Creative thinking and problem solving

One of the challenges at the office is getting the workforce to generate creativity. Our company is in the internet business, and it is therefore necessary for all of us to be dynamic in our thinking so as to be ahead of the game – or at least at the leading bunch.

However, years of rigid education system, a culture of not challenging status quo & seniority, and an evironment of feeding information (as opposed to seeking information) makes creative thinking something of a curiousity than the norm.

The pity is that all this puts all of us at a severe disadvantage compared to other nations.

Yet, all is not lost. The first challenge is to foster this creative thinking environment at the workplace. There are many tools and techniques available.

The key to the adoption of creative thinking at the workplace is top management buy-in and sponsorship. Transforming an organisation from a passive to a creative one will not happen overnight. The changes will be painful. Some may be counter intuitive.

It is therefore also vital that everybody believes in the process. Not difficult given the existing cultural norms. Sponsorship is also vital given that the cost of change may be significant in monetary as well as human capital terms.

But these are the mere first steps. As usual, I have been doing a bit of my own research on the net – – almost randomly, I came across some material that could be useful. So check out mycoted.com – a site dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems woldwide, with that in mind, we provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all – and can be written by all.

Feel free to share your thoughts here.

OSX on intel machines

I’ve been an Apple fan since the mid 80s and the days of the Apple II.

To me the Apple II revolutionised the personal computing world and made it possible for the home user to do things that previously only certain corporate specialists would do… and in addition to this, it allowed home users to do creative things, play games etc.

Talking about games, I remember spending hours playing Lode Runner… how nostalgic.

Soon Apple came up with the equally revolutionary Macintosh with its mouse and graphical user interface (GUI). In one fell swoop it made the rival IBM-based PCs look positively old hat. All this was communicated during the Super Bowl with the now legendary Ridley Scott directed advert based on “1984”.

Ever since then, Apple has been a mega cool brand in the technology world. The loss of Steve Jobs during a board room tussle lost Apple a bit of that luster, but Steve Jobs remained visionary and went on to build NeXT and then Pixar before returning to Apple.

Now Apple is back on top of the cool stakes with the mega cool OSX and the iPod.

Since the OSX came out there has been many people who try to make Windows XP look like an OSX. Unfortunately, Apple clamped down on this, but that did not kill the admiration for the OSX.

Of late, there have been news that Apple will be producing an OSX for Intel. This news… or rumour more likely has been gathering a lot of steam. Many WinTel users including me are closet fans of the Mac and OSX… and the rumour of the OSX coming to Intel is just simply too good to miss.

Apple iPod Video makes waves

Apple iPod

If you’d browse my World News feeds (look for it on the top menu) you’d find some news of my own selection. One interesting news is iPod selling a million videos in 20 days. This is perhaps an important piece of news for the likes of aspiring online media companies. Currently the you can buy & download music videos and TV series like “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” for $1.99 a piece. Not sure how big the one million downloads is in relation to the size of the iPod market.

The iPod is fast becoming an insanely great product from Apple. Competitors and aspirants need to scramble quickly to get a slice of the market pie before Apple or some other player controls the market. I believe even our own local players can get in the game.

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