I had a great experience attending the “Genius Journey: Developing Authentic Creative Leaders for the Innovation Economy”
presented by Dr. Detlef Reis (Dr. D.) founder of Thinkergy in Hong Kong. This was a very interactive innovation event for business and innovation practitioners.
Dr. Reis share his methodologies that he has been developing for over a decade focused on a four phased approach to innovation:
- Genius Journey
Each phase is a complete an mature step in the innovation lifecycle. The depth and extent of development was very impressive spanning everything from the facilities and environment, processes, cultural aspects, individual and group dynamics, and a huge repositories of tools to leverage throughout.
While spending the past decade in both research and hands on application he has now reached the point where he has authored several books ( soon to be published )on each phase and is moving towards both teaching the methodology and creating facilities in Asia built to provide the optimal environment for it application.
Another aspect of the approach and toolsets that was very differentiated was its development and application multiple international markets. His presentation highlighted many cultural challenges that must be addressed in the innovation process. This required the maturation of the overall approach and development of a much more extensive toolset supporting the methodology that traditional models that have been derived in North America.
I also enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time talking with Dr. Ries after the event to explore areas of synergy in our work and how current projects I’m involved in could benefit and help scale his offerings.