News for August
In August Fredrik was in Sweden enjoying his time on his island. But he also took the time to speak for some schools. He spoke for 2000+ students at Jōnkōping University. After the speech the client wrote “You are a Rockstar here now!”
He also spoke for the new 150 students at HyperIsland school in Stockholm. One student summarised the speech as: “It was a bloody great speech!” Finally he spoke for all the teachers at the largest private school company in Sweden. After the speech one teacher wrote “You are an amazing speaker and you truly inspire people- including me!”
To be able to inspire students – and teachers – to become more creative is one of the most rewarding parts of being a speaker. If you know of a school that would benefit from a speech from Fredrik please let me know, he would love to come and help out.
News for July.
This month I am in the middle of a 9 week tour of all 3 Ideas Islands.
I started with a one week stay on Ideas Island 1 in the Philippines.
I then spent one week on Ideas Island 2
And I am now on a 4 week stay on Ideas Island 3 before going back to Ideas Island 2.
9 weeks on Ideas Islands: an overdose of creative inspiration and quality of life.
Spending the days getting inspired by nature, contemplating ideas in the serenity of being isolated on an island and enjoying the feeling of how life slows down.
That means 9 weeks (whereof 6 weeks in a row) of no traveling, no speaking, no clients. And a minimal of work.
Yesterday I went to the Abba Museum in Stockholm and learnt that Bjorn and Benny of Abba wrote almost all of their hits on a small island outside Stockholm. In a video Benny said: “Being on tour kills creativity.” I think he, like me, are of the opinion that traveling the world is great for inspiration that can LEAD to ideas – but the ideas will not COME unless you give yourself time to unwind, relax and slow down.
So after speaking in 23 different countries in 2012 and jetting around in the same way in 2013 I am now in a contemplation phase consisting of 9 weeks on Ideas Islands.
If you also want to experience the unique feeling of spending time on any of the Ideas Islands click on the Ideas Island link and apply for a chance to stay.
News for June
What does baby food producers in France and logistics centres in China have in common?
How is a MBA class in Singapore connected to mobile phone developers in Taiwan?
And what does all that have to do with a japanese company committed to becoming a truly global company?
Well they where all examples of groups that I spoke for in June.
By being a global speaker on business creativity I do not only speak on creativity and global business – I also get to learn from businesses around the world, and in all kinds of industries, how they are using creativity and innovation to improve.
That is what I love with this job.
That I can stand and speak to a group of global managers from Danone on a wine yard in the south of France on day before jumping on a plane to go to the Philippines.
That I can fly in to Taipei to learn about how HTC is developing their new smart phone and the next day speak at the Global Technology Conference for clients of DHL.
Or how I can spend on day in Tokyo first speaking for a very interesting japanese company and then going out with clients and have a traditional japanese dinner.
So June was another month full of different impressions from around the world giving me inspiration and teaching me many new things.
July will be something totally different.
News for May
May was a months with less than normal travel for Fredrik.
Yet he still managed to go to: Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Philippines and Singapore for work.
The theme of the month can be called “Learning” as many of his assignments this month was about learning in one way or another.
Like how he was the opening speaker at the first course by HyperIsland in Singapore.
Or how he was invited to speak at the European Union about the importance of play.
Or how he spoke for 600 kindergarten teachers about creativity and learning.
Or how he was invited to speak about being a global citizen at a seminar at Oslo University.
But the most fun part was probably flying to Sweden to receive the keys to our third Ideas Island and being able to kick-start the island by having a guest stay there the very first month of operation.
The guest was very happy with his stay. So lets end with his quote from the island:
“I had the opportunity to stay a few days at the ideas island #3 (Vifärnaholme) in Sweden and it was a very special and great experience. I stayed 4 days at the island to write on my new book ‘Less is beautiful’ and got a lot of inspiration and a lot of work done thanks to the island. There are not a lot of distractions from the ‘busyness world’ so I could really focus on your goal + if I got stuck, I explored the island and everytime I found a new ‘secret’ place to get inspired. Absolutely recommended if you’re looking for silence, concentration and making ideas happen.”
– Cyriel Kortleven
News for April
In April Fredrik visited 6 countries for work:
He got to speak to many diverse groups, from marketing professionals at a Marketing conference in Warsaw, to country heads for SEA for NIKE at a conference in Jakarta and for treasury clients of CITI in Singapore and many more.
He got to speak for a government body (MIDA in KL), for corporate clients (on a speech about “One World. One Company.” in China) and creatives (in Poland.)
Perhaps the most interesting assignment was to be flown in to Shanghai to be the keynote speaker as the Swedish Business Association celebrated 15 years. Fredrik did a speech at the dinner on the differences in creativity between different cultures. Having spoken on creativity in – now – 47 countries, it is safe to say that he has some experience to draw from.
The month of January was full of different experiences.
It started off with me on a floating raft in Palawan. I had breakfast on a river side hotel in Bangkok. Got to see the amazing fjords of Norway and got to go powder snow snowboarding in Sapporo, Japan. (Probably the best skiing of my life.) I then got to go back to Thailand again, before spending some time in Singapore and ending the month by going to KL, Malaysia twice in one week.
My clients were as diverse as the landscapes I got to see in January.
I spoke for senior managers of Volvo Trucks Asia, and politicians in Trondheim, for TV sales executives at FOX Asia, for Country heads for health company Mega and for Key Account Managers for Ericsson South East Asia, management students at SMU and I was the keynote speaker at the global conference for HID.
Even the subjects I was asked to speak on were diverse.
