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 »

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Improving your meetings is a waste of time!

Is improving your meetings a good idea? Most meetings are an energy drain. Everyone working for or with a big organisation knows that. So I often get clients that would like to see their meetings improved.   – Why do you want to improve your meetings? – Well, says the client, I’d love to see… Read more »

Where does your meeting impact?

Why a ‘boss free’ organisation is not boss free

Since Zappos decided to turn into a holacracy, we definitely have a hype around boss free companies. Not that ‘boss free’ companies are new, but that a well-known brand and big company is taking up the challenge is definitely worth noticing.   ‘Boss free’ is an answer to the problems of bureaucracy, which in the… Read more »

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The failure of hierarchical management structures

Hierarchical management structures and innovation don’t get along The Financial Director magazine interviewed me about modern management structures. Hierarchical management structures are not able to innovate successfully in our fast-changing world. The article evolves around the dual operating system by Kotter. I interviewed at the beginning of the year 2013.

Navi Radjou

‘With Jugaad Innovation you save on time and resources’ – Interview with Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou is co-author of the bestseller Jugaad Innovation, in which he explains how emerging economies are innovating frugally by clever improvisation. Filled with many examples, Navi Radjou and his colleagues show that frugal innovation is flourishing in emerging countries. Think low-cost, high quality and affordable solutions in health care, energy, communications etcetera. Jugaad Innovation… Read more »

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 »

21st century meetings

Are you asking the right questions? – different types of meetings

What questions to ask in your meetings? People unite and gather to make great achievements. When these gatherings become formal we call them meetings. And everyone will agree that there are good and bad meetings. Sadly enough, in most organisations the bad ones dominate over the good ones. And it is sad indeed. Because you… Read more »

Dave Gray

‘An iPad is not a device’ – Interview with Dave Gray

Dave Gray, founder and chairman of the visual thinking company XPLANE, has just released his new book ‘The Connected Company’. The speed that information moves across, customers, markets, investors and beyond, changes the environments in which our companies are operating. More and more, customers request special and tailor-made treatments. In ‘The Connected Company’ Dave Gray… Read more »

What is your view?

The Innovation Room

Innovation is inefficient. Innovation is embracing uncertainty. You’re standing in a big vast room. And everywhere around, you see doors. There are so many doors that the walls, the ceiling and the floor of the room are actually made up of doors. There’s nothing that resembles a normal piece of wall. It’s just doors, doors… 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 »

Alex Osterwalder

‘We have to think as designers’ – Interview with Alex Osterwalder

Alex Osterwalder is hot. He is co-author of the bestseller book ‘Business Model Generation’. The book inspired me as being one of the only books worth reading on business modelling. The model is simple, handy without being simplistic and it emphasizes the idea of testing and failing. Something I recognize from the field of organisational… 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 »