Anders Sorman-Nilsson


About Anders Sorman-Nilsson - Author of Thinque Funky, Speaks on Future Thinking, Innovation, and Generational Trends:

Anders Sorman-Nilsson is a reformed lawyer, and the founder and creative director of the Sydney and Stockholm based research company - Thinque. His unique global perspectives have been helping leaders, teams, and business owners in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia make sense of and harness disruptive trends in
innovations, generations and
communications. His misfit insights have recently been manifested in his book Thinque Funky: Upgrade Your Thinking and amplified by endorsements via AFR Boss Magazine, Wired (UK), and Monocle. Anders is an expert on generational trends, thought leadership branding, and

The current rapid pace of change in every industry means that we need to be constantly upgrading our personal, organisational and leadership software. The only way to make these upgrades is to understand how oncoming trends are likely to affect your organization, so you can act swiftly when the next tidal wave of information hits your shores. How would your company be different if your staff were inspired about change, rather than paralysed by it? Or if your leaders could raise performance to meet the oncoming generations, do more with less, and innovate their way into the future? Or better still, if you knew which trends were impacting your industry today and how to position your thinking favourably for the future?

Advising clients like Apple, MTV, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, SAP, McCann Erickson, CPA Australia, UTS Business School and Macquarie Bank on 'next practice', Anders' future thinking provides GPS directions for businesses, teams and leaders seeking to navigate a constantly shifting business landscape, and successfully enter a new decade of thinking.

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What Anders Sorman-Nilsson Talks About:

Future Thinking: Your Organization’s Success GPS

The world has changed and it’s a little out of whack. Organisations and leaders are struggling to find their bearings, and many feel overwhelmed by the changes they are facing. Globally, tidal waves of new ideas and thought currents are smashing old school thinking to smithereens. You and your leaders need a thinking strategy that is as flexible as a GPS, and that enables you to stay on trend, to adapt with the times, and successfully navigate a constantly shifting business landscape.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to:

  • spot disruptive trends, feel the underlying currents of change, and position their ideas successfully
  • create future scenarios and future-proof your company based on their observations and thinking
  • successfully ride disruptive innovation, generation and communication trends

Thinque Funky: Upgrade Your Thinking
Stale thinking produces stale results. It used to be that we had to learn one new skill every year, then it was every month, then every week, when is it going to be every hour? Change has entered hyper-mode and it asks more of our mental bandwidth. To not be redundant, to stay relevant and to have a chance at being successful you need to constantly upgrade the way you think to ensure that you are compatible with the latest thinking trends.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to:

  • Think outside the box, and solve problems innovatively, rather than by precedent
  • Appreciate different thinking styles and to contribute their own unique ideas
  • Get up and tackle challenges in a way that is future-compatible and sustainable

Thought Leaders: The Brands of the Future
Ideas are the new currency. Branding and marketing is no longer just about capturing attention. It’s about spreading idea viruses and about your organization being seen as the go-to-expert. Your leadership brain trust’s and thought leaders’ ideas and intellectual property is what will give life to your logo today and in the future. The question is whether you’re nurturing, harnessing and helping your thought leaders be brand advocates and live their brilliance inside and outside your organization.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to:

  • Think and brand themselves as thought leaders
  • Harness the power of their own ideas, to capture them, and to communicate them in a way that profoundly connects with your market place
  • Position themselves as thought leaders in a way that is intimately aligned with your organisation’s success

Innovation Intersections: Tapping Diversity in Thinking
Innovation happens at the intersection of thought. Your team members all have unique gifts and talents – one of them is the authentic ways they think, communicate and solve problems. Is this what they bring to your work? For too long, we have been asked to conform and turn up as organizational drones which creates group-think and same old / same old’ products and services. To harness the thinking capital in your organization you need to create innovation intersections that encourage your people to turn up and contribute their unique intelligence at work.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to:

  • Create trendy intersections and environments inside your organisation that facilitate an innovation habitat
  • Express their ideas in a way which maximises your chances of innovation success
  • Develop an innovation mindset that they bring to work every day

Waves of Change: Three Global Trends That Will Be Disrupting Your Slumber
Having your finger on the pulse of the market place has never been more important than in our turbo-charged environment. This is a Did You Know– session that will expand thinking and shake your people up from ignorance, complacency and apathy about changes that are impacting your business today, tomorrow and within the foreseeable future.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to:

  • Get an insight into the trends behind innovation, generation and communication phenomena that are upending your industry
  • Use digital trends to drive innovation in successful products and services
  • Harness trends and use them in your scenario planning and strategy, rather than just viewing them as threats

Misfits: Leading Cross-Generational Teams
Your people are demanding to bring their whole selves to work. The question is whether you can handle them. It’s so much easier when people behave and respond in predictable ways. It doesn’t demand as much cognitive bandwidth from leadership. However, a global shift is occurring where new generational trends are equipping, empowering and encouraging employees to bring their genuine selves – with both positive and negative connotations for you – to work. These misfits can be both your most brilliant team members and your most challenging team members, but lead them in a way that profoundly connects with them, and you have a profit and inspiration centre to count on.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to:

  • Identify, nurture and harness the inherent genius of misfits
  • Lead and encourage collaboration between these unique individuals
  • Ensure that personal creativity and misfit genius contributes and drives organisational strategy and business growth

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 Recent Publications

  • anders sorman nilsson innovation book - Anders Sorman-Nilsson

His knowledge around trends in innovations, communication, and generations is unparalleled and the research he does into adapting his style cross-culturally was incredible. If you haven't heard on of his keynotes yet, add it to your bucket list!

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