Biggest Drawing In The World..

27 05 2008

Something that caught my eye today. With the help of a GPS device equipped suitcase and DHL, Eric Nordenankar attempts a self protrait by recreating the paths the suitcase traveled. There are really no boundaries to human imagination or potential!





Management Failures..

5 12 2007

Ever wondered what would that mean? I had a brush of it in the corporate context. I have seen some great teams collapse due to sad leadership. I could see some real gem of talent migrate to greener pastures and some great ideas being nibbed at the start due to management failure or ego hassles. Sometimes it feels hopeless to see all this wastage and negative energy happening around just due to the dearth of management and leadership skills.

Why is it so difficult to sense the potential of people around us, how difficult it is to give credit to people for what they have done, and how much time does it take to acknowledge someone’s contribution? All it needs is a little bit of listening, a modicum of concern, enthusiasm, energy and genuine warmth, which became like a rare phenomenon in today’s context. Placing trust has become so difficult on today’s managers who are driven by their goal sheets and checklists with little concern to the people reporting to them. Probably being a part and parcel of knowledge intensive industry, I can see how the manipulation of energies of the people can make or break businesses in the current day context.

What an intoxicator power or authority is! I saw it change sweet smiling people into work extraction units. Yes, I understand professionalism is about of focusing on outcomes, and being work oriented but why cant we have a sensitivity to the expectations of the people around us? Just because we have an authority to wield the stick, we can’t really expect to get the work done by throwing our weight around. I see a lot of intellectual racism in action with a lot of unproductive team meetings, where people engage in blame game due to lack of time management, role clarity, and lack of trust and focus from management.

I see different types of managers around me, but those who work on their personal learning while aiding to the professional growth of their team are quite rare. What I see are those people who engage in politics and credit snatching, those who rest on the shoulders of their team and hammer them down to rise taller. Guess one of the toughest challenges of the current organizations is middle management. And I cant deny the importance of organizational culture in developing team, people and management skills. We talk about business continuity, right? How much onus are we placing on the leadership for talent migration, team failure, productivity concerns and team motivation levels? Guess we need some soul searching there..





Fight For Innovation!

9 04 2007

I almost confront the issues of innovation in a daily basis. If we are to keep 10 people in a room and ask them to discuss about this, we would get 11 opinions and thats not a joke! πŸ™‚

mabile et al (1996) propose:

“All innovation begins with creative ideas . . . We define innovation as the successful implementation of creative ideas within an organization. In this view, creativity by individuals and teams is a starting point for innovation;the first is necessary but not sufficient condition for the second”. (p.1154-1155)

 

In the fast paced business world, the key differentiator for many organizations is how they manage to innovate and stay ahead of the market space. Yet everyone is struggling to hit that right formula to encourage innovation in a highly structured and formal setup like organizations. Can one really define a process for innovation? Its all about bringing in an assortment of random experiments to hit the right nail. Frankly, what works for me may not work for you! Sadly, one may ignore the finer nuances of the organizational culture and dynamics. Yet, those are the factors that encourage or stifle experimentation in a professional set up. All we have are broad techniques and tools: be it mind maps, six hats, lateral thinking or brainstorming, ultimately it all depends on the people who are applying them!

If I had to think of my two cents on this, innovation as a word sounds quite like a jargon, especially after hearing about it so much in corporate context! If I have to apply it to myself, being creative in thought is going to define innovation in personal context.

So many times, I find people getting stifled by the structure looming over their head to realize their personal passions. (Passion and innovation go hand in hand as the most often misquoted words of the century esp. in the corporate context!) We may hunt for various reasons as to why this structure is not conducive or we can embark on a single experiment to do what we love. What’s your pick?

Think of what difference Creativity @ Work brings in professional life. It makes you visible, alive, vocal and that reflects in your attitude and expression. Being Creative always brings self satisfaction and recognition! I can’t really comment on the level of freedom of expression in the corporate context, yet I believe that being creative beats boredom! So fight for yourself, for goading that inner sparks, for innovation and for being Alive!





World’s Famously Wrong Predictions

8 12 2006

This is quite an old forwarded wisdom! πŸ™‚ Yet, going through this makes me ponder about the uncertainity of future!

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Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube:
Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it impossibility–a development which we should waste little time dreaming about.

