Searchable on Google!

This Blog is now searchable on Google! Use the search term “asideconsulting” and this is the only reference you’ll get!And I had no clue that it was so easy!! All I had to do was submit the URL of this blog and Hey Presto! There’s my blog on the search engine!
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Inspiration – Charlie Garland

I recently introduced myself to my Co-Authors on Innovation 2004 and invited everyone to visit this Blog. Charlie Garland of Business Brainstorm gave me a wonderful insight – that of including “Inspiration” as a cog in the wheel of the “Innovation Process” from one of my last posts. He also suggested that the cycle should be iterative instead of stopping…
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Enhancing Creativity in Organizations

By Mohammad Javad Salimian (Teheran Times)In today’s complex, competitive, and changing global business world, creativity plays a significant role in an organizational success which is applicable at all levels of operations in an organization. All people have the potential to be creative. Only those managers and organizations will be successful who are committed to creative thinking, boosting creativity throughout the…
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One Process

Investigate: analyze the project. What resources will this require? Who all will be required to work on this? Which departments will be involved directly/indirectly on this? Will this be good for the organization? How? When would be a good time to actually launch this? What technology will this require? What is the best way to procure that technology if the…
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Latest On Innovation

For the latest on Innovation, visit Innovation 2004 on ThinkSmart. A whole host of professionals have come together with the following Mission: Create a collaborative learning process that gathers the collective experience, thinking and wisdom of a cross-section of innovation practitioners, consultants and academics in the emerging discipline of innovation. Synthesize the collective wisdom into an easy to use and…
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How’s That for Creativity!

Question – “What are washing machines used for?”Answer – “(Duh!) Washing clothes…”Result – “WRONG Answer!” Explanation – “In the northern part of India, most people consume buttermilk made out of curd. Many families used their washing machine for stirring curd and making buttermilk! The reason is simple: washing machines are cheaper than mechanical stirrers and more suitable.”
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Radical Innovation and Uncertainty

Any kind of Innovation involves a level of uncertainty. (Any kind of change involves some level of uncertainty.) But Radical Innovation involves the maximum level of uncertainty on four major fronts: Technical, Organisational, Market and Resource. Technical uncertainty would involve questions like “Are the specifications of the product right?” “Do we have the necessary technology to develop a product with…
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Qualities of a CEO

According to Drucker, writing in the Harvard Business Review (June 2004), the best CEOs he encountered in the 65 years of his work were “all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths and weaknesses”. They were, however, remarkably similar in their behaviours. The key to effectiveness lies in Eight Elements of EffectivenessThe winning CEOs… –asked “what…
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Creativity

We all now know and realise that Creativity is crucial to our business’ success. There’s potential for creativity everywhere. Every business needs to be looking for creativity in everything it does, not just the product but how you deliver the product, how you market it and how you interact with customers. Creativity is a business survival skill. Without creativity, you…
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Impossible is Nothing

Impossible is Nothing. The ad campaign by Adidas. My version for Organisational Innovation: “It is easier to live in the organisation from the traditional era (use the same methods, procedures and thought processes). Difficult, but phenomenally rewarding to use the power vested in you to change to an Innovative Organisation (innovative thinking, risky endeavours).”
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Service Innovation

Excerpted from Heads-Up! on Organizational Innovation Professors Christopher Lovelock and George Yip noted the four essential differences between products and services back in 1961. The following 4 points use Sasser’s framework to delve into the emerging discipline of service innovation. 1. Intangibility: Services have no physical form. They cannot be seen before purchase or taken home after. Advice for service…
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Military Innovation

Military Innovation: Hurdles, Bumps and Jumps by Girish Luthra Abstract Military innovation is peculiar and distinctive, and has no direct parallels.The military environment itself, with focus on hierarchy, discipline and tradition makes innovation a daunting challenge. The process is further influenced by civil-military relations and metrics used for measuring effectiveness of innovative efforts. Factors influencing the process of military innovation…
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Change

“The degree to which the opportunity to use power effectively is granted to or withheld from individuals is one operative difference between those companies which stagnate and those which innovate.” The Change Masters, Rosabeth Moss Canter. That’s leads to the age old “balancing authority and responsibility” process. Most of us are familiar with the aspect of delegating responsibility. But how…
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Leadership, Creativity and Time Pressure

Leader Behaviors and the Work Environment for Creativity: Perceived Leader Support-by Teresa Amabile, Elizabeth A. Schatzel, Giovanni B. Moneta, and Steven J. Kramer Employees’ perceptions of team leader support POSITIVE when the leader engages in 4 types of effective behavior: (1) monitoring the work effectively -giving timely feedback and reacting to problems in the work with understanding and help; (2)…
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