«What I like about my job is the opportunity to bounce around between different activities in the company, getting to know more about it and meeting the needs of my colleagues: in a single year, I’ve met and built valuable relationships with so many different people». Ezio Marinato, Innovation Expert, joined Terna's Innovation team a little over a year ago, where it’s not just relationships but also a solid background that’s come in useful. Innovation is always a challenge. Making it work, starting with convincing colleagues to try out new solutions, takes effort, an ability to listen, analytical skills, and a willingness not to give up at the earliest hurdles. That means you also need to have enormous enthusiasm and curiosity to foster «resilience and flexibility».
In order to innovate, it’s necessary to learn how to analyse problems and opportunities from different perspectives: the famous saying "think outside the box" invites us to leave behind conventional approaches to embrace new points of view. And then? Then comes convincing your partners on the adventure, igniting their passion for the proposed solution and getting them on board for the trialling stage. Finally, once all obstacles have been overcome and your target has been achieved, the satisfaction is immense. «It makes you feel a bit like Iggy Pop in the world of punk. If it wasn't for him, an entire musical genre would never have had that seed to grow from».
His academic career (including a PhD in Management & Information Technology), followed by a period in consultancy, along with constant communication with his colleagues, enabled Marinato to develop an in-depth understanding of Innovation models and processes, as well as the most interesting innovative organisations on the Italian and international scene. After arriving at Terna, he was able to put these experiences into practice in the form of making plans for all innovation processes. This planning activity was designed to support initiatives and projects by the company that operates the Italian national transmission grid, aimed at producing concrete, innovative solutions.