Jonathan Alboum

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Jonathan Alboum, CTO Veritas Technologies LLC

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Open Your Mind to Open Innovation

Innovation comes from a marriage of collaboration and empathy. These are traits of organizations that embrace the concept of open innovation.

There are two parts to this approach. The first is the process for bringing external ideas and technologies into your organization. The other part is thoughtfully sharing your organization’s ideas and technologies with other organizations.

As a leader, what can you do to establish a culture of open innovation? I suggest the following steps to inspire collaboration and empathy.

·         Share Challenges: Ingrained risk-avoidance may prevent us from reaching out to others when we can’t solve a problem. On one level, it seems counter-intuitive to share issues, even if what’s shared isn’t strategic to your organization. However, this sharing builds collaboration and promotes empathy, which drives innovation.

·         Bring People Together: Geographically dispersed teams are how we work today, but proximity matters, especially when we need real collaboration. Open office approaches promote this kind of work environment.

·         Seek to Understand: Use the opportunity of sharing challenges in intimate settings to seek out unique viewpoints. Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal cues that help you understand how other people view your challenge. This is empathy at its best and expands your perspective.

Organizations that embrace these concepts view these steps as a feedback loop, supporting new challenges and opportunities as they emerge throughout the process. These actions have the power to reduce costs, accelerate problem solving, and make a real difference in your organization.”

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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