I spoke on: Creativity in The Developing World, Business Creativity, One World. One Company (about being a global company) and I even did a speech about how I look at the future of the world, and another one on how to live a creative life.
Yes, January was really full of different experiences.
(Picture of my legs covered by 50 cm of powder snow a few hours before I did my speech in Japan.)
A creative pilot – You have to be joking? (Post from newsletter.)
2012 was a year of travel. So it was a good fit that my last speech of the year was for Malaysia Airlines.
When I was chatting with my client at Malaysia Airlines I mentioned that one of the professions that most people do NOT want to be creative is “pilot.”
I find that sad. Personally I would love for the pilot who flies my plane to be creative.
The mistake that people do is that they confuse “creativity” with “prone to take risk.”
I do not think creativity is about “taking risk.”
I think creativity is about “taking opportunities.”
So what do the pilots say?
Well, I have asked quite a few and they all say that their job require them to be very creative.
Not very often. Most of the time the planes almost flies themselves.
But the reason there are two pilots on a plane is because of those freak instances when things do not go as planned on the plane.
And then the pilot has to deal with a situation that no one saw coming.
Unpredictability requires a lot creativity.
So pilots are not creative often, but when they have to be, it is a crucial, life-and-death, skill.
So be inspired by the work of pilots and realise that most of the time life – just like a plane – flies by.
But once in a while something happens where we can become heroes if we have the creative wits to improvise and do the unpredictable.
And if we miss that opportunity the result can be catastrophic.
(This text is taken from the January newsletter. Want more creativity inspiration in straight to your inbox? Sign up for the newsletter using the link below.)
For me 2012 was The Year of the Traveler.
In one year I worked in 24 different (!) countries.
Sweden, Finland, Norway, England, Holland, Russia, Spain, Romania, India, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Pakistan, UAE, USA. North Korea, Malaysia and Macau and France.
In one year I used 32 different (!) airlines.
Air Asia, Air Phil, Aeroflot, ANA, BA, Cathay, Cebu Pacific, CHINA SOUTHERN, Delta, DragonAir, Emirates, Ethiad, Finnair, GARUDA AIRLINES, Iberia, KLM, Jetstar, Lufthansa, LOT, MAS, North Korea Air, Norwegian, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South West Airlines, Tiger Air, Thai, Turkish, Qatar, United, Zest Air and a privately chartered plane to Ukraine.
In one year I spoke for the most diverse groups of people. From government officials in Norway, to lawyers in China, to Nike employees in Portland and university professors in Pakistan. And many, many more.
The more I travel the more I realise two things:
1) We have much more in common with each other than we think.
2) We have so much to learn from each other.
All in November:
At a resort in Malacca I spoke for LandLease and learnt about how the construction industry is looking into using un-manned, flying helicopter robots to build houses in the future.
At a resort in Sentosa I spoke for KPMG Singapore and learnt about how KMPG is trying to become “one”.
At a resort in Bali I spoke for the Family Business Network and learnt about how The Green School is using bamboo and new ways of thinking to change what a school can be.
At a resort in Las Vegas I spoke for PMI and learnt about how the latest trends in Project Management.
At the Shangri-La Hotel in Manila I spoke for Union Bank and learnt about how a bank can work with a government and a mobile operator to totally transform the payments of pensions.
At the former Olympic Stadium grounds in Munich I spoke for the top, global sales executives of Volkswagen and learn how the largest car company in the world looks at the future of transportation.
And infront of 2000 people in Trondheim, Norway, I learnt about how a municipally can push creative thinking.
To be creative you need to expose yourself to a lot of different inputs. So November was a good month for me in this regard. Loaded with knowledge and information from the most different industries my brain is now ready to enter the second phase of the creative process: contemplation.
(Picture from FBN visit at The Green School, that i got to attend.)
Hong Kong, China
The cities I spoke in during October 2012 are as different as the clients that I had.
Nike Foundation, Keppel Group, Stoli, Pacific Basin, IKEA and Wikborg, Rein & Co.
In one month I got to learn about how Nike is supporting girls in Africa, how a off shore company is reshaping its training, what the future of premium vodka looks like, how the shipping industry is handling its crises, how a furniture company is trying to work differently with its suppliers and how a foreign law firm looks at the future of China.
The great thing with being a speaker is not only that you get to inspire people to be more creative, you also BECOME more creative and inspired by learning from so many different industries.
(Picture from a former school in Portland that had been rebuilt to a conference hotel and where NIKE had put their conference that I was speaking at.)
After six weeks sitting on an island the speaking circuit kicked off again with Fredrik delivering keynote speeches in 6 countries in 5 weeks.
Keynote speaker at internal event at SAAB in Sweden.
Keynote speaker at client event for KPMG in Bangkok.
Keynote speaker at Asia on The Edge, a creativity conference in Singapore.
Keynote speaker at the global conference of Jones Lang LaSalle in Hong Kong.
Keynote speaker at client event of Cognizant Singapore.
Keynote speaker at the global conference of Kreston, held in Beijing.
Keynote speaker at MEC Dubai’s 10 Year Celebration.
Speaker at the Asia Professional Speakers Singapore.
Keynote Speaker at Parallels conference in Singapore.
Keynote speaker at Franklin Templeton’s Asia conference.
Speaker at the Singapore Exchange top management off-site.
After speaking in more than 12 different countries during the first six months of 2012, Fredrik Härén spent six weeks on his island, Svanholmen, outside Stockholm in Sweden to give himself time to contemplate, think and wait for ideas. And of course also to spend time with his family.