No Discount in Asia

The ‘No Discount’ Company in Asia

Many companies that lead their industries in the innovation economy follow a strict ‘no discount’ approach. So does Thinkergy, although we mostly do business in the discount-addicted Asian markets. Find out why a discount mentality goes counter to becoming an innovation leader.

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, […]

Intellectual Property Protection

Why and how to protect your intellectual property

In the last column, we discussed how investing in innovation pays dividends, and how much of a premium innovators (and their investors) can enjoy over their less innovative peers. That is, provided they’ve also secured the intellectual property rights of their innovations. What is intellectual property? At the end of the 19th century, intellectual property […]

Innovation Financial Performance

How innovation affects financial performance

Does innovation really deliver tangible financial results a company? Do investments in innovation yield a positive return? Does innovation pay? And if yes, how much positive impact does it have on financial performance? Tracking the innovation premium In 2006, BusinessWeek magazine and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) jointly devised a ranking of the world’s 25 most […]

Personal-Keywords-TIPS3

What keywords reveal about people’s personality

Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” If you want to find out more about people’s core beliefs and thoughts, pay close attention to the words they’re using […]

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How cyclicality drives business and innovation

What do the state of the economy, a product, a corporate venture, a leading technology, the four seasons, and living things such as human beings have in common? All evolve and revolve in cycles, in “waves of change”. And as innovation means meaningful change, it often kick-starts a new cycle. Today, let’s understand how cyclicality […]

Innovation Process Methods V369

Understanding the inner workings of innovation methods

Have you ever wondered what an innovation process method is? And what it’s good for? And how it works? Today, let’s answer these questions and find out what innovation methods are good for and all have in common. Setting the scene: What if you were assigned to lead a new innovation project to develop a […]

Innovation Types Game Rules

The ten rules of the innovation types game (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, I introduced to you a systematic scheme to organize modern innovation types on three levels: operational, value and leverage innovations. We discussed some of the main innovation types and their position in those three hierarchical levels. Then, we looked at the first four rules of using innovation types: #1. Play to stay […]

Innovation Types Game Rules 1

The ten rules of the innovation types game (Part 1)

When companies pursued innovation in the past, they typically worked on one of two innovation types: product innovation (also called new product development) and process innovation. Over the last two decades, however, a compendium of modern innovation types has emerged that allow companies to play the innovation game in many new ways. But as with any […]

Does your talent fit your work environment?

Does your talent fit your work environment?

Albert Einstein once said: “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Sadly, many businesspeople are on career tracks where they feel like a fish being asked to climb trees. I used to be one of those people earlier in my […]

Picturing The Beginner's Guide to Innovation

Picturing “The Beginner’s Guide to Innovation”

Happy anniversary, Creativity Un-Limited! It’s been 10 years since the column “Creativity Un-Limited” appeared first in the Bangkok Post, and then evolved into the Thinkergy Blog. Over the last decade, I’ve produced 257 articles on business creativity of innovation, totalling 240,000 words or enough for six books. So when my US business partner asked me if I could write an “airport” […]