A Rear View Mirror – The Second Batch

by Jörgen Eriksson on January 8, 2015

keep-calm-and-go-to-your-mind-palaceDear reader, last week we published a look through the rear view mirror on the five most popular articles here on The Bearing Wave since the blog was set up in 2009. Today it is time to take a close look at the following five articles, the sixth to tenth most popular of all time on this blog.

Over the years both employees and guest bloggers have expanded the scope of the blog and today it is more about leading edge ideas related to innovation, than only about the work of the management consultancy.

Through your feedback and comments, we know we have gained many regular readers and in 2014 we had 58,000 visits to this website.

6. Future of the European Union – Smart specialization

RIS3The sixth most popular article of all times on this blog is Future of the European Union – Smart specialization. It was written in 2012 about the new strategy for regional innovation system development in the European Union, RIS3 (Regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation) which is a clear-cut break with previous EU strategies.

Since we wrote the article, Bearing has been working on several regional smart specialization projects, including responsibility to develop strategies for the East Sweden region, as documented in this article.

7. Lean is about Values–Principles–Methods–Tools

LeanThe seventh most popular article, published in June 2012, has been Lean is about Values–Principles–Methods–Tools. It is about one of the dimensions one can work on innovation through, lean manufacturing, lean enterprise, or lean production, often simply called "Lean" .

It is about a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Lean is very popular in manufacturing and supply chains today, but there is a back side to the coin. With too much lean, too much optimisation, there will be limited time and resources left for crucial work with innovation.

8. Intercultural Challenges–How Can We Work Together?

Intercultural-corporationsThe eight most popular article, written by one of our most experienced Senior Advisors in January 2013, is Intercultural Challenges–How Can We Work Together? In today´s multicultural world where talents are hired across national borders and the job market for young people go far beyond their home town, it is about how to organise and run multi-cultural organisations.

This is a huge challenge in todays business life. I remember in the 1990s when I was in charge of an organisation with people from 32 nationalities. In many ways, multi-cultural organisations reduces stress and allows for great competence growth, but at the same time the potential for situations of misunderstanding is very high and active training and work with team building are musts.

To be a good intercultural manager you need to be able to interact with other cultures, listen and observe, respect them, learn from them and see how you can create synergy effects. This means that you must create a give and take process with other cultures. You must build trust.

9. The Art of Listening

the art of listeningThe ninth most popular blog article, published in the beginning of 2014, is The Art of Listening. Entrepreneurs, business leaders and managers often tend to be good at speaking, telling their stories and being able to inspire others. But yet, being a good listener is equally, if not more, important than the speaking skills. Listening is an essential part of communication, and it goes beyond hearing words; it is an active process that requires conscientiousness and practice.

Being a good listener is essential to anyone who has colleagues, deals with customers or runs a business, which means that it is of significant importance for almost everyone in todays business world. Many individuals tend, however, to become numb to the noise that follows us in everyday life. If you agree with these statements, then this article is for you. If you disagree with them, then most likely it is even more so.

10. The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

The tenth most popular blog article of all times, published in October 2013, is The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators. It is about the five key characteristics of successful innovators and it is a must read if you are in any way working with or interested in innovation.

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About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail jorgen.eriksson@bearing-consulting.com, connect on LinkedIn on http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/jörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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