Based on Nietzsche’s 3 metamorphoses framework, I wonder if the 2020 presidential election marks the evolution of American spirit (consciousness) from a CAMEL to a LION, that challenges the established social norms and rules and begins to assert its inner freedom and express its true individuality.
But I eagerly wait for the next stage in the evolution of American consciousness: the CHILD who uses its curiosity and innocence to no longer just say “NO” to reject what came before (like the Lion), but uses its ingenuity to CREATE a new and better reality (world).
Having immigrated to the US in 1999, I experienced SHEEP-like, terror-induced American culture from 2001 till 2008. Americans dared evolve from Sheep to Camel in 2008, by transcending their fear and leaping into the unknown by boldly electing Barack Obama, an African-American, as their president. …
In recent years, US manufacturers have taken major steps to make their supply chains more sustainable in an effort to fight climate change.
Earlier this year, GM appointed its first chief sustainability officer Dane Parker to drive the carmaker and the nation towards an all-electric, zero-emissions future (GM plans to produce 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023). …
As humanity’s consciousness evolves in the 21st century, we will gradually realize that Nature is not a thing “out there” that we need to “protect” or even “regenerate”. We will all come to realize WE ARE NATURE.
Rather than merely seek to reduce our negative ecological footprint (as Gen X leaders try to do) or even enlarge our positive ecological handprint (that Gen Yers are keen to do), I expect Gen Zers to strive to broaden their heartprint by “feeling” Nature and establish an emotional/visceral connection with the Cosmos.
The Gen Alpha (Greta Thunberg), gifted with non-dual integral awareness, will go even further and vie to enlarge their soulprint by co-evolving our collective consciousness and help realize Nature’s hidden purpose: usher in The Life Divine on Earth. …
A Google search for “smart leadership” yields over 10,000 results. In our modern society, we highly value smartness. We adulate “smart” phones, “smart” cars, “smart” homes, and “smart” cities. As the world grapples with COVID-19 and a deep recession, we desperately seek smart business and political leaders who can use their superior intelligence to rescue us from the impending doom.
Over the past 30 years, my co-author Prasad Kaipa have studied and consulted with 200 senior executives from across sectors and regions who had to deal with major crises. …
Firms can’t get full strategic value from Open Innovation unless they first open up their minds!
Ask yourself: “WHY are we using Open Innovation?”. The tactical answer is “To develop new products”.
A strategic answer would be “To open up our employees’ mind”.
Your rivals can easily copy your new products, but it’s hard to copy new biz models and even harder to copy new mental models! See graphic below.
Read my new MIT Sloan Management Review article to learn how pioneering companies are using Open Innovation to open up the MINDS of their leaders and employees and adopt disruptive business models like B2B Sharing to co-build the Frugal Economy. …
Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou’s book, From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom, is more than welcome. It is high time indeed that the leaders of this world, those in business as well as those in politics, are inspired more by wisdom, ethics and the pursuit of the common good.
Intelligence is a very powerful tool. But it can just as well be used to build as to destroy, to do good as well as to harm. We all use intelligence to understand, imagine, calculate, predict and make decisions. …
The IMF predicts that in 2020 the world could experience the worst recession since the 1930s. All businesses and startups want to pivot their way out of the upcoming recession. CEOs and entrepreneurs seek new strategies to turn around and reposition their hard-hit businesses.
But more than a shiny new business model, what you need to reboot yourself is a different mental model. Specifically, you need a new frugal and agile mindset to successfully reinvent yourself during the recession. Let me give you two examples to show how this resilient and creative mindset actually works.
20 million babies are born prematurely around the world, and 4 million of them die within one month. 99% of neonatal deaths occur in developing nations, due to a lack of incubators. Incubators cost $20,000, which is too costly in low-income countries which also lack reliable electricity to operate the devices. Rather than create a simplified low-cost incubator, a group of Stanford students asked themselves: “Why not create a new device that keeps preemies warm but looks and functions very differently than a typical incubator?” …
However, consumers say they are frustrated with brands that lack expertise in regeneration.
Brands can no longer straddle the “sustainability” fence. COVID19 taught us the value of LIFE.
In 2020, conscious Gen Y/Z consumers will force brands to take a stand and ask them: “Which side of LIFE are you?”
These conscious consumers will divide ALL brands into just 2 categories:
REGENERATIVE Brands that boost vitality of People, Places, and Planet
DEGENERATIVE Brands that suck life out of people, communities, and Earth
Consumers will vote with their wallet for Regenerative brands and eschew the Degenerative brands.
WHICH SIDE OF LIFE ARE **YOU** ?!
Frugal innovation is the need of the hour in the U.S., with the economy decimated by coronavirus. U.S. firms need a frugal and agile mind-set to not only survive during the current health crisis but also to innovate for success in the recessionary post-coronavirus word. A drastically new world where cost-conscious customers will seek more value for less.
Sadly, corporate America is ill-equipped to innovate frugally and flexibly. Indeed, frugal innovation, which emphasizes speed, agility, and affordability, is the antithesis of how corporate America innovates, instead relying on insular R&D labs, big budgets, and rigid go-to-market processes.
Yet, some forward-thinking Fortune 500 firms — such as Best Buy, Cisco, GE Healthcare, IBM, Mastercard, Medtronic, and PepsiCo — have successfully piloted and adopted frugal innovation as an alternative way to “do better with less” — i.e., deliver greater value to customers quicker at less cost. …