At the beginning of the week, I participated in the Innovation seminar conference 2017. It was crowded, and time passed quickly – because it does it when you have fun. Rarely have I seen such a massive density of information delivered at such a furious pace. Not a minute passed without content. I stumbled out a few hours before closing to gather the thoughts that would become this blog post. But even before lunch, I knew what it was all about – Nathan Furr’s five ingenious ingredients that a leader should focus on to make the innovation machinery squeak. The conference’s ambition is high and goal-oriented – to be part of making the Nordic region the world’s most innovative region. It is essential to get the best there – those who, through research and experience, are at the absolute forefront.
What Will Be of Help?
Taking over from Avalon Innovation’s founder could seem like an impossible task. But my representative made it easy for me. He trusted me to lead the company in my way, with my driving forces and the freedom to do things my way. Then, of course, with a clear focus on generating innovative product and system solutions that make a difference, based on the values and vision deeply embedded in the company’s identity. Close, close together with the whole team. To work with a colleague or an entire team to create a familiar and clear goal picture with a few brilliant figures, a reasonably large stage to work on, an airy framework to write your script freely, and the freedom to choose your actors for the show to succeed to deliver magic. For me, this is precisely the key to strong leadership.
How Exactly Can You Influence the Business?
As a leader, you need to clearly describe why and how you concretely want to influence the business in the future. Then stick to the grounded plan, get things done, and dare to opt-out of the disturbing noise. Then surround yourself with people who give you the right energy, are driven, forward-leaning, relevant, and want to contribute together are essential parameters for success. Winning a hard-to-win paddle match together is more fun than the one everyone has already counted home or, even worse – alone.
The Problems That Accumulate and Twist the Time to Reach the Goals
Leadership is about juggling between goal focus, solving problems, and living with their challenges. I’m frequently asked how a manager can maintain things in order when, despite the goal focus, you are thrown between different problems to solve “all the time.” My recommendation is to pursue your planned goals and unexpected challenges in project form and prioritize those that give the best effect. These you need to get started on and enjoy having around you. And by project form, I mean to see your tasks as just different projects, with goals, schedules, and ambition levels. Thinking forward and upwards, being “finished,” and focusing on not getting stuck in the old or picking the most straightforward tasks makes all the difference.
Career – What Is It Then?
Everyone has their very own career, and it is based on you and where you are, here and now. You have a responsibility to explore your dreams, superpowers, and a little more peculiarity and create an awareness of what motivates you. Close a deal? Figure out a technical invention? Coach colleagues? Then it will be easier to find a role in the profession where you can use your personality, skills, interests, and driving forces.
My Best Tips for Leaders
- Stay close to the people who inspire you the most and grow your network with people
- Motivating your colleagues and giving concrete feedback may sound like a simple thing, but it is crucial
- Be personal in your leadership. Dare to ask honest questions and show how you feel
- See the talents who want to become stars in their niche, develop these, and create positions so that they can flourish and, in the heart, want to be part of the journey
- Change and strong results take time to create. Be patient and involve the whole company
- Feel pretty good with yourself and invest in your coworkers’ well-being. It is probably the most important of all