How Trying to Predict the Future Led to Increased Growth, Flexibility and Better Morale
Up until now the humanitarian sector has only had to "respond" to emergencies in various countries. We have had the luxury of not having to change with the pace as the private sector, which has led to complacency with the same way of doing business. But what will our business look like in five, ten or fifteen years in an ever changing environment? One change to the political climate or donor regulations and our "business" could be at risk. My guest today Saul Guerrero was working with Action Against Hunger when they asked the same question, "what will our sector mean in the future for our organization? What value can we add?" This thought process led to an innovation which brought a new way of generating funding and generated the need for a better way of attracting and managing talent. Saul shares all of this in his interview, which is two parts. In this part we cover:
- The background story that led to the innovation (the "bubble")
- Why the innovation led to a different way of managing
- How the team chooses their own work and is not assigned to a particular project
- How to form a multi-disciplinary team
- How Saul convinced his supervisor to try this innovation
- The most important pieces you need for a multi-disciplinary team to work
- Saul's indicators of success for the innovation
- About the Innovation - "The Bubble"
- Organizing Your Back Office for Innovation - More About "The Bubble"