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The Spirit of Openness

The Spirit of Openness is alive and thriving in mass collaboration and in most modern innovation systems. Who is still stuck labouring through uncertain network

Build bridges

To build and cross cultural bridges takes the courage, wisdom and strength of our convictions. Miracles are not only possible, but well deserved with a

Eureka!

When was our last Eureka moment? When nothing is ventured, nothing is gained in so many dimensions! Some of the best ideas and strategies are

More reasons to collaborate

Collaboration brings the world closer to make significant progress in every space. It raises our creative IQ, harnesses unfathomed powers, closes the gaps to the

Run with it!

Why not transform a good idea to a brilliant one and run with it? Dare to surprise everyone and exceed all expectations! Don't let patents

Beat the odds


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Albert Einstein said it best "we can't solve problems
with the same kind of thinking that created them"

An extraordinary effort is needed to improve the odds in what is now considered the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world at the dawn of digital disruption. Yet, innovation might be at its infancy when a massive potential remains. Efforts to capitalize on a 4th Industrial revolution still have room to appreciate the 5G Network, Megatrends, and new technologies to conceptualise their potential.
Industries, desperate to innovate have shown some headway to improve; but, little to curve the inevitable threat that remains. A tidal wave of disruption might restore hope and bring relief to unsatisfied customers, lost under unscrupulous tactics.
Customers that have lost value with organisations eager to profit, lost hope to deteriorating systems, and lost any drive with more signs of corruption.
It's not hard to identify the tainted industries from banks, insurance, telcos to those floundering with poor business models that bring little value and may be described as a pain.
The wake-up call and some suggested measures to improve are discussed further with the following sections:

  • The Dream Team
  • Success or failure
  • Brains trust
  • Business Plan/Canvas
  • Innovation++


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The ripples of disruption


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When good ideas subside to revolutionary concepts,
there is no time to sit idly by!
As these transcend industries more transformations are enabled!

Start a ripple with a fresh perspective that leverages on key skills and resources to do it better, faster and to stay ahead of the game. Disrupt the archaic and disruptors with better strategies and business models.
Each new disruptor has the potential to shake, if not gobble up the aging industries, not to mention the power houses that strive to dominate at all cost.
Anyone can venture into a space that complements, inspires and drives a network of collaboration, to become the best of the best. It's as easy as embracing innovation, to adopt technologies, best practices and strive to create a better tomorrow.
Each ripple can become a wave that sweeps across businesses, industries and countries with concepts and technologies that forge a new path. 3D printing, Nanotechnology, RFID, Beacons, Blockchain, IoT, Biometrics, Genomics, AI, Big Data, Cloud, Robotics, to virtual and augmented realities have defined their ripples in numerous ponds. Each is just itching to expand and solve more challenges and close the critical gaps. Some useful tips in this journey include how to tackle the following challenges that are discussed further in this article:

  • Limited information/insight bubbles
  • Multidiscipline skills
  • Prospects beyond monopolies
  • Mass interest for mass support
  • The dynamics of innovation
  • The rewards


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What’s next? – Institutionalise


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The next generation faces an exponential rate of change and must adapt,
institutionalise and be ready for anything that much faster!

The last pillar in our transformation is to institutionalise our cutting edge advances. This compels a demand to produce and adapt at the speed of change, thought or in an instant with extraordinary feats of creativity, implementation and acceptance.
Most still stumble and advance with 2 steps forward and 3 steps back as a little knowledge can become a dangerous risk. The ability to institutionalise, typically neglected, reflects on the organisations maturity as it impacts its potential to evolve or confront more dire consequences. Our maturity is not only defined by our weakest link, but, by our imagination to advance and ability to adapt and institutionalise effectively.
With any pioneering adventure, it's always interesting to reflect on what has been institutionalised. Some positive, and some questionable for the value they may contribute to nurture better prospects. Why repeat the same mistakes, when they can be averted with more creativity.
To institutionalise change, strategies or transformations a number of domains must be mastered as discussed further in this article:

  • Planning
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Connected
  • Aligned


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What’s next? Action


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Overcome inhibitions, doubts and invest in our capabilities to enable and take action!
Go Go Go, one step at a time to uncover an adventure that only gets better!

