"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, August 30, 2010


I have stumbled upon an interesting article, entitled 'Leadership Principles to Live By During Times of Change', by executive coach Bea Fields, also co-author of 'EDGE: A Leadership Story', in

Here are my quick takeaways of her timely exposition:

1. Radical Innovation

Is your business or organization really designed for innovation? Are you sure?...

... If your business or company is truly an innovative one, your doors will be open for debate, and your culture will be designed to make it psychologically safe for both employees and customers to voice not only their suggestions, dreams and goals but their concerns, complaints and frustrations.

2. Intellectual Horsepower

... Intellectual horsepower includes not only IQ (many people believe that an IQ of 130 is needed today to be a top player) but includes transferable skills, the ability to understand and break a complex situation into logical steps and being super sharp, agile and a quick study.

Intellectual horsepower also includes being able to embrace paradox and ambiguity and being adept at functioning effectively in the midst of opposing ideas or forces...

3. Employee Development

... As a leader, your job is to build a true learning organization, one which provides your employees with ongoing customized training and coaching so that they can step in and run your company at a moment’s notice...

4. Strategic Agility

... By fine tuning your strategic thinking, you will be able to anticipate future consequences and trends, create competitive breakthroughs and paint a vision of what your company will look like tomorrow (which always infuses a sense of inspiration and optimism into a company).

One of the best ways to strengthen strategic agility is to move your team from working on details to a place of curiosity and imagination.

5. Technological Savvy

... I believe that Generation Y holds the key to your ability to build a tech savvy organization, so don’t discount what they can bring to your company. They are our future, and it’s time to start welcoming them and allowing them to teach us what they know so that we can leverage their knowledge for our future success.

Generation Y will provide you with a terrific opportunity to deliberately develop out your company’s capabilities, so embrace them, learn from them, develop them and lead them. You will set the tone for generations to come that you respect young, eager, creative minds.

Readers can go to this link to read the original article in its entirety.

[Readers looking for a foundational understanding - plus, tactical approaches - of the five most important skills as outlined by the foregoing author can go & peruse the following books by Dilip Mukerjea:

~ 'Surfing the Intellect: Building Intellectual Capital in a Knowledge Economy';

~ 'Unleashing Genius with the World's Most Powerful Learning Systems';

- 'Brain Symphony: Brain-blazing Practical Techniques in Creativity for Immediate Application';]

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