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    How innovation affects financial performance

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 17/08/2017

    » Does innovation really deliver tangible financial results to a company? Do investments in innovation yield a positive return? Does innovation pay? And if yes, how much positive impact does it have on financial performance?

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    Escaping the 'GIGO' principle of innovation

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 24/11/2016

    » Last week I began planning a comprehensive innovation project with a client. This project is highly important for this multinational corporation, which is seeking new applications in new industries for a profitable product that is now locked into one industry and application niche.

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    Resolving the real-life challenges of innovators

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 18/02/2016

    » At last November's Kuala Lumpur Innovation Forum, the organisers asked me to start a panel discussion with a short presentation on two interesting questions: "What are the challenges that innovators face in the real world?" and "What are the fundamentals of overcoming these challenges?"

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    Muhammad Ali and the mindsets of genius (Part 2)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 23/06/2016

    » Two weeks ago, we discussed in this column how Muhammad Ali epitomised the mindsets of genius that I identified while studying the biographies of geniuses, creative business leaders and top achievers. These mindsets help form the basis of my Genius Journey, a creative leadership development method that features 10 destination stops were you learn more about how to reconnect with your inner genius.

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    Understanding the cycles of change in society and business (Part 2)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 13/10/2016

    » Two weeks ago, we looked at the driving forces of change by looking at four traditional roles that underpin most societies: the smart scholar or academic; the progressive merchant or entrepreneur; the collegial farmer or worker; and the rule-enforcing warrior or cop. We learned how these roles are associated with the four bases -- Theories, Ideas, People and Systems -- of TIPS, Thinkergy's innovation people-profiling method.

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    Life is a journey, not a destination

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 03/03/2016

    » 'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less travelled, And that has made all the difference", are the key lines in Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken". Thirteen years ago, I experienced a magical Eureka moment that made me leave the well-trodden path and continue my journey through life and my professional career along the path less travelled -- and that has made all the difference.

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    Forecasting the future of innovation in Asia

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 17/09/2015

    » Two weeks ago, I invested time and money in my own professional development. Sohail Inayatullah, one of the world's foremost futurists, was invited by the Change Initiative to run a Futures Foresight workshop in Bangkok. He introduced a set of simple but powerful forecasting questions. How do they play out if a group of innovation experts applies them to forecast the future of innovation in Asia in 2035?

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    What's your style that lets you succeed?

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 28/05/2015

    » It was 8.27am last Sunday when my phone rang. I was reviewing my presentation for a keynote talk that I was supposed to deliver two-and-a-half hours later at an international conference. "Where are you?" the caller asked. "The conference organisers are looking for you. You're supposed to start delivering your keynote in a few minutes."

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    Stop copying and start creating

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 05/02/2015

    » 'The 'surplus society' has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality," Kjell Nordstroem and Jonas Ridderstrale said in their book Funky Business. Can a company expect extraordinary results if what they do is what other companies ordinarily do?

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    The typology of ideas, or how ideas are made

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 05/03/2015

    » An idea is an idea, isn't it? Well, ideas have more nuances than meet the eye at first glance. When business people aim at producing new ideas for a challenge they face in their business, say developing a new product, they often talk about ideas in an undifferentiated fashion. In reality, ideas come in many different facades and vary in their degree of maturity and elaboration, meaning and feasibility among other factors.

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