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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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Yin of Creativity

The Yin of creativity

“How can we make our organization more creative? And please, keep it simple,” a client interested in a creativity training for a group of Asian senior executives asked me. Infusing more creativity into an organization comes down to four basic challenges. They are: (1) Find out who your creative people are, and how many of […]


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 […]