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  • Inspiring Quote: Ideanomics

    Ideas matter more now than ever! X-IDEA helps you develop a great quantity and quality of ideas in less time. 

  • Inspiring Quote - Innovation Economy

    Emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Robotics, and Autonomous Vehicles, provide an enormous opportunity for companies to create wealth – only if they are innovative enough to embrace the opportunity. X-IDEA provides a systematic approach to discovering ways to leverage the tech in your industry.

  • Inspiring Quote - Two Functions

    Marketing and innovation both take great ideas and fresh approaches in order to be successful. X-IDEA makes it easy to create breakthrough ideas.

  • Inspiring Quote - Edison

    Because he successfully practiced a systematic innovation approach, the legendary inventor Thomas Edison was well aware that innovation is largely a numbers game. In Thinkergy's X-IDEA innovation method, we also track the innovation outputs at each stage of the process, thus making sure that you first produce a lot of raw ideas (during Ideation) before you design the most intriguing ones into great ideas (in the Development-stage). When can we guide you and your team through an inn...

  • Understanding the Inner Workings of Innovation Methods

    Have you ever wondered what an innovation process method is? And what it’s good for? And how it works?

  • 300+ Ideas in Just 15 Minutes

    THE POWER OF AN IDEA PROCESS! During a quick 40-minute ideation session I facilitated during a SingularityU San Diego meeting, the group came up with over 300 ideas to improve global health in just three 5-minute ideation rounds. Then they refined the ideas that had the most promise, pitched their concepts, and evaluated them to narrow it down to the top 4.

  • 63% of Companies Believe XR Will Be Mainstream in 5 Years

    An interesting infographic on the predicted impact of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. The general term of Extended Reality (XR) is a general term used to cover these types of computer-generated environments. Interesting to note that 63% of companies believe it will be mainstream within the next 5 years. 

  • The 10 Skills You Need to Thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    The World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs report listed 10 skills they felt were needed for a future. According to the report, "The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labour markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicte...

  • Great Micro-Innovations in Design Magazine

    Some great micro-innovation ideas featured in Design Magazine including a marketing campaign for a city promoting "Nothing", an app that converts children's books into sign language, and a scooter with a remarkably simple design change that truly sets it apart.  Small innovations can make a big impact! 

  • Want a Glimpse at the Future?

    One of the tools we use during innovation sessions is to envision what the future will look like. This graphic, created by The Board of Innovation, is a simple way to get the mind thinking of new possibilities.  FUTURE-SCAN.pdfPick a number and come up with new ideas for that industry. Combine the ideas from several different numbers to create something new.

  • Why a Flaw in Design Thinking Leads to Dull Ideas

    When you “brainstorm” for ideas with a team, do you typically deliver conventional ideas that —if you’re honest— you could have got without dedicating extra time? Well, the reason you ended up with these ordinary low-hanging fruits doesn’t mean that you and your teammates are not creative. Rather, it means that you used an ineffective process — if you used a process at all.Most innovation process methods don’t allow you to move beyond the “ob...

  • How to Rewire Our Brain

    Our brains can develop new habits and ways of looking at things at any age. In other words, you are the architect of how your brain is structured. The key is continuous learning, trying new things, and being aware of our thought patterns.

  • Who Shines in the Creative Process

    Have you ever participated in an innovation project? Have you ever worked as a member of an innovation project team on an innovation case that your senior management deemed important? Did you enjoy the entire project experience?

  • Lead, Follow or Die in the Creative Revolution

    It was fantastic to be a guest on the "Becoming Your Greatest Possible Self" 12-hour marathon podcast with Chris Burns. We talked a lot about the creative revolution that is happening with disruptive technologies. Lots of opportunities for those who know how to leverage their creative intelligence.

  • The Best Jobs for 2020 and Beyond

    What are the best careers of the future? Click to download this forecast on what jobs today will be best for tomorrow and which ones haven't even been created yet, but probably will be.

  • Robots in workplace 'could create double the jobs they destroy'

    Most people believe that robotic technology will put millions of people out of work. However, a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report suggest new technologies like robots in the workplace stand to create almost double the number of jobs 2025 than they risk replacing. About 133 million jobs globally could be created with the help of rapid technological advances compared with 75 million that could be displaced. This would have widespread ramifications to improve pay, living standards and r...

