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    How people management evolved

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 17/02/2021

    » After starting as hunters and gatherers, humanity has evolved from the agricultural age (starting around 10,000 BC) and the industrial age (250 years ago) to the knowledge age (50 years ago). During the past decade, we have jumped up a further level into the innovation age.

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    Riding the Sixth Wave

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 27/01/2021

    » The first year of the 2020s just ended. 2020 was a turning point for all of us in more than one way. Sure, what first comes to mind is the Covid pandemic that is still ongoing. But 2020 was also a turning point in a positive, opportunity-generating way.

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    Advanced states of human creativity (Part 2)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 06/11/2020

    » 'The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water," said the Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. In the first part of this two-article series on Wednesday, I shared with you how the three parts of the human mind -- the conscious, unconscious and collective unconscious -- relate to the three states of creativity: conscious, subconscious and superconscious.

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    Should you innovate with your customers? (part 1)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 19/09/2020

    » To what extent should innovators listen to customers' ideas and suggestions? There are proponents and opponents of involving customers in innovation endeavours. In the first of this two-part series, we'll hear from each camp and explore different situations that may influence their arguments. The second part will propose some possible solutions to reconcile the different views.

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    Bouncing back from job loss (part 2)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 16/09/2020

    » In my previous column on Tuesday, I shared with you the first six of 12 recommendations on how you can bounce back after losing your job in a pandemic-plagued, depressed economy. They were as follows:

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    Assertive communication for innovators

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 11/09/2020

    » Upskilling and reskilling are becoming significant trends in professional education, affecting everyone in the workforce. A few months ago, while attending training in assertive communication (a critical soft skill for the 21st century), I had an important realisation: All innovators have to be assertive communicators. Here's why.

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    How to avoid the fake news trap

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 03/06/2020

    » 'Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it," said the French mathematician and inventor Blaise Pascal.

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    Building teams that thrive in crisis

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 08/05/2020

    » The global Covid-19 pandemic has changed work as we know it. The virus has split up work teams whose members now need to work remotely. Team leaders need to motivate, emotionally support, and effectively manage a physically dislocated team of remote workers.

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    Strategy exploration in action

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 28/02/2020

    » 'When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills," goes a Chinese proverb. The winds of disruptive change are certainly blowing hard as we embark on a new decade.

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    Explore first, then innovate

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 27/11/2019

    » Are you a chief innovation officer planning projects for your company for the year ahead? Or are you a manager assigned to spearhead an innovation project in 2020? Or are you likely to be invited to take part in such a project as a team member? Whatever the case, make sure that you commit enough time to be able to produce meaningful results.

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