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4 things I learned on great meetings

It’s a sweet thing to redesign my website. I get to go through all my older posts again: all these ideas on change, innovation and the crucial role of meetings. Time to share with you the 4 things I learned about meetings.   Lesson 1: Meetings are a means to an end This one sounds… Read more »

Confusion

Are you ready for the new game?

The game called collaboration ‘If collaboration is cool, if cross-functional working is so amazing, why do we build these huge hierarchies?’   That’s Eddie Obeng talking, in his great TED-talk ‘Smart failure for a fast-changing world’. He claims that the rules of the game have drastically changed in our 21st century. Our main problem, as… Read more »

What is your view?

Boost your innovation by thinking as Disney

Innovation is not simple Innovation is neither simple nor easy. When I look at the organisations I work with I see them struggling with their innovation endeavour. By definition innovation is fuzzy in the ‘where’ (where are we going?) and in the ‘how’ (how are we going to make this happen?), and that at the… Read more »

Keith Sawyer

‘Everyone can be a creative genius’ – Interview with Keith Sawyer

Keith Sawyer is one of the world’s leading scholars on creativity. He is author of the bestseller ‘Group Genius’ that focusses on group creativity. He has just released his new book ‘Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity’ in which he shows that the creative process is not and should not be approached as… Read more »

adding some colour

49 ideas to spice up your meetings

Henry Ford would have loved producing our current day meetings the way he produced his cars. His famous ‘any colour – so long as it’s black’ would have marvelously fit the numerous meetings that are being churned out worldwide. A meeting room is a meeting room and a meeting is a meeting. All black, all… Read more »

Green Innovation Platform

You are creative!

‘I’m creative’ . Too often, I meet people that are unable to utter these 3 words. When they think of creative ideas, they’re never the source; when they think of creative persons, they leave themselves out of the equation.   I was in the middle of a deep discussion with a former colleague about work,… Read more »

Don't wait for the miracle

Organising a miracle

There’s a fine line between pushing others into something new and letting them decide for themselves. It was only a matter of time. The decision to cut the budget by more than 50% was formally not yet taken, but only a miracle could save the organisation, a big music school in the South of the… Read more »

Paul Iske

‘There is always space to act innovatively’ – interview with Paul Iske

Paul Iske is the Chief Dialogues Officer at the ABN AMRO Bank. It’s an intriguing position in which he is responsible for the Dialogues House and Dialogues Incubator. The ABN AMRO Bank created these spaces to support entrepreneurial and innovative thinking and behaviour within and outside the bank.   Ruben: The Dialogues House and Dialogues… Read more »

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‘The idea that we need meetings is false!’ Interview with Al Pittampalli

Al Pittampalli calls himself meeting culture warrior. He’s on a mission to change the way organisations hold meetings, make decisions, and coordinate action. It’s a beautiful mission that echoes a lot with the work I do. His manifesto: Read This Before Our Next Meeting sets a new standard for the endless meetings intoxicating our corporate… Read more »

Have you ever met here?

Are your meeting rooms inspiring or depressing?

Create an inspiring space! Habit number 4 of my ‘2 Rules and 7 Habits for Creative and Engaging Meetings’ is a reaction to all the poorly designed meeting rooms that abound in offices around the world. So many meeting hours are spent in uninviting, dull and poorly lit rooms. It’s depressing. Why do we do… Read more »

7 types of meetings (by Sam Kaner)

Do it without meeting (the no-meeting organisation)!

You’re in a meeting. The stuff that’s being presented is boring, as is the presenter. You know the discussion will be long and tedious. So you start daydreaming. Dreaming about doing stuff without meeting.   Daydreaming without meeting “Meetings are by definition a concession to deficient organization” is what Peter Drucker wrote in the The… Read more »

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The 2 Rules and 7 Habits at the Creativity World Festival

Finally there it is: my 7 minute presentation of ‘Creative and Engaging Meetings’ at the Creativity World Forum. Especially for all those who have voted for me but where not able to attend the Forum. And of course, also for all the other interested!

If only meetings could be more like sex…

I’ve already blogged about how ideas propagate. Richard Dawkins stated they do this the same way as our genes. Ideas travel from mind to mind, are being used, recombine, fall apart, get lost and father new ideas.   Our meetings can become so much better From that point of view, meetings are nothing more than… Read more »