Shifts in Minds for Shifts in Action

We partner with teams who want to meet their challenges with the Imagination, bold Thinking and Creativity required to generate purposeful Innovation that can benefit the world and make them prosper

The Map is not the Territory
but
our Corporation Map may help you take a new look at your Mental Maps!

Our Map is meant to give you a fresh perspective of what a company – your company – is.

it is a metaphor of what an organisation might look like. Not officially of course. But “under the surface”. This “visual” representation makes it possible (and easier) to show an organization as a “Living System”,  with its different dimensions deeply interconnected, either in a virtuous or in a vicious way.

You will easily recognize those elements– you probably have encountered most of them – and see they are all connected, even through invisible flows of connections.

Ask for a free access to a digital version of our Corporation Map with a description of the special places of interest !
Like many managers have done before you, print it, pin it on your wall and use it to question, challenge and revisit the way your company operates.

Be honest and what you may discover will surprise you.
For the better!

The Corporation Map
The Corporation Map

The Challenge

Excelling is not innovating

When the world stopped needing stagecoaches, the manufacturer of the best stagecoaches died in Total Quality. Instead of inventing the automobile.

If your main challenge is to actively shape the Future of your organization in this “game-changing” world, you may feel that “linear” and “safe” Thinking will not take you there.

It is difficult to conquer new territories with old maps.

Do you and your team want to put your imagination at work on your key issues, detect new opportunities and be able to seize them creatively to make a meaningful impact?

Since 1992, we accompany entrepreneurs and companies facing the same challenges as yours: move from “Renovation” to purposeful “Innovation”, create a broad portfolio of strategic and wealth-creating initiatives, products and services needed to Future-proof their Business

What our customers get

Our customers successfully manage to

  • invent their Future based on new perceptions and regenerated Mental Maps
  • reinvent their Business, their strategies and also the way they build them in an unstable world
  • rethink the Paradigm in which they want to innovate and the impact they want to make

Complete portfolios of Innovation emerge, allowing them to innovate simultaneously at the required speed on 3 Growth horizons.

Results rapidly follow and are appreciated: significant increase in turnover, launching of new activities, creation of new revenue flows, international awards, better atmosphere at the work place, job creation etc.!

Our core expertise

“Shifts in Minds for Shifts in Action”

The Eye only sees what the Brain is ready to understand.
And Innovation starts with an Eye.

It is our capacity to create these deep Shifts in Minds which enabled us to help hundred of teams. Instead of leaving people trapped by their assumptions and definitions of their “Business”, their markets and their opportunities, these Shifts empower Innovation. Indeed, they allow to

  • Reshape Mental Maps, i.e. challenge perceptions and assumptions that guide decisions and actions
  • Develop opportunity foresense, i.e. detect plausible and robust Innovation opportunities
  • Put their imagination at work on key issues, i.e. practice “Out-of-the-Box” and Breakthrough Thinking, to envision alternative Future Scenarios, imagine truly innovative and radically new approaches to Value creation
  • Make today the best strategic choices to actively shape the Strategic Landscape

As a Result, teams develop the vital Art of Reperception, I.e. new and more pertinent ways of seeing needed to accomplish the 4 fundamental Movements of any strategic approach to Innovation:

Strategic fit

1. to See the world with new lenses

2. to Sense emerging needs and new Innovation opportunities

3. to Seize them creatively and develop a Vision for the Future

4. to Act in new ways

The team

Experts, Practitioners, Researchers and Professors

Aline Frankfort
Jean-Louis Baudoin
Aline Frankfort
Jean-Louis Baudoin

As our clients say, what differentiates us is our powerful capacity to generate the “unexpected” and to identify plausible and credible future opportunities which lead to success.

They also appreciate the immediate and long-term return on investment that our customized projects and approaches generate. Why? Because they go to the very essence, i.e. the profound – not cosmetic – transformation of mindsets, Thinking and perceptions in the perspective of their pertinent contribution to the Future.

These capacities are the result of a rare combination of Imagination and Logic, i.e. an association of provocative and innovative Thinking taking place in a living, fascinating and focused process.

Our deep conviction

Most organisations
talk Innovation but practice Renovation

They are happy with “reorganizing the furniture in the same room”, whereas “the need is to reinvent the room and in more and more instances, the building itself!”

What can you expect from us ?

3 services we CONNECT and articulate for success
Because 1) Ideas are not Innovation 2) Innovation is a means of achieving Strategy

Why?

Orientation for Value Creation,
Vision and strategic Choices in a moving context

What?

Innovation Portfolio
Executing Strategy through Innovation

How?

Creative Thinking as the driving
force of Innovation

Who?

Everybody. 3 key roles

services consulteam

Our 3 services help you thrive on the Triple Revolution

Why?

The end of “Business-as-Usual”
approaches

The best way your company can become “smart” is to be aligned with “the 4P’s Bottom Line”: People (Social Well-Being), Planet (Environmental Health), Profit (Economy) and Purpose (Meaning)

Being “smart” and meaningful for a modern organisation is connecting Purpose with Profitability, Social Resilience and the regeneration of Ecosystems.

And your Bottom Line can become healthier than ever. Without forgetting your attractiveness for young generations in quest for Meaning, looking for jobs satisfying their needs to contribute to meaningful issues.

From Dumb Growth to Smart Growth
The Purpose Imperative

What we offer

Getting to Next:
Actively Shaping your Future

No one can create the Future starting from obsolete maps,

Strategic Innovation is about reshaping your Mental Maps to help you make today the strategic choices that will lead you to actively shape your Future(s) and prosper in an a completely new and unpredictable “Strategic Landscape”

Rather than applying standard answers or pretend to predict the Future, we associate the Power of “Lateral Thinking” ® with the “Art of Strategy” to help you make the 4 crucial strategic mouvements

  • to See and decode the strategic Landscape with new lenses
  • to Sense emerging needs and new Innovation opportunities
  • to Seize them creatively and develop a Vision for the Future
  • to Act in new ways

Why?

