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Welcome Ann Plough to the Taival team!

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Shortly introducing yourself – Who is Ann?

I am a US native with 20+ years of experience in senior roles ranging across sales, marketing, program management, and business development at international growth and tech companies in the US, Germany, and Finland. I’ve been a triathlete, a mountain climber, and an International Pesto Competition participant. I enjoy discovering connections between seemingly different ideas in ways that drive change and growth. I find the crossroads between technological disruption and the individual’s ability to adapt endlessly inspiring. I am endlessly curious and I want to continuously learn more about what makes people tick, and businesses grow and thrive. Having worked across cultures and countries, I find myself continually surprised and delighted by the things that connect us as much as the things that make us different.

What are you great at?

I am a thinker, communicator, collaborator, and problem solver who likes to find ways to “connect the dots”, across industries or challenges in order to find solutions. I work well as a “hub” bridging various ways of working, thinking, and speaking in order to find a common ground for collaboration and growth. I enjoy combining big picture/long-term strategic work with practical, structured execution in order to get things done.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy being outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming, running, gardening, and mushroom hunting in the summer, and skating, skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter. I love to travel, something that’s been sadly restricted recently. I love to be surprised by new experiences and ideas. Reading is one of my favorite ways to make sense of the world and the people around me. I enjoy different forms of art: painting, sculpture, music, poetry, and literature – especially when they challenge my existing opinions or provide a fresh view of the world. More than anything, I love a good conversation. Let’s talk!

Why Taival?

I was immediately interested in Taival’s unique approach to strategy with their StratOps concept, emphasis on the importance of ecosystem building, and the role of the circular economy in creating resilient businesses. I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions I had with various team members before I was invited to join the team, and was impressed by their commitment and openness to new ideas and new ways of thinking. I am really happy to join this already very strong team to help our client’s businesses grow and thrive.

Recommended books/ideas? Why?

There are so many great books, where do I begin? One book I’ve enjoyed recently is Framers: Human Advantage in the Age of Technology and Turmoil by Kenneth Cukier, Victor Mayer-Schönberger, and Francis de Vericourt, which explores the unique ability humans have to frame new questions to get better results than previously imagined or expected. The authors propose framing as a skill we inherently use all the time, which allows us to explore and make sense of available data in ways robots cannot. Frames, they say, are mental models of the world that we use in order to understand problems and to create new or refined solutions for them – in other words – dreaming with constraints that lets your mind wander to new solutions in a structured way; or applying old tools to new problems. It’s a fascinating read that will change the way you think about the role of human beings in problem-solving and strategy work in the current digital age.

What would you like to say to our readers?

I look forward to meeting and discussing with you! Feel free to reach out anytime.