for happiness.
It's a very subjective thing.
To me - happiness is something that you do what you love and bring value to other people.
Finding your passion is something that I comprehend as trying many things.
So my questions on this topic are:
Are you still looking for that passion?
What have you tried so far?
How is/was it so far?
What are/were your biggest roadblocks/fears?
How did you overcame them?
Have you got any support from your friends/relatives?
Does your age make a difference? Too old or young to do it?
And if you found your passion:
I'm so so so happy for you! I'm unbelievably grateful that you can finally enjoy everyday of your life, doing what you love, helping yourself or others and just feeling happy.
Please please please share with us some of your story/answers here. Because I want to help my mom too.
She's suffering minor depression working in the job she hates and blaming herself that she's unable to learn/too old for new things and overall she's sad.
I love her so much and she's the kindest person I know. Seeing her like this everyday just breaks my heart...
So in order to get some ideas I would be enormously grateful if I could help someone and my mom to get some courage to start and DO.
And if you found that sparkle of yours, please share:
How did you find it?
Where did you get this idea?
Who turned you on?
Fun facts about forex industry
1. Not many people are aware that forex trading dates back to ancient times. The first currency transaction can be traced back to the Talmudic writings. Money changers were people who used to help others change their currency, while taking a commission for their services.
2. Did you know that the GBP/USD currency pair is known as the Cable in the forex market? Amused? The reason why the pair is called the Cable is that before the advent of satellites and fibre optics, the London and New York Stock Exchanges were connected via a giant steel cable that ran under the Atlantic.
3. Another interesting fact about forex is the way the traders are categorised. Traders are categorised into bulls – or those who are optimistic and believe the market will go up – and bears – the downbeat ones, expecting the markets to fall. The names are derived from the fact that a bull strikes upwards and a bear swipes downwards.
4. Nearly 90% of forex trading is speculative trading.
5. I am sure most people think that the US is the center of forex trading, since maximum transactions involve the US dollar. That is not true. In reality, 41% of all forex transactions occur in the UK, with only 19% taking place in the US. So, the London Stock Exchange is the trading hub for forex deals.