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Five things you should never say as a manager (plus better things to say)

Five things you should never say as a manager (plus better things to say) ‘Don’t bring me problems, give me solutions.’ is a phrase that leaders often say in meetings. A big problem, says innovation expert Simone van Neerven, as with these couple of words, leaders close themselves off for critical signals. And there are […]

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The solution is right in front of you, yet you don’t see it. How come? Plus 3 preventative tips

The solution is right in front of you, yet you don’t see it. How come? Plus 3 preventative tips The solution to most problems already exists and is probably right in front of you, but we just don’t see it. We are too stuck in our thinking, which hinders coming up with creative solutions, sees

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Want to change, but things are not working out? Then try Japke-d. Bouma’s algorithm

Want to change, but things are not working out? Then try Japke-d. Bouma’s algorithm Implementing change in an organisation is difficult. Yet there is an approach that guarantees success, writes innovation expert Simone van Neerven: the six-step algorithm of office expert and columnist Japke-d. Bouma. “Just take a break from meetings for a while and

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Feike Sijbesma’s insecurity is the key to his success. Do you dare to be a curious “flip-flopper” as well?

Feike Sijbesma’s insecurity is the key to his success. Do you dare to be a curious “flip-flopper” as well? Being insecure as a leader is often seen as a weakness. Being overconfident, however, will not help you either since it will prevent you from being open to new insights. Feike Sijbesma’s leadership style is impressive

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If everyone knows it’s a bad idea, it won’t happen… right?

If everyone knows it’s a bad idea, it won’t happen… right? How can a group of people make a decision that every individual disagrees with? This phenomenon is known as the Abilene Paradox. According to innovation expert Simone van Neerven, this can have disastrous consequences, such as the disaster with the space shuttle Challenger in

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Our society converges towards ‘sameness’ and it numbs us

Our society converges towards ‘sameness’ and it numbs us White walls, wood, and black steel. We see these design elements everywhere; in homes, workplaces, and coffee shops. That feels comfortable, writes innovation expert Simone van Neerven. But it also dulls our senses. ‘There are fewer surprises that tickle us and that doesn’t do our creativity

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Holland’s best innovator? Dutch comedian Theo Maassen!

Holland’s best innovator? Dutch comedian Theo Maassen! Theo Maassen is praised for hosting Zomergasten, a Dutch prestigious 3-hour interview show. That’s not a surprise for innovation expert Simone van Neerven. The comedian has been reinventing himself for years and – consciously or unconsciously – successfully applies many innovation lessons. Just an excerpt from one of

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Today’s true innovators are regenerative farmers

Today’s true innovators are regenerative farmers Solutions do not always come from technology, says innovation expert Simone van Neerven. In regenerative agriculture, farmers take a step back to learn from nature. ‘Such a holistic approach would also be very useful for organisations.’ Dare to step up The Netherlands cultivates flower bulbs over a total area

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Why won’t managers listen to their employees?

Why won’t managers listen to their employees? Organizations that listen to their employees perform better. Yet many managers ignore good ideas from their employees. Why is that, wonders innovation expert Simone van Neerven? “They often take criticism too personally and believe their abilities are being questioned.” Being silenced Sandra Palmen works as a top lawyer

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Soccer coach Erik ten Hag knows why some teams buzz with energy and others don’t

Erik ten Hag knows why some teams buzz with energy and others don’t Building a well-functioning coalition is difficult with super chickens in your team. Manchester United soccer coach Erik ten Hag understood this very well, writes innovation expert Simone van Neerven. He asked star player Ronaldo to leave, and now, the team is back

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Seven excuses from people who don’t want to change (and how to deal with it)

Seven excuses from people who don’t want to change (and how to deal with it) Pioneering is fun, but can also be exhausting if you run into obstacles all the time. Innovation expert Simone van Neerven lists seven excuses from people who don’t want to change. Including tips on how to handle each situation. A

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A bit of rebellion can lead to magical results

A bit of rebellion can lead to magical results What do Spider-Man, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Ikea have in common? They almost didn’t exist, writes innovation expert Simone van Neerven. Fortunately, the inventors were rebellious go-getters. ‘Groundbreaking innovations often require a healthy dose of courage.’ Bohemian Rhapsody broke all the rules When Freddy Mercury proudly presented

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We make things more and more complex, while the solution often lies in simplification

We make things more and more complex, while the solution often lies in simplification We have a natural tendency to make things increasingly complex, while the solution often lies in simplifying things. Innovation expert Simone van Neerven explains how this works with examples of cows and electric cars. A growing amount of people have gluten

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Never underestimate your employees’ ideas; they could just be the next breakthrough

Never underestimate your employees’ ideas; they could just be the next breakthrough Major breakthroughs can very well come from within organizations, writes columnist Simone van Neerven. Pioneering ideas such as Post-Its, the PlayStation, and IKEA stores are living proof of this. Two revolutionary IKEA concepts Big ideas often start very small. The key to success

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Diversity struggles? At Bumble, the innovation team came up with the solution

Diversity struggles? At Bumble, the innovation team came up with the solution You don’t always have to look externally for the solution to a problem. Internal teams can also provide a fresh perspective, sees innovation expert Simone van Neerven. ‘The key to success often lies in breaking through the silos.’ Lack of cognitive diversity can

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Do you feel lucky? You’ll be much better at cultivating serendipity

Do you feel lucky? You’ll be much better at cultivating serendipity How you deal with unexpected events influences your success, writes innovation expert Simone van Neerven. Be open to the unexpected. And who knows, that revolutionary business idea comes your way. Lucky people count pictures much faster In the 1990s, scientist Dr. Richard Wiseman performed

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Want to innovate? Learn how to be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable

Want to innovate? Learn how to be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable Change makes people insecure, but organizations can also use it to drive innovation. Create the right context for your employees and magic will happen, writes innovation expert Simone van Neerven. Certainty above all Time and again, scientific research shows that people naturally seek security

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