The fourth pillar in our transformation is the Action that gives priority and value to our ideas and evolving capabilities. Step out of the shadows and into the limelight to bring great ideas into action and nurture better prospects. This embodies and drives an innovative culture that lives and exercises the cutting edge with everything we say and do.
To take action when needed is easier with a sense of urgency like survival, or to react (e.g. instructed) when the parameters have been set. Otherwise self-drive and discipline helps to get things done. Rewarded by an adrenaline rush that captures that thirst for knowledge, adapt and seize each and every opportunity and action.
Competitive advantages thrive in this explosive potential as global competition creates more innovations (e.g. emotional, rational or radical).
To revitalise this freedom of spirit we must set the urge to embrace the cutting edge and be part of what shapes the future with some critical actions as discussed in the following sections:

  • Hit the ground running
  • Insight to action
  • Inspired
  • Driven
  • Encouraged


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What’s next? – Alignment


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Beyond political rivalry, desperate survival, blissful ignorance and hidden agendas
is the realm of possibilities, greater potentials and
a combined capacity to make miracles happen!

The third pillar towards a transformation that creates or restores the competitive edge is "Alignment". An alignment to keep up with broader visions, ambitions, best practices, and combine competences to forge innovative frontiers with a new found wisdom.
With the mindset and understanding to achieve the cutting edge, the next step is to align the capabilities, ingenuity and drive to make it happen. This entails the prospects of first catching up, building bridges to the unknown, and working through the political, technical, and financial barriers.
The cutting edge must be sustainable, which imposes more demands to stay ahead of the competition. In today’s dynamic environment this requires an increased competence and understanding with the ingenuity to secure numerous advantages, and safeguards.
The forefront conjures the need to be aware of the turbulence outside the eye of the storm. Develop an innate ability to realise and seize opportunities. First, we must identify and negotiate the value past the storm to engage and align efforts with continuous innovation as discussed in the following sections:

  • Beyond chaos and politics
  • Competitive advantage
  • Manage expectations
  • Visions, goals and plans


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What’s next? Understanding.


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Fear no evil, have no doubt as knowledge is power,
and the rudder to steer the course!
Don't assume that we are on the same wavelength when we use
the same words as our understanding might be completely different!

Understanding with insights can form the foundation of any knowledge.
Unfortunately the convenience of education systems is not enough and most bodies of knowledge attract cultures that blindly pursue the pearls of wisdom to disregard the limitations and weaknesses. Our thirst for knowledge takes us beyond conventional wisdom to enable a broader outlook to build the needed skills and intuition. All to avoid the traps, appreciate the strategies, and recognise opportunities as inflection points can change the game or set new paths with a competitive edge.
To leverage and exploit these powers and make them our own depends on some appreciation of its value and an in depth understanding. Value is in the eye of the beholder typically reflects a maturity to appreciate and pass a threshold with the understanding from the insights that experience has brought.
Why run the gauntlet of mistakes or unnecessary risks when we can build understanding and widen horizons. Each can face their ultimate moment of truth with poor practices, distorted perceptions or waste time with clouds of misinformation.
Businesses will strive to understand the market, competition, brand, customers, changing needs, and how to bring value based on their transitions in understanding as discussed within the following sections:

  • Uncover the truth.
  • Transition from appreciation, insight, foresight to a higher potential.
  • Each discipline can either evolve or stagnate.
  • Pioneer new frontiers with maturity.


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What’s Next? Mindset adjustment

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WhatisNBe wise, informed and with our minds eye consider
the decisions and actions for a better future!

When everyone is looking for answers, many turn to Megatrends to understand how individuals, businesses, industries or countries are impacted. We should be considering how to mitigate future risks.
Scarce resources, diminishing habitats, growing and aging populations, digitally led lifestyles, accelerated technologies, increased connectivity to raised expectations, and increased consumer power apply unfathomed pressures on today’s societies. Most may be ill equipped for these prospects. Increased disasters, terrorism, corruption, drug abuse and crime become just a few of the concerns as we face an uncertain future, shaped by materialistic expectations.
Does this sound familiar?? " I want it now, if not earlier, with more features, and cheaper than ever before". What we get is just more promotions, more bugs, products that don’t last, added costs and consequently more waste. The Digital world also brings constant virtual stimuli, more distractions, limited choice, and rising prices that in turn lead to more drug abuse, extreme levels of poverty and rising health issues.
The first step is to acknowledge the forces as work. For example, China has transformed itself from an Agricultural economy to Industrial to an advanced service economy modelled on Hong Kong’s free economy with their vertical democracy. This was achieved during the last decade with a focus to emancipate minds and with the worlds help (innovative resources {arrows}) to transform its ailing industries. The rest of the world probably needs to restart its own freedom of spirit, to demystify any uncertainty and find that passion to get results.
Every individual can consider this mindset adjustment with better insights, choices and steps to become resilient as discussed further in this article:

  • Do more with less.
  • Counteract unfavourable trends.
  • Define the risks that need mitigation
  • Set the path to a more certain future


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Inspired?

