On his visit to Mumbai at the Welingkar Institute of Management, Tobias Degsell, the curator at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, emphasised on the importance of creativity for innovation. He said that the forbidden acts of disrespect, question, playfulness, failure or mistakes can be the key to unleashing the creativity inherent in everybody
Welingkar, in partnership with Camera Culture Group and MIT Media Lab (USA) organized a prototype exhibition and open house of redefining diagnostics at WeSchool campus.
The exhibition brought together nearly hundred students, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and investors to address healthcare issues in India. Most promising projects were selected for further development at WeSchool campus.
Innovators will work on development of prototypes for different healthcare solutions with the guidance from researchers.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of WeSchool, congratulated the team and said, “ReDx 2016 is another milestone in our collaborative journey towards creating innovations that aim to provide healthcare solutions for people across the globe. This convergence of design thinking, technology and empathy has created a wonderful platform for stakeholders from diverse streams to get together to design the much needed healthcare diagnostic devices which will have immense social value and impact in the times to come.
During ReDx, Welingkar students have helped transform potentially high impact ideas sourced from health researchers and doctors and transformed them into working prototypes and executable business solutions and we are looking forward to taking them ahead.”
Prof. Dr Ramesh Raskar of MIT Media labs described ReDx as a joint venture between USA and India in a bid to solve healthcare challenges. The collaboration works with number of stakeholders to enable young minds in finding innovative solutions by rethinking, engineering and designing towards executable business solutions.
Some of the prototypes displayed at the open-house were, Apnea Rest Analysis Mask (ARAM), Cardio24, SkinSpect, LightEar, SenseCam, Anterior segment imaging device, Portable pupilometer, EpiMetrics.
Corporates are thinking about retaining over firing because of the huge shortage of trained manpower across industries. There are confronting complex issues today with ill-defined problems and unclear solutions. It is evident that people produce and innovate better in collaborative networks and not individually.
Women have emerged as better leaders, in most of the verticals across a broad spectrum. The trait finds roots in the natural evolution process as the females were to keep the clan together while the males went out looking for resources.
Men seem to be more individualistic and rigid while women have a more fluid personality. The skills of managing come naturally to women. Decision-making insight that requires diligent handling of human resources, with the involved tangibles and intangibles is innate in women. The higher EQ in women helps them in taking people along and also perform a range of tasks, in all roles.
Women are more passionate; and can pull out all stops to ensure that definitive moves are made with the team in the tow towards the desired direction. They are masters in multi-tasking with their multi-faceted personae; and their cohesion and traction among the team is adorable. Women are better sensed to gauge the real situation, the constituents, their roles, risk and possible outcome. They are good at risk management.
Another view says that there is no difference between successful women managers and successful male managers. Both demonstrate high levels of those competencies that are required for delivering top performance and sustaining the same. “Women have proved their credentials and are respected to what they bring to the table; gender becomes a non-issue.” says Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar Institute of Management. Gender neutrality has already made its entry in most of the sectors. And the trend is here for good.
For where the nuances of women managers and how they manage male direct reports are concerned, a bit of common sense and professionalism is what the male followers need to keep in mind and practice. Male followers should know the style of working of their female bosses and when in doubt ask for clarity. And the rest falls in place. All bosses are human and colleagues albeit senior.
Without effective thought leadership, governance remains a myth; it becomes effective and inclusive only if the element of thought leadership is at its core, which is reflected in the inclusive progress of all sections of society. The extreme challenges thrown up by the turbulent transition in our ecosystem can be solved with thought-leadership. Thought-leadership helps us face the external fluctuation and internal challenges smoothly.
Thought leadership configures feasible solutions considering even the last man and paves the way for governance works its way towards aspired goals, through challenges, dilemmas, and diversity. Thought leaders are futuristic and have the ability to connect the dots — their policies are set accordingly. A similar pattern can be observed in the government targets and their efforts in the direction.
A huge task for the leadership is to invest in the people and their mindsets. Attitude changes are required to yield optimum results. The recent visit by our Prime Minister to Silicon Valley brought forth the grey areas holding back innovation culture and growth of our own Silicon Valleys. These attitude changes have to be delicately worked upon and may call for bold reforms. Thought leadership has to be utilised to stitch together conflicting, but worthy mindsets seamlessly.
A thought leader ensures effective partnership among various stakeholders by taking them along, drawing out the best and willing cooperation from all, with tact, equanimity and vision. It needs incisive details of all the various elements at play.
A huge demographic section lives in inhabitable conditions. Effective thought leadership can enable the governance to reach the accruing benefits to people at large and mitigate the huge inequities. Thought leadership gives the leaders an enabling infrastructure to execute their ideas and innovations customised to meet the needs of the underprivileged in a system. Thought leadership is quintessentially inherent in governance.
4 mantras to possibly becoming a Noble Laureate are, Creativity, Persistency, Collaboration and Diversity. Tobias Degsell, Curator at Nobel Museum addresses students at WeSchool, Mumbai
We believe the inspiration for creativity and the ability to turn this creativity into something meaningful for businesses and society increases multifold with a diverse ecosystem that channelizes this energy. So as educators if we focus on creating such ecosystems, the youth will make in India and ensure we are a nation to be proud of.” Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar
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Many have pointed out that B-schools are not adequately sensitiveto the problems and challenges of the society at large, which has a direct bearing on goal setting. The traditional managerial approaches to address these challenges no longer work.
Amanager is expected to operate under defined set of business rules and manage a process, which means he can deal with neither ambiguities nor contradictions inherent in real life situations. Design thinking, a tried and tested instrument, is laterally and holistically innovative in its approach and equips the manager to overcome. Hence, it needs to be included in the B-school curricula.
Design Thinking is an open-minded, human-centered, problem-solving approach, incorporating the manager’s empathy with the people. It demands inquiry into accepted notions, multisensory perception, cross domain application and prototyping.
For example, Priyanka Amar’s iKheti, a unique initiative, applies the principles of design thinking to derive multiple benefits to meet a diverse range of goals and objectives at individual, corporate and social levels. iKheti incorporates the principles of design thinking to provide relief to Mumbaikars caught in the cyclical monotony of driving out of the concrete jungle every weekend in search of green pastures.
Prof Uday Salunkhe, group director, Welingkar agrees with Tim Brown, MD & CEO-IDEO, who said “I believe that design thinking has much to offer a business world in which most management ideas and best practices are freely available to be copied and exploited. Leaders now look to innovation as a principal source of differentiation and competitive advantage; they would do well to incorporate design thinking into all phases of the process.”