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Insights From the Real World: Google Executive, Ingrid Dynna.

Seeking out business leaders I find fascinating has certainly broadened my perspective. I wish to diminish the gap between students and the business sector by sharing my insights, and by inspiring students to do the same.

When you open the door to an office and are greeted by the sight of a boat shaped reception, umbrellas, paintings, and a significant amount of bright colours, then you know you are at a special place. This was the office of Google Norway in Oslo. Here I was quite lucky enough to meet with Ingrid Dynna, the Head of New Partner Development at Google Norway. She told me her story, her thoughts about the future, and some of her most valuable pieces of advice to youngsters.

These are some of the lessons I learned:

There is no doubt that our future will be shaped by technological advancements in fields such as artificial intelligence, big data, IoT and nanotechnology. As a consequence, our ability to solve big complex problems will be enhanced along with major improvements in our living standards.

However, what role humans will have when these advancements take over is still debated. The hypothesis that the intelligence quotient (IQ) of such technology will surpass humans a hundredfold in just 30 years, does not help much.

Diario de León (2016) robótica. evolución por revolución (digital photo). Accessible from: http://www.diariodeleon.es/noticias/innova/robotica-evolucion-revolucion_1073180.html (30.07.18)

Despite this, Ingrid mentions one aspect technology will never entirely replace; our way of coping with emotions. She points out that the importance of emotional intelligence will increase its value drastically in the future. Therefore she encourages people to focus on developing their way of communication, interpersonal skills, and cooperativeness.

Moreover, at a time of increasing globalization, she says its alfa omega to get an international perspective on things. She encourages youth to travel or study abroad. To both build an international network, see the world diversely and understand different work cultures. She herself has a broad international experience and shares that it has given her an enormous advantage concerning her career.

Lastly, I want to share what she thinks are essential personal values to nurture: humility and openness. No matter how much knowledge you have, how prestigious your university is, or how many important people you know, always be humble and keep an open mind. If you’re not in willing to continuously learn or be challenged, then it’s game over.

Her book recommendation: “Solve for happy” — Mo Gawdat

Downes, Guy. (2018) Open Mind (digital photo). Accessible from: http://www.officeguycartoons.com/product/open-mind/ (30.07.18)