Saturday, January 30, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"The biggest single barrier to the development of an effective strategy is the strongly-held belief that a company has to appeal to the entire market."

~ marketing strategist Al Ries;

Friday, January 29, 2010

RAPID RECAP: Knowledge is only potential power!

“Knowledge will not attract money unless it is organized and intelligently directed through practical plans of action to the definite end of accumulation of money. Lack of understanding of this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power.” It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans and directed to a definite end.”

~ Napoleon Hill, 'Think and Grow Rich';

Thursday, January 28, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Once you start drawing or making things, you open up new possibilities of discovery. Doodling, drawing, modeling. Sketch ideas & make things, & you're likely to encourage accidental discoveries. At the most fundamental level, what we're talking about is play, about exploring borders."

~ Tom Kelley, IDEO;

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Entrepreneurs are not 'born'… rather they 'become' through the experiences of their lives."

~ Professor Albert Shapiro, Ohio State University;

DO YOU WISH YOU CAN THINK ON YOUR FEET LIKE THIS LITTLE GAL?

My good friend, Dilip Mukerjea, has emailed me this wonderful but rather belated story this morning:

A Caucasian man was seated next to a little Afro-American girl on the airplane when he turned to her and said, "Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just opened her coloring book, closed it slowly and said to the man, "What would you like to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know," said the man. "Since you are Afro-American, do you think that so-called President Elect Barak Obama is qualified for the job?", and he smiles.

"OK", she said. 'That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?"

The man, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss President Barack Obama ... when you don't know shit?"

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS

"There are three basic aspects of thinking:

1. what is;
2. what may be; and
3. what can be.'

We are almost totally obsessed with 'what is'.

We underestimate the extremely valuable contribution that 'what may be' has made to progress.

We do very little about 'what can be' even though our future depends entirely on this aspect."

~ Edward de bono;