Finding the unexpected

9 signs you’re taking innovation seriously

Innovation: a difficult topic How well are managers able to judge the value of innovation within their organisations?   I was running a workshop for innovators within a big company. Great and novel ideas were discussed, challenges were solved and exiting business models were created. Yet, in the background everyone feared his or her idea… 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 »

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 »

Weaken your network!

A while ago I came across The Strength of Weak Ties, an article written by Mark Granovetter some 40 years ago. After the article had been refused in the sixties by the American Sociological Review it was eventually published in the American Journal of Sociology in 1973. That was the tipping point, as Granovetters’s theory… Read more »

Optimise your meetings

Ideas are just ideas. On itself, the value of an idea is nil. If you have a great idea but you don’t execute it, then nothing happens. The world just goes on as it went. And you’ve not made the change you wanted (did you really want to change the world or were you just… Read more »

The golden rule for innovation: Observe!

Observation is all about getting new insights. The better you observe, the quicker new insights will come. I was reading the ‘Art of Innovation’, the bestseller by Tom Kelly of the hugely successful design firm IDEO. Observation is a cornerstone in their innovation and design approach. Confronted with an innovation challenge, they start observing the… Read more »

Disruptive vs. incremental innovation

In a previous post I elaborated on informality as a necessary condition for ideas to travel en create breakthrough innovations. In this post I will take a closer look at how ideas propagate and thereby classifying two sorts of innovation. Let me start with the notion of memes. By carefully observing the behaviour of our… Read more »

Brainstorming in Asia

My first brainstorm session in Asia was a big miss. The group was small and consisted of 7 Thais (and 1 German, the owner of the company). They wanted to develop creative strategies to develop new markets for their company. A great brainstorm topic! When the brainstorm does not take off Brainstorming works when people… Read more »