A Culture of Helping

By making partnering the norm, innovators may unleash the technological power behind their products.

Making collaborative generosity the norm

It is about unleashing technologies, innovation and know-how.

UnRisk unleashed the programming power behind its solutions and provided UnRisk-Q.

The trickiness of this management challenge: stretch and extend the internal culture to clients and partners and even beyond (potential competitors). It is driven by the understanding that helping is two-sided. Help-providers and help-receivers need to change roles. At UnRisk, people have an array of helping networks.

Example: the UnRisk product manager and head of application development is also providing first-hand support and use trainings. In addition, he provides internal trainings for developers an conducts workshops with clients.

Help quants leverage their algorithmic strength and agility

The UnRisk Academy at the other hand provides views behind the curtain - about principles, approaches and critical implementations regarding financial modeling, computational finance, hybrid, domain specific programming, high-performace computing, …   in classes for quants, quant developers,   model validators, financial engineers, product controllers and risk managers, as well as the UnRisk teams.

A Workout in Computational Finance is a reference class of the UnRisk Academy.

The helping tango

In a dance one partner enables the other to move and synchronize. This is the secret behind a helping culture.

It's a matter of mutual expectations and sensitivity to each other's reaction.

There is a cold hard truth

Some have more talent than others.

I love Jazz and especially sax .. Once my  co-operators gave me a sax as a gift. And I was so enthusiastic, but I found out quite quickly: I could play sax but never play like gifted sax players: Archie Shepp, Julius Hemphill or John Zorn.

So, I returned to listening and discussing music ( I have not played for 20 years now).

But I know that those who play music understand their music better. What can I return to them? I listen to broad variety of genres and know a little about their interactions and interplay.

It needs some experience mapping help with respect to the organizational level and expertise of people effectively.