Interview with the CEO, Innovisor – Jeppe Vilstrup Hansgaard


Chief Executive of Innovisor Jeppe Vilstrup Hansgaard discusses in detail about how his company is leveraging AI to empower their clients and how he sees the Future of HRTech industry

1. Tell us about your role in Innovisor?
I am the CEO of Innovisor, which basically means I try to create the best possible work environment for the Innovisor team to succeed.

2. Can you tell us about your journey into this market?
I have a change management consulting background and have always seen Organizational Network Analysis as an opportunity to create more successful transformations and change initiatives. To take Organizational Change Management from an art to a science.
And to realize that we are not successful in Innovisor before we have enabled the clients to take the right decisions in relation their transformations and change initiatives

3. How do you think technology is changing the HR Sector?
Right now, I think the HR sector has a love for all kinds of technology tools that provide ‘nice-to-know’ information.

I believe the future will be less about technology tools, and more about using Data, Algorithms, and Machine Learning to facilitate the right decisions.

So, basically moving technology in a direction, where it provides the answers to the ‘so what?’-questions.

4. How does your Organizational Network Analysis empowers organizational leaders?
Our solution is not limited to Organizational Network Analysis. We quickly realized that we needed to integrate Organizational Network Analysis with other methods and data, if we wanted to create trustworthy answers to the ‘so what?’-questions I mentioned before…
but we also needed to grasp the limits of the organizational leaders that we support. E.g. even though it based on the data might make sense to merge two organizational units, then we should not make that recommendation, if it is not within the mandate of the organizational leader we work with.

5. Why do you think navigating the culture of the organization is important?
To me culture is the way we do things around here. And to me culture plays out in groups, tribes and so forth. These groups are often up to 150 people. Organizational Network Analysis illuminate culture in these groups, and allow organizational leaders to understand and navigate them, so they can be successful with transformations and change initiatives. This includes engaging ‘informal influencers’ inside the groups & tribes.
If you ignore the culture, you will have a hard time succeeding with transformation and change

6. What advice would like to give to the Start Ups?

Remember to keep your focus and believe in yourself. You know your reason for being best!

7. What work related hack do you follow to enjoy maximum productivity?
I believe taking breaks, where you do something completely different fuels creativity. Personally, I run 4-5 times per week and enjoy helping kids excel in track & field.

8. How do you prepare for an AI-centric World?
We started developing our ONA AI approach 2-3 years ago. The first step was really to get a good discipline around our data, ethics and privacy. Today, we are in a position, where we can tell our clients, what they should do to succeed with their transformation and change initiatives – and almost more important, what they should not do.

9. What are the major developments you are planning, in recent times?
We are focusing a lot on ‘teams’ right now. Groups of up to 50 people. We have developed several ways to support team managers succeed with such groups. I believe that we in a networked and hyperdynamic agile world will see much more focus here. My belief is we will move away from ‘super tanker’ thinking to ‘speed boat’ thinking.

10. Can you tell us about your team and how it supports you?
My team is young and very international! They inspire me to see the world with new eyes and to make sure Innovisor is the best global citizen it can be. E.g. in January 2019 one of my colleagues asked why we were still flying out to visit with clients. Why we did not just handle everything virtually.

I did not have a good answer, so we decided to challenge our clients on the value of physical meetings. During 2019 we went from delivering to clients physically in 95% of the cases to only 19%.

11. Which Book are you reading these days?
I am reading a book called the ‘One Dollar Man’. It is about a Dane who travelled to the USA around 1900, and ended up with running the production of Ford and later became CEO of GM. During the 2nd world war he then got in charge of the US War Production Machine, and only wanted to be paid one dollar for his services.

12. We have heard that you have a very joyful work culture, we won’t mind having a look at some of the pictures?
You can check pictures on Instagram 😊

13. Can you give us a glance of the applications you use on your phone?
I am a very practical mobile phone user 😊 I have apps to SoMe channels like LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook and Instagram, I have Google Analytics, I have our Finance Systems, I have a FitnessApp, a wine app called Vivino… and then since COVID19 also a Teams App 😊

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Jeppe Vilstrup Hansgaard CEO, Innovisor

Jeppe Vilstrup Hansgaard is the CEO of Innovisor – the world’s leading Organizational Network Analysis company. Innovisor helps organizations to better connect to their people by uncovering hidden social structures that exist in every company. Jeppe has over 20 years of experience in change and transformation programs in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. and has earned his MBA from Henley Business School.


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