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Commonality

Learning/Application: Icebreaker

No. Of Participants: 10-20

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Indoor

Checklist of Items Required:

None

Procedure:

1.      Divide participants into pairs.

2.      Give each pair about 10 minutes to speak and get to know each other a bit and also find some commonalities they share.

3.      Instruct that the aim is to find some commonality that is not very obvious – for example, both of you like the same type of food or both of you scored the highest marks in language class at school.

4.      At the end of 10 minutes, have pairs take turns to speak, with each person introducing his or her partner and sharing the commonality they found.

5.      Ask for feedback about how everyone felt during this exercise.

Debriefing Notes:

Use this game as an icebreaker activity to help participants get to know each other during a training program. You may also use it to drive home the fact that we share quite a few things in common with others and looking for these is more pleasant that focusing on only the differences.

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Inattention Blindness

Inattention blindness is a phenomenon where people fail to see an object or person in front of them since their mind is focused on something else. We would come across such instances in our everyday lives. For instance, we wouldn’t have noticed a friend or acquaintance in front us when we are seriously preoccupied with some thought process.

  • Our eyes are just a sensory input device. It does not register in the mind everything it sees. The conscious perception happens in the brain only when the information from the sensory input (i.e. the eyes) gets registered in the brain. Hence the significance of the focus or the attention comes into picture.
  • Inattention blindness is not negative phenomenon. It is a positive aspect for our brains to function effectively. William James, the founder of behavioral psychology states about attention in this way, “Only those items which I notice shape my mind – without selective interest, experience is utter chaos”1. Without the brain’s ability to block the irrelevant information, our brain would go through a chaos if it registers each and everything that the eyes see. Attention helps us to choose that which is important and that which can be ignored.
  • Since our brain has this ability to focus and give attention and also choose to ignore everything that our eyes see, there are possibilities for mishaps to occur. If the attention part of the brain wrongly discards that information which is important, it is possible for inattention blindness to occur leading to injury or accident. For instance, if an individual driving a car fails to see someone coming in the opposite direction, it can lead to an accident. Many of the accidents and injuries happen due to inattention blindness and not due to carelessness, stupidity or incompetency. The reason for the inattention blindness to occur is because people are not aware of inattention blindness or do not admit that they too can have inattention blindness. Even with improved training to achieve the attention functionality, inattention blindness can occur because many of the brain’s processing with regard to perception happens automatically and unconsciously.

Authored by Akash Chander.  Akash is currently the Principal Coach at The Orange Academy. He is the lead facilitator for Leadership training programs conducted by The Orange Academy.

Reference

CAMC (The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council). (n.d). Inattention Blindness: Let’s not the Blame the Victim Just Yet, Occupational Health & Safety.

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Innovation is The Key

Innovation is the spice of life. Any business which fails to come up with original and innovative ideas soon falls in the eyes of its beholders and fades away into the darkness of failure. To remain in business one has to reboot and restart with fresh and unique ideas which would readily grab the attention and appraisal of the masses. This immediate urge to reinvent and grow oneself gives birth to what we call is the idea of ‘innovation.’ Innovation is regarded as the hottest and most wanted buzzword among business enterprises in modern times. It undoubtedly is the ‘mother of all inventions and a lifeline for all businesses. In this competitive world, innovation not is the key to success, but is also the last resort for survival.

Innovation can thus be defined as the method of utilizing one’s intellectual capital and skills to encourage generation of positive business results by creating and inventing newer, better products and services which would ultimately reflect in its financial reports and balance sheet. When a high rate of return on investment results as an outcome of introducing newer varieties of products and services, we can claim innovation to be successful and in favor of the company’s growth, success and progress. Hence, value creation, by adding a perceived value to a product or service, is the main driving force which supports returns on investment. It is the parameter which judges whether an innovation has been successfully and universally accepted and acknowledged or not.

Value Creation, on the other hand, is synonymous to customer input, satisfaction and feedback. Understanding customer needs and requirements and providing them with what they desire the most would automatically create value for a particular product or service. Ford Motor Company, for example launched the ‘Your Ideas’ campaign in which customers and the general public were asked to give in their feedback and suggestions for improvement in all spheres as to what they expected out of a newly formulated car, from the point of connectivity, convenience, comfort, safety and performance. On public request, Ford came up with its latest range of cars which had value added services like touch screens, USB connectivity, iPod, push start buttons, MP3 player, navigation keys, voice activated communication systems and so on. The result, just by adding a few innovative keys, Ford soon hit the top of the list with soaring sales figures and having achieved the highest percentage of customer satisfaction in the field of automakers.

To sum up, innovation is a balanced mixture of customer perceived value, cost and manufacturability which ultimately leads to higher returns, greater margins, improved loyalty and increased shareholder value.

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