A new dimension of design: can this how your future travel be?

Can this be the future of your travel? Watch this awesome vision from ted talks.
Click on the Link below.

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What more things you suggest can be a part of this vision? “Something that you would like to see as a change”?
Post your opinion, thoughts and recommendations in the comment section!

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Inspiration Bite

 It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

   by  George Eliot

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Handling Politics at Work.

How many of you don’t take credit for whatever you do?

I think everyone in this world has some way or the other been in a rut either within himself or with others whenever his/her efforts at workplace were not acknowledged. One would have fought with all the strength to get recognition or credit for his/her efforts.Also, when people feel that they cant make it with their abilities the easiest way they feel is practicing politics at work, thus getting the niche out of everything : A common workplace culture.

So how can someone handle politics at work place?

The question is shot at those who are either naive or are honest enough that they refrain from participating in such activities. But before someone can really answer this milestone question, there is one more thing that needs to be brought to limelight. And that is—something thought provoking— “What really drives the political behavior at any organization?”

In my opinion, the current incentive structure could be driving such a behavior since it is designed to reward individual’s performance.

So did it “RING” inside your grey cells ?

Coming back to the same milestone where I left off. The question to handle politics is asked by several. Self cognition may sometimes posit blank answers. But, the answer to it would be: To stop taking credit for your work, for at least everything: being humble : being assertive .That way you might be able to effectively handle politics at work.

It may seem like a strange recommendation or sound counter intuitive to most of you. However, just think for a while that being at a higher position in your team could give you the power to shoot down everyone’s idea and help you pretend that you are the only think tank there. Additionally, even among your peers, you are the most creative and innovative one; the masses know it and think that you might be a threat to their progress. Although, shifting to chauvinism and non secularism in your behavior would seem to be a lucrative move,but it would not make strategic business sense.

Moreover, as long as everyone at work is aligned towards a common goal, for example meeting a deadline or delivering to a client, it really does not matter who takes the credit.

There are many real life examples present in the world, people who convey such idiosyncrasy such as David Butler—Vice President of innovation— at Coke.

Is it saint-ism or devotion to the greater glory of god? I think it is neither of them but tolerance.

It would be thought provoking for most of you and may require some self speculation , “but a bigger issue to think and re-design, in my opinion, is how can one change the current incentive system— and therefore politics —within corporations.”Double RING!!”

An article that might intrigue you: WSJ-Handling office politics.

“The receding world and innovation amidst austerity”

In these times of great rumble, nerve shaking calamities, picturesque downfalls of big businesses and of-course, the great euro zone crisis. Innovation found its way yet again, in the minds of those, who once were pioneers in their fields but had subsided due to the fast moving businesses and piercing competition and those who had yet to make their mark in the open world. For instance, Mark Zuckerberg‘s Facebook, which was a college project, made its way to be a billion dollar venture. This was not only an innovation in the social networking world but also a profitable business which led to increase in the employment rates, once under the mar of recession.
This was one example, however, still under growth, motivated  new entrepreneurs to bring their fresh ideas in the market, which was  undergoing multiple jolts of debt increase and obsoleteness of ideas, and brought a spark in the minds of thinkers and dreamers. Furthermore, it became imperative to bring these ideas to practicality and also to rescue the shoddy business practices and redesign them.
It was now necessary, there being a need for fresh ideas and new processes, to bring businesses to stability and to lift  falling economies from further recession. It was time, the advent of combining design with business acumen become a necessary evil. Although, many had considered design to be specific to designers only, and  an amalgamation of these two was thought to be unwise, nonetheless, such an amalgamation gave rise to new concepts; some named it “creative intelligence” while others denoted it, “Design Thinking“.

Enlightened by the need, Businesses have started acquiring people with a creative bent of mind, who could show resilience, invent mass appealing products, and design cost reducing efficient processes. Now, many companies have started pursuing the path of Design thinking and some of them have even gone to extents in making it their soul USP, for promoting their ideology. For instance, Tata Nano, a small four seater car from Tata Motors,  a product brought to reality after Ratan Tata(MD of Tata group) witnessed  an Indian family perched perilously on a scooter in a rainstorm, poses a strong example in support of companies practicing the concept .

Additionally, Companies such as “Fast Company” and “IDEO” are following and promoting this concept, and have even produced  exemplary solutions and ideas utilizing it.Below is that creative process.

The creative process stands on five under mentioned pillars
1.Empathise
2.Define
3.Ideate
4.Prototype
5.Test

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Each pillar involves several steps, to be performed, in order to achieve the desired solution.

The success of businesses by using these concepts and processes ,in my opinion , depends upon how seriously people in business such as entrepreneurs, marketers, corporate managers want to see their dreams,
ambitions and off course their business, soaring !

All the more, this gives rise to another big dilemma that “will it be the next big thing in running businesses in the future”?

Architectures that perspire design with beauty!

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. Some Design inspired Architecture,perspiring beauty.

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Stone wall. Cafe Ato by Design BONO, Seoul store design

 

Characteristics of the Creative Leader (versus Authoritative Leader)

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Explore the ways, you can reap the benefits of creative  leadership, by being one! Click the link below to find out.

Characteristics of the Creative Leader (versus Authoritative Leader).