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”.
“I listened to Fredrik in Bali at the FBN Asia Regional retreat and he was so inspiring!”
– A Aswani
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.
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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.
One month in the life of a professional speaker (2 min video)
Ever wonder what it is like to be a professional speaker? Watch this video to get some inspiration of what the job is like.
21 flights, 11 speeches, in 10 different countries in 1 month – and still 6 days off with my family.
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.)
“Fredrik Hären was very well received indeed. In fact, people queued up to see him and we had to add more chairs to his room!”
“An amazing evening with Fredrik Haren on being a Global Speaker. Real, Inspiring, Authentic. Thank you Fredrik.”
– Joanne F
Press: 93.8 Live
Today Fredrik Haren was interviewed on Singapore radio station 93.8 LIVE. For one hour he was the guest on “The Hot Seat”, talking about his life, his work and his ideas.
“It was wonderful to meet with you last night at APSS. Your perspective was very interesting and I greatly enjoyed learning from you.”
– Tanvi G
Ignorance Busters: Gangnam Style. (Post from newsletter.)
A few days ago the video for the song Gangnam Style became the most viewed video on Youtube and it will soon be the first video to pass a billion views. It is also the video with the most likes (around 6 million)
Perhaps more impressive are that hundreds of millions of views of parody videos with everything from Mitt Romney Style to grandmothers doing the funny hors-riding-dance. You might love the song, or hate it. You might love the dance, or hate it. But either way, I am pretty sure you know about it.
If you ask me, the one thing that PSY has done is to create a crack in the wall of ignorance that the west has raised against the east. Twenty to thirty years from now I think we will look back at Gangnam Style as the first example of how global trends and global culture now get created in Asia and then spread to the rest of the world. No, Gangnam Style is not the first meme to spread out of Asia, and yes, Asia has exported many things to the rest of the world BUT the run-away-sucess of this happy, little song and the way the west has embraced it is – for me – an example of something new.
Of Asia defining what is trendy, beautiful, cool or funny. My book “The Developing World” is JUST about this shift. So of course I want to take the opportunity to use this newsletter to celebrate the 1 billion view mark of Gangnam Style. Go Asia! Go The Developing World.
(This text is taken from the December newsletter. Want more creativity inspiration in straight to your inbox? Sign up for the newsletter using the link below.)