Dear reader, last week we published a look through the rear view mirror on the five most popular articles here on The Bearing Wave since the blog was set up in 2009. Today it is time to take a close look at the following five articles, the sixth to tenth most popular of all time on this blog.
Over the years both employees and guest bloggers have expanded the scope of the blog and today it is more about leading edge ideas related to innovation, than only about the work of the management consultancy.
Through your feedback and comments, we know we have gained many regular readers and in 2014 we had 58,000 visits to this website.
6. Future of the European Union – Smart specialization
The sixth most popular article of all times on this blog is Future of the European Union – Smart specialization. It was written in 2012 about the new strategy for regional innovation system development in the European Union, RIS3 (Regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation) which is a clear-cut break with previous EU strategies.
Since we wrote the article, Bearing has been working on several regional smart specialization projects, including responsibility to develop strategies for the East Sweden region, as documented in this article.
7. Lean is about Values–Principles–Methods–Tools
The seventh most popular article, published in June 2012, has been Lean is about Values–Principles–Methods–Tools. It is about one of the dimensions one can work on innovation through, lean manufacturing, lean enterprise, or lean production, often simply called "Lean" .
It is about a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Lean is very popular in manufacturing and supply chains today, but there is a back side to the coin. With too much lean, too much optimisation, there will be limited time and resources left for crucial work with innovation.
8. Intercultural Challenges–How Can We Work Together?
The eight most popular article, written by one of our most experienced Senior Advisors in January 2013, is Intercultural Challenges–How Can We Work Together? In today´s multicultural world where talents are hired across national borders and the job market for young people go far beyond their home town, it is about how to organise and run multi-cultural organisations.
This is a huge challenge in todays business life. I remember in the 1990s when I was in charge of an organisation with people from 32 nationalities. In many ways, multi-cultural organisations reduces stress and allows for great competence growth, but at the same time the potential for situations of misunderstanding is very high and active training and work with team building are musts.
To be a good intercultural manager you need to be able to interact with other cultures, listen and observe, respect them, learn from them and see how you can create synergy effects. This means that you must create a give and take process with other cultures. You must build trust.
9. The Art of Listening
The ninth most popular blog article, published in the beginning of 2014, is The Art of Listening. Entrepreneurs, business leaders and managers often tend to be good at speaking, telling their stories and being able to inspire others. But yet, being a good listener is equally, if not more, important than the speaking skills. Listening is an essential part of communication, and it goes beyond hearing words; it is an active process that requires conscientiousness and practice.
Being a good listener is essential to anyone who has colleagues, deals with customers or runs a business, which means that it is of significant importance for almost everyone in todays business world. Many individuals tend, however, to become numb to the noise that follows us in everyday life. If you agree with these statements, then this article is for you. If you disagree with them, then most likely it is even more so.
10. The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators
The tenth most popular blog article of all times, published in October 2013, is The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators. It is about the five key characteristics of successful innovators and it is a must read if you are in any way working with or interested in innovation.