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Alan Iny

Internationally recognized consultant, author of Thinking in New Boxes

TED@BCG San Francisco “Reigniting Creativity in Business”
  • About Alan Iny

    Alan Iny is the Global Leader and Director at Creativity and Scenarios at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and author of Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity.

    This innovative book challenges everything you thought you knew about business creativity by breaking creativity down into five steps:

    • Doubt everything. Challenge your current perspectives.

    • Probe the possible. Explore options around you.

    • Diverge. Generate many new and exciting ideas, even if they seem absurd.

    • Converge. Evaluate and select the ideas that will drive breakthrough results.

    • Reevaluate. Relentlessly. No idea is a good idea forever. And did we mention Reevaluate? Relentlessly.

    Alan Iny has trained thousands of executives, runs a wide range of workshops across industries, and speaks around the world about developing a new strategic vision for the future. Among his recent engagements are projects for the World Economic Forum and the United Nations, and the facilitation of workshops for senior leadership at Fortune 500 companies and for domestic and international governments. He has also recently run “ideation weeks” for a leading beauty retailer, creative exercises for several banks and pharmaceutical companies, and scenario planning for airlines and utility companies, among many others.

    In his book Iny uses his experience to give readers concrete and actionable tools for producing valuable results through practical creativity. His writing has also appeared in various academic journals, including Strategy & Leadership and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

    Discover how you can navigate change within your organization. Visit Alan Iny’s Company Reads page to learn more.

  • Speaking Topics

    Thinking in New Boxes for Practical Creativity

    So many people are frustrated with "thinking out of the box." We will explore exactly why "out of the box" is not sufficient, and how to find useful and practical new boxes, for sustainable creativity.

    Building an Uncertainty Advantage

    The world is more uncertain than ever before – so many intertwined trends and issues are keeping leaders awake at night. However, even without being able to predict the future, there is a powerful competitive advantage in being better prepared than others. In this session, Iny introduces a range of tools and examples that can help explore a range of uncertainties and build an Uncertainty Advantage, by thinking more expansively about what lies ahead.

    Succeeding in a Changing World by Changing Along with It

    No idea is good forever. But sometimes surviving success can be just as hard as succeeding in the first place. We will explore the importance of evolving in a changing world by changing the way you look at it and increasing receptiveness to weak signals.

    Bringing More Creativity to Your Day-to-Day

    In this informative seminar, Iny shatters myths about how creativity and innovation really work, and helps participants explore why thinking creatively about the future is so challenging. Iny proposes tools and techniques to bring these principles to your work and begin to put them into everyday practice.

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  • Praise for Alan Iny

    Praise for Thinking in New Boxes

    An imaginative, proactive, and creative approach to problem solving that prospects for new ideas rather than trying to predict the future.

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  • 212 572-2013
  • Alan Iny travels from New York, NY

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