‘A roller coaster ride’: that might be the best metaphor to describe the world we currently live in and in which we’re doing business. In this world gone digi-mental, startups, scaleups and growups need talent who master the digital realm and who can navigate chaos, in order to create growth.
Unfortunately, a huge gap exists between what’s taught at schools and universities and what companies need. The Talent Institute fills that gap: we teach post-graduates digital and innovation skills, like the lean startup methodology, experiment design, growth hacking, data analytics, you name it. But most importantly: we teach them the Growth Mindset: our alumni embody the entrepreneurial notion that any skill necessary can be acquired, if you put your mind to it. Just do it.
This empowers them to feel at ease in this chaotic world: the roller coaster ride isn’t that daunting to our trainees, because we’ve helped them to discover how to enjoy the ride.
Why are we doing this
We feel that our world needs to redefine what it means to be ‘professional.’ According to us, our chaotic and often disruptive reality needs practical skills over theoretical models. Let’s not aim for an A grade. Let’s start with a C and improve iteratively. We need to move constantly, instead of waiting for the perfect moment. We need to understand the value of failing, instead of being solely focused on winning. Control is out: let’s embrace uncertainty instead. In short: we need to develop a Growth Mindset, instead of holding on to the traditional fixed mindset.
The Growth Mindset inspires us in believing that, although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and exercise. This Growth Mindset will help our trainees to cope with our current chaotic and often disruptive reality. Because any skill or knowledge necessary can be acquired, if you put your mind to it. “I don’t know, but I know how to find out” has become The Talent Institute’s mantra.
About our training
We’re part of the We Empower Innovators Network. Together with Startup Bootcamp and corporate innovation facilitator Innoleaps we’re located in B. Amsterdam, with inspirational event spaces and inspiring brainstorm rooms freely at our disposal. Close ties with the We Empower Innovators Network ensure that we are fully in the know about what companies really need in practice, when it comes to knowledge and skills of our trainees. The network enables us to find the best industry experts in any relevant field, and our trainees are intensively coached by startup founders and corporate innovators that have partnered with us.