Inspiring Ideas

Welcome to the official web site of Fredrik Härén

Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered over 2000 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 60 countries on 6 continents and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”.

2 April 2014
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A month of extremes for a Global Professional Speaker

The month of March was a month of extremes for a global professional speaker like me. 

I got to be the keynote speaker at the Global Dealer Conference for Bentley in London and I also got to speak for university students in Lithuania.

I got to speak for Swedish pub owners as well as for hotel managers in Singapore and I also got to speak for the global internet marketing team of MINI cars at a conference in Munich. 

I got to go to Bali twice. Once to speak for bankers, once to speak for the partners of Kodak Alaris.

One of the best things of being a global professional speaker is that you get to experience so many different cultures, industries and environments.

One day I got off the stage in a luxury hotel in central London to speak with a Bentley dealer from Saudi Arabia and less than 24 hours later, I was in a Hyatt Resort in Bali talking to Asian bankers.

It was also a month of extremes when it came to traveling. In 50 hours I got to see the airports of: Manila, Taipei, Amsterdam, Munich, Paris, Hong Kong and then back to Manila again. But I also had more than 10 days of Paternity leave with my two kids where I did not travel at all.

global conference speaker Fredrik Haren

The Pankhurst Barbershop that Bentley had set outside their global conference where delegates could get a real british haircut. Of course I had one.

1 March 2014
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A short, but intense month took a speaker around the world.

February was a short month but I still managed to be the speaker for conferences and events that happened in Seoul, Korea; Manila, the Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Munich, Germany and Oslo, Norway – and of course Singapore.

I spoke for such diverse groups as the clients of EY, the delegates of the global sales conference of BMW and for managers of Tesco in Asia and many other groups. The groups might have been different; the countries, industries and events too, but they all had the same thing in common: a keen interest to know more about the world of ideas and the ideas of business.

(ps. The best speaker gift of 2014 was – by far – the kick-bike that the MAN CEO handed over to me to give to my son. Talk about being a hero when he came back from that trip.)

Gift for a conference speaker

The best speaker gift of 2014 was – by far – the kick-bike that the MAN CEO handed over to me to give to my son

28 January 2014
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Universal Creativity

As the Chinese new year approaches Fredrik gets to summarise the first month of 2014.

What does producers of luxury sunglasses (Luxottica): the producers of rubber seals (Trelleborg) as well as the largest mobile phone company in the Philippines (Smart) have in common?

Not much most people will say. But they all invited Fredrik Härén to speak to them in January of 2014. It is amazing how the theme of business creativity is universal – it is really needed in all industries, and in all parts of the world.

View from the hotel where one conferences that Fredrik spoke at in January was held. (yes, being a global speaker does have its perks.)

13 January 2014
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Inspiring Ideas. Globally.

For me 2013 was the “global year”. I launched my new book – One World. One Company – about being a Truly Global Company. And then I set out to travel the world to speak. It turned out to be a pretty global year. Here are some statistics about my 2013:

* I spoke in 26 different (!) countries just last year

* 92.6% of my paid speeches in 2013 where outside my “home country” of Singapore.

* +45% of my speeches in 2013 where outside my home continent of Asia.

* I passed 50 countries spoken in in 2013

* I spoke on 5 continents in 2013 (and have spoken on 6 in total as a professional speaker.)

* I boarded 137 flights that took med to speak in 37 different cities

* I spent 700 hours on planes in 8 months (which is the same as a professional airline pilot :) (I had 4 months of in 2013 as I was on paternity leave, so I did the above in 8 months.)

* And finally, I spoke on “How to be a global speaker” at the “Global Speaker Summit” 😉

It was a great year. A fun year. And a global year!
I did some videos about the crazy, global year of 2013.

You can find them here:

My three favourite ones are:

I hope these videos, and my book, will encourage people to have a more global mindset. It has never been more important – or valuable – to think globally than now.



5 January 2014
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News for December

In December Fredrik Härén got the honors of speaking at The Global Speaker Summit. He was invited to speak on the subject of being a Global Speaker – a suitable theme for a speaker who spoke in 26 different countries in 2013.

In the month of December Fredrik was able to speak in Canada, India, Myanmar, Singapore and Malaysia before going off for a 2 weeks vacation in the Philippines on Dec 15.

