Saturday, May 30, 2020

Inspiration can come from anytime, from anywhere

One of my favorite stories from the world of Olympics is that of high jumper named Dick Fosbury. For the most part of his early career,he was an average high jumper. But he was courageous to question the prevalent technique(straddle technique).He practiced & mastered the reversal of this technique, that came to be known as the Fosbury Flop and is still in use since 6-7 decades.

His story really teaches us to never think of conventions as a rule & to keep challenging the assumptions.

Inspiration can really come from anywhere if you choose to keep your eyes & ears open.

Sharing my recent source of inspiration from Steve Wilson's session with USD School of Business Some of the gems below (my #sketchnote included)

-It is okay to not know what your life goal is.You can figure it out as you go,pivots are a natural part of life.

-It is essential to be #authentic & passionate.

-Crisis provides #opportunities for growth.

-Be confident but never arrogant.

-Do not worry about not having all the #skills. Your #attitude & aptitude are more important than skills.

-Networking is key,you must always differentiate yourself.

-No matter what you choose to do in life,life is a marathon not a sprint.Remember to breathe!


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What can Product Managers do to prepare for Post-Covid world ?

With the world around us still working to get a grip on the disruption caused by Covid-19,there is also a parallel thought process emerging around how the world post-Covid will look like.

While it is quite evident that we should be keeping eyes,ears open for unexpected new opportunities that would emerge, it is equally looking certain that consumer behavior and market/competitive landscape will undergo a massive change in the near term.

So what can #productmanagers do now to prepare for the business world that's approaching?

In the quest to find the answer to this,I found this interview of Marty Cagan with Adrienne Tan quite relevant.Marty touches the right chords and brings forward some actionable thoughts.My #sketchnote has the summary of this insightful discussion & you can read in full here-

Not changing the context here, I also find the below product perspective by Jeff Bezos super-relevant and an ageless wisdom-

"I very frequently get the question: "what's going to change in he next 10 years?"

I almost never get the question: "what's not going to change in the next 10 years?"

I submit to you that the 2nd question is actually more important of the two."

#productmanagement #product


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See one, Do one, Teach one

The current Covid-19 times have brought in massive changes in various facets of our lives. One such area that i would like to specifically call out is the renewed the respect for the medical practitioners. Just like soldiers, our medical practitioners are right in the field facing this invisible virus and protecting us. While a lot can be learned just by observing the professionalism, sense of duty and commitment of these unsung heroes, i asked myself a more fundamental question- What learning models do doctors follow to become experts in their respective fields ?

The quest to find answer to this led me to this learning approach called as- "See one,Do one,Teach one" (SODOTO). This phrase is often used for medical personnel, particularly trainees focused in surgical areas. It reflects a method of teaching in which a surgical student will observe a procedure,perform the procedure on their own,& then teach another trainee how to conduct the procedure.

Isn't SODOTO is an universally applicable learning approach to become masters in any technical areas ? Indeed, it is.
The Feynman Technique takes it even further by prescribing to teach any learned concept to a class 6 kid.

What #learning approaches do you find most effective ?


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Book Review: Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment

Here's my short review of the #book- "Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment". The book is written by the best selling authors of "Ikigai" and I found it much more relevant in today's times when we are dealing with the periods of extended isolation from the outside world.

The meaning of Ichigo Ichie is- "What we are experiencing right now will never happen again. And therefore, we must value each moment like a beautiful treasure."

Catch details on my #sketchnote, but if i have to pick a few points that cover the essence of this book:

1. Learn to live fully in the present, acknowledging and appreciating the gift of every #moment. Become hunters of special moments.

2. Four basic #emotions and time
    Anger: keeps us tied to the past
    Sadness: keeps us tied to the past
    Fear: projects us into the future
    #Happiness: belongs to the present and is the home to ichigo ichie.

3. People who are able to lead long & meaningful life usually have two characteristics. They are aware of their #mission. And, they know how to enjoy every moment.

4. Everything we experience, is a unique treasure that will never be repeated in the same way again. So if we let it slip away without enjoying it, the moment will be lost forever.

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Principles in dealing with crisis

Recently, went through this enriching podcast (here: between Pankaj Mishra and Ravi Venkatesan. The core theme of the conversation was building resilience, which is what is the need of the hour. Few thoughts that resonated with me: 1. Stockdale paradox: Embrace reality that you are in and plan for the worst but at the same time hoping for the best and staying optimistic. This is the paradox that we have to be able to hold. 2. Seek hashtagOpportunities: Every organization can make something that can be leveraged in this crisis. What is it that the world needs right now that you have some capability to produce ? 3. Lead with heart and head in these times: Treat others the way you would want to be treated is really important. 4. Develop a practical set of short term plans: Develop 2 scenarios- 1) Realistic scenario 2) Worst case scenario 5. Stay calm: Make thoughtful hashtagdecisions and calm down others who.may be agitated. More in the hashtagsketchnote below. What else would you add to the list above ? hashtagleadership hashtagleadershiptraits

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