Leda Writes for Fintech Futures: The view from your desk

Dr Leda Glyptis 11:FS Foundry CEO
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Every Thursday, Leda Glyptis, 11:FS Chief of Staff creates #LedaWrites. This week she turns her attention to the view from your desk. But this isn’t a blog about facilities management.

The reasons why things don’t get done are almost entirely self-referential and can be boiled down to “we don’t have a department for that, we don’t have a room for that, we don’t have a system for that”, whatever that is. Looking around me, from my desk, I don’t see a home for that. And I see a million obstacles to creating one.

But what if my starting point was not my desk?

Transformation is not a hobby.

It’s not about keeping up with the Joneses.

It’s about survival.

The world doesn’t give a second thought to what you have, what you like and what is comfortable. The things that change your industry and steal your margin, your dominance or a march on you altogether are the things you were not prepared for, the things you didn’t anticipate, looking out from your desk.

The truth is, sitting in the bank, it’s impossible to imagine a world where getting sign-off from compliance is not a step in the process. Meanwhile the world moves on with no regard for your processes and the solidity of your walls.

The truth is, there are no guarantees.

The world is changing and with it our collective ability to imagine different ways of doing things and organising life. From a regulatory perspective, a practical perspective and, of course, a commercial perspective.

So the question is not how do you navigate disruption.

The question is not which trends are useful, which wave to catch, which startup to partner with, which emergent tech to back.

The question is, in this changing world of possibility and newly coalescing value generation relationships, what is there I can meaningfully do: with credibility, reliability, capability and a little soul, that clients (current or future) would want to buy? What does the world need that I can provide?

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