Author Archives: Sari van Poelje

Cross-Functional Cooperation Breeds Innovation

My name is Sari van Poelje, I’m an expert in agile, innovative design and I’m here to talk to you about cooperation in teams. I’ve been traveling around the world helping businesses innovate as quickly as they innovate their products. And sometimes what I come up against is teams that are not willing to cooperate. Cooperation is really, really important ...

Read More »

Team Agility and Business Innovation: Agile Boundary Paradoxes

A new study conducted by Censuswide, sponsored by Ricoh Europe, examines the challenges and opportunities in establishing more agile and flexible businesses. Top of the list is regulation (39%), followed by lack of investment in new technologies (37%) and inescapably rigid internal hierarchies (35%) according to the 2,140 business leaders surveyed. Diez-Aguirre VP Corporate Marketing, Ricoh Europe said: “In today’s ...

Read More »

Intuition is Essential for Innovation

Woman blindfolded

In 1996 I conducted a large research program on leadership development. I had been a director in multinationals for a long time, and was frustrated by the lack of behavioural results the leadership curriculum was generating. So I set out to find out what actually helped business leaders to learn. One of the outcomes of the research was that top ...

Read More »

Can you Teach Intuition?

Woman blindfolded

When I walked into the boardroom I knew something was seriously off key here. The new CEO was sitting with his back to his team. Some leaders were juggling with their phones, others were answering emails. This was supposed to be a breakthrough meeting about the strategy for the coming two years. It was one of their biggest challenges yet. ...

Read More »

The Dream Customer

In 2012, the first major collaboration between Chrysler and Fiat produced a brand new version of the classic 1970s Dodge Dart, to a lukewarm reception. Why? At least three reasons: including a manual transmission for a mainly automatic transmission buying audience; installing a European style dual clutch, for mainly American buyers and entering a tough, competitive market. Did they really ...

Read More »

Should you rely on intuition?

One of the games I play with my colleagues is : “Guess the relationship”. The rules of the game are simple. When we are in restaurants each of us makes a hypothesis about the relationship between people sitting at another table. We discuss our intuitive sense of their relationship. If everyone agrees to your hypothesis you have to get up ...

Read More »