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Patrick Pernegger established a “troop” to “fight the flames within the company”

He shows why it’s time for big business to embrace – rather than fear – people who are ready to break the rules

It takes a certain type of person to disrupt an 170-year-old global organization. But whatever criticism they may face along the way, it’s often these people who can recognize an issue or an opportunity – and are not afraid to do something about it.

Patrick Pernegger is one of these individuals. He’s a rule-breaker. He doesn’t blindly accept things simply because “it’s the way it’s always been done”. Ultimately, he dares to be different.

The disruptors

After 15 years in various IT roles at Siemens, Patrick knew something had to change. Within an organization comprising 372,000 people across the globe, it can take a long time for decisions (big or small) to be made. So, he had an idea; and not everyone was going to like it.

He proposed creating a think tank within Siemens; a think tank that could function alongside, but very much independently, from the long-formed establishment. The concept, called #iDea, would function like an internal startup. It would operate by encouraging a smaller team of thinkers and doers with different skillsets to come up with solutions to company-wide issues. It would inspire change from within.