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."

Friday, October 31, 2014

A GREAT WAY TO INNOVATE

"A great way to innovate is to take an idea from another place and be the first to apply it in your field.

Take as an example the assembly line. 

Henry Ford (1863 – 1947) is often credited with the innovation of the assembly line in mass manufacturing and he was the first to use it in automobile manufacture.

Ford got the idea from an abattoir. He was impressed with the efficiency of the Swift slaughterhouse in Chicago where carcasses were butchered as they moved along a conveyor.

Ray Kroc (1902 – 1984) adopted the idea and applied it to the restaurant business when he ran the McDonald’s chain. 

He applied the assembly line principle to hamburger preparation and transformed productivity and speed of service in restaurants.

An Indian ophthalmologist, Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy (1918 – 2006), admired the McDonald’s approach and decided to try a similar method for the low-cost treatment of cataracts in India.

He trained paramedics to do 70% of the work required in each surgery freeing up doctors to perform the more demanding tasks. He brought assembly line thinking to the process and reduced the cost of each cataract operation to around $10 (compared to say $1700 in the USA).

In a nut shell, an idea from a slaughterhouse transformed car assembly, fast food restaurants and eye surgery."

[Thanks to innovation strategist Paul Sloane, writing in www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/]




Monday, October 20, 2014

THE INNOVATION ENGINE, by Prof Tina Seelig


I like what I am reading:

“As a scientist, when I do an experiment that doesn't work as I expected, what do I call it? Data.

It’s not a failure.
In fact, some of the most interesting scientific research comes from experiments that have unexpected results.

The key is to look at the things that don’t come out as expected as data that provides interesting clues to what is really happening.

If you are afraid of failure, you won’t try anything new.”

~ Prof Tina Seelig of Stanford University, neuro-scientist and author of 'inGenius: A Crash Course in Creativity';

Here's a nice graphic rendition of the Escher-like creativity model, 'The Innovation Engine', conceived by Prof Tina Seeling by Dilip Mukerjea.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

THE ABILITY TO ANTICIPATE THE FUTURE PROVIDES THE BIGGEST COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE


Interestingly, author-filmmaker-futurist Joel Arthur Barker, has exhorted this line of thought as far back as the 80's, when he wrote his magnum opus, "Discovering the Future: The Business of Paradigms".

In fact, he highlighted two other important forward-thinking aspects: the quest for excellence and the pursuit of innovation.

That was my nascent entry into future studies.

UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF PERTURBATION

I like what I am reading:

“Feeling uninformed is uncomfortable.

Feeling inadequate or under-skilled is uncomfortable.

Feeling like you are going to be exposed for these things is really uncomfortable.

And yet, that’s when our brains respond and our learning accelerates.”


~ Jason Lauritsen, who runs the Talent Anarchy’s consulting practice to build cultures that fuel innovation;

This phenomenon resonates with my understanding of the power of perturbation, an unique feature of our brain, which is an open dissipative structure, drawing on intellectual cues from Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine.


A SMART ADVISORY FROM TECHNOLOGY FUTURIST DANIEL BURRUS

A Smart Advisory: "To See the Future More Clearly, Think Both/And"

"... We tend to greet innovation with an either/or assumption, either we use the old or the new. 

But this is not an either/or world we live in; it’s a both/and world—a world of paper and paperless, online and in-person, digital and analog, old media and new media...
... When looking at new technology, remember the Both/And Principle and focus on integrating the old with the new to create more value than either have by themselves... "

~ technology futurist Daniel Burrus;

For me, a good example is: I do quick hand-crafted diagramming sketches of salient points, whenever I read/review books and/or online magazine articles in my large ideas scratchpad.

When I need to do presentation, I transcribe some of them into fancy and colourful pieces with the aid of available software-based mapping tools like SmartDraw Pro, MindManager or VisiMap Pro.

Both ways, comprising the old and the new methods, serve their unique purposes.

Monday, May 5, 2014

RAPID CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT...

A Smart Advisory:

"Rapid change is the only constant...

... In the near future, industries will be ruled by technologies that haven’t been invented yet...

... There’s a very good chance that over the next few years we are going to see a revolution in management that is just as profound as the revolution in management that gave birth to the industrial age...

... We literally live today in a world where change has changed... "


~ Gary Hamel, internationally acclaimed management expert and the bestselling author of 'What Matters Now';

[Source: Big Think Edge's 'Manage Change 24/7 with Gary Hamel']