"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, May 19, 2009


See if you can answer the eight questions below. Plot your responses on the radial grid. The ideal shape is a circle of the largest diameter.

A sample shape is shown dotted within the grid.

These questions are related to the CEO’s Mandate as shown in an earlier post.

Keep testing yourself so that you and your organisation can get a continual Return on Ideas (ROI).

Organisational Self-Assessment Questionnaire

1. If the standard operating procedures are the driving force behind all the corporate decisions in your organization, is it seen as a problem?

2. Are your people tuned in and switched on to the challenges of working in real (unreal) time?

3. Do your people feel safe to express divergent ideas, and do these ideas, if any, have a mechanism (a conceptual conveyor belt) to move them into action?

4. Does your organization have Innovation Teams to translate ideas into action?

5. Does your organization have an effective innovation system that can spot talent, identify opportunities, assemble smart teams, allocate time and other resources, and set direction in order to remain continually viable for the long term?

6. Do your people know that by not continually questioning the status quo there is no status to their quo?

7. Do you accept that information is not good enough ~ we need ideas and imagination to create impact?

8. Beyond intellectual capital, do you recognize and act on the value of imaginative capital, so as to reap a Return on Imagination (ROI)?

[Excerpted from the 'Ideas on Ideas' 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:

I like to draw a parallel lesson from Jack Welch's winning strategies, when he once said:

"If the rate of change inside an organization is less that the rate of change outside... their end is in sight".

This characteristic means the urgent need to thrive on proactive change management & constant re-assessment.

Tactically, at least from my personal perspective, this is the 'Law of Requisite Variety' in action!

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