“I became acquainted with Ernst-Jan van Batenburg through an executive workshop on systematic creativity I gave in Columbia University. Getting to know him was the highlight of that event for me, and it is a privilege to be his colleague. Ernst-Jan decided to study and master this approach to creativity, and I was proud to be his tutor in a subsequent course. In that course, Ernst-Jan also helped tutor groups of executive MBA students at Columbia Business School to find solutions to real-life projects. Besides being one of the best students I have ever had, I feel that Ernst-Jan has the capability to teach and consult using SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking) with even greater success than my own. I have already learned a lot from him.
Ernst-Jan has a rare combination of skills: his analytical reasoning along with curiosity and creativity put him in an outstanding position to recognize creative opportunities on demand. His charming personality combined with leadership qualities help him lead teams in a quest for creative solutions and innovation. His interesting perspectives, openness to feedback, and quick orientation to the goal are also great assets for successful ideation processes. These traits and skills are supplemented by his passion for innovation, which injects into everyone the passion necessary to walk this path. I can’t think of a better person than Ernst-Jan to lead and manage an innovation process.”