Thomas J. Watson, 1943, Chairman of the Board of IBM:
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

It doesn’t matter what he does, he will never amount to anything. – Albert Einstein’s teacher to his father, 1895

It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister. – Margaret Thatcher, 1974

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. – Western Union internal memo, 1876

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? – H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

640K ought to be enough for anybody. – Bill Gates, 1981

Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. – Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons. – Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet. – Hewlett-Packard’s rejection of Steve Jobs, who went on to found Apple Computers

King George II said in 1773 that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution.

An official of the White Star Line, speaking of the firm’s newly built flagship, the Titanic, launched in 1912, declared that the ship was unsinkable.

In 1939 The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American wouldn’t have time for it.

An English astronomy professor said in the early 19th century that air travel at high speed would be impossible because passengers would suffocate.

Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value. – Marshal Ferdinand Foch in 1911

With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market. – Business Week, 1958

Whatever happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping. – Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, on December 4, 1941

Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. – Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, October 16, 1929.





Connect to Desktop with your Mobile!

6 06 2006

Remote Desktop for Mobiles gives you the unique ability to connect to your desktop computer through the mobile phone and interact with it remotely. Along with the remote desktop that you can view on the phone display in real time, you can execute mouse and keyboard commands using the phone’s joystick or buttons. Besides, the Java client for usual Web browsers allows remote accessing from any other computers with various Web browsers and OS without installation of additional software.

Using Remote Desktop for Mobiles, you can send and receive mail, browse the Internet, edit a document in a word processor, copy, cut, paste files or folders and do hundreds of other things that you typically do behind your home or office computer. The intuitively transparent interface, simple navigation and the list of commonly used options fully compensate for the inconveniences of mobiles. On top of all this is the strong encryption algorithm that guarantees the highest level of data transfer protection.





Track your city with Mobile Tags!

5 06 2006

Mobotag, developed by Marta Lwin reveals the hidden layers of a city through an active exchange of location based media and text messages via the cellphone. This brings in a new era of collaborative phone tagging of the city. Part virtual graffiti, part walking tour, "mobotag" creates a spontaneous and easy way for tagging a neighborhood via the cellphone. Send and view messages, images, videos and sounds and see art, read stories, and watch a hidden layer of the city reveal itself.

By sending a text message to "mobotag", with your city location, you begin an interactive tour of a neighborhood. Using a unique geocoding feature, "mobotag" tells you what other messages exist in your local area. In the near future "mobotag" will also feature art projects including "flyHere," a mobile phone audio installation featuring native bird calls; "bugBytes," collectible graphical bugs originating at major telecoms around NYC; and "lookHere," a written work in short form by a native NY writer.





A Million Dollar Home Page!

4 06 2006

Here goes a news, which albeit a little old, proves the fact that innovation springs when one is faced with unusual circumstances, questionable challenges and stretched targets. The way Tew made money from his Million Dollar Home Page never fails to inspire me as it is a perfect example of changing the rules of the market with a dash of creativity and conviction.

Now here is the desi version! http://www.lakhpatipage.com

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A 21 year old boy, Alex Tew from UK has made $900,000 selling pixels on his homepage!

He had the brainstorm for his million dollar home page, called, logically enough, http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com, while lying in bed thinking out how he would pay for university.

The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots, and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100.

He sold a few to his brothers and some friends, and when he had made $1,000, he issued a press release. That was picked up by the news media, spread around the Internet, and soon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites. So far they have bought up 911,800 pixels. Tew’s home page now looks like an online Times Square, festooned with a multi-colored confetti of ads.

“All the money’s kind of sitting in a bank account,” Tew told Reuters from his home in Wiltshire, southwest England. “I’ve treated myself to a car. I’ve only just passed my driving test so I’ve bought myself a little black mini.”

The site features testimonials from advertisers, some of whom bought spots as a lark, only to discover that they were receiving actual valuable Web hits for a fraction of the cost of traditional Internet advertising.

Meanwhile Tew has had to juggle running the site with his first term at university, where he is studying business. “It’s been quite a difficulty trying to balance going to lectures and doing the site,” he said. But he may not have to study for long. Job offers have been coming in from Internet companies impressed by a young man who managed to figure out an original way to make money online. “I didn’t expect it to happen like that,” Tew said. “To have the job offers and approaches from investors — the whole thing is kind of surreal. I’m still in a state of disbelief. ******