Václav
Lavička

Innovation Academy Director

After 15 years working in leading positions for corporates, I made a switch to innovations. Working directly with customers, attending to their real needs while also uncovering and pursuing new business opportunities is what drives me. Be it as an entrepreneur or as Innovation Designer at Direct People. I am a leader of Direct People Innovation Academy. Our goal is to develop client’s employees so they can themselves adopt innovation craft. Because innovations done right can bring immense new business opportunities.

My journey to Direct People

After university I started what ended up being almost 15 years of managerial practice, working on various positions in telecommunications, IT and banks. Even though I was busy, handling dozens of tasks a day, I missed being in touch with customers and their real needs. The complexity of teams and projects I led was high and I wanted to get back to the essence of business. I left the corporate world and started to focus on innovations – as a business angel and entrepreneur as well as an innovation designer working with Direct People. With Direct People I have a common desire to create useful solutions. On top of that I have always been interested in human learning and development. So when we decided to start a new Direct People Innovation Academy, I was thrilled to become its leader. Our goal is to systematically develop people’s skills in innovations.

Projects I have enjoyed

As an entrepreneur I have worked on a wide portfolio of small businesses ranging from a bakery to a beauty eshop. My true heart matter is Frank – an original sociomapping tool that tracks informal social relations and networks in teams. It helps managers to manage their teams, evaluate employees or with talent management. From projects where I was in a role of innovation designer I would choose our cooperation with Anect. We have been able to gamify a boring cybersecurity training into an exciting and effective experience.

Most of my work now is devoted to the development of our Innovation Academy. It brings a unique combination of practical business and soft skills. I witnessed multiple times that working in innovation literally heals. When done right it promotes creativity, helps build relations and brings energy while simultaneously building something useful that offers new business opportunities. And I really enjoy that.

A few words about me

Question WHY is my motivation. Curiosity is at the center of my personality. My strongest weapon is the ability to quickly grasp complexities, understand context and decide WHAT to do and HOW to do it. I enjoy being around capable but humble people with clear goals and open minds.
Apart from work I am interested in psychology and spiritual knowledge. I like crossing lines between different paradigms and connecting different social bubbles of today’s world. I feel best in nature among good people.

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