Alessandro di Fiore is the founder of ECSI Consulting and one of Europe’s leading thinkers at the awkward intersection between strategy and innovation. He cuts to the chase in 50 seconds with Thinkers50.
What book are you currently reading?
Irrational Man, by William Barrett
How do you describe what you do?
I help organizations to practice leading edge management ideas. I am a thinker, always looking for the business relevance of the ideas I develop. I work with other people for the benefit of other people.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
The normal people I interact with daily whether they are sales agents, plumbers, accountants, or whatever. There are always small things, gestures, words, behaviors to learn from.
What does success look like?
Contributing to build something enduring which is better than yourself. A new business, a family, a client’s team.
What is your competitive advantage?
Ideas with relevance and the ability to work with people to out the ideas into practice in organizations.
How do you keep your thinking fresh?
I read a lot. I keep expanding my academic and media network of friends and professionals to always get fresh thinking and perspectives.
How much time do you spend travelling?
50% of my time.
What is the secret of a great presentation?
Few messages, simple to understand with a solid back-up. I am always suspicious about the 50+ slides presentation. As in advertising, repeating the same messages multiple times will help to imprint them in the mind of the audience.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Keep raising your personal bar of aspiration, even when you believe you have made it. Networking for ideas.
What is your next goal?
To transform ECSI Consulting from a European Strategy & Innovation consulting boutique to a global one. First step, opening our USA practice in Boston.
Be ranked among the top global thinkers in the innovation space.
Describe yourself in three words.
Resist the usual.