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    Orchestrating Creative Teams

    October 7, 2015 | By:

    “Come up with something new! And make it good.” Have you ever said that? More and more leaders nowadays make this demand. They need something new and creative, and they need it to be good. Mostly because their circumstances are changing radically and their organization hasn’t. Or maybe simply because that is the kind of market they are in. Come up with something and make it good!

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    Evaluation and Innovation

    September 30, 2015 | By:

    The words evaluation and innovation are not often put together in one sentence. Most companies believe that measurement has a negative effect on creativity and innovation —it is seen as a control tool that harms, rather than supports, reflection and learning. While data is seen as a valuable source of discovering new trends and user needs, it is rarely used to measure internal innovation progress and capability. Because we see measurement as stifling innovation and creativity, companies rarely track the information needed to determine creative ability and innovation success. In fact, many organizations end up ignoring the issue all together.

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    Reinventing Capitalism – Making Money Doing Good

    September 23, 2015 | By:

    How do you make money doing good? The societal assumption is that making a profit and doing good sit on the opposing ends of the spectrum, and it is a theory that pervades our culture. In capitalism, one must choose between profit and doing good, but cannot have both. We choose to challenge this way of thinking and argue that creative leadership must be able to find a way to combine the two.

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    Research Reveals Success Factors of Fast-Growing Startups

    September 18, 2015 | By:

    Experienced leadership, a concept designed for scalability and timing, is the most important factor influencing fast-growing startups, also known as scale-ups. Only 1 out of 200 startups become a scale-up valued over $10 million within 5 years. THNK and Deloitte conducted quantitative research to analyze the dynamics and characteristics of 400.000 startups.

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    Taking a Leaf Out of Your Childhood in Your Professional Life

    September 17, 2015 | By:

    The way we develop as children can greatly impact the way in which we conduct ourselves as adults. Our early experiences and discoveries have a significant influence on the growth of various personality traits, such as leadership, the ability to work as part of a team and communication, which can have a big impact on our professional lives.

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    Golden Rules for Receiving Feedback

    September 16, 2015 | By:

    He had come up to me during drinks after a THNK evening session, on one of those nights where there seem to be no barriers to the topic of conservation. He was younger than the other participants, certainly a few years under the average age of 38. His question, “Do you think a person can get too much feedback?” stopped me in my tracks. It was also quite touching, especially given the earnestness with which it had been asked.

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    Being Influenced and Leveraging Influence

    September 9, 2015 | By:

    The myth of the lonesome creative genius has long been debunked. More and more, it is becoming clear that creativity and innovation are the products of social interaction in many ways. People are inherently social beings: we learn by observing and taking in things that we see, hear, read and feel around us. Upon closer inspection, even groundbreaking innovations and outbursts of creativity publicly attributed to a single individual turn out to be the product of a long journey of contemplation, experience and above all, knowledge amassed as a result of interaction with the world.

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    Deep Expertise and Divergence: Key Lessons from Culinary Innovation

    September 2, 2015 | By:

    Chefs who work in haute cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants boast outstanding talent and craftsmanship. Is there a link between these restaurants and budding culinary innovation? There appears to be a link as all the chefs listed in the “Most Prominent Innovators” are in the kitchen of a starred restaurant. We extract some key lessons, stretching far beyond the kitchen, and investigate the role of any social environment on nurturing creativity and innovation.

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    How to Start ‘Riffing’ – 9 Pointers for Co-creation

    August 26, 2015 | By:

    Riffing is an exciting way to co-create and an essential aspect of creative leadership. In this article about co-creation we explore the main mental blockers and enablers to riffing, and nine surprising practical pointers to tap into this power.

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    Creative Leadership Means Being Present

    August 20, 2015 | By:

    We need leaders that are able to change the future. Creative leaders. The paradox with these leaders is that those that seem to be best at shaping the future are all firmly rooted in the now. These leaders really know how to connect to what is happening in the present, and can feel and use how it affects them on a deeper personal level. They are not just reacting on impulses; they are giving true answers to themselves and to the people around them, continuously. This ability goes by many names, call it being in the here and now, call it Mindfulness, Connected or Aligned. We prefer to simply call it Presence.

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    Visioning Requires Patience

    August 12, 2015 | By:

    Not knowing when you are going to get that breakthrough idea is what makes creativity equally magical and frustrating. Bringing yourself closer to creating something innovative and useful requires the cooperation between two contrasting states: controlled and uncontrolled thinking.

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    Visioning – 7 Essential Characteristics

    August 5, 2015 | By:

    The process of visioning may seem both daunting and mysterious. Indeed, it is in no way a straightforward method and there are always rocky rapids to navigate. An understanding of the make-up of this journey will create better results for this process to be a success.

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    International IMP³rove Award 2015: The Contest for the Global Championship in Innovation Management has Just Opened!

    August 4, 2015 | By:

    To mark the occasion of the contest opening for the International IMP³rove Award 2015 – the global championship in innovation management – IMP³rove Academy has interviewed Levent Alatli, General Manager of Koza Yönetim, the award winner of 2014.

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    Intuition and Deliberation for Better Decision-Making

    July 30, 2015 | By:

    We live in an age of change and uncertainty. For businesses, this means that only the most versatile survive —innovate or die. Simply adapting to the digital age is not enough: company survival requires explorative business strategies, to find new opportunities to improve and renew products and services. To attain explorative success you need a combination of both deliberate thinking and intuitive thinking. This article explores how you can balance the two.

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    Sensing is Exploring Uncharted Territory

    July 28, 2015 | By:

    Where do you start when you want something new? Whether the aim is just an improvement, a small incremental change or something more unique, disruptive and breakthrough, the start will probably determine where you end up. Do you start jotting down ideas? Do you grab a whiteboard and Post-Its, get a few people in the room, and start brainstorming?



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