Alien Thinking with Cyril Bouquet
This week's guest on Beyond Busy is Cyril Bouquet.
Cyril is a co-author of the book called ‘Alien Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas’. He is also a professor of Strategy and Innovation at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Cyril has worked with a lot of big companies, e.g. UEFA, which welcomes the European Cup 2020 this year in 10 different countries. In this episode, we talk about productivity, how we can use our imagination in the working process and much more.
The conversations starts with Cyril’s background experience and his interesting job title which is Professor of Strategy and Innovation.
> If you would ask me when I was a kid what I’d like to do when I grow up, becoming a professor would be the last thing but somehow it was my destiny.
Cyril tells his fancy story how he loved being a professor during his civil service time. Then the conversation move to Cyril’s workday, how it usually looks like and how it looks now during the COVID-19 times. Also, Graham is interested in Cyril’s experience in facilitating the meeting with 650 leaders from different companies.
> I had a lot of nightmares visualising it. How am I going to essentially mobilize a group of 650 people coming from different organisations and cultures?
Graham then introduces Cyril’s book ‘Alien Thinking’ and tries to figure out what Alien Thinking is to Cyril.
> The other layer to this is people have different values. And some people don't want equality. They want power. They want to dominate. So if you come to a shark and tell them about the four cookies and the zero cookies. They're gonna be great! That's the way it's supposed to be. Because they operate on the model of greed. They are not trying to strive for two cookie allocation for everyone.That seems like communism for them. And what they want is the Game of Thrones.
The full fascinating conversation is also available on Graham Allcott's YouTube channel.
Graham is the founder of the time-management training company Think Productive.
Brought to you by Graham Allcott of Beyond Busy