"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."

Monday, April 27, 2009


Are you experiencing breakthroughs? or . . . have you broken down, irrelevant to the present, relegated to the past?

The concept of jobs is becoming obsolete. There will be work aplenty, and that will require incessant creativity. It is now well known that our counterparts at the end of the 21st century will see today’s struggle over jobs as a fight over deck chairs on the ‘Titanic’.

You may feel secure in your present situation. But only one thing is sure: the notion of a permanent job is an illusion.

Consider the story of Balmung, the magic sword. It belonged to Siegfried, the Germanic hero. Balmung was so sharp that it could slice an armoured warrior in two, from the top of his helmet to the soles of his iron boots. But the cut was so fine that the wounded man could not even feel it. Until he moved. And then he fell into two pieces.

You may feel likewise. But just wait until you leave your job. We live in perilous, gyrating times.

And the possibilities are exciting. New challenges are bringing us to the threshold of our minds.

The choices that dominate:

- Education or Extinction!

- Creativity or Catastrophe!

- Innovation or Incineration!

[Adapted & excerpted from the 'Igniting Innovation' 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:

While re-reading Dilip Mukerjea's foregoing brief essay, I am again reminded of this wonderful quote, which had often reverberated throughout my entire career span in the corporate world (attributed to American psychologist & physician Dr George Crane):

"There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job."

With that note, I like to share 10+1 'Great Action Words' (adapted from futurist/change strategist Jim Carroll) for everyday use in the workplace, as transformational grammar to help you get into the right frame of mind to create your own personal future:

- OBSERVE trends as well as fads around you;

- Learn to THINK & THINK to learn;

- CHANGE your habitual routines;

- DARE to take some risks;

- BANISH killer &/or negative phrases from your daily vocabulary;

- EXPERIMENT with new concepts & ideas to create novel ways of doing things;

- EMPOWER yourself as well as everybody around you with new skills;

- QUESTION your assumptions & beliefs as well as your organisational code;

- GROW by tackling challenges & grabbing opportunities;

- D0 to renew yourself & others around you;

- ENJOY your passion & enthusiasm;

[Jim Carroll is the author of two superb guides, 'What I learned from Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward-Thinking Innovation' (2004) & 'Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast' (2007). I have already reviewed them on Amazon as well as in the 'Optimum Performance Technologies' weblog.]

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