“Want great ideas? Leave your people alone.”

I just returned after completing a two-day workshop for a client. Here are a few points from the closing comments shared by my client and some of the participants. Client 1: “I thought that my product category is so a boring, people will have nothing to say. I am amazed at what they have done.” […]

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How to improve just about anything

“What are you going to write about today?” asked Prasna Rao** “I am not writing anything new today. Instead I am simply sharing a blog I wrote exclusively for www.paulwriter.com . Apparently it was one of their best read pieces.“ “Ah! Now you have found a lazy way to write a blog!” Here is the […]

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How a child solved a problem

  Years ago our daughter Pavitra taught me a lesson. It is about how to redefine or reframe a problem. She simply used her intuition as a child and surpised us. Here is the story in a 3 minute podcast. Enjoy. RS PODCAST PAVITRA STORY Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share […]

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Can you train people to be creative?

“Can you train people to be creative? Does that work?” “Good morning Prasna Rao**! That is a good question.” “Don’t play facilitator with me. Just answer the question.” “Of course people can be trained to be creative. Why do you ask?” “Because there are a lot of people out there who think they are not […]

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Does every innovation have to be a game-changer?

“What is innovation according to you?” Prasna Rao** lobbed this question at me as he walked in. “Any new idea that is implemented and adds value to the stake-holder is an innovation?” “Is that so? What about process improvements? I implement a new idea to improve efficiency, reduce cost, save time, increase safety etc?” “All […]

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How to find your next great idea

I picked up this book “Ideaspotting – How to find your next great idea” by Sam Harrison couple of years ago. It is a book I regularly use for inspiration whenever I am looking for an idea or designing a workshop for idea generation. The book urges us to be ‘Ideaspotters’ and not be a […]

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How to get ideas

“How do you get your ideas?” Prasna Rao** asked me this morning. “Why do you ask?” “Because, many people want to know, but do not seem to ask any one.” “I do various things. ” “Like what? Why can’t you be a bit specific and more helpful?” “First,  I have to be clear about what […]

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“What do Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have in common?”

* “What do Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have in common?” asked Prasna Rao** even as I sat down to write this post. “Well, both are genuises. Very successful. Gamechangers. Innovators. Lots of money.” “Think, there is more to them than the obvious.” “Both run huge organisations. Both are from the US. Both are college […]

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The God of Possibility

I started making my job list for the day. As is my habit I started my list with a small squiggle which resembles the numeral 2. “Why do you this?” “Good morning Prasna*. Nice to see you again.” “You did not answer my question. What is that figure and why do you do it?” “I […]

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