How to use Google Docs to Collaborate on Creative Processes

Today I successfully reinvented the wheel. I was thinking about how to create a process on how to create more ownership for an idea. What I thought of was a tool in which team members collaborative on a task by using an interface in which each team members can add thoughts, edit and delete things. So what I came up…

Why Germany is Losing the Innovation Battle

Why is Germany – the land of ideas – losing the innovation battle against Silicon Valley? Author Christoph Keese went on a journey to the Silicon Valley to find out for himself and published his findings in the amazing book “Silicon Valley: Was aus dem maechtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt“. Unfortunately there is no English translation available so…

Xerox: Role Model for Building A Knowledge Culture

What is a knowledge culture? “In a knowledge culture all information is linked together and integrated into models that increase profitability, improve processes, products and customer relations” (Peter Troxler). To do that you need openness, trust, and a general willingness to collaborate and share knowledge among your employees. So how did Xerox succeed in building this thing? Now its getting…

How to Challenge Your Own Mental Models

Living in a foreign country is awesome. Every day there are situations that challenge your way of thinking. Every day something new and surprising can happen. There are always opportunities for learning. The question is just: do you make use of that? Answer that question to yourself – honestly. I will be frank – I don’t always make use of…

How Our Ability to Cope With Uncertainty Affects Innovativeness

I’m currently reading Cultures and Organizations by Geert Hofstede. What struck the most so far, and I’m on page 212, is the idea how uncertainty avoidance impacts our ability to innovate. In retrospect, it seems quite obvious that “the extent to which the members of a culture feel threatened by ambiguous or unknown situations” – uncertainty avoidance –  has an…