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Inspired

Make a difference in our lives,
when we strive beyond our comfort zones!

Inspired and reinvigorated lately?
If the answer is no, it could be a sign that life seems a bit mundane.
In any business this is dangerous, and it is time to turn the situation around. Overcome any lingering fears, relentless battles, self-doubts, or mystifying challenges, with the inspiration, insights, and plan to do it better. Driven with a renewed sense of purpose!
Inspiration comes from many sources like advancements, insights, muse, leadership, breakthroughs to various forms of achievement. Even by participating in more humanitarian tasks to help others can enable us to learn more about ourselves and the capabilities that can translate to new endeavours. Thus, becoming that bit more open minded and driven for a good cause. Identify how to break down the barriers that limit us and consider the visions that challenge us.
Many may be caught in a rut and don’t know it, satisfied by their own measure of success. With little to no competition, it becomes easy to be complacent, despite the risk of a devastating surprise. It pays to listen and keep on learning rather than rely on a limited model that could be easily out-dated and superseded overnight. Many might not want to know what it takes, when content within their comfort zones.
To become inspired and reinvigorated try to engage in some fundamental exercises as discussed in the following sections of this article:

  • Appreciate and embrace key powers.
  • Turn risks into opportunities
  • Set the environment
  • Adopt better models and strategies


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The Age of Wisdom

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Inspired to energise and energised to inspire!
Any uncertainty might be our own product of fear, lack of focus or repeated misadventures.

In the midst of fragmented structures , systems, organisations, and networks it might be difficult to focus on the unity of visions and their wisdom. When everyone is dedicated to their own agenda’s there is little progress on key issues or design for incentives that could bring hope, direction, and purpose to aspire towards a culture of wisdom.
The age of agriculture, industry, information and knowledge has brought some insights to start the age of wisdom. But, there is so much more to go. To emerge from our own uncertainties, instabilities and growing fears we can piece together the many pearls of wisdom to help define the age of wisdom that builds on knowledge to curtail evident risks and forge a better future.
Each business and industry must continue to reinvent itself and seize the growing potential, sustainability, better business models, improved operations, new capabilities, and adapt with each challenge and risk.
The age of wisdom builds on our thirst for knowledge, insights to what really works, a focussed plan and joint efforts to correct the many poor systems that have lost hope or continue with an uncertain destiny.
Our universal ambition waits in everything we do and say to either support good practices or struggle without direction as described in the following sections of this article:

  • Get healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • Beyond conventional wisdom
  • Under the spell of science
  • Spirit of collaboration


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The theory of everything – Creative

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Make any dream a reality with the essence of creativity!
The tricks/ magic to make it happen, just need to be nurtured!

In the theory of everything creative we uncover the essence of creativity that knows no bounds. This is unlike the popular concepts of innovation, riddled with boundaries, conditions and expectations based on political or commercial interests for growth and wealth.
Connectivity and advances in technologies might bring the world closer together. But, each generation encounters a diminished potentialdespite expectations of wider prospects. This inhibition is reflected by the restrictions imposed by poor cultures and fears that dictate our self- imposed prisons or limitations. As words lose their lustre when dictionaries become politically correct to embrace negative definitions and distrustful sentiments, so are mindsets shaped by their environment.
To break free from this self-fulfilling prophecy we need to reconnect with values to enable, invigorate and drive passions and conviction that can overcome any adversity. Compassion, international morality, the hunger for knowledge, insight and foresight forms the foundation that ignites that creative spark and the determination that makes dreams come true.
Our creativity needs and must evolve to harness our potentially immortal works, assuming we have mastered original thought (free from illusions and dependencies), harnessed analytical skills and techniques, and engaged with effective decision making. Nurturing creativity then becomes a life-long pursuit that builds on our abilities
and capabilities as described in the following sections:

  • Value focussed reality
  • Entrepreneurial culture
  • Stimulating innovation
  • Change the future.


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