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.
After speaking in more than XX 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.
The perks of being a speaker.
In June Fredrik Härén got:
– 3 days on a beach in Barcelona while doing two speeches at a DNV conference.
– An amazing – and brutally hard – chinese massage after a speech for IBM’s clients in Hong Kong.
– to attend a roof top party hosted by Mindshare the night before his keynote speech at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
– do a research trip to N
Speech for employees at IRAS in Singapore.
The contrasts of being a creativity speaker:
In June Fredrik Härén got to:
– Spend three days on a beach in Barcelona while doing two speeches for Den Norske Veritas AND (!) do a research trip to North Korea.
– Attend a roof top party hosted by Mindshare the night before his keynote speech at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity AND (!) do a speech for the Internal Revenue Authority of Singapore.
– Talk for IBM clients in Hong Kong AND (!) see Sweden play England live in Ukraine after doing a speech on match day in Kiev.
Some months are just more busy for professional speakers than other.
May is such a month.
In May 2012 Fredrik Härén’s schedule was as follows:
– Two Keynote speeches at the PMI conference in Romania.
– Speech for the employees of Nordea in Singapore.
– Speech for Doctors at Karolinska Hospital in Sweden.
– Keynote speech for Swedish Wind Association.
– Speech for Kindergarten teachers in Singapore.
– Keynote speech at the Capman conference in Finland.
– Speech for a conference organized by The Ministry of Education in Singapore.
– Speech at a brainstorming session organized by the Singapore Tourism Board.
– Speech for the Ministry of home Affairs.
As you can see it was very diverse with both keynote speeches and brainstorming sessions; both government, non-profit organizations and commercial companies; and both developing and developed countries.
April was another month of heavy travel.
In 30 days Fredrik managed to speak at:
A SingTel conference in Singapore
A customer event for GodEl in Sweden
A global senior management conference in China for AkzoNobel and (!) also squeeze in a small Asia tour to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taipei to speak to the employees of the offices of UBS Japan, UBS Hong Kong, and UBS Taiwan.
Raking up air miles to fly around the world to try to make it more creative.
March was a great example of how creativity is a topic that is relevant is all kinds of industries.
Just during the month of March Fredrik Härén talked on creativity for:
– Firefighters, police officers and customs officers from Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore
– The HR departments of NIKE Europe and NIKE China meet in Singapore and invited Fredrik Härén for a speech.
– The employees of Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) in Sweden had a conference with Fredrik Härén as their main speaker.
– Students at Linné University on Sweden as well as students from Västervik.
– Employees of UBS in London.
– A couple of hundred sales people of SAPA at a European sales conference in Amsterdam.
– Employees of Mindshare Asia at a conference in Bali.
– Senior managers of Capitaland Asia on a conference in China.
– SingTel employees attending the opening of the SingTel innovation lab.
Different industries, different countries, different kinds of conference – all with one common theme: the need to innovate!
February was a global month for Fredrik Härén.
He flew to the Manila to give a talk for the senior management of SN Power Aboitiz, a joint venture between a Norwegian and Philippine company.
He flew to Thailand to give a talk to Indian sales- and marketing directors of FOX TV India.
He gave a at the Singapore Airshow for at Jeppesen’s client event. (Jeppesen is the company that produces the maps used by airline pilots around the world.)