  • The Job Your Child Will Do Doesn't Exist Yet

    I recently came across this artlice by Dimis Michaelides on the impact of technology on the way we will live and work in the future. As he notes: "Ten years from now a good number of today’s jobs will not exist, a good number of entirely new jobs will be created and ALL jobs will change, many of them in significant ways."So what jobs does he feel will thrive? "Creative or problem-solving jobs (artists, scientists, business strategists), jobs involving complex personal r...

  • The Coming of Age of the Innovation Discipline

    A few weeks ago, I participated and presented a paper at the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)’s Innovation Conference in Stockholm. While listening to the keynote talks and academic paper presentations, actively participating in workshops and hot topic sessions, and observing the hustle and bustle of the conference, a thought suddenly struck me: “Innovation has come of age — both as an academic discipline and as a business service.” Why...

  • What Will the World Look Like in 50 Years?

    Technology is driving change at an accelerated pace. Here is what some experts believe the future may be like in 50 years. I believe it's closer than you think!

  • How to Effectively and Creatively Develop Creative Leaders?

    To what extent can businesspeople be developed into creative leaders through a structured creative leadership development method and a related experiential course pedagogy? And how can we verify if the chosen approach is valid both regarding its methodological contents and its pedagogical delivery? Together with my colleagues Brian Hunt and Xavier Parisot (IKI-SEA, Bangkok University), I investigated these research-guiding questions for a new research study titled “Creatively Developing Cr...

  • Fresh Innovation Lessons from the Football World Cup

    The 21st FIFA World Cup has kicked-off in Russia. As the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, the Football World Cup delights the lives of football fans around the globe for four weeks — mine included. While reading articles on the upcoming World Cup, I came across a range of football quotations that made me smile and realize: Succeeding in the FIFA World Cup with a national team is like successfully mastering an innovation project with your innovation team.

  • What Consciousness Level Do You Operate On?

    Nowadays, most companies embrace personality tests and cognitive profiling methods as a tool to learn more about their people. Clearly, there is no shortage of such profiling tests that range from classic typologies (such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or the DISC concept) over more cognitively-inclined tools (such as Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument [HBDI] or Alan Black’s MIND Design Concept) to more recent additions such as Insights Discovery or TIPS Workshops. But have you...

  • Mastering Digital Transformation- Part 2

    Two weeks ago, we discussed how a range of newly emerging, interconnected digital technologies (such as artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things, among others) are predicted to profoundly change business and society. We explored how new technologies pass through different phases of the hype cycle before eventually producing meaningful, marketable applications. In Part 2 of this three episode article, let’s next discuss what challenges digital transformation places on both est...

  • Mastering Digital Transformation- Part 1

    Earlier this month, I followed an invitation to deliver a presentation on the topic “Mastering Digital Transformation: Challenges and Strategies for Brands and New Businesses”.  It was a welcome opportunity to finally dig deeper into a “hot topic” that admittedly, I have largely avoided so far. Interestingly, what I read, pondered and actively processed has made me feel both uncomfortable and excited.

  • How to Improve Teamwork With TIPS

    In less than three months, the FIFA World Cup in Russia will kick off. Chances are that after the final, not the national squad with the most glamorous star, but the one with the best team will lift World Cup. What’s true in football is true in business, too: great teamwork matters.

  • 10 Ways Digitization May Impact Innovation

    Digitization is one of the technological mega-trends in business. Humanity has not only moved into the innovation age, but more and more modern innovations include digital elements that allow for a better more meaningful user experience. Digitization is said to bring massive changes to business, and to discuss this fully would go beyond the scope of this article.

  • What innovation types fit your cognitive style?

    A new year is always a new beginning in business and in innovation. In the coming months, many companies will start new innovation project initiatives. They will compose innovation teams assigned to work on specified innovation challenges, such as creating an innovative product, designing a better customer experience, exploring new distribution channels, or designing impactful promotional campaigns, among others.

