"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."

Thursday, March 5, 2009


The epicentre of high performance comes from neurons acting in concert with one another.

This interplay is reflected in the marketspace, between players, platforms, processes, partnerships, and products born out of emerging high-tech high-touch systems.

From concept to customer, what guides todays’s business rapids are high velocity, low viscosity, fluent and flexible thinking processes.

Today’s executives need to be Perpetual Learning Organisms. Through continual skill-building in the domains of intellectual and emotional competences, a new generation of learning leaders will emerge. None of this can happen without awakened neurons.

Let us consider the metaphor of a stadium where the individual spectators are akin to individual neurons. In a passive mode, the spectators, or neurons, remain incommunicado.

Nothing seems to touch or exhilarate their centres of consciousness. In essence, they are leading unadventured lives.

“The space between two neurons, a synaptic junction, is a small liquid space, as in the air between two whispering lovers; yet so much life happens there.”

~ Diane Ackerman;

But the awakened brain, like a stadium come to life, stimulates an organization of symbols, ineffably perhaps, but by which the energies of aspiration are evoked and gathered toward a focus. Suddenly there is a message that expresses the union and unity of neurons at play.

This is the stuff of genius, of divinity in motion, of humanity expressing itself with eloquence.

None of this happens because of one neuron; it comes from the synergy of each neuron harmonising with its companions, all exhibiting an awareness of their embedded destinies.

A continual quest for the best, in all domains, is what can halt the accelerating disintegration of human consciousness. Learning leaders can guarantee excellence when they are guided by the wisdom of neurons! It calls for a shift in position, from e-go to we-go!

“I have known strong minds, with imposing, undoubting, Cobbett-like manners; but I have never met a great mind of this sort. The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.”

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

[Excerpted from the 'Leadership, Learning & Laughter' edition of The Braindancer Series of bookazines by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

Say Keng's personal comments:

In a nut shell, learning as well as creativity are the performance results of electrical impulses & chemical activity in the brain.

That's to say, your intellectual brainpower is a function of the inter-connectivity as well as the richness of the connectivity of your neurons in the brain.

So, the old adage "Use More of It or Lose It" rings very true!

No wonder marketing maverick & creativity guru Doug Hall once puts it very eloquently in his book, 'Jump Start Your Brain':

"The secret of geniuses' accomplishments does not lie in what they have, but in how they use their brains!"

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