Fredrik got to speak to managers of General Electric in Bangalore, for government officials from ASEAN on a conference in KL, for health care professionals in Myanmar and for teachers in Singapore.

Here is a video done in December to illustrate the inspiration that Fredrik got from speaking in so many developing countries.


5 December 2013
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News for November

How much can you see in one months?

Well, in November Fredrik spoke for IT-professionals in Malaysia, for the global top sales & marketing management team of Volkswagen, for media experts in Stockholm, for an advertising agency in Gothenburg and for bankers in Singapore.

He got to see the Sydney Opera house in Australia, as well as speak in Mumbai. He spoke for Toastmasters and the Swedish Chamber of Business. He spoke for car salespeople in Mexico and for robot experts in Finland.

He got to experience summer, winter, spring and fall.  All in 30 days.

Some videos from these travels can be seen here:


18 November 2013
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All is Gone. Now all we have left is new ideas.

A few years back me and my wife had an idea: What if we would let people stay – for free! – on our private island in the Philippines so they could work on their ideas! It was a beautiful idea, We called it Ideas Island, launched a website (, invested, built and planned and finally started to invite guests. The people who got to stay there just loved it. We loved being able to let people stay there for free and we loved the ideas the guests worked on.

Last week that dream got a punch in the face in the form of super-Typhoon Yolanda.
All that we had been building over the last few years got destroyed. Our house, our two boats, our infrastructure. Everything. Even our tree-house got blown away. As our caretaker wrote in his first SMS to us when his mobile started to work again: “All is gone.” Luckily our staff is safe! But the dream that we made happen is gone. We are back to where we started: with an empty island with nothing on it. Seeing the idea of Ideas Island go from idea to realisation to over-night destruction has made me realise something: To see one of your favourite ideas come to life is one of the purest forms of happiness there is. To see one of your favourite projects be ruined is not sad. It just leaves you with a feeling of emptiness.

And from that I have drawn the conclusion that we should all think about what grand, beautiful, crazy or beautiful ideas we are carrying around with us. What is stopping us from making them happen? Is it fear? Of what? Failure? Of what will happen if it doesn’t become a success? Of what will happen if we invest all that time, money and effort into something that will never take off – or if it all gets blown away in a storm?

Well, take it from me:
The joy of giving birth to ideas is greater than the sorrow of seeing ideas die. Immensely bigger. We have nothing to fear. You have nothing to fear.

Go back and revisit those gorgeous ideas of yours and pick the one that you really would like to make happen. That one idea that the world really needs. Or the one you just think is a fun, little, cool thing that would make people smile – like our idea of Ideas Island. And then make it happen.

If it does become a success you will feel immortal . If it fails you will not die. The sun will rise again, you will move on – but at least you will feel happy that you tried. Ideas inspire us like almost nothing else in life. The word inspiration means “to breathe in” – in other words, to be inspired is “the oxygen of our mind” – it’s what’s keeps us alive.

Believe in your ideas.
Make them happen.
Tell your friends to make their ideas happen.
You will be glad you did.
Even if you one day wake up to the news that your idea was blown away in a storm.
Trust me. I know.

5 November 2013
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News for October

October was a crazy month. In 30 days Fredrik got to see Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Australia, Taipei, Singapore, Dubai, UK, the Philippines and Malaysia.

He spoke for bankers, students, IT-professionals, Oil & Gas Experts, Accountants, consultants, teachers and many, many more.

He spoke on a beach in Phuket, in a conference place next to a castle and in a casino.

It was an amazing months – full of inspiration from – literally – around the world.

Here are some videos from the month of October:

15 October 2013
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Fredrik Haren featured in Bangladesh media

Fredrik Haren, an author and speaker on business creativity, founder of, shares his theories of creativity with Dhaka Tribune

5 October 2013
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News for September

September was a month of contrasts.

Fredrik got to speak for Kommerskollegium – one of the oldest government institutions in Sweden – it’s been running since 1651!

But he also spoke for branding professionals in Bangladesh.

The contrast could not have been bigger.

He also got to speak to banking managers as well as sales people. Quite a big contrast too.

He spoke in a dark room for designers in Finland and for young students in Singapore. Also that a big difference.

All in the month of September.

The ability to speak for different professionals in different industries and from different parts of the world gives a speaker a unique ability to get a bigger picture of what is going on in the world.

Below is a short video to give a glimpse into the life of Fredrik in September.