A creative attitude cannot be separated from entrepreneurial thinking. How can we transfer creative principles from the arts to everyday business life? How do we lead with greater inspiration? In my programs and workshops, I combine examples and background information from the arts with practical exercises. This opens up creative and innovative experiences for participants. That makes the transfer into everyday business life much easier.
Who knew that 500 years ago in Venice an intense competition among artists such as Titian and Tintoretto was fought out with a series of groundbreaking innovations?
Art and Potential, Creativity, and Creative Leadership are the main topics of my work as a member of the faculty at CEIBS - Zurich Institute of Business Education, as an adjunct professor for innovation at Antwerp Management School and in cooperation with other business schools. I also undertake consulting work with companies such as Daimler Benz, UCB Pharma, and Deutsche Bahn.
It's about the whole thing
The challenges and demands on organizations and leaders have changed fundamentally.
In social and entrepreneurial contexts where executives have to face an uncertain environment on the one hand and demands for greater innovation on the other, potential is more a priority than ever.
Managers need curiosity, cognitive capacity, the ability to motivate, and determination to implement ideas energetically.
More and more companies are recognizing the need for more agile and flexible action in the market. Creativity is the essential prerequisite for this.
In programs, participants have the opportunity to try out creative processes. For example, in a "Mission Impossible" task, in which they first develop an idea that is impossible to realize and then implement it, they can experience how they move in the uncertain situation of a creative process and work together as a team.
How can a meaningful perspective be developed in today's complex corporate world?
Based on the three levels of "Creative Leadership" — the handling of complexity, the orchestration of creativity and the emotional commitment to change situations — participants conduct a dialogue on how they can integrate creativity as a tool in their everyday life.
It was amazing to see how fluently we where able to discuss all our strategic questions we had, on a personal and organizational level, learning from the examples from the art world. The approach showed us that innovation after all is a creative challenge, that needs to be mastered on both, personal and organizational level. Even months after the program I still remember these key lessons. The art perspective helped me to see innovation in a different light.
The challenges for and demands on organizations and leaders have changed fundamentally. In social and entrepreneurial contexts where executives have to face an uncertain environment on the one hand and demands for greater innovation on the other, potential is more a priority than ever. Managers need curiosity, cognitive capacity, the ability to motivate, and determination to implement ideas energetically.
These dimensions of potential play a central role, especially in the case of long-term management changes, such as the handover of a family-run company or the further development and repositioning of a management team. On the one hand, strategic issues of corporate development or realignment must be carefully considered and clearly addressed. Curiosity and cognitive capacity are at the centre of this. On the other hand, it is important to maintain and develop the core of the corporate culture, in order to find the right balance between proven traditions and necessary innovations. Mobilisation and determination matter here.
Managers who want to shape this path need much more than strategic tools. They must have a broad social repertoire to bring people and organisations along the path of transformation.
To identify for you the best possible development of potential, we are breaking new ground with this programme and have developed an approach that offers a broad scope of reflection and space for understanding the status quo. Dialogues in front of works of art, interviews and an individual artistic work open a view of one's own potential.
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During the Onboarding week of our Global Leadership Fellow Programme we had the pleasure of working with Jörg Reckhenrich. He brought an exciting new exercise to the programme, inviting the fellows to paint their own portraits. Jörg introduced his module by using examples of self-portraits from art history. The fellows then painted their own portraits, which they found to be a very powerful experience. Jörg supported the group with his broad artistic experience and inspiring energy, helping the fellows to achieve the finest results. This creative exercise of self-reflection synthesised the other parts of the programme and offered a fine conclusion to the week’s activities.
How can we succeed in developing a fruitful and purposeful perspective in today's complex environment, in which companies and managers are confronted with a variety of challenges?
Leadership needs much more creative thinking! This is emphasized by both the IBM study "Corporate Governance in a Complex World" and a recently published study by the World Economic Forum. Both studies describe the importance of creativity from both a managerial and employee perspective. People want to make a difference and also want to help shape companies as employees.
How can managers in companies set up a framework for creativity in which inspiration and positive energy can unfold?
An open attitude, experimental thinking, just trying things out, collecting experiences and then taking the next step - these forms the basis of a creative attitude. In day-to-day management, the aim is to build a framework in which ideas and cooperation can flourish to the best of their potential.
I see creative leadership as a form of art! These four dimensions characterize creative leadership:
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With its really inspiring and invigorating elements, the seminar "strength-oriented leadership" by and with Jörg Reckhenrich and Marlen Nebelung is far away from many things I have learned so far - in the best sense. Through my engagement with art, in a gallery and a museum as well as a studio, my personal development plans and projects became vivid, super tangible and concrete. The two speakers accompanied us very well - as a participant I could deepen my values and strengths along the view of a work of art. This seminar sounds for a long time yet, a real recommendation!
How can creativity be systematically anchored in a company? This question was the starting point for a cooperation with a pharmaceutical company, which resulted in the development of a "creative lab". Creative processes should be tested by an internal team and results implemented.
The project began with a series of interviews across the ranks of the organization. Questions were posed about the company's ability to act creatively and its agility. In the follow-up workshop, areas of action for the organization were identified in order to use creative processes to explore new solutions. For example, a patient declaration of consent was greatly simplified in close cooperation with patients. The aim was to make it easier for patients to grasp complex medical interrelationships. The prototypes were then tested and further developed in subsequent steps.
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