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Yin Yang flow

Harnessing the Yin Yang flow of innovation

Two weeks ago, we discussed how to embrace the Yin Yang concept of Chinese philosophy as a simple but effective way to talk about creativity and innovation, especially here in Asia where Thinkergy has its home base. We learned that to build a creative company, we need to focus on boosting its creative Yin energy: hire […]

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Creative cultural change is like striving to live a healthier life

This week, I attended the ISPIM (International Society of Professional Innovation Management) 2016 Innovation Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from presenting an academic conference paper on the innovation learner’s experience and running a workshop on our innovation people profiling method TIPS, I also was asked to moderate a panel discussion on “Creating a Culture for Innovation”. While preparing for […]

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Creative transformation marathon 2

The creative transformation marathon (Part 2)

In the last column, I compared an organization that wants to become innovative to a couch potato who wants to run a marathon. What do these very dissimilar situations have in common? Both need something that makes them want to change. Both need to check their fitness and readiness for change. Both must resolve to change, […]

Creative marathon

The creative transformation marathon (Part 1)

Imagine being a sluggish, overweight couch potato. One day you think, “I want to run a marathon.” Is that realistic? We all know of examples of people who have done this — but we know there are many more who tried and failed, or who never got beyond the thought. Transforming a lethargic, innovation-hostile corporation […]

Time for a CooL Change

Stop copying, start creating

“The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality”, said Kjelle Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle in their book Funky Business. Can a company expect extraordinary results if what they do is what other companies […]

Commitment to innovation

Are you committed to innovation? (Part 2)

In the last column, we discussed the importance of innovation, and the five dimensions of organizational innovation: leadership at all levels; commitment; collaboration and communication; culture; and structure, systems and processes. Of these, commitment is the best indicator of a company’s innovative capacity. When my company, which helps other organizations innovate and achieve an innovation […]

Commitment: Say "Yes!" to innovation

Are you committed to innovation? (Part 1)

Although many companies talk about the importance of innovation and list it as an important value, few companies in any industry truly walk their innovation talk. The few who do consistently create innovative products and solutions. How can the other companies — those who say they want to innovate, but don’t — become innovative and […]