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Innovation, Sports, and Life
6 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Business strategy: the principle of surprise
In this episode we talk about the principle of surprise - If you want to target new customers, want to offer than new products and services you must introduce a principle of surprise. Just the introduction of something new will not make then customers for life. There is a small nuance which we have to take care of and you will be successful in the long run.
19 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Systems Thinking for Entrepreneurs
In this episode, we discuss what do we mean by systems thinking and systems planning. This is a concept that a lot of businesses can benefit from. When it comes to entrepreneurs of small and medium sizes, adopting systems thinking can dramatically change your operations. You will eliminate most of the inefficiencies and this will directly impact your ROI.
3 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Upcoming Name Change
Hello everyone,Thanks for your time and energy to absorb our thoughts. We are going through a name change. Our content will not change. It will be expanded to cover more strategy topics - we will learn how to deconstruct strategy and apply it. Innovation is one of the pillars of a good strategy. However, an expanded name will give the podcast the right perspective.
13 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
How to charge a premium for your products | Blue Bottle Coffee
In this episode, we dig into how great companies are able to charge a premium that the customer is happy to pay. There's a very simple, clean, and straightforward process that they follow. We will discuss an amazing thing the blue bottle coffee company does. We also cover restaurants and car dealerships. The learnings will apply to other industries too.
9 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Learn innovation from how Steph Curry plays ball
There's something uncanny about great sports teams. They figure out a way to get things done. There's something different about how they conduct their business. It's like wins show up for them even when they are not playing "hard".That's where the non-sports folks can draw good examples from. In this episode, we talk about how we can work on innovation projects. We discuss how to brainstorm and elevate ideas.We also look at superstar teams that fail and what we can avoid in our lives.
11 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Journey Mapping, Customer discovery, and Innovation
In this episode, we will talk about journey mapping, and how you can use it to bring about interesting innovations. Whether you are making a product or services, mapping a customer's steps is one of the best ways to learn their journey. Learn what their pain points are, where you have opportunities for improvement, and what to solve.
8 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
How to go about Prototyping
When it comes to prototyping, there is a common error all of us make. We spend a whole lot of time and energy and effort in the journey leading up to the prototype. We are so convinced in our process that we end up creating the best thing possible. However, we have a huge blind spot - the user. The after-effects of this blind spot are huge. The user may not like what you've made. You might be forced to start from scratch. The key question is if you have the time, money, and energy to do it all over again. That's where a lot of startup journeys also end, because they've given it their all in creating an amazing prototype, but one that did not resonate with their users. So prototyping has to be fast. It has to be cheap and you should try to get the user talking to you in the first place.
7 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Intersection of Innovation, Sports, and Life
Welcome to innovation sports and life. This is your friend Hemang. First off, an apology with all of you. I then share why I like this intersection of innovation and sports and why do I think it really applies to how we live our lives.You see, any time we are involved in intense physical activity. For example, running. I used to be a long distance runner. And now again getting back to it. And I've run half marathons before I've done one full marathon, but I'm getting back to the, you know, roughly, say, five miles six mile kind of distance. To me that's a comfortable, average run, and always. Over the years, one thing has stood out. The first couple of kilometers, or the first couple of miles are the hardest. And it's all in your head, know the distance conversion from miles to kilometers doesn't really make a difference. The first two units of whatever distance you're going to run is where you are trying to get rid of the contents, you might be feeling no really low before you're starting your run. And then, then it takes your body some time to warm up before you're in the full flow of things. And overtime as you keep on running. You might get the feeling that I have to give up. Today is not the day it's either too hot. I'm not feeling like running. There's something bothering me, am I picking up a niggle, it's all these thoughts which are flooding your head. In terms of time. For me that is around the 10 to 15 minute mark. And once I crossed that. It's amazing. It's like I'm in the flow of things. To me that is the distance where I do not need to listen to any music. Most of my runs are when I'm just running by myself. I don't need a TV I don't need a screen. I've run in front of blank walls also. But, and always it is this first 10 to 15 minutes, where I've got to get rid of all the cobwebs in my head. And after that, I tend to enter a state of flow. That's where, sometimes I don't even realize how much I'm running until I happen to look at the clock, or if I'm on a treadmill, I haven't happened to look at the distance and the timer and all that. And it's kind of the same thing with other sports. Also, I've played different sports over the years, but the ones I've really enjoyed include tennis, squash, Dragon Boat Racing, which I'll share with you at a later date. But what makes that so special.And whenever you are me get involved in a deep physical activity. We all enter the state of flow. We are in unity with ourselves. We seem to be pushing doing as much as we physically want to. And often, that is paired with great, and a heightened sense of awareness. No most innovations tend to come out from a similar state of mind, your deepest work your best work tends to also come. When you reach this state, where you've gotten rid of all this junk in your head you filter through all that, and now you're swimming in clear water. That's why I really love this marriage of innovation and sports, why I believe sports is so helpful to understand how we work, how we operate in our daily lives. And once you get to that state in a physical activity. You figured out that if I have to do something better in my work. If I have to innovate a better way of working, or creating a better product. I have to get to that very state. I have to get rid of all the cobwebs, all the junk, which is there at the superficial level. And that's when I enter that deep area where magic happens. And our life. Also, is dependent on that, on us getting rid of all the junk getting past it, that we can connect with the things that truly matter to us in our hearts. To me that is what the marriage of innovation, sports, and life is all about. I wish you all very happy thinking. Take time to connect with yourself. Take time to get past the junk, because that's where magic happens. See you next time.
