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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” […]

Emerging innovation trends in Asia and the world

Emerging innovation trends in Asia and the world

Last week, I attended The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum 2014 in Singapore. ISPIM ( is a worldwide network of innovation management professionals that builds bridges between academic researchers, industry experts and intermediary organizations. I always come away from events like this with new ideas and inspirations, and this one […]

Loss aversion

Fear of losing may be why you’re not winning

In the decision-making course I teach to graduate students in business, I introduce them to prospect theory and the related cognitive biases. One of these biases, loss aversion, helps explain why many individuals and organizations are unable to realize their full innovation potential. Prospect theory and loss aversion In their 1979 paper Prospect theory, the […]

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

Fresh innovation lessons from the Football World Cup

Next week the 20th FIFA World Cup will begin, and for the next month much of the world, including me, will focus on the momentous trifle of football. Leonardo da Vinci said, “Everything is connected to everything else.” So let’s connect our passion for football to our passion for innovation. What does a team need […]

Bridging the efficiency-creativity divide

Building a functional bridge over the efficiency-creativity divide

In my last column, I showed that humanity has entered a new era, the age of creation intensification. Thriving in this new innovation economy requires that organizations become more innovative, and many companies wonder: How to become innovative? Unfortunately, many companies find it difficult to support innovation. Why is this? In addition to changes in […]

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TIPS Preferences 2

How do you prefer to think, work, interact and live? (Part 2)

Do you know how you — and everyone else on your team — really tick? In our increasingly complex and dynamic business environment, self- and team-awareness are more important than ever to use the talents and strengths of a team. For that reason, I have developed a ‘people’-oriented innovation profiling system called TIPS. TIPS is […]

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From mindless busyness to mindful business (Part 1)

Many of us rush through our days, paying little attention to what’s happening around us. Is that you? When was the last time you took a moment to smell a flower (it doesn’t have to be a rose)? Or paid attention to the flavors and textures in your food? Enjoyed a breeze on your face? […]