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drs. Gijs van Wulfen

drs. Gijs van Wulfen

Innovation inspirator, LinkedIn influencer, Author Management Book of the year 2017
Languages : English, Dutch

  • Categories

  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Management
  • Employability

  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Subjects

  • How do I start innovation?
  • How can i become a better innovator
  • Management book of the year 2017: Innovating, how can you do it?

Gijs van Wulfen is worldwide an authority in innovation. He is the founder of the FORTH innovation method, a proven methodology for the start of innovation, which is implemented on six continents. His book ‘The Innovation Maze’ was crowned recently as Management Book of the Year 2017 in The Netherlands. As LinkedIn Influencer he travels all over the world to inspire people as keynote speaker or workshop facilitator. Gijs’s lectures are practical, inspiring, entertaining with lots of humour.

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Gijs van Wulfen is worldwide an authority in innovation. He is the founder of the FORTH innovation method, a proven methodology for the start of innovation, which is implemented on six continents. His book ‘The Innovation Maze’ was crowned recently as Management Book of the Year 2017 in The Netherlands. As LinkedIn Influencer he travels all over the world to inspire people as keynote speaker or workshop facilitator. Gijs’s lectures are practical, inspiring, entertaining with lots of humour.

As business economist, Gijs worked the first fifteen years of his career as marketer in the Food sector and later as strategy consultant at Ernst & Young and Boer & Croon. At the end of 2002 he started his mission to inspire people all over the world to become better innovators. In 2006, he published ‘Creating New Products and Services’, the first of his four books on how to start innovation effectively. He is keynote speaker at large events, such as the ‘Turkish Innovation Week’ in Istanbul or ‘Product Innovation Berlin’. And he facilitates innovation workshops for 3M in the USA, DuPont in the UK and AIRBUS in France. He is having just as much fun though inspiring fifteen customers of a local bank in The Netherlands on a Tuesday evening to help them become betters innovators.

A lecture of Gijs focusses on our own behaviour as humans. That’s what makes innovation difficult. He amuses his audience with real life stories and makes them laugh. Those are the moments you get really inspired. 

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Innovation Maze

ISBN: 978-9063694104
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Do you struggle with innovation? The Innovation Maze makes innovation simple. It shows you four different routes through the wonderfully designed innovation maze to successful new business cases for new products or services. This book is your guide on HOW to solve the innovation maze.

Airbus Group

Anne-Laure Pardijon

''The FAST, program is part of the Airbus Group University talent development portfolio, and is designed as a practical foundation for experienced Talented managers who are responsible for a business unit or profit centre. The FAST program gives participants the opportunity to focus on the development of business, management and business competences in line with the Airbus Group leadership model. This program is made up of 3 'one week' modules challenging the participants on their leadership skills and competences, as well as strengthening key business management skills coupled with exposure to external trends.

Module 2 focuses more particularly on business agility and is done in smaller groups to allow peer to peer feedback and networking. In the frame of this module 2, we have had the pleasure to welcome Gijs van Wulfen for a one day workshop, on april 20th, may 6th and may 18th in our executive education center near Bordeaux in France.

During these workshops (approximately 33 paricipants), Gijs has explained his view on innovation an how it can be used in the business environment. He has inspired the participants on what it is - offering them an innovative mindset and giving them tips and tricks to apply what they learnt and help to spark innovation in their day to day business.

We have received very positive feedback after this workshop and we would like to thank him for his insightful messasges, active listening and advice to the participants, as well as for the practical tips and trick he shared with our managers with a view to them being able to translate their learning back into the business.

We would be delighted to welcome Gijs again as a keynote speaker in this program and we have already reached out to him for other needs we have on this subject.''


3M

Delony Langer-Anderson

''3M recently had the privilege of hiring Gijs van Wulfen to present a 90 minute lecture on the topic of 'how to start innovation'. Gijs was an informed and engaging speaker. His story telling style built an immediate friendly relationship with the audience. His knowledge and experience on the subject of starting large new projects inside a corporate structure was evident. At times he referenced his book The Innovation Expedition but at no time during the talk did it feel like we were getting a pushy sales pitch for a product (his book) or his service (training in the FORTH methodology). Over 300 people from across 3M attended his talk and we have received nothing but positive feedback and requests for access to the recording of the lecture. Please allow me to share some direct feedback from people who attended the talk.

  • ''Watched this webstream this morning 'The Innovation Expedition-FORTH Method'. It's worth the watch if you missed it. I found his rule #2 'You can invent alone but you can't innovate alone' to be very true here at 3M''
  • ''Love the Q&A at the end discussing emotional vs. rational needs.''
  • ''When the webstream becomes available I think you would like this presentation''
  • '' I liked how frank he was on many topics''
  • '' Colorful, entertaining, practical, engaging and inspiring. Great Event''

I woul recommend Gijs as a speaker for any company that is working to establish, improve or reignite an innovation culture. I personally found Gijs to be easy to work with and a pleaasure to host.''


CFO ARAG SE The Netherlands

drs. J.C.A.V. van Gool

''It was a pleasure for us at ARAG SE The Netherlands to welcome Gijs van Wulfen as a Keynote speaker for our management meeting on the 2nd of march 2015 in Den Dolder, The Netherlands. 

The Theme of our mangament meeting was to share and discuss our strategic and operational objectives. In order to achieve our strategic objectives innovation will play an important role. Therefor Gijs van Wulfen was invited to give a presentation on this topic. His performance was inspiring, dynamic and sometimes provocative (in a positive way). He brought his story with a good sense of humor. 

I would like to thank Gijs van Wulfen very much for his performance. I can recommend Gijs van Wulfen as a high quality speaker in the field of innovation.''

Inspiring Speaker on Innovation: Gijs van Wulfen
Inspiring Speaker on Innovation: Gijs van Wulfen