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    Does your talent fit your work environment?

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 25/05/2017

    » Albert Einstein once said: "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Sadly, many business people are on career tracks where they feel like a fish being asked to climb a tree.

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    Creativity and innovation: same-same but different

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 04/08/2016

    » Do creative leaders and innovation managers perform the same innovation role? A few months ago, I had an interesting conversation related to this question with the global head of idea and innovation management of a tech multinational. He revealed to my surprise that he sometimes has to supply ideas to his organisation's idea management system. This is an executive who is supposed to be a strategic, big-picture thinker driving major innovation initiatives. Sweating the small stuff is a waste of his time and talent, if you ask me.

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    World economy: Is the pendulum swinging back?

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 12/10/2017

    » 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.

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    Keywords that reveal people's personalities and help with recruitment decisions

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 03/08/2017

    » Mahatma Gandhi once said: "Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny." If you want to find out more about people's core beliefs and thoughts, pay close attention to the words they use regularly.

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    How to put the right people into the right job

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 13/04/2017

    » Wouldn't it be great if all your new recruits fit perfectly into the vacant positions you wanted them to fill? And if everyone on a team worked in a role that allowed them to let their talents shine and played on their strengths, while others compensated for any weaknesses?

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    Picturing 'The Beginner's Guide to Innovation'

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 11/05/2017

    » Happy anniversary, Creativity Un-Limited! It's been 10 years since this column first appeared in the Bangkok Post. Over the last decade, I've produced 257 articles on business creativity and innovation, totalling 240,000 words or enough for six books. So when my US business partner asked me if I could write an "airport" business book that provides an overview of core innovation concepts in an easy-to-read style, I thought: "That's easy. I already have all the content."

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    Success ingredients of top achievers

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 17/03/2016

    » 'Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play," the German philosopher Immanuel Kant once said. Do you have both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in what you do? And can these two ingredients alone lead you to professional success?

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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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    Why so afraid? Human up! (Part 2)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 16/02/2017

    » Four weeks ago, in the first part of this article, I pointed out that we are all descendants of brave, action-oriented and creative primal humans who boldly acted, created and collaborated to rise to the pinnacle of the evolutionary pyramid.

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    Understanding the cycles of change using 'TIPS' (Part 1)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 29/09/2016

    » Imagine that a time machine took you back a few hundred years to a feudal principality. Upon your arrival, you're randomly assigned to join one of three traditional social groups: farmers, clerics or warriors. If you're lucky, you feel a natural connection with your class and perform well in your new role.

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