A new Art and Science of Collaboration

The best way your company can become Future-relevant is to shift from Labor intensive to Thinking intensive, it is abut valorizing the intelligence, the knowledge and the talents of people.

Indeed, the world has shifted

  • From Manufacture to Value-facture
  • From a “vertical” to a Lateral world
  • From a linear to a circular Economy
  • From rigid organizations to agile organisations

Pyramids, Silos and Empires are being replaced by Hubs and Networks, new Value creation flows, cross-sector collaborations.

Your Future success depends on your capacity to focus and motivate talented people to think, work and act creatively and effectively as teams and networks, cross-silos, cross-cultures, cross-disciplines and cross-sectors.

From Labor intensive to Thinking intensive,
The “Participation and Collaboration Imperative”

What we offer

Focus and liberate Innovation forces to build your core capacity to innovate

One of the main issue for any company is to create an Innovation Ecology: a “safe space for pertinent Creativity and Innovation“.

We offer a systemic approach to Innovation which allows

  1. The creation of Innovation BioTops, focused, super dynamic practice fields for Collaborative Innovation
  2. The right balance between “Optimization” and “Innovation”

How? By moving from “Command and Control” to “Focus and Freedom”
These pertinent and systemic Innovation practices allow to focus and liberate imaginative forces as a source of competitive advantages.

Why?

Think or sink!

The best way to thrive in this “Game-Changing” world is to move away from merely recognizing standard situations and providing standard answers.

Todays’s challenges require Creative, even “Revolutionary” Thinking to invent the widest range of solutions for the “wicked” problems now facing our lives.

If you want to design innovative ways forward and shape the Future for the best, you need to regenerate your mental Maps, develop new Thinking skills and Mindsets.

From a linear and stable world to disruptive Ambiguity and Uncertainty 
The Creative Thinking 
Imperative

What we offer

The Mindsets and Skillsets needed to imagine the next generation of Wealthcreating strategies and solutions

Innovation is Creativity implemented.
Creativity drives Innovation. It is the revitalizing force and the “Must Have” for sustainable success and profits. It is also the cheapest way to get the most out of your existing assets.

At Creative ConsulTeam, we guide teams to develop the Vital Art of Reperception: a breakthrough in the way they see and think.

How? Through our custom-designed programs based on the “Six Thinking Hats”® and “Lateral Thinking”®, “State-ofthe-Art” methods invented by Dr. Edward de Bono, one of the world highest authority in the field of Creative Thinking, in which he accredited us as experts.

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DR. LUC LANGER
MATERIA NOVA (MATERIALS R&D CENTER)
General manager

Aline Frankfort et Jean-Louis Baudoin, two matchless “strategic thinkers” with whom I have cooperated for the “Strategic repositioning” of MATERIA NOVA, a mission during which I have been able to appreciate their added value.

BEN PIQUARD
MICROSOSFT INNOVATION CENTER
Managing director

I had first the chance to meet Aline when she came to coach startups on their Business Model Canevas in a MIC Boostcamp. It was like travelling for the first time with a flying saucer when you only have been doing bicycles till there… After that first experience, Aline coached a complex value definition question on Clouds Computing with a very strong group of experts and she succeed to help that group to extract some very useful insights during a collective intelligence session she animated with brio. Thanks Aline !.

FILIP PINTELON
BARCO MEDICAL
CEO

Aline and Jean-Louis have brought us the tools and the open confrontation to make us think hard about our future, to agree amongst ourselves on the major trends and domains that will open up and our contribution to society.

Many thanks.  FYI, we just decided to launch two initiatives to continue working on two opportunities that came out of our workshops.  I expect teams to get staffed on this as of the start of next year.

An invitation to a new Innovation Dynamic

Why are Creative Mindsets and Skillsets more important than ever?
Because the challenges we face will not be solved by the linear, cartesian, analytical thinking we still emphasize. We need true Innovation, i.e. the creation of meaningful new Value – not Things – and this requires much more than toolbox, platitudes, slogans. Leaders and managers need to become thoughtful and mindful “Business Designers”, “Shapers of Context” with the Courage, Flexibility and Imagination needed to challenge conventional wisdom, reshape their mental Maps, master creative Thinking which, in its essence, is about Concepts. And that is the type of thinking needed to navigate between Vision and action and enjoy the fuzziness of our VUCA world.

What’s in a name?

Good names are “storytellers”: they convey a Universe. They are precious but rare. How do you find good names? Naming is precisely an exercise in “Serious Creativity”, i.e. “the capacity to create Value within well-identified constraints”. Here are examples of Names that show exactly what a good name is about and some steps you can use to try on your side.

People, Planet, Profit…and then what? PURPOSE, of course!

Purpose can make your Bottom Line healthier than ever. In fact, that’s the case of Smart organizations, which are fully aligned with the 4P Bottom line. Their Purpose gave them more than Meaning: it opened a fantastic opportunity Space. But at one condition: to understand that a Purpose is not a simple statement – or a bullshit slogan – to pin on a wall: it is a deep commitment to place at the core of your Business!
This big Yes to Meaningful value creation makes you shift from Core Business to Care Business!

What can you do when faced with commoditisation?

When doing more of the same is no longer enough, it is time to actively Shape your Future. Here is how: by practicing 4 key mouvements : See, Sense, creatively Seize and Shape. But it all starts with an “eye”: regenerated mental Maps and fresh perceptions to re-perceive your Business, your Strategic Landscape and your opportunities.