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When you work from home, it’s easy to feel disconnected from your team. We already highlighted in a previous article that the occasional small talk during meetings contributes to improved team morale, can ease back-to-back meetings, and makes us get to know our colleagues better on an informal level. But when you work remotely, this aspect of team bonding becomes more and more difficult, as we try to keep meetings short to avoid Zoom fatigue. Especially when we’re introducing new joiners to an existing team.

And that’s where the idea for the Global MINGling initiative first came up, a virtual…

In Episode 38 of MING Labs’ podcast Lost In Transformation, we talk to Antonio DeLorenzo, Head of ING Labs in Singapore.

Listen to this episode to learn the biggest do’s and don’ts in corporate venture building, how Kapsool started out as a venture in the ING Lab in a completely new field for the founders, and how it strives to digitalize existing port call processes, all while providing a practical maritime solution.

3 Main Takeaways From This Episode

01 From venture building to corporate venture building: Pitch the value of your business in all detail to an unfamiliar audience. While Antonio has built ventures in his entrepreneurial career before, steering into the maritime industry has been a completely new journey for him. With Kapsool being a…

Looking for a framework to uncover new opportunities for innovation? Check out this 4-step framework to explore, ideate and discover new possibilities.

by MING Labs

Ideation sessions form an important part of any process aiming at innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. But it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture while trying to come up with new solutions and opportunities. Workshop participants need to have the freedom to think of disruptive, never-before-seen ideas that change the business or product for the better.

Now, how can we combine the two? We at MING Labs designed the Discovery Flow template to help you explore and prioritize ideas and uncover new opportunities for innovation — all while catering to the needs of your stakeholders and…

In Episode 37 of MING Labs’ podcast Lost In Transformation, we talk to Denis Oakley, the Head of Business Model Innovation at the management consulting firm Denis Oakley & Co.

Listen to this episode to learn how to make use of the great value of Business Model Innovation in transforming organizations, and to learn about Denis’ encouraging tips and step-by-step guide to successfully sparking change in your business by looking for what’s magical.

3 Main Takeaways From This Episode

01 Mastering Business Model Innovation in 5 steps. “We often get this aha-moment from a lot of clients because they’ve realized that half of their competitors have got exactly the same business model that they do, which then leaves them at a point where they don’t have a lot of differentiation.”
1. Understanding your territory is…

In this special episode of MING Labs’ podcast Lost In Transformation, we compiled a couple of statements from inspiring digital leaders on what they define as the most important thing to consider before taking on a transformation journey.

Listen to this episode for all the views on what’s especially important before we take on the journey of transformation. Should we first align on our objectives? Or explain the journey’s impact on the organization and the teams? Or choose a completely different approach? Get inspired by what these digital leaders had to say.

3 Main Takeaways From This Episode

01 Align first on clear outcomes and…

Want to know how a Frontend Architect spends his day? We checked in with Jade from MING Suzhou to get a fresh look at his tasks and hobbies.

Hi, I am Jade, a Frontend Architect at MING Labs in Suzhou. A typical working day for me at MING can be described as fast-paced, challenging and unpredictable. Given the nature of my role and my position within the company, there can be moments of high tension as well as relaxation in my work.

7:30 am: Wake Up And Morning Routine

Normally, I would wake up in the morning around 7:30 to send my wife off to her workplace. Afterwards, I like to chat with my daughter and wind down with a simple breakfast to start my day.

In Episode 36 of MING Labs’ podcast Lost In Transformation, we talk to Marie Cheong, VP Venture Build at ENGIE Factory Asia-Pacific.

Listen to this episode to learn about how ENGIE Factory helps companies achieve their carbon goals in addition to high commercial growth, and to find out how corporate innovation in the field of zero-carbon transition looks like.

4 Main Takeaways From This Episode

01Combine passion and work: Tackling the challenge of our generating with decarbonization in venture building. “Just like so many people in the last few years, I started to feel a real growing urgency around climate change. And I really started to think that addressing climate change and decarbonizing our economy is sort of the challenge of our generation,” shares Marie. Wanting to…

In Episode 35 of MING Labs’ podcast Lost In Transformation, we talk to Chris Eberl, Co-Founder and CTO of RelaxTax.

Listen to this episode to learn more about how Chris as a Software Engineer co-founded the startup RelaxTax completely remote during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what challenges he overcame in a conservative industry on his way to launching a revolutionary user-centric app.

3 Main Takeaways From This Episode

01 Approach your solution with simple first steps and scale up from there. “In total, when it comes to all those tax questions, there’s never really an easy way how you can do it,” Chris explains. With…

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Joining a team completely remote is nothing new in the ‘new normal’. Some tips and tricks from newbies who started in a WFH environment to help make this experience a smooth one.

Include new joiners in your team routines early on and provide space for meet & greets

The earlier the better. Include new joiners directly in your team calls and project sessions to get them up to speed and experience the team dynamic first-hand. Our weekly Monday Morning Meetings provide a first opportunity to introduce oneself and to get on board of processes and tools. Schedule meet & greet calls and individual 1:1 sessions with colleagues from various departments early to help understand everyone’s roles and responsibilities.

Christina (UI Design Intern): I was invited to the weekly Monday Morning Meeting right away, where I was able to get a few more insights on what projects people are…

In Episode 34 of MING Labs’ podcast Lost In Transformation, we talk to Jon Brezinski, Founder and CEO of Invenda.

Listen to this episode for Invenda’s story of revolutionizing the retail space by going fully digital, and how to spearhead innovation in an industry that has been reluctant to change for a long time.

3 Main Takeaways From This Episode

01Sky is the limit: Use your business model as the gateway for further innovation driven by data to improve your customers’ experiences. Invenda’s work with smart vending machines is just the starting point of their work in transformation. “Our vision is to become more or…


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