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SPACES AND US

The chicken and egg question. Reading about the Apple's New Campus, I can not help thinking about spaces, how we make them and how they make us. The new campus is Steve's vision of a workplace where people are open to each other and open to nature. It is a complex that blurs the line between the inside and outside, taking the inspiration from Stanford University and blowing it to extravaganza. Jobs’ idea was to have the pod concept at the center and repeat those pods over and over: pod for office work, pod for teamwork, pod for socializing, and places where people cn bump into each other and talk. The building will house 12000 employees, it has only One restaurant, a huge one, forci

For the love of Books

This week I was deeply immersed in the world of books, curating and facilitating an exhibition of antiquarian books on the life of the Albanian national hero Scanderbeg, dating from 1500- 1800 in the Hague. The thrill of touching (carefully and with love) something that was printed 500 years ago was special, the paper, the fonts, the illustrations, the different feel if the book was published in 1510 or in 1730 and the imaginary trip you had from one printing house in Augsburg to another in Madrid, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Rome, Paris, Stockholm. The collection has been created with a lot of love and enthusiasm by Patricia Nugee an eccentric English lady who became fascinated by t

Talent lessons

No week goes by without several business publications devoting space to talent, how to find it, manage it, nurture it and keep it. Inspire to Innovate turned to the world of football for some talent inspiration as last week marked a couple of milestones, as Lionel Messi scored his 500th goal for Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo with his 400th Real Madrid goal. Now for those of you out there who aren't football fans or in fact actively despise the sport, then don’t worry, because even though I could go on for ages about the finer points of each player and delve into tactics and stats, I’m not going to. What I am going to do is use the two players as examples and hopefully by the end, as inspir

Why HR needs Design Thinking

Two-thirds of companies now believe complexity is an obstacle to business success and a barrier to growth in business productivity. The strive for simplicity has become a mantra for many companies. It is no surprise that 79 percent of executives in the Global Human Capital Trends survey rated design thinking an important or very important issue. It gives the HR executives a mindset, process and a lot of tools to address complex problems in their daily work. There are 3 key areas where Design Thinking can help HR: 1. Putting people at the centre of the organisation. This requires a lot more understanding of their needs, pains and aspirations. Annual surveys, focus groups and questionnaires, f

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