FROM DILIP MUKERJEA

"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

INNOVATION ON THE VERGE

This is a good example of innovation on the verge, which is described by author-filmmaker-futurist Joel Arthur Barker as "something and something different meet:

Here you see an industrial robot, built by Kuka Robotics (Germany), moving from a traditional sphere of activity, industrial automation, to another new and yet unrelated sphere of activity, in this case, entertainment ride.

ROBOCOASTER!



WHAT DO YOU SEE?


Here's a nice painting - better known as camouflage painting - of a winter scene of nature.

What do you see?


Saturday, April 12, 2014

AN INSPIRING QUOTE FROM STEVE JOBS




This is my personal way of remembering the late Steve Jobs, one of the foremost strategic thinkers in our lifetime, by gathering all his inspiring quotes... here's one more to share from my personal collection:

“People think focus means saying yes to all of the things you’ve got to focus on.

But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the 100 other good ideas that there are.

You have to pick carefully.

I’m actually as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.”

THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE: A LESSON IN STRATEGIC AGILITY


As I see this majestic lion in the picture, I am reminded of this harsh "Law of the Jungle", which goes like this:

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle. When the sun comes up, you'd better be running."


Transposed to the human domain, we just gotta be smart, quick and agile in today's workplace, in order to stay on the top of the game.

Readers may recall the global advertising slogan in the popular Timberland sportswear stores several years ago: 
"IF YOU ARE NOT FAST, YOU ARE LUNCH!"

EXPLORING THE FUTURE WITH LIFESCAPING

One of my most favourite quotes about the future:

"No matter how much you study the future, it will always surprise you. But you don't have to be dumbfounded."

~ Kenneth Boulding (1910 – 1993), economist, educator, peace activist, poet,
religious mystic, systems scientist, and interdisciplinary philosopher;

As I interpret it, it doesn't have to stun us into inaction. We can take massive and consistent action to explore the future.

Strategic tools and strategies like environmental scanning, context mapping, graphic history, SPOT matrix, implications analysis, vulnerability audit, strategic visioning, life-scaping or future-scaping are extremely useful in helping us to understand what's going on around us and what we can do to move forward into the future.

All we need is a sense of wonder and a sense of discovery.

[The following life-scaping graphics are the handiwork of my good buddy, Dilip Mukerjea, in Mumbai, India.]





Monday, April 7, 2014

PROGNOSTICATIONS FROM FUTURIST JIM CARROLL

Just think about these three rather mind-boggling statistics to put into perspective the rate of change from futurist Jim Carroll:

1) Sixty-five percent of the children who are now in preschool will work in jobs that do not exist today.

2) For any scientific degree today (e.g., agriculture, architecture, medical), it is estimated that half of what students learn in their freshman year is obsolete by the time they graduate.

3) In the technology industry, companies have three to six months to sell their product before it becomes obsolete.



 More information about the futurist's thinking can be found here: http://www.jimcarroll.com/2014/01/article-the-fast-future-is-here-how-innovators-are-driving-emerging-markets/

NOTES FROM MY IDEAS SCRATCHPAD: 7 TRAITS OF CHANGE READINESS


According to Robert J Kriegel, an authority on change management and author of 'Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers: Developing Change-Ready People and Organizations', change readiness is a learnable skill set.

He has identified 7 principal traits of change readiness, as follows:

1) Resourcefulness:

- the bias for action and able to utilise whatever resources that are available to develop plans and contingencies;

2) Adaptability:

- the mental flexibility and emotional resilience in the face of challenges, obstacles and setbacks, if any;

3) Optimism:

- the feeling of enthusiasm and positivity about changes and faith in the future;

4) Confidence:

- a strong sense of self-esteem, and belief in own ability to handle and tackle changes;

5) Adventurousness:

- an inclination to take risks and courage to pursue the unknown;

6) Tolerance for ambiguity:

- prepared to deal with any indefiniteness or uncertainty in the environment;

7) Passion and Drive:

- the personal dynamism, physical energy and emotional vitality to pursue what really matters;

[Robert J Kriegel is also the author of 'If It Ain't Broke . . . Break It!', 'How to Succeed in Business without Working so Damn Hard' and 'C Zone: Peak Performance under Pressure'. 


I particularly like the author’s first book ('Sacred Cows'), which has lots of specific ideas on building a change-ready outfit and provides a self-scoring test on your change-readiness.]