Is innovation killing your company? | Alf Rehn, University of Southern Denmark
It’s time to get innovative as Lloyd welcomes acclaimed writer and speaker Alf Rehn.
From becoming the youngest university chair in Finland to serving as a chairman to a Gold Lion-winning ad agency, Alf has led a vast and varied career. Today, he’s a professor of innovation, design and management at the University of Southern Denmark and the author of Innovation for the Fatigued: How to Build a Culture of Deep Creativity.Apple Podcast Spotify
On this episode, Lloyd and Alf discuss what companies are getting wrong about innovation, why fatigue is set in and how to fix it. Alf also explains why the biggest icons are those who are free to take risks and outlines the three attributes of successful CEOs. Plus, hear about the big company Alf missed the boat on and hear what he learned from meeting GE magnate Jack Welch.
04:17: The surprising lesson Alf learned from meeting GE executive Jack Welch
09:00: The three attributes of successful CEOs
10:55: Innovation fatigue and how neobanks contribute to it
16:00: Why big companies aren’t necessarily bad innovators
22:17: Innovation as a balance of curiosity and perseverance
28:30: Why the most innovative companies lead by example
32:00: How the opportunity of a lifetime thrust Alf into an existential crisis
40:24: Why contrarians continue to fascinate Alf
46:41: Alf’s advice for climbing the career ladder
Also published on Medium.