Are we a victim of your own success ?

I quite agree to this article on Harvard Business Review, something worth pondering.

Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases:

Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.

Curiously, and overstating the point in order to make it, success is a catalyst for failure.

Read the detailed article at http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/the_disciplined_pursuit_of_less.html

Personally, the only counter argument I could think of is to enhance our ability to create leaders to hand over the reins to of areas where we lose focus.

Also, this quote by Alvin Toffer is quite a good reminder of continuous unlearning and relearning. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”

Regards,
Ajay Sanghani
Founder, 10xGrowth.com and Talentexcel.com and CEOMAG.in
Cell :91-9820020753 Skype : ajaysanghani
Linkedin : http://www.linkedin.com/in/ajaysanghani
Email : ajay@10xgrowth.com , ajay@talentexcel.com

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An Opportunity to Pitch to Investors

Come, Meet, Network with Startups & Pitch to Investors

Entrepreneur – Investor Meet – for India’s hottest startups, VCs &  angel investors.

If you have an entrepreneurial dream, come let us help you bring it to life!

This is an unmissable opportunity for Startups to pitch to investors & raise funding, meet & network with other entrepreneurially minded individuals, recruit co-founders and team members, go away inspired to take your startups to newer heights!

We are on to building the entrepreneur-investor eco-system in India. If you have anything to contribute – capital, ideas, expertise, mentoring, skills, connections, business opportunities, we would love to have you with us. Join the party!

Nurture entrepreneurship! Come, be a part of this India building exercise!

When : 26th July 2012, 9am to 5pm

Where : Sofitel hotel, Mumbai

Register now! http://meraevents.com/event/destination-india-2012networking–pitching

Smart Money Genius Ideas
Upto 10 pre-selected startups will pitch to investors on July 26th. We are pre-disposed to liking startups which satisfy the following criteria:

  • New age businesses
  • Highly scalable
  • Proof of Concept
  • Traction from target customers
  • Strong Founder team
  • Technology enabled
  • Addressing demand in high growth sectors

Please email your pitches to destinationindia@geniusincubator.com by June 28th to be considered for the Showcase.

Pre-selected founders will make 10/ 15 minute presentations to VCs/ angel investors and on the spot feedback provided. Your pitch will be reviewed by our selection committee and you will be notified of your selection to Destination India 2012 by July 10th 2012. Selected founders will be invited to a day of pitching and networking with investors at Sofitel, Mumbai India.

Featuring:

  • Top notch VC firms
  • Angel networks
  • Early stage funds
  • Individual angel investors HNWIs from across India

Speakers to be announced soon!

If you need ideas to get inspired, read Genius Incubator founder’s highly popular “10 Big ideas for India”

http://geniusincubator.com/blog/10-big-ideas-waiting-for-entrepreneurs-destination-india-2012/

Schedule:

  • Presentations Panels: 9:00am to 12:30pm
  • Lunch with Invesors: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Startup Pitches: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The ticket is highly subsidized for the benefit of fund- strapped entrepreneurs – Rs. 2500 for entrepreneurs & Rs. 5000 for investors/advisors.

Join our meetup group – (http://www.meetup.com/DestinationIndia-startups-investors/)

For any advertising/sponsorship queries, please mail to destinationindia@geniusincubator.com

Participants at Destination India 2010

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5 Big Data Questions For CEOs

Big Data is one of the hottest buzzwords today, and for good reason. The ability to process enormous data sets of previously unthinkable magnitudes from many sources is now possible for companies in every industry, not just supercomputing labs. Wal-Mart Labs and Coca-Cola’s Freestyle next-generation beverage dispenser are both using new database and analytics platforms to analyze real-time data from customers to predict demand and help shape new products.

CEOs are starting to wonder if big data is for real and if it can deliver a significant competitive edge to their businesses. It’s critical to qualify the risks and rewards upfront, because big data can get expensive fast. Here are the five questions CEOs need to ask to help ensure return from this gargantuan analytics endeavor.

1. How is big data going to help my business?

2. How much will it cost?

3. How risky is it?

4. How will we measure the return?

5. How long will it take to see results?

Check out answer to these 5 Big Data Questions @ Forbes


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Serendipity in Management and Innovation

The occurrence of events by chance in a beneficial way has always played a fundamental role in innovation

Read an  interesting case studies of Thogus ( Google of Manufacturing ) who value serendipity and and facilitiate its happening.

http://www.changinggears.info/2011/09/07/the-google-of-manufacturing-one-company-shows-a-possible-future/

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Designer's v/s. Programmers

Inspired by the legacy of Steve Jobs and lured by the promise of the current tech boom, young designers are flocking to Silicon Valley, where they’re shaking up a scene long dominated by engineers and programmers.

The time has never been good for people with good design sense, here’s why

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/careers/job-trends/Silicon-Valley-Its-designers-vs-engineers/articleshow/12665260.cms

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Why do you need Charisma ?

Being Charismatic includes having the following capabilities and attributes

  • the ability to project confidence
  • an inner sense of purpose
  • the capacity to engage others
  • skill in articulating ideas, vision, and goals

So why do you need Charisma ? and How do you become Charismatic ?

Check out this detailed article at Inc.

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6 Interview Questions to help spot innovative thinkers

Source : Inc.

A brain researcher divulges six interview questions–and other clues–to help distinguish innovators from ordinary workers.

1. If you were to assemble a piece of furniture from the directions, how would you go about it?

2. When a deadline is a month away, how do you finish a project—and when?

3. How do you make important life decisions?

4. What would you do if you showed up ten minutes early for a meeting?

5. How would you assert your ideas if you were in a meeting with a group of managers and a confrontational issue emerged?

6. How would you respond if your manager suddenly changed your project?

Check out the article in details of useful interview questions to ask to identify strong innovators

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Tata Group

The Tata group comprises over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. The group has operations in more than 80 countries across six continents, and its companies export products and services to 85 countries.

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Is The 4 hour week possible ?

Tim Ferriss, Author of the 4 hour week shares on how to make it possible.

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Roundup of 2012 Predictions

CEOMAG curated some of the 2012 predictions related to business.

Here’s the list below

Five Sectors to track in 2012 in India

10 Business Tech Predictions for 2012

12 IT Outsourcing Predictions for 2012

Direction Of World-Changing Innovation In 2012

5 lakh jobs likely in 2012

Is 2012 the year for India’s internet?

Big changes ahead for India

Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

Digital Space in India in 2012

10 Predictions for Innovators in 2012

Internet IPO’s to raise $11 billion in USA in 2012

Indian politics poised for big changes in 2012

Regards,
Ajay Sanghani
Founder, 10xGrowth.com and CEOMAG.in
Cell :91-9922930618 Skype : ajaysanghani
Linkedin : http://www.linkedin.com/in/ajaysanghani

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