From the monthly archives:

September 2012

The Eureka Moment

September 30, 2012

In this blog post, we will take a journey from a creative moment in the life of Archimedes, to the recent breakthrough of social media. Underlying the text but not explicitly described are the complexities of “big data”. Eureka is a ancient Greek work, translating as “I have found it”. This statement is attributed to […]

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What are your values?

September 28, 2012

It is more than 50 years now since Peter Drucker wrote: ”The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it is selling him”, but I still meet companies that need to be reminded of this fact. Customers don’t buy products; they buy solutions to their problems. It is not the product in itself, but the […]

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Emerging Stronger from the Crises

September 25, 2012

 “Europe is facing a moment of transformation. The crises has wiped out years of economic and social progress and exposed structural weaknesses in Europe´s economy. In the meantime, the world is moving fast and long-term challenges such as globalisation, pressure on resources, population ageing, are intensifying.” – Quote from Europe 2020 Strategy The European Union […]

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Welcome to the Go-go land

September 24, 2012

Last week I spent a few days in Dublin, which has become the European capital of IT and social media companies with Google’s European head quarter and Facebook just around the corner from each other. One of the high points of the trip was to experience the famous Google culture and see what the fuzz […]

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The 20 Most Influential Economic Papers

September 21, 2012

It is Friday, and in London where I am today, it is one of the first weekends of autumn. What better then, than a good read to warm the spirit! Economic Papers provides a forum for the presentation of research and debate in applied economics and economic policy analysis. They are often published in academic […]

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How might we

September 19, 2012

Ever wonder why you get stuck trying to come up with new creative ideas? Perhaps it is time you focus your communication on three very important words: How Might We. The more common words to use when trying to come up with new ideas or new ways of doing thing, such as “How can we […]

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Innovation-in-action: Hop-on Hop-off buses

September 18, 2012

Examples of how industries, companies and organisations are using innovation to compete. I’ve recently made several weekend trips in Europe and have for the first time in years been using sightseeing buses. It has been both a surprising and pleasant experience, leading me to reflect on the changes/ innovations this industry has introduced over the […]

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Cooperation Kenya – Sweden

September 17, 2012

On 17 September 2012, Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden´s Minister for International Development Cooperation, inaugurated the new Swedish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. The new office is Sweden´s largest Embassy worldwide, which confirms the country´s strong partnership with Kenya and the region. About 300 guests took part in the event, during which they could enjoy bitings with […]

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The Lords of Finance

September 15, 2012

“When history books trace the evolution of the euro crisis, September 2012 will mark the beginning of a new chapter.” – The Economist, September 15, 2012 “We have involved ourselves in a colossal muddle, having blundered in the control of a delicate machine, the working of which we do not understand.” – John Maynard Keynes, […]

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Corporate Innovation talk at the SLOW Lounge, Sandton, Johannesburg

September 12, 2012

On Tuesday the 11th September Jorgen Eriksson, Bearing Consulting’s Managing Partner, gave a talk on Corporate Innovation at the SLOW Lounge in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. The talk was mainly attended by the SLOW Lounge’s members, most of whom are founders of start-up firms, many in the technology sector. The main point that I took […]

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The Innovators Dilemma

September 11, 2012

It is not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change. – Clarence Darrow Now in the 21st century we live in hyper competitive markets. This means that whatever product or service your company can come up with and bring to the market, someone else […]

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Henry Ford – The HR Manager

September 10, 2012

As the Founder of Ford Motor Company Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was the one who changed the market for automobiles in  the USA. By developing the techniques behind mass production Ford made the automobile available to the middle class that had, up until then, not been able to afford one. […]

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Place Branding in Russia

September 7, 2012

In Bearing, we have worked with place branding and place development on a world-wide basis. However most often we do our work communicating in the English language. During the recent decades, we have worked in several larger cities in Russia, but in 2005, as the book Marketing Places – attracting investments, businesses, residents and tourists […]

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The Power of Country Visions

September 3, 2012

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision merely passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel Barker, Futurist, Author It is the year 2012 AD and we live in an age of radical change and rapid development. Perhaps more radical than is currently understood. The world has undergone […]

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Delivering Happiness

September 1, 2012

About a year ago I read Tony Hsieh’s book Delivering Happiness, A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. For those of you who don’t know who Tony Hsieh is he was the founder of LinkExchange, which he sold to Microsoft for $265 million at the age of 24, and then turned, an online shoe […]

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