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Five qualities to look for in your digital innovation partner

With the stakes high, deciding on your digital innovation partner doesn’t come overnight. In this insights series, we share our learnings on the five non-negotiable traits for partnerships that have the power to turn surviving into thriving through digital in the fast-paced post-pandemic world.

24/11/2021
November 23, 2021
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  1. Solid foundations: Strong technical and enterprise-aware foundations increase the likelihood of sustainable success, and allow for the necessary scaling or adaptation when success or the unexpected suddenly occur.
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  2. Synergised teams: Complementary T-shaped skill profiles are key to building fast-paced, cohesive innovation teams where people understand each other.
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  3. Powerful partnerships: Developing trust-based, strategic client partnerships beyond the project brief maximises both the potential of innovation endeavours and the ability to deal with change and ambiguity.
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  4. Empowered people: Reinventing workplace practices and policies in a way that empowers employees reinforces mutual trust and creates an environment where it’s results, not deliverables, that matter most.
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  5. Authentic entrepreneurs: Real innovation requires relentless resourcefulness and creativity, and there’s no greater incentive than authentic inspiration from within.
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These traits originate from our own hands-on experience in client partnerships before and throughout the pandemic, and have been sealed with our second ‘Best Workplace for Innovators’ recognition by Fast Company.

Defining digital innovation


To us, innovation is not about writing clever ideas on post-its and sticking them on the wall, about putting a pool table in our office, or about wearing Converse in the boardroom. It’s not even always about inventing something big or ground-breaking.

At November Five, innovation is about creating tangible value beyond the boundaries of incremental improvements to the status quo – both for our clients and ourselves – by finding digital solutions to meaningful problems and by identifying opportunities. 

We have learnt that keeping up with the times in terms of culture and talent management is merely a foundation of success. Carefully combining and nurturing expertise, methods, effort and intent are what drive the success rate of innovation that matters to our clients today.

Change = uncertainty + possibility

Over the last 18 months, the pace and scale of change has been unprecedented, and with it, uncertainty has loomed greater than ever – for our clients, and also for ourselves.


But alongside its challenges, this uncertainty also brought possibility: the chance to become more attuned to the evolving world around us, to better understand our clients’ business realities, to fully explore the needs of our own people, to reflect on and re-evaluate our offering, and ultimately to evolve into a stronger end-to-end digital innovation partner to our clients driven by the five qualities we share with the world today.


Brecht Spileers

Director Strategy & Growth

24/11/2021
November 23, 2021
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About Fast Company’s ‘Best Workplace for Innovators’

November Five was named one of Fast Company’s global 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators in both 2020 and 2021. This annual list, developed in collaboration with Accenture, recognises and honors the top 100 businesses from different industries that inspire, support and promote innovation at all levels. For the consecutive year, November Five was the single Belgian workplace listed.

Fast Company is the world's leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and FastCompany.com inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations and create the future of business.

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