Digital transformation company Solita’s services span from strategic consulting to service design, digital development, data, AI & analytics, and managed cloud services. Team Lead and business consultant Heidi Sinkkonen is in charge of Solita’s Business Performance Management team and offering, in addition to which she consults clients on for example leading with business intelligence.
Sinkkonen has worked with business managers and strategy throughout her career, for example coaching leaders in strategy monitoring. Her educational background is in Industrial Management (Msc.) and Futures Studies. Strategic foresight has always fascinated Sinkkonen, and she recently participated in Aalto EE’s Strategic Foresight in Business Management program.
“The time horizon in strategic foresight is much longer than it is in traditional strategic or financial planning – often ten years or more into the future. Instead of waiting for the world to change around you, strategic foresight enables taking an active role and changing the world yourself,” Sinkkonen emphasizes.
Sinkkonen explains that Solita’s experts are encouraged to use 5% of their work time for self-development, and she was keen to invest her time in this subject.
“Aalto EE is well-known for its expertise both in executive training and strategy, and I had high hopes for the program,” Sinkkonen says.
“The content fit the bill exactly for what I hoped to gain. It promised to provide concrete facilitation tools and methods that I had already touched upon in my work, and which I hoped to utilize even further in the future,” she adds.
Sinkkonen depicts the program as highly rewarding, and she has a great deal of praise for the instructors and learning methods.
The three-day program was intensive, clearly structured, and it had excellent content. We had a good mix of theory and practice, with a nice level of emphasis on experimenting with the various tools and methods."
“The three-day program was intensive, clearly structured, and it had excellent content. We had a good mix of theory and practice, with a nice level of emphasis on experimenting with the various tools and methods. The hands-on approach left a lasting impression and lowered the threshold of using the tools at work,” she points out.
“The instructors for the program were well chosen. One of the people we heard from was the CEO of Tamro, who had participated in the program last year. This year he came and shared how his company had successfully utilized insights he had gained during the program. The real-life examples were very motivating,” she states.
Sinkkonen describes the international group of peers that she studied with as an added bonus.
“Our group was quite diverse, and we had participants from many industries. The rewarding interaction added to the learning experience as we solved cases together and experimented with different tools,” she reminisces.
Sinkkonen says she reaped more from the three-day program than she had expected.
This was by far the best executive training I have participated in. It strengthened my expertise, taught me facilitating methods and tools, and gave me new frameworks for driving strategic foresight.”
“This was by far the best executive training I have participated in. It strengthened my expertise, taught me facilitating methods and tools, and gave me new frameworks for driving strategic foresight,” she notes, and mentions Future User and White Spot Analysis as examples of tools that she has already introduced to her team and clients.
Sinkkonen says the program not only gave her ideas for developing her own work, it also convinced her that strategic foresight could be highly beneficial in client work.
“Often times companies approach business intelligence by looking at what has happened; but using yesterday’s data to create the future is probably not your best bet. I look forward to utilizing strategic foresight in helping our clients toward a better future,” she remarks.
Sinkkonen affirms that the program gave her new confidence in strategic foresight and says she is pleased to recommend participating:
“I found the program very beneficial and I am happy to endorse it. Just make sure you can invest your time fully to the program. You don’t want to miss out on anything. The idea is to gain skills you can use directly, and the insights you learn always build upon previous lessons.”