Tag Archives: Innovation

Big fish rules the sea

The rise of entrepreneurial Asia? (Part 1)

Two weeks ago, I shared with you a series of forecasting questions I gained at a Futures Foresight workshop run by Prof. Dr. Sohail Inayatullah. I introduced to you a series of forecast scenarios on the future of innovation in Asia, one of which was called “Entrepreneurial Asian Innovation 2035”. But why is Asia, like other […]

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 […]

Proprietary Knowledge and IP Management

Six questions to help you make the most of your proprietary knowledge

At the XXVI ISPIM Innovation Conference in Budapest two months ago, I participated in an interesting workshop titled “Constructing the Open Innovation Manager: Renaissance 2.0”. In an earlier article in this column four weeks ago, I already laid out the wide knowledge and skills repertoire that an open innovation manager needs to master in order […]

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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. […]

Analytical Thinking ("cognito ergo sum")

How analytical thinking complements creative thinking

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it”, said the American entrepreneur and inventor Henry Ford (founder of Ford Corporation), and IBM founder Thomas J Watson Sr. concurs: “All the problems of the world could be settled if people were only willing to think. The […]

Fight overload, get creative

Fight overload, stay creative

In my previous column, I talked about how overloaded we all feel these days. Caused by technological progress, headcount reductions, and the bleeding of work hours into leisure time, this overload is a difficult-to-handle feature of our lives today. I’ve already shown that work overload hurts communication, productivity, and creativity. In this column, I’ll show […]

Work overload

Overloaded! The work never stops

How many unread emails are in your inbox? How many of them are older than a week? How many instant messages do you get each day? How many phone calls? How many meetings every week? How much “real” work — work that produces something — do you do each week? Do you feel like you […]

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 […]