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A creepy creative story

Have you ever wondered what it feels like check-in at Bates Motel? Or to wander the dark corridors of Dracula’s castle on a stormy night? Earlier this year, I got a taste of it. Allow me to share with you a strange, creepy, and maybe even slightly embarrassing personal creative story, and explain how it […]

Perfectionism in business and innovation

Why perfectionism is a foe of creativity and innovation

Perfectionists, be warned: This article isn’t perfect. I started it around midnight a few days ago when I got the idea for it. I continued working on it in a coffee shop the next morning, and completed it in between two client meetings, all the while knowing it wouldn’t be article. This raises an interesting question: […]

Vision Scenarios

Move from a vision statement to vision scenarios

What’s the corporate vision of your organization? At Thinkergy, we’ve always had a clear picture of a compelling future for our innovation company. But due to changes in the wider business environment in recent years, however, our crystal-clear, bright and motivating vision had somehow become hazy, lukewarm and doubtful. So what can we do to retain […]

Innovation Project Dos and Don’ts

Dos and Don’ts for a successful innovation project

At the beginning of a new year, many businesses consider doing innovation initiatives to refresh their products and services, or the ways they promote and deliver them. Planning and successfully running an innovation project is both a science and an art. Today, I share with you eight dos and don’ts of conducting a successful innovation project. Beware of the […]

Forecasting the future of innovation in Asia

Forecasting the future of innovation in Asia

Two weeks ago, I invested time and money in my own professional development. Prof. Dr. Sohail Inayatullah, one of the world’s leading futurists, was invited by the Change Initiative to run a Futures Foresight workshop in Bangkok. Apart from many other useful foresight tools, Dr. Sohail introduced a set of simple questions to create alternative […]

10 for 10: Entrepreneurial Lessons of a Decade-Long Survivor

10 for 10: Entrepreneurial lessons from a decade-long survivor

Hooray! This week, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Thinkergy. Most start-up never make it through the roughs and troughs of their first decade, and we feel very grateful to have survived. Nowadays, many consider leaving the rat race to start their own business and become an entrepreneur. Do you know in earnest what you’re […]

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Thanks for 10 WOW years

Hip Hip Hooray! Today is the 10th anniversary of Thinkergy! We feel excited and grateful that we survived our first decade. Thank you for your support and affection. Check out our words of thanks plus a selection of Wow photos from our first 10 years here. Our first ten years were fun. And our journey has just begun. […]

Creativity on the road less traveled

Creativity along the road less traveled

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”, wrote Robert Frost in “The Road Not Taken”. Many read this poem as an encouragement to do something other than what is safe and expected — and doing what’s unsafe and unexpected […]

Innovators and marketers

The marketer’s vs. the innovator’s approach to innovation

“Business has only two functions — marketing and innovation”, said Peter Drucker, and he was right, although I would reverse the order, as innovation must create the products to be marketed. But helping marketers with innovation has shown me that marketers think like Drucker, with marketing being primary and innovation secondary. Although my company’s innovation […]

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How ideas evolve in innovation

The typology of ideas, or how ideas are made

An idea is an idea, isn’t it? Well, ideas have more nuances than meet the eye at first glance. When businesspeople aim at producing new ideas for a challenge they face in their business, say developing a new product, they often talk about ideas in an undifferentiated fashion. In reality, ideas come in many different facades […]