"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."

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Writing in an article entitled 'Innovation in Turbulent Times', in the Harvard Business Review, consultants of Bain & Co., Darrell Rigby, Kara Gruver, & James Allen, have argued that the dearth of right-brain types in leadership positions simply would lead to unwise cost cutting during hard times.

According to them, decisions about slashing versus retaining projects are often made by analytic, left-brain leaders unsuited to evaluating innovation portfolios.

They have added that the fashion industry could be worth emulating:

Its businesses are "both-brain," run by pairs of powerful executives with complementary-creative and analytic-styles. They are structured to support left-brain/right-brain partnerships; hiring at all levels seeks a mix of cognitive styles.

As a result, innovation has become a way of business life, not a marginal activity.

Likewise, both-brain pairs have been found elsewhere:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs & COO Tim Cook; Procter & Gamble's chief of global design, Claudia Kotchka, & CEO A.G. Lafley; high-tech engineer Bill Hewlett & business leader David Packard.

In conclusion, the three consultants have painted a scenario:

A healthy organisation has a good mix of left-brain/right-brain partnerships, & therefore exhibit seven characteristics common to success:

1) Awareness of strengths & weaknesses.

2) Complementary cognitive skills.

3) Trust.

4) Raw intelligence.

5) Relevant knowledge.

6) Strong communication channels.

7) Motivation.

[Source: Publications of Bain & Co., All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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