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    Future of Work

    Ever since we’ve augmented our intellect with computers, the way we conduct work has changed radically. We think it’s just changing companies, but the future of work might actually be one without them. After all, talented people need organizations less than organizations need talented people…

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    Fixing Work

    Working regular hours in an office environment is a bit like being back in school. Some people love the structure, others hate it. There are many reasons for this dichotomy, but three major factors are emails, meetings and office hours. Let’s have a look at the problems and some possible solutions to fix collaboration.

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    Talent Wars

    A long time ago, in an industry far far away… It is the period of millennials. Young graduates, striking from a hidden source of confidence, have won their first victories against the corporate world. 64% of these rebels would rather make 40K in a job they love than 100K in a corporate job. Impossible you say?

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    Corporate Innovation

    75% of VC backed startups fail to return any investment. Less than 50% of startups make it to the 4th year. These are businesses with smart teams who are pouring their souls into succeeding. So what hope does a group of corporate part-timers have to beat these odds? Let’s have a look…

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  • In ideation, people generally focus too much on coming up with a variety of ideas before they are clear about their goals and intentions. This can cause a variety of problems in the ideation process.For instance, brainstorming is a technique that will quickly turn into a futile exercise, if it is used in isolation. Here […]

  • You may have read about the why; this short piece is about the how. I wrote about abstractions weakening your message but I would like to make a little differentiation here to make my point crystal clear. Whenever you mention numbers in your story, you are doing so at your own peril.

  • Lately, I have noticed a behavior that sabotages its own purpose. Within the development process, prototyping is very important both to visualize ideas and concepts and to test them. Yet, the activity itself seems to create a misleading perception. Here is why:

  • Raise your (virtual) hand, if you have ever sat in a presentation, thinking “what the deuce is this person talking about?” Oftentimes, we are so focused on delivering facts and conveying information, that we forget what’s important in our communication.

  • When talking to CEOs of established companies, it is interesting to note how they define their business. It is important to focus, of course, yet I feel that most have a very narrow definition of what they do. They put their business into a box, stating that they are a “shoe company” or a “health […]

  • In my last project, we had collected a lot of data, yet were still having problems sorting it out. Affinity diagramming helped to identify connections between issues and to place our findings into a meaningful spatial arrangement. This participatory mapping method clusters elements related to the researched topic in order to find significant innovation opportunities.

  • Right now, I’m working with my colleagues on an online repository and the next version of our own website. We created and tested four paper prototypes so far but now need to get some external feedback. So I had to brush up on my interview skills…

  • I really used to hate it when people started out a sentence like this. Interjecting this way during a brainstorming session can effectively kill whatever creativity was left to begin with. Now, however, I have come to appreciate it. Here is my “yeah, but…”

  • You might consider this “part 2″ of the variable brainstorming post. Though we didn’t really need to use them at work yesterday, here are two other mindsets you can use to wrap your head around a problem during a brainstorming session.

  • It has been quiet here lately because we have been preparing for a few very interesting opportunities at the company. However, after a day like this, I just had to jot down a few lines. After all, we were challenged to come up with a few ideas within the hour. This is how we coped […]

  • Take a pen and let your thoughts roam free. Share your ideas and see what others make of them. There are different forms of brainwriting that can be used both to generate a high quantity of ideas and an intense evolution of ideas.

  • You have organized a brainstorming session, prepared well for it, tried to stick to the rules and still keep running into common problems? Well, it is good to know how to do something, but it is sometimes even more helpful to know what not to do. Here are a few DONT’s: