"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, October 16, 2010


"... Like just about every other leadership capability, anticipatory prowess is a skill that can be developed and strengthened. You do it by:

~ listening to the mavericks and the complainers (without unnecessarily energizing them);

~ being insatiably curious and asking "horizon" questions;

~ harvesting the knowledge of departing intellectual capital;

~ probing the minds of key users and influencers;

~ always testing, challenging and experimenting with your "antennae" raised."

~ Jim Murray, CEO of Optimal Solutions International, a company that specializes in helping organizations reach their full potential;

[Here's the link to the original article, 'Understanding Risk: A Core Competency of Leaders', by Jim Murray, from which the above statement has been extracted by me.]

What Jim talks about resonates very well with what innovation strategist Wayne Burkan has advocated in the latter's book, 'Wide Angle Vision: Beat Your Competition by Focusing on Fringe Competitors, Lost Customers, and Rogue Employees', during the mid-nineties.

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