April 2013

Stay Hungry ~ Stay Foolish ~ An Inspirational Speech by Steve Jobs


Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005…. Inspirational Stuff….

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they (more…)

September 2012

July 2012

The Managerial ~ Leadership Grid ~ What type of manager/leader are you?

Peter Drucker Quotes, Pictures, Inspirational, Leadership, Management, MBA QuotesThe style of management in changing situations is influenced by various factors like organization’s culture, value system, personal history of the manager or chance or opportunity.

The style of the manager, nevertheless, impacts the performance of various stakeholders associated with the organization including the manager himself. 

What management style do you belong to?  Are you driven by results, Are you autocratic or a people man, driven by relationships.. 

The leadership ~ management grid (Source Blake RR & McCanse, A. A, 1991 ~ Leadership Dilemmas ~ Grid Solutions) classifies the leadership styles into 5 distinct types.

(1) Impoverished Management ~ Very little concern for productivity or people
(2) Country Club Management ~ Very great concern for people but very little for productivity
(3) Authority – Compliance Management ~ Great concern for productivity & very less concern for people
(4) Middle of the Road Management ~ Compromising ~ Medium concern for both productivity and people
(5)  Team Management ~ High concern for both people and productivity ~ Considered to be the Ideal Style

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What category do you fit in? It’s Worth a look……

 

June 2012

How Dick Fosbury~Inventor of Flop High Jump~Changed the Rules of the Game~Entrepreneurship

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How Dick Fosbury Changed the rules of the game and won the Olympic Championship in 1968, Mexico City….. Get Inspired…A lesson in risk taking for entrepreneurs raring to take on the existing systems and visualizing change, of persistence and of winning…

He began experimenting with alternative, unconventional methods of high jumping. The straddling approach was used by all the high jumpers at that time for the past 4 decades. He dared to take the risk and reject the approach.

He tweaked the old-fashioned scissor kick, eventually morphing it into a new and unique approach, which was eventually dubbed the “Fosbury Flop.”. His approach was scorned by the community. First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.

Fosbury set an Olympic record at the 1968 Mexico City games, jumping 7 feet 4.25 inches, and the world had to take notice.

What a Champion Athlete… Truly an Inspiration…

“When you reach that elite level, 90 percent is mental and 10 percent is physical. You are competing against yourself. Not against the other athlete.” ~ Dick Fosbury, Champion Olympic High Jump Athlete ~ Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Innovation Success ~ Wow list ~ Firms that have created sustainable value creation

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Business Model Innovation Success ~ Wow list ~ Firms that have created sustainable value creation
 
These firms have consistently followed these Twin Objectives in order to create and sustain value over a long period of time:
– Keeping current business model fresh and innovative
—- Systematically search for breakthrough new innovation opportunities
 — Going beyond Product/Technology Innovation and creating platform ecosystem
 
The Business Model Innovation framework consists of 5 complementary, value creating
components. Each component is analyzed in order to create value across the model… :
 
– Who do we serve? — Customers, Market Segments, Geographies, Buyers
 
– What do we provide? — Products/Services, Benefits/Solutions to customers
 
– How do we provide it? — Distribution Channels, Value chain, Processes, Activities, Strategic fit of competencies, Partner Collaboration to add value
 
– How do we make money? — Pricing Policies, Costs, Extract Value, Pricing Model
 
– How do we differentiate and sustain an advantage? Competitive advantage/differentiation, Customer Satisfaction,   Core Competencies, Strategic Assets, Customer Value