  • How to make everyone contribute to innovation

    Many books and articles about famous innovation leaders focus on and celebrate one of three archetypes: the geek who first embraced a new technology; the progressive creator who came up with a game-changing idea for a new product; or the storyteller who charismatically leads and promotes a firm’s products. But what if you have a cognitive style that differs from these glamorous innovation archetypes? How can you play on your unique talents and strengths to contribute to the innovation efforts of...

  • Learning from the Daily Routines of Creative Top Achievers

    Genius Journey, the creative leadership development method that I’ve created, invites candidates to go on an imaginary journey where they travel to ten destinations to rediscover their inner creativity. At each destination stop, they learn about one disempowering mindset or action routine that limits their creativity, and they also get introduced to a corresponding empowering mindset that reconnects them to their inner creativity. At the 10th stop of Genius Journey, you need to s...

  • How Generational Shifts will Impact Business and Innovation (Part 2)

    In part 1 of How Generational Shifts will Impact Business and Innovation, we discussed the concept of social generations and introduced those generations that are currently alive. Today, we will explore how the generations presently active in the workplace differ in their work aspirations, behaviors and styles, and how generational shifts that will unfold in the labour market in the next decade are likely to change the nature of business in general and innovation in special.Introducing the style...

  • How Generational Shifts Will Impact Business and Innovation (Part 1)

    In the coming decade, major generational shifts will take place in the workplace. Today and in two weeks, let’s understand more about the concept of social generations, how the socialization of different generational cohorts impacts the way they think, work, decide, communicate, manage and lead, and how generational shifts will affect the ways we do business and innovate.Background: Training a group of global nomadsIn April 2017, I had the pleasure of training a fascinating group of highly...

  • It’s not only what tools you use, but how you use them

    When you work with a team on an innovation project case, what matters is not only what kind of thinking tool you use when in the innovation process. To do sound thinking and produce adequate outputs, it also matters how exactly you use the tool — or in other words: how you communicate and interact with other team members while applying a particular tool, and how you capture outputs. Today, let’s learn more about the different communication styles that you can use while working on an ...

  • 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?

  • Does The Pendulum Swing Back?

    Around the time we entered the new millennium, humanity moved from information intensification into a new economic age: the age of creation intensification. In the innovation economy, the key competitive advantage of individuals, companies and countries alike is creation — the ability to use existing and newly emerging theories, know-how and technologies to create novel, original and meaningful value.In the coming two to three decades, creativity and innovation rule will be the key drivers...

  • The World Hates Innovation. This is Why

    The prolific American innovator Charles F. Kettering once said: “The world hates change. Yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” Innovation means change.

  • How Innovation Affects Financial Performance

    Does innovation really deliver tangible financial results a company? Do investments in innovation yield a positive return? Does innovation pay?

  • How Cyclicality Drives Business and Innovation

    What do the state of the economy, a product, a corporate venture, a leading technology, the four seasons, and living things such as human beings have in common? All evolve and revolve in cycles, in “waves of change”. And as innovation means meaningful change, it often kick-starts a new cycle.

  • Understanding the Inner Workings of Innovation Methods

    Have you ever wondered what an innovation process method is? And what it’s good for? And how it works?

  • The 10 Rules of the Innovation Types Game

    When companies pursued innovation in the past, they typically worked on one of two innovation types: product innovation (also called new product development) and process innovation. Over the last two decades, however, a compendium of modern innovation types has emerged that allow companies to play the innovation game in many new ways. But as with any other game, you need to follow a set of rules.

  • The Single Greatest Source Of Innovation is About Emotion

    In a recent Inc. article titled "Apple Proves That This Is The Single Greatest Source Of Innovation", author Thomas Koulopoulos stated that the greatest source of innovation wasn't a product. It was the experience.The Late Maya Angelou said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Thomas suggests to think about that quote as it applies to your retail experiences.

  • Understanding the Cycles of Changes Using TIPS

    Imagine a time machine brought you a few hundred years back in time to a feudal principality in the agricultural age. Upon your arrival, you’re randomly assigned to join one of three traditional social groups: farmers, clerics or warriors. You have to perform the duties associated with your newly assigned role.

  • The Creator - Manager Dilemma

    In my work, I play two major roles. One is as an innovator, creating new ideas and products. But I am also a manager.