This I know about innovating — you can’t do it as an isolated group of individuals. It’s why I devised the Blockchain Circle, a “people system” of individuals who come together from all parts of our firm and share thought leadership. It’s one of the best things I’ve accomplished at Grant Thornton.
To join a circle, you don’t have to be an expert in blockchain technology or even be familiar with it. We have no rules or restrictions on who can join. There’s no hierarchy; a managing director and a brand new associate have equal footing, audience and input. Anyone can be the owner-operator of the circle. We want worker bees who’ll roll up their sleeves and get going. The right people have energy because it’s like a second job, and they’re in the habit of contributing real work products.
We’re making headway. One result of our Blockchain Circle are two new products that we expect to be in clients’ hands this year. They came about from the ideas of members of the circle. As a thought leader in this space, I’m respected for knowing how to construct an innovative product, doing it for the smallest number of dollars and rapidly testing it in the marketplace. If it’s not viable, we figure out how to lead our team in a different direction.
Right now, I’m focused on discovering new ways of doing business at Grant Thornton. Our Innovation team set a goal of creating solutions that professionals across our firm can use to serve each other and clients in practicing building their own innovation expertise. We think many of our skills and our knowledge about developing products and solutions can be expanded to help our clients master their own programs.