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Jörg Reckhenrich

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Creative Leadership Expert and Speaker

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Keynote speaker Jörg Reckhenrich is a trained artist and has understood the importance of combining art and business. For more than 15 years Jörg has worked for international organisations and has developed the concept of  “Creative Leadership”, which introduces the creative principles of fine arts into the corporate field.

Jörg Reckhenrich understands the world of art and business and knows how to combine the two in his speaking engagements. Jörg started his training as artist at the Art Academy Münster and finished with a Master’s degree. For more than 15 years Jörg has worked for international organisations and is an adjunct Professor for Innovation Management at Antwerp Management School and member of the faculty at the Lorange Institute Switzerland. He is also a visiting lecturer at IMD Lausanne, London Business School and Sotheby’s London. Jörg was listed as one of the world’s “top 25 management thinkers” by the journal Business Strategy Review and was mentioned as “Management Guru” by the FT London.

 

With his background as an artist and business lecturer, Jörg developed the concept of  “Creative Leadership”, which introduces the creative principles of fine arts into the corporate field. For example, through his research in art and the corporate world, he has developed a tool for evaluating creativity of top-level management in large corporations that has been adopted by a leading executive search firm.

 

In his keynotes Jörg bridges stories from the art world with questions about creativity, innovation and leadership in contemporary organizations. His presentation style is a balance of inspirational talk and a reflection of business concepts.

 

Jörg has published widely on his approach in magazines such as Journal of Business Strategy, Business Strategy Review, and Harvard Business Manager. His ideas are discussed in news journals like The Economist, FT London and FT India and his book “The Fine Art of Success” was published by Wiley, in spring 2011.

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    “Leveraging Creative Leadership“

    • The keynote presents how creative thinking and creative action help companies better deal with complex business challenges. The audience will be inspired and encouraged, to set out on unknown paths and understand creativity as a personal opportunity and a basis for entrepreneurial success. In addition to leadership strength and visionary thinking, creativity is the core competence to master unexpected things and crises more successfully.

     

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    “Tizian – Strategic Innovation”

    • Did you know that behind the artworks of the Renaissance an intense competition for customers, markets and political status quo happened? Hardly any other epoch of art history produced through this competition such excellent works as the Renaissance. Listeners of the keynote hear about the breathtaking story of Titian and his competitor Tintoretto. In the need to develop a new painting approach he turned the Venetian art market upside down and managed systematically to integrate his innovations into his business model.
07.24.2015

Interview with Jörg Reckhenrich

Who or what inspires you most?

Still most important for me is the German artist Joseph Beuys (1921 – 1986). Early in his career he said. “Every Human is an Artist“. That inspired me most and let me think how we can unleash our creative potential. I believe creativity is what makes us a human being.

What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your job?

Once I had a situation, working with two teams, which had huge difficulties working together. I went with the teams to a Berlin museum. In front of a couple of art works I initiated a dialogue to address the issues. Seeing how they opened up, showed empathy and started to share ideas how to solve the issues, let me understand how powerful art can be.

How would explain your concept of “Creative Leadership“?

Creative Leadership is based upon four fundamental dimensions

  • Mastering complexity – that is the way we develop meaningful perspectives on business situations
  • Orchestrating creativity – leaders have to ask themselves how to provide a safe space of trust and inspiration, that people can open up with their very unique ideas
  • Growing emotional commitment – leaders must answer three fundamental questions: Who Am I? Who are we? Where are we going ? Answering these questions authentically, sets the tone for a trustful story.
  • Anchoring organizations in society – organizations have to ask themselves: Why are we here and what is the contribution we can make to society?

These four dimensions are strongly connected. The purpose of Creative Leadership is how we shape the world around us while being part of it, at the same time. That is way beyond any kind of management understanding.

How did you combine your knowledge of art with business?

When I started to work with companies I learned very soon that processes in art can be very inspiring to the business world. For instance, when I take people to a museum and challenge them to find a picture which relates to their understanding of leadership, it always leads to very profound dialogues. Curiosity and a playful mindset is the mode of art and that is what business today needs a lot.

Can you give three tips to individuals struggling with creativity?

The essence of creative thinking and creative action are these three points: inspiration, intuition and imagination. We all know this – that is a capability we all have. Think about a situation you want to solve. Often an idea strikes you in a sudden moment. That we call the “Aha or Eureka” moment. It is the first glimpse of an idea – that is inspiration.

Than you start to sense your idea. Your gut feeling tells you if the idea has power or not. Trust that intuition it is the fuel of your idea. Finally there is imagination. Through imagination we can create a clear picture what the idea is all about. We do need that picture if we want to convince other. Imagination gives an idea a face. If we want to develop a more creative attitude, we simply have to open up for the three steps.

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