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How Cognitive Styles Fit Innovation Types

What innovation types fit your cognitive style?

A new year is always a new beginning in business and in innovation. In the coming months, many companies will start new innovation project initiatives. They will compose innovation teams assigned to work on specified innovation challenges, such as creating an innovative product, designing a better customer experience, exploring new distribution channels, or designing impactful […]

How to make everyone contribute to innovation

How to make everyone contribute to innovation

Many books and articles about famous innovation leaders focus on and celebrate one of three archetypes: the geek who first embraced a new technology; the progressive creator who came up with a game-changing idea for a new product; or the storyteller who charismatically leads and promotes a firm’s products. But what if you have a […]

Daily Routines - Daily Rituals 1

Learning from the daily routines of creative top achievers

Genius Journey, the creative leadership development method that I’ve created, invites candidates to go on an imaginary journey where they travel to ten destinations to rediscover their inner creativity. At each destination stop, they learn about  one disempowering mindset or action routine that limits their creativity, and they also get introduced to a corresponding empowering […]

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Social Generational Shift

How generational shifts will impact business and innovation (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we discussed the concept of social generations and introduced those generations that are currently alive. Today, we will explore how the generations presently active in the workplace differ in their work aspirations, behaviors and styles, and how generational shifts that will unfold in the labour market in the next decade are likely […]

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Social Generational Shifts

How generational shifts will impact business and innovation (Part 1)

In the coming decade, major generational shifts will take place in the workplace. Today and in two weeks, let’s understand more about the concept of social generations, how the socialization of different generational cohorts impacts the way they think, work, decide, communicate, manage and lead, and how generational shifts will affect the ways we do […]

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Innovation Communication Styles - "Brainstorming"

It’s not only what tools you use, but how you use them

When you work with a team on an innovation project case, what matters is not only what kind of thinking tool you use when in the innovation process. To do sound thinking and produce adequate outputs, it also matters how exactly you use the tool — or in other words: how you communicate and interact […]

Cool Innovative Companies

Innovative companies vs. in-NO-vative companies: Who’s who?

Take a moment to think about the following questions: What innovative companies do you know? What companies do you consider to be highly creative and innovative? What factors have made these firms become innovation leaders? Would you want to work for one of those innovative companies? Why (not)? What innovative companies do you know? When […]

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Change pendulum swinging back

Does the pendulum swing back?

Around the time we entered the new millennium, humanity  moved from information intensification into a new economic age: the age of creation intensification. In the innovation economy, the key competitive advantage of individuals, companies and countries alike is creation — the ability to use existing and newly emerging theories, know-how and technologies to create novel, […]

The World hates Innovation

The world hates innovation. This is why

The prolific American innovator Charles F. Kettering once said: “The world hates change. Yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” Innovation means change. Ergo, the world hates innovation, one might conclude. Let’s investigate Kettering’s statement to understand why, and what it means for us as innovators. Innovation means progress Let’s first take […]

Work Conflicts and TIPS

How to better deal with conflicts at work

Picture all the people at work with whom you regularly come into contact. If you’re like most people, your colleagues fall into one of four categories: Cool, okay, at times irritating, or really annoying. Now, what if you had a tool to better understand the dynamics behind conflicts at work, learn ways to handle them, […]