Three goals of pursuing a business

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book titled “Great by Choice” The three goals for any business , in that order , should be: Pursue a just cause – To advance a vision bigger than self Protect people and make them feel safe – Should give rise to “Trusting” and hence “high performing” teams Generate profit –Continue reading “Three goals of pursuing a business”

“Just Cause” as an “iceberg” metaphor

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book titled “The Infinite Game” Just cause as defined by Simon in this book is a futuristic vision bigger than ourselves which can lead to true fulfillment in our lives and make our lives more meaningful. No matter how much we have achieved we feel we have further to go inContinue reading ““Just Cause” as an “iceberg” metaphor”

Knowing our WHY can help us define our JUST CAUSE

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book titled “The Infinite Game” WHY as coined by Simon in his book “Start With Why” is something that defines us in terms of our values and beliefs.A WHY is formed by connecting the dots from the past. A JUST CAUSE on the other hand is a vision for the futureContinue reading “Knowing our WHY can help us define our JUST CAUSE”

The role of “empirical validation” in the success of iPod

Adopted from Jim Collins’s book titled “Great By Choice” The iPod story illustrated a point that though a big successful venture can look like a single step creative breakthrough but in reality it is a multi step iterative process based on empirical validation than visionary genius. Apple’s revival via the iPod bears testimony to theContinue reading “The role of “empirical validation” in the success of iPod”

When South West Airlines fired “un-calibrated cannonballs”

Adopted from Jim Collins’s book titled “Great By Choice” “Fire Bullets” Then “Cannonballs” approach mentioned in his book needs firing cannonballs when the bullets hit the incremental innovation targets. 10X companies for e.g. SWA ideally fire calibrated cannonballs out of empirical validation and hence have achieved unparalleled  success. But history is witness to the factContinue reading “When South West Airlines fired “un-calibrated cannonballs””

“Business innovation” and use of a cannonball approach

Adopted from Jim Collins’s book titled “Great By Choice” In the “Fire Bullets” Then “Cannonballs” approach lets try to understand about cannonballs. Once the incremental innovations are tested by firing “bullets” and they hit their targets , the “cannonballs” need to be fired. Cannonballs can be 1) Calibrated and 2) Un-Calibrated A calibrated cannonball hasContinue reading ““Business innovation” and use of a cannonball approach”

In the context of “Business Innovation” what is a bullet?

Adopted from Jim Collins’s book titled “Great By Choice”. Innovative high performing companies adopt a “Fire Bullets” then “cannonball” approach to outwit their rivals in the infinite game of business.In such an approach starting from firing bullets to test out the incremental innovation is imperative to scale up and later fire cannonballs. The following areContinue reading “In the context of “Business Innovation” what is a bullet?”

“Fire Bullets” Then “CannonBalls”

After reaching an “innovation threshold” this is the approach that explains the success of 10X or high performing companies rather than big leap innovations and predictive genius. “Fire Bullets” Then “CannonBalls” implying gradually scaling up innovations starting from a small scale(bullets).When these innovations hit their targets then only plan on launching the cannonballs. Adopted fromContinue reading ““Fire Bullets” Then “CannonBalls””

What happens when “operational excellence” marries “innovation”?

When we marry operating excellence with innovation it multiplies the value of creativity and it turn amplifies growth of a 10x high performing organization Thus the greatest challenge is to blend creative intensity with relentless discipline Adopted from Jim Collins’s book titled “Great by Choice”

What is significant about the motto “Intel delivers”?

Early 1973 Intel adopted the motto “Intel delivers” not “Intel innovates” This bears ample testimony to the fact that in any industry beyond an “innovation threshold” what matters is fanatical discipline to keep playing the infinite game Adopted from Jim Collins’s book titled “Great by Choice”