"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."

Sunday, July 26, 2009


[continued from the Last Post.]


Using the weighted rankings technique, determine which of the following personalities, dead or alive, are ideal role models for confronting the challenges of the new century:

Bill Clinton (USA), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Hellen Keller, Jack Welch (General Electric), and Mother Teresa.

Your criteria could perhaps be: leadership qualities, innovative abilities, global empathy, impact on humankind, high moral standards, and passion for living.

Whenever you complete such an exercise, perform what is known as a ‘sanity check’ before making any decisions.

If necessary, re-do the exercise.

Your intuition is a powerful force within you. Coupled with analysis, the cocktail can be formidable. Intuitive ranking invites catastrophe. You should determine your rankings using the weighted rankings procedure.

There is one exception: Where the outcome is of minimal consequence to you.

It is always rather intriguing to observe how the initial and subsequent rankings compare with each other. The outcome could make you feel uncomfortable, because our default mode is to be instinctive. Once we have got used to doing this technique, it will be almost instinctive.

Your intuition, as superlogic, will have merged with your analytical logic. In time, your level of intuitive accuracy will rise dramatically.

The next technique is called The Actions Grid. You can use it to follow up The Attributes Grid.

The format is different in appearance, but the logic flows along similar lines, giving you a quick and convenient way to sort out your priorities and get you moving along a correctly sorted list
of options.

[To be continued in the Next Post: The Actions Grid. Excerpted from 'Surfing the Intellect: Building Intellectual Capital for a Knowledge Economy', by Dilip Mukerjea.]

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