4 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
How to use Survey Forms in the Customer Discovery Process
The customer discovery phase calls for a number of approaches to understand your customers. It is important for product developers to really understand what matters to their users. Survey forms are one of the frequently used tools to capture feedback. However, they must be used in a strategic manner because there are times when they may give incomplete or even misleading information. We dig into how you should consider the usage of surveys in your customer discovery process.
4 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
What to do when you're stuck at an Innovation Problem
Let's look at how you can navigate a situation when an innovation problem has you stuck for a long time. When should you persist and when is it ok to call it quits.
3 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
The difference between Jugaad (Hack) and Innovations
Let's take an example to understand the difference between true, meaningful innovations and jugaads or hacks. Both are important and there is a key differentiator between the two.
4 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Court positioning in Racquet Sports and Evaluating Feedback
The best racquet sport players always prefer a certain spot. No matter what the opponent does, they try to reach their preferred location on the court. Once there, they dominate the game. Their process is very much applicable to our lives and especially in the field of product management.
5 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Walking Barefoot on Broken Glass, Glitter Business, and Scaling Up
Let's take a look at reality shows, the Got Talent shows and see what they teach us about scaling up. We also analyze the business of sending someone glitter.
6 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
Mississippi Mud Pie and Customer Experience
Picking ice creams is a fun challenge. I had one and chose an interesting flavor for some guests visiting over.I wanted to share my experience of how a brand missed out on an essential element for ice creams. How it, sort of, screwed up the customer journey and hence, the customer experience.Let's learn from this and how we can ensure customers will keep coming back for our offering.
3 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Ever seen amateurs play tennis? Observe their game closely once and you'll see clues of how you might be living your life. I am an amateur and there are some harsh observations. We all share certain behaviors and they reflect in our products. Amateurs can also teach us a few things too :)
3 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
What Test Cricket teaches about Innovation
Small and Medium Enterprises can sometimes give up too easily on an innovation project. Test Cricket, the long format of the game, has certain elements that capture our life well. There are many instances where you have to persist to get the result you want. It's a game of patience and how we apply it to Innovation.
3 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Spurs and the art of unselfish basketball
I love how the San Antonio Spurs play the game of basketball in a beautiful manner. Their brand is being unselfish. No matter which superstar they have on the roster, each one does the right thing.The way they play the game teaches us a lot to us too. We can implement some of these observations for all our projects. Especially for innovation projects, this approach can work wonders.
4 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Innovation and Leaving Money on the Table
In this episode, we will look at how we all have left money on the table with our projects.Learn where in the innovation life cycle, we gave up and how we can ensure that we ensure success of our innovation projects.
5 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Innovation projects at Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
The decision making power in most SMEs is held by a few people. How should you approach pitching your innovation project at such enterprises?We'll cover what you need to know about your perception by the decision makers. When you approach them will they give you a fully attentive experience? For someone who's never been taken seriously, then it's an even more surmountable challenge. How you can partner with a mentor who can help you shine. Every decision maker functions a bit differently. Some are more imaginative whereas some tend to be quite numerical in their approach. How can you tailor your pitch towards their inclinations?If you're thinking about such a project, know that it can be very fulfilling and rewarding.
5 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
Kohli, Authenticity, and How it influences Innovation
In today's world, it's more important than ever to be genuine. We all have various online profiles, whether it be on social media or podcasts. So it's easy to think that one can just create a nice, glossy impression of themselves, and the world will believe it. But you know what the funny thing is, eventually people figure out who you are, even in the online world.We tend to communicate what we feel the most about. We have understood this concept of reputation building, that it takes years and years to build one and then seconds to lose it away. Why does it go away? it's usually because people have discovered what the truth is. So the best approach is to just be authentic. A great example of authenticity in sports and life is Virat Kohli, the India cricket captain. He oozes authenticity with all his actions backing up his words. His intent is clear and all the players and opponents believe in his passion. How do you get started? If you're a person who has fun while at work, let people know. Let them know that you're the person who will play hard and work harder. It takes time. It doesn't have to be perfect. And that's the beauty of it. If you're communicating your imperfections, you are being authentic
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