Quote : Men and Dream #02

March 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality – T.E. Lawrence

Day dreamers rock, uh? 🙂

Arun Vallappan

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Quote : Excuses are compromises #01

March 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Why do I think so?

Coz, many times, even though we know we should not be doing/saying something, we do/say that! We try to justify our act. In other words we give up or compromise for something other than the best option available. Where we had an option to stand up and defend ourselves, we choose to duck and agree! What a shame to choose an excuse, any-day, anytime !!

Arun Vallappan

Garbage Collection

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Feeling so refreshed!! Just un-subscribed myself from many RSS feeds – marketing/analytics, strategy articles, TED videos, etc. That translates to around 500 articles less per week and less guilty feeling of not keeping up to date with my reading list! 🙂

Been throwing away lot of semi-used to never used stuff such as old mark sheets, papers, xerox copies, printers, pens in the last few days. There is something really relieving about cleaning up crap! Feels so nice! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Is n’t it?

Arun Vallappan

Knowledge Brokers

March 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

You know, sometimes, we cherish and value something (say browse more on something, call up a friend, buy a gift or publish a interesting concept) very closely and for thousands of reasons (from 200% urgent happenings, project delay, parties, etc), that something gets lost in our mind. Only to be stumbled upon later and that evokes a “Shit, how did i forget that”! guilty feeling. 🙂

Today I stumbled on one such thing – Knowledge Brokering by Andrew Hargadon and before I lose it again to outer space, let me write it down. 🙂

While I was preparing for my B-School essays, i happened to read up on this concept. In the simplest terms Knowledge Brokering means – Applying knowledge gained from one area in another entirely different field leading to innovation. For example, the online bus ticketing solution, RedBus did that. IRCTC was already into booking tickets online for trains and was a proven success. But, no one implemented it for buses, which was largely an unorganized sector. Redbus implemented it and made it a huge hit! Why did no one think of that before? That’s the way brokering works!

To highlight the importance of the concept, we all know how big an inventor, Edison was. He has over 1000 patents to his name. But, researchers say, the reason why Edison was able to invent so many things was that his position, interests and work allowed him to be in touch with diverse fields from mechanical to electrical and diverse business lines – Communication, Automation, etc. Basically a cross-pollination of fields!!

[Image] – An innovatively designed pencil with a pen-hook!! Some knowledge broker’s effort!! 🙂

My guess is that – a modern day inventor, creative thinker might need to graze stuff available in diverse fields, observe happenings and probably, if he does not have a great memory power, record everything. In the future, as and when a need arises he would be in a position to leverage his observations!

Is it not?

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