• Glenn Tjon

Starting a new journey

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Not often do you have the opportunity to reset and re-fire your career, let alone find your purpose?


It took me several months of reflection, reading, learning, and exchanging ideas

with many friends, experts and relationships to get to the point of feeling comfortable with

my purpose.


After almost ten years, leaving a global professional services firm is never an easy decision,

but the time was right, and I would not have done it any other way. The praises and wishes

were more than expected and certainly allowed me to depart without regrets or second

thoughts. Done. Next.

In the next chapter of my career, I will focus on impacting and inspiring innovation-driven entrepreneurs and corporations.


I had the opportunity in the last five years to experience and work with passionate and talented individuals that had great ideas and sometimes even solutions. However, they could not find a proper problem/solution fit and scale their product.


So often, I have seen potential business models and MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) vanish and perish; these talented individuals often face the reality of the market for the first time.


I am optimistic that through being more resilient and better prepared, the chances of

success increase significantly. But, as in most cases, resources are limited, and therefore it

requires careful planning and bootstrapping to reach the next round of growth. My role is to advise, mentor, and invest in the most promising and innovation-driven entrepreneurs

addressing new-to-the-world problems.


But first, I had to sharpen my skills and knowledge on Startup and Scale-Ups. There are

many schools of thought and books available on Startups, and the more you read, the more

you will appreciate those entrepreneurs that were able to make it through. A lot was done

through trial and error and learning along the way. But it shouldn’t be that way. Therefore

I started my journey in becoming a Scale-Up Coach, with the ability to accelerate the

path to success for entrepreneurs.


I am convinced that this global crisis will also end and that it will lead to new opportunities,

just as before. Furthermore, we are seeing the convergence of exponential technologies that

are driving change at a stellar pace. But, this is just the beginning.


On the other side, studies conducted in my previous role as a Regional Head of Advisory and

Innovation showed the need for corporations to innovate. Therefore, a new approach to

innovation is urgently needed. In addition, Strategy needs to be driven by innovation,

particularly the more transformative or radical innovation. Corporations have been

struggling with this duality for decades, as clearly described by Anthony, Gilbert, and

Johnson in their Dual Transformation book.


The ability for corporations to anticipate industry and market shifts, re-invent themselves

and become more transient requires significant investment in innovation and emerging

technologies. The experimentation with Open Innovation is now moving toward Innovation

through Ecosystems. Once this became clear to me, I initiated and completed a six-week

short course with MIT on Corporate Innovation. I will be sharing my insights on this course in

future blog posts, but it was a very worthwhile investment.


I am looking forward to putting all this new learning to the test in a real-life situation as I

start to work shoulder to shoulder with business and innovation leaders.


Stay curious.

Glenn Tjon

Innovation Strategist and Scale Up Coach

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