01 May

Problem solving needs Common sense, more than intelligence

The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. – Thomas A. Edison

My recent experience helped me understand that it takes common sense; more than intelligence to create best solution in every situation.

My son goes to kindergarten and the entrance is through an enclosure. We all drop and pick the kids at this enclosure. The enclosure has a big door on the fence, which is open using a door stopper only during the time of drop and pickup.

The door stopper went missing few days ago. As a makeshift stopper we have been using one of the kick ball to stop the door from closing.

Normal Solution
Today was very different as it is very windy here. I went to pick up my son and I was the first one to be at the door. once the staff opened the gate, I was holding it to let others get in. Once I was done it was time to put the kick ball as stopper (remember the door stopper went missing). I kept the kick ball at the normal position but the wind pushed the door and the ball went away, closing the door. I again opened it and put the ball back, wind wasted my effort again.
Here comes another person ( seems like an engineer like me) and puts the kick ball tightly again. Again blew the wind and there went the ball, closing the door. 

During all this time a grand mother was watching us (the smart professionals).  This time she pitched in, picked the ball and put it at another spot where the door shuts. Wind blew again and again and again, but the door was left open this time.

Smart Solution
I watched this to my amazement and kept thinking about this. More I think more I want to remember that it takes common sense to create great solutions.

We were too focused to do it the way we have been doing since many days. We forgot our main goal to keep the door from locking. The goal was never to keep the door wide open. A person with a common sense walks in and finds a solution that is perfect for the need.

28 Aug

Social Business

Social business represents a significant transformational opportunity for organizations. Many companies, after initial forays into external social media, are now realizing the value of applying social approaches, internally as well as externally. Social business can create valued customer experiences, increase workforce productivity and effectiveness and accelerate innovation. But many companies still wrestle with the
organizational and cultural challenges posed by these new ways of work. A new IBM Institute for Business Value study, based on responses from more than 1,100 individuals and interviews with more than two dozen executives from leading organizations, reveals how organizations can use social approaches to create meaningful business value.

-IBM Institute for Business Value

Getting your 100,000th “Like” on Facebook, or having your latest pearl of wisdom retweeted 200 times  is all well and good, but are these activities driving revenue? attracting talent and bridging the collaboration gaps in your organization? Is your use of social media allowing your organization to engage with the right customers, improve their online experience and tap into their latest insights and ideas? Does your social approach
provide your customer-facing representatives with the ability to search the globe for expertise or apply learnings?

These are some of the questions worth thinking.


20 Aug

Day 2 of MarTech Conference

Here are my tweet notes from Day 2 of Marketing Technology conference (MarTech) at Boston

Some of good reads from others who attended MarTech.


19 Aug

What I learnt on Day 1 of MarTech Conference

Martech Conference at Boston turned out to be one of the best conference I have ever attended. Here is the recap of what I learnt at MarTech Conference in day 1. I think twitter is a very nice global notebook to take notes. This way you are not selfish to keep the good notes from MarTech to only yourself.

13 Aug

UFO or NASA drones?

I am curious about UFOs but I never write such articles but what we saw tonight makes me curious to share it with all of you. These may be a personal flying drone, drone or may be a UFO.

Today 8/13/2014 between 9:10-9:20 PM PST we saw 2 flying objects on the west side of San Ramon. These were identical to stars but bigger and they were moving quite fast, can these be UFO. Both of these objects were identical and totally distinct from aeroplanes in the sky. They were not as fast as you see them in video as part of it was due to me holding the camera and trying to find object. My camera was not stable. This was not a video camera but a DSLR camera. I look forward to hear your expert opinion about if these were a UFO. The pictures have tail due to unstability. These objects  (possibly UFO 🙂 were circular in shape with no tails.

Related Post: Just read an article on Yahoo which talks about many people having similar sightings on the same day. A coincidence or the same thing traveled to there?