In the case of the National Opera and Ballet, the Business Technology Design work consisted of two workshops, an interactive townhall meeting, and nine interview rounds with different business departments.
”Because we operate in the passionate world of art, we also demand passion from our partners. Timi has a great grasp on the artistic mindset, and what’s most important of all, he has the talent to really listen and take in what he’s hearing. Because of this sensibility, he succeeded remarkably well in motivating all different types of people among our staff, and engaging them to commit to this work. Our employees felt very valued for having their views heard regarding the implementation of our strategy,” Tarkiainen says.
The construction of the competences map unveiled more than 60 business competences within the National Opera and Ballet. These include various organisational functions, processes, information entities, systems, or other factors that have an effect on the success of the strategy. What was a little surprising was that of these 60 competences, only a handful were directly connected to performing art.
”I admit there was some consternation in the workshops about the fact that art itself seemed to play such a small role in the life of this big cultural factory. But we discussed the issue openly and honestly with representatives from various departments and came to the conclusion that despite being numerically few, the art-related competences have an indispensable value for the entire organisation,” Mara says.
”COMPETENCES ARE NOT THE SAME AS DEPARTMENTS”
In its duration of a few weeks, the competence design project managed to include and engage the entire organisation, from the top management to HR to marketing to production, and all the way to the performers. ”As the competences map began to take shape, silos and departmental boundaries began to disappear. Everyone here started to realise that competences are not the same thing as departments,” says Tarkiainen.
”It took a great deal of systematic work and a new kind of developmental thinking from our entire executive team and our whole staff to engage and link the Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s strategy into our operative work. Competence design and Sofigate’s other methods turned out to be a useful tool for gaining a more holistic understanding of our organisation and its future needs, and for prioritising the steps designed to achieve our strategic aims.”
”Sofigate helped us to see in a concrete fashion the things we should start doing at the grass-roots level in order for our new strategy to succeed. Next we will combine the competences map with our action plan for the next year, prioritise the competences that are integral to our strategic goals, and start to develop them in earnest,” Tarkiainen says.