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Clear Conscience -- Clear Profit - WSJ.com
September 29, 2006 | WSJ | By N.R. NARAYANA MURTHY.

Our experience has shown there are five elements of success in today's global marketplace:

(1) Listen to other people's ideas, especially those of the younger generations. Devise ways of management to tap the brilliance of young minds. Some of our best ideas grew from monthly "Ideation Days," brainstorming sessions led by employees under 30. Keep doors open. Let young workers walk into senior managers' offices to present their ideas without going through "proper channels." Retire early enough to give younger people a chance to take responsibility while still enthusiastic.
(2) Maintain meritocracy. Build a company where people of different nationalities, genders and religions compete in an environment of intense competition and total courtesy. Do this by using data to decide which ideas are adopted. Our motto: "In God we trust. Everyone else brings data to the table."
(3) Benchmark yourself against internal and external competitors to make sure you are doing everything faster today than you did yesterday, or last quarter.
(4) Continue to develop better ideas. Build something great, and then break it to build something better. Never fear being insufficiently focused on a single core business. As long as your most brilliant people are continuously experimenting with the best services to provide to customers, the results will turn out right in the end.
(5) Maintain pressure to implement the best ideas with ever-higher levels of excellence.

Leadership is key to inspiring employees to make these elements part of their daily lives. The golden core of leadership is the ability to raise aspirations. Aspiration doesn't just build companies, it builds civilizations. It changes a set of ordinary people into a team of extraordinary talents, empowering them to convert plausible impossibilities into convincing possibilities.
aspirations  benchmarking  brainstorming  CEOs  data_driven  experimentation  globalization  ideas  ideation  idea_generation  India  Infosys  ksfs  leadership  listening  meritocratic  millennials 
november 2012 by jerryking
The Upside of Useless Stuff
April 25, 2011 | danariely.com | by Dan Ariely
"Let’s be clear. I don’t mean to say that marketing will save our
economy. Or that marketing things we don’t need is the key to a
prosperous planet. The line is narrow, indeed, between being motivated
to work and mortgaging the future (both your own and society’s) to get
stuff like bottled air.

Still, as we continue to redefine capitalism, let’s not discount the
role of aspiration and the desire for incremental luxuries–things we
want but don’t necessarily need. They can fuel productivity and thus
have a valuable function in our economy."
blogs  Dan_Ariely  motivations  behavioural  aspirations 
september 2011 by jerryking
The library you never imagined
Oct 9, 2010 | The Globe & Mail. pg. M.7 | Heidi Sopinka.
"Over the last few years we've been dreaming of services you can't get
online," says Type co-owner Samara Walbohm. "One thing that stuck was
hearing people walk into the store saying, 'Oh my god, this is a
combination of my dream library and the library I already have.'"

Enlisting the curatorial skill of cult author and bookseller Derek
McCormack, Type is now offering the best of both. For a negotiated fee,
they will build a bespoke library, taking everything from distribution
obscurity to bookshelf measurements - not to mention your existing
collection - into consideration. So what does it say about the person
who has hired another person to curate their library?

"Books are aspirational," Mr. McCormack says. "They're not just who you
are but what you want to be."

Curating anything from books with purple spines to a library in
mid-century modern design, Mr. McCormack says he has yet to have any
cringe-worthy commissions.
ProQuest  personal_libraries  bespoke  books  curation  aspirations 
october 2010 by jerryking
How to Win the Spelling Bee - WSJ.com
JUNE 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By JAMES MAGUIRE. You don't have to be Indian. But it seems to help.
education  aspirations  howto  spelling  students  contests  Indian-Americans  Indians 
june 2009 by jerryking

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