Wabi-sabi is the Japanese worldview based on Buddhist teachings, centered on the acceptance of continuous imperfection and transience. It is a highly applicable concept in business as well: You should always consider your market offering to be imperfect, and seek to continuously refresh your customers’ experience. That in turn, will create an ongoing emotional attachment to your brand, and insure your enduring relevance.
At the end of August, I had the pleasure of being in the Dominican Republic on the invitation of the country’s Vice-President, Margarita Cedeño de Fernández. During my visit I toured educational facilities, met with top business leaders, spoke in front of 1,400 entepreneurs, and gave several media interviews. The goal was to set in motion a national initiative to facilitate entrepreneurship and to transform the country into a regional center of innovation. I shall provide updates, as the initiatve unfolds.
As individuals, just as organizations, our ability to re-invent ourselves is limitless. It’s not tied to any particular station in life or age. We are only held back from new frontiers by self-imposed boundaries. Consider this insirational example: Tony Bennett’s album ‘Duets II’ was released on the singer’s 85th birthday in 2011. It became the first no. 1 album of his illustrious career, making him the oldest living musician to have an album debut at no.1.
So you thought your house has to be grounded in a permanent location? Not so fast. It seems this is just another assumed constraint about to be re-imagined. Introducing the ‘Self-Deploying House’.
Strategy is the navigation of an organization with the goal to keep it relevant in a rapidly shifting, unpredictable environment. The engine of strategy in innovation, and the fuel for innovation is creativity. Humor is one of the most important manifestations of creativity. This is the reason that more and more companies are embracing a culture that encourages laughter and fun.