FROM DILIP MUKERJEA

"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."
Showing posts with label Pragmatic Advice from the Wise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pragmatic Advice from the Wise. Show all posts

Thursday, August 26, 2010

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE WISE

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."

~ Francis Bacon offered this pragmatic advice on reading;

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE WISE

"The easiest success measurement tool is a simple question:

What did you do today to move forward?

The easiest project plan on earth is also a simple question:

What will you do tomorrow to move forward?

At the end of each day, document your success & design your next move!"


~ Rich DiGirolamo, speaker, consultant, & trainer;

Friday, July 9, 2010

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE WISE

"Any situation has a certain number of alternatives, but if
you are doing system thinking, even for a complex problem, & you realise what is the system, what are the subsystems, what are the sub-subsystems, & you define their interrelationship as well as you can, you will start seeing some daylight, how to get out of it. The complexity - if you have some logical inputs & also have a system structure - I don't think it looks that bad."

~ F C Kohli, founder of the Indian software giant, Tata Consultancy Services, & the man often called the father of the Indian software industry, as he offers encouragement to anyone facing a complex problem;

[Source: 'The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking', by Roger Martin;

To me, this is one of the best books on problem solving with integrative thinking. I like the author's definition of integrative thinking:

"... the ability to face constructively the tension of opposing ideas &, instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, generate a creative resolution of the tension in the form of a new idea that contains elements of the opposing idea but is superior to each..."

I also like the author's illustration of Thomas Chamberlain's "multiple working hypotheses" (1890), in contrast to the conventional "scientific thinking" process.

Nonetheless, in the entertaining book, he also outlines three most powerful tools at the disposal of integrative thinkers:

- generative reasoning;
- causal modeling;
- assertive inquiry;

Highly recommended for your reading pursuit!

By the way, more information about integrative thinking is available from the author's corporate website.]

Monday, May 10, 2010

PRAGMATIC ADVICE FROM THE WISE

"Critical thinking, without creative and intuitive insights, without the search for new patterns, is sterile and doomed. To solve complex problems requires the activity of both cerebral hemispheres; the path to the future lies through the corpus callosum."

~ Carl Sagan, (1934-1996), American astronomer, astrochemist & astrophysicist;

Hip, Hip, Hurray!

As Dilip Mukerjea has so eloquently put it in his book, 'Unleashing Genius, with the World Most Powerful Learning Systems':

"Genius is unleashed when both the 'left' and the 'right' attributes of the brain are working in harmony with one another."

This is how Dilip & I envision it:

LOGIC + IMAGINATION

REASONING + INTUITION

DETAILS + BIG PICTURE

ORDER + CHAOS OR CHAORDIC!

CONVERGENT + DIVERGENT OR SYNVERGENT!

ALGORITHMIC + "FUZZY WOOLY FEEL"

THINKING + DAYDREAMING

COOL HEAD + GUT FEEL

HARD-NOSE + SOFT-FOCUS

FORECASTS WITH NUMBERS + SCENARIOS WITH STORIES

SERIOUSNESS + FUN

WORK + PLAY OR PLORK!

SCANNING THE HORIZON + GROKKING THE FUTURE

ANALYSIS OVER TIME + SYNTHESIS OVER SPACE

TRAVERSING THE MAINSTREAM + STRADDLING THE FRINGES

LINEAR EXTRAPOLATION + RANDOM JUXTAPOSTION

ABSTRACT CONCEPTUALISATION + RAPID PROTOTYPING

ONE-TRACK, STOP-START MOTION + MULTI-DIMENSIONAL,OMNI-DIRECTIONAL PERPETUAL MOTION

INSIDE THE CIRCLE + OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE

Monday, September 21, 2009

A WISE QUOTE FOR MONDAY MORNING

"Change cannot be brought about easily by leaders, except in those situations in which the changes advocated do not disturb present relationships. In fact, it is the leaders who typically become the most bitter and the most effective foes of change.

The public, therefore, must take the initiative and assume responsibility for progress in the affairs of man. The public must force change upon its leaders (who) command more respect today than perhaps they deserve…

The leader is expert in his small world as it presently exists, not expert in the world as it might be. Although he plays an important role in modern society, it is not realistic to expect him to advocate change. This is the surest way for him to lose his status … The hope of the future rests with the citizen.

To be effective, he must be well informed, and he must discover ways of making better use of his own great capacities and those of his fellow man. He cannot expect his leaders to give him much help in his upward march."


~ Professor George Gallup, (1901-1984), writing in 'The Miracle Ahead'; acknowledged worldwide as one of the greatest leaders of change; also, the inventor of the Gallup Poll at Princeton & the designer of market research;