Stefan is an acclaimed author, keynote speaker, advisor and entrepreneur. He is a global thought leader on leadership in general and corporate innovation management in particular, he travels around the world to interact with executives and corporate innovation teams who want to take their innovation capabilities and efforts to the next level. The Silicon Valley mindset is key for this to happen. This mindset is rooted in one word: impact. By leveraging new technologies, talent, strong ecosystems, agile leadership, and ingenious approaches to business, Silicon Valley impacts entire industries in ways that shape the world. For a company to thrive—or even survive—in the next decade, its leaders will need to understand the Silicon Valley mindset and be able to put it to work. He helps executives on this through his Silicon Valley Fast Track venture. Stefan completed his entrepreneurial background in A.P. Møller Shipping School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Sloan School of Management. For more information about the Silicon Valley Fast Track, please visit: www.siliconvalleyft.com.
In 1992, The American Heritage Dictionary acknowledged the popular use of a new word, intrapreneur, to mean “a person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation.
Building a company culture that embraces innovation and encourages networking relies heavily on supportive leadership from the top of the organization. A shortage of such leadership from the top presents a major challenge to corporate innovation teams leader.
Communication is a critical skill for corporate transformation and innovation teams. When we think of communication in the context of innovation today, we need to include networking and stakeholder management. The projects you run affect other people, both internally and externally. The more people you affect, the more likely it is that your actions will impact people having the power and influence to make or break your project. Thus stakeholder management becomes a critical discipline for you to master to become successful with innovation projects.
There has been a lot of talk in recent years on creating a new strategic HR function. In this article, we discuss it in the perspective of industry/corporate transformation, digitalization, disruption and innovation management.