June 23, 2016

Failure is Fearing to Innovate

Posted by Richard Lobo (View Profile | View All Posts) at 1:04 PM

A few months ago, there was a chalkboard put up by someone in New York with the instruction "Write your biggest regret". The board stood all day & as passersby scribbled on it, it was interesting that most regrets were about actions NOT taken - a dream not pursued, a chance not taken... and various opportunities not taken. 

Could some of these have been because of fear?


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April 11, 2016

Solve problems creatively; and repeatedly, consistently, and viably too!

Posted by Richard Lobo (View Profile | View All Posts) at 2:53 PM

Amidst all the excitement surrounding the changes brought about by technology in our lives, there is a contrary view expressed that these changes don't compare with the revolutionary changes that were brought about in the past. Think light bulb, steam locomotive, the printing press, the internet and so on. The contrarians believe that while the problems of humanity remain complex, the innovations are barely able to offer incremental improvement to our lives.

So, when the skeptics say that we've swapped invention and innovation for incremental improvement, they do make a point. That does not take away from the fact that incremental improvements (think faster airplanes, improved antibiotics, low energy light bulbs) have had their own impact on the planet and its inhabitants. To me, it's a combination of incremental and transitional that make this subject fascinating. And to keep it that way, we need a new springboard that makes both happen.

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