"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, May 1, 2009


Today, we are in The Learning Economy ~ the Age of Competitive Intelligence!

The creative brain capital resident within a corporation will determine the emergence of winners in an ecosystem of stampeding info-brokers.

This means that we must be able to:

• convert information into usable intelligence;

• come up with simple solutions to complex problems;

• understand and appreciate that true TQM equates directly with effective brain and heart usage;

The corporations that survive in the long term will be those with “smart teams” that are able to think quick, move fast, manoeuvre flexibly, and are more focused through the medium of “relaxed alertness.”

The possession of knowledge alone, without subsequent application, will produce a pundit rather than a practitioner. True knowledge resides in ultimately doing, not merely knowing about, and talking about.

[Excerpted from the 'Catalysing Creativity' 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:

Dilip Mukerjea highlights a very pertinent point: the importance of having “smart teams” that are able to think quick, move fast, manoeuvre flexibly, and are more focused through the medium of “relaxed alertness.”

In a nut shell, he is talking about “strategic agility”, at least from the organisational perspective.

From a personal perspective, I believe it is also important for us to embrace it.

Also, I reckon the ultimate test of it, as Dilip has also emphasised, is putting our knowledge to work in the workplace & in our personal lives, purposefully, productively & meaningfully.

In terms of performance results, true knowledge, especially in our prevailing Learning or Knowledge Economy, is always measured by our sheer productivity, i.e. what we do well consistently, & not what is acquired & stored in our heads.

As a matter of fact, learning should go beyond knowing to being able to do what one knows.

I like to leave an inspiring quote, originally conceived by German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but popularised by the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee in the latter's writings, as food for thought:

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

I also like to recommend readers to get hold of & read 'Fast Strategy: How Strategic Agility will help you stay ahead of the Game' by two Scandinavian consultants, Yves Doz & Mikko Kosonen.

For me, their wonderful ideas & proven strategies, though written from the organisational perspective, are readily applicable in a personal setting, just with a little bit of tweaking.

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