Entries by JP Ovaska

Finding passion or forging mastery?

How to find your vocation? That’s a difficult question, and one that I’ve been thinking about almost non-stop for the past few years. I’ve been reading books, listening to podcasts, watching YouTube videos and talking with mentors on how to find your true passion in life. Today I want to discuss two general approaches to […]

I will be joining Salesforce in September

I got some exciting news to share: I will join the ranks of a company called Salesforce starting from September! Salesforce is a fast-growing, US-based cloud computing company that provides cloud-based Customer Relationship Management products. Salesforce is known for being among the first to provide cloud-based CRM software, and for helping transition the CRM industry from heavy […]

What I learned from publishing an e-book

Last spring I published an e-book: Business Models for a Circular Economy: 7 Companies Paving the Way, which you can download for free here: http://jpovaska.com/business-models-for-a-circular-economy-e-book/ I learned a lot from publishing the book, and I wanted to share my thoughts. So let’s jump right in. Start small… To be honest, I didn’t plan on publishing an e-book. […]

What’s up with JP?

I haven’t been blogging for a while, so I decided that an update is in order. Several things have happened recently that I’m really happy about: I landed a summer job in Tieto Corporation I was hired for a marketing position in a small team inside Tieto Corporation, one of the largest IT companies in northern Europe. I had […]

Don’t jump to conclusions about yourself

Trying to understand oneself is a pain in the ass for many reasons, but most importantly because we humans are emotional beings and emotions tend to impact our ability to assess ourselves realistically. It’s especially hard to make a distinction between what are your actual traits, characteristics, and tendencies and what are ego-driven false beliefs and […]

How to approach complexity?

What we’re dealing with When dealing with issues of design, planning, and organizing, we have to face both complicated and complex problems. A complicated problem is something that might be difficult, but still understandable and predictable. For example, building a watch or a bridge might be very difficult, but still something that we can understand and […]

Where to start with systems thinking?

Perfectionism and systems thinking During the systems thinking 2 course of the Creative Sustainability program in Aalto University, we have encountered various ways of approaching and thinking about systems. Systems thinking as a topic of study is simultaneously both very broad and very deep, and we’ve ended up discussing a wide range of complex issues, […]

A brief discussion about boundaries and perspectives

Boundary judgments and the Hierarchy theory In the second session of Systems Thinking 2 course at Aalto University we had an interesting discussion about boundaries and perspectives. One particular remark was made about boundaries, power, and decision-making. In all decision-making settings it’s important to be able to identify who gets to set the boundaries for decision-making. Often, especially […]

Sense-making in the systems movement – observations of a novice

During the course Systems Thinking 2 at Aalto University we have already had the opportunity to explore different views on how systems thinking can be used in organizational sense-making and design. So far we’ve read and discussed articles about Ackoff’s Interactive Planning, Vicker’s Appreciative Systems, and Haeckel’s Sense-and-Respond organisation. All these views try to bring light […]

What the heck are SOHOs?

Systems thinking is an important part of our studies in the master’s degree in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University. During a recent course on systems thinking, I ran into an absolutely wonderful and intriguing concept called a SOHO system (1). A SOHO system is a system that is: Self-Organizing. Self-organizing systems may exhibit spontaneous coherent behavior and organization. […]