EMBA Masterclass: Stefan Lindegaard

Last December, Stefan Lindegaard was back in Paris to run a Masterclass hosted by the EMBA of the Telecom Ecole de Management. The topic: Are you ready to transform, or die? Stefan performed a stylistic combination of smoothness and take-no-prisoners questioning, always striving to awaken the will to disrupt that slumbers within the audience. What was his main message? “Become competitively unpredictable!” Today’s competitors are known, but tomorrow’s competitors and ecosystem partners are unknown. What advantage does becoming competitively unpredictable bring? Stefan views making their organization capable of working with unknown elements as one of the top priorities of today’s executives. Many have been aware for a long time of the importance of becoming adaptive, fluid and transformative, and this imperative remains

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Presans Outlook 2017: Our Vision of the Future

This is how we upped our game at Presans in 2016 1. We reinforced our defining human asset: the Presans Fellows group. 2. We increased and deepened our expert pool by launching Sofia 3. 3. We developed our business by partnering with ADL on breakthrough innovation. The three megatrends we identified a year ago are still active Trend #1: An inflation and fragmentation of knowledge: new knowledge is being generated at an accelerated rhythm (for instance, five million scientific papers are published every year). In addition to this, this new knowledge is created in a multitude of entities of which the average size is decreasing. Thus, it is faster today to pick from this knowledge that has already been created

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Technological Museums Quest | 1. Getting started

Visiting the past of the future First off, here’s how Peter Thiel explains the concept of future: What makes the future distinctive and important isn’t that it hasn’t happened yet, but rather that it will be a time when the world looks different from today. In this sense, if nothing about our society changes for the next 100 years, then the future is over 100 years away. If things change radically in the next decade, then the future is nearly at hand. Humans don’t decide what to build by making choices from some cosmic catalog of options given in advance; instead, by creating new technologies, we rewrite the plan of the world. If we extend this idea to the past,

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Hero Question Quest | 1. Musil

“Who are your heroes?” — This is a question I never fail to ask in an interview. Some people like the question, some don’t. Why do I always ask it? First of all, the hero question is always a meta-question. Beyond any list of names, the way in which we relate to this question is in itself revealing. Some people freely acknowledge heroes. Others consider themselves to be driven by ideas. Some even think heroes are overrated and prefer books. Does it come down to a preference for the subjective vs. the objective? A writer who gave a lot of thought to this question is engineer / novelist Robert Musil, author of The Man Without Qualities — which, just from

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News from the symbiotic transfer economy front

I’ve been receiving a lot of links from Albert recently. He’s been on the road quite a bit this month, making new connections and finding out about new startups along the way. Or maybe these subjects are just always on his radar. Let’s see what we have, shall we? Companies are becoming more and more symbiotic. From job searches to politics, the signs of technological disruption are there. Nothing that would knock your socks off if you’re a regular reader of this blog. On-demand skills and talents Years after Presans, here are 2 French startups that Albert just met in San Francisco Bruce and Crafty. They are creating a Meigean transferring market in all but name – i.e. a new way to engage

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Raout Talks 2016: disruption across the spectrum

People like to celebrate the tradition they are a part of, even innovators. But they also like realtalk — especially innovators, the builders of new realities. The theme of the evening was disruption. You’ve heard of disruption, of course. You may even have read about it on this blog. The noise around this word is impossible to escape. But so is the core of reality that it captures. This duality was quite familiar to the Raout audience. All those that were present are industrial innovators, many among them clients of Presans. That is something we’re proud of. We picked this theme because we knew there was depth behind the noise. In order to uncover this depth, we gave it the

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Presans Raout 2016: go deep or go home

Friday October 7, PARIS — The urban halls of Remix Coworking once again rang with the clamor of the Presans Raout. Expectations had been set high by the previous edition of the Parisian industrial innovation event. Presans CEO Albert Meige managed once again to take everyone by surprise. Sure, the Presans team went in with a rough map of what was about to transpire. The Raout is our annual company gathering, a time of reckoning, a time when visions are shared and strategies discussed.  In 2016, a snapshot picture of Presans would reveal the following facts: Presans is consolidating its position as a French industrial open innovation leader. The Fellows team is successfully renewing itself and expanding. The technology behind

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How much multipotentiality does innovation need?

Multipotentiality has a strong sense and a weak sense. In the strong sense, it is the ability to perform in unrelated domains of activity. In the weak sense, it is the cultivation of interests pertaining to unrelated domains, even if this cultivation is not associated with performance. It is this weak sense that is employed by Emilie Wapnick, founder of the “multipotentialite” tribal religion. Her doctrine asserts the existence of a distinct “multipotentialite” type of personality, whose flourishing stands at odds with socially dominant “specialist” roles. According to this doctrine, multipotentialites should specifically accept not completing projects as a normal consequence of their multipotentiality. The purpose of this commandment is to remove the sting of failure. Multipotentialites basically encourage each

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Ono-Dit-Biot & De Loisy channel Houellebecq @ Palais de Tokyo |Impressions

The elusive French writer Michel Houellebecq rarely appears in public, however sometimes his buddies will accept to come and share insights and anecdotes about the man. Enter Christophe Ono-dit-Biot, an interesting writer and journalist in his own right, and Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo, to masterfully wrap-up Rester vivant, the recent photography exhibit / art installation by Houellebecq. The lively discussion between both men provided a captivating appendix to the French artist’s work. One of he main takeaways from this event is that Michel Houellebecq totally is a Renaissance Man. Another important and related idea is that he’s actually underrated as an artist. In a world of overspecialization, the scope of his work marks him out as

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Intellectual investor Charles Gave sees disruption on the political horizon

A bit over a year ago, Charles Gave approvingly noted that the Polynesians knew the following important piece of anthropological wisdom relative to human multipotentiality: people are a mix of tree lovers and boat lovers. Tree lovers want to live where they were born. Boat lovers want to move from one place to the other. How does this idea apply to the person of Charles Gave? On the one hand, we have a man born in Syria, whose MBA comes from New York, who worked all of his life in international finance, who spent the 1980s and early 1990s as an entrepreneur in London, and then went on to open another business in Hong Kong during the mid-nineties, where he lived

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