Thursday, January 11, 2018

Carbon footprint pic..

Interesting graphic.
Should'nt US be ashamed of itself for promoting irresponsible development ?

US average Carbon footprint 20 T is shocking !! Where is US clandestinely dumping all its Carbon, in the oceans, in the air or dumping it in other countries of the world ?

Rest of the world average is 4T (US included) and 3.29 T (excluding US). Will US ever learn any lesson or continue with its dumb approach to tackle climate change and environment protection ?

This situation raises some serious issues for the rest of the world.

1. Why is US not interested in reducing its carbon footprint ? 
2. Can US Carbon footprint reduction make any change in the global impact of climate change ? 
3. Should the three top polluters of the world, China, US and India work concertedly to arrest pollution and climate change ?
          4. Can the top three polluters of the world look at Carbon-neutral development ?


The mystery behind the Hypatia rock ..

Real life specimens to actual scale of the Hypatia rock ..
This is a small piece of rock found in the Eastern Egyptian desert by geologists. It is the most important stone ever discovered on planet Earth.

It is older than our solar system, ie more than 4800 million years old. It has large amount of Carbon, less Silicon, still less the metals Aluminum and Iron, all held together by a dough like mix of Poly aromatic compounds.

The rock has been named after the Alexandrian woman geologist and mathematician Hypatia who lived around 355 - 415 AD ..

Can we expect more light to be thrown on ancient earth history and the formation of the solar system ??

George (courtesy Popular Mechanics, Jan 2018)

Sunday, January 07, 2018

When should a company focus on innovation ?

While going through a couple of articles on what describes the best time to focus on innovation, I was surprised to get some very simple and startling insights on the innovation process.

No business organisation, either for-profit or not-for-profit can ever remain successful. Given the dynamic circumstances in which they are functioning, the structures, management capabilities, strengths and weaknesses keep changing almost on a daily basis. If last year was a great time for organisations to make profits and consolidate, this year the situation may change drastically making the organisation very vulnerable and slow in growth. It is the objective of senior management in any organisation to understand the dynamic nature of the environment in which the organisation is functioning and guide the organisation through times thick and thin.

What time is the best for an organisation to embark on innovation ?

While going through good times, any organisation for that matter, would first look at consolidating it's position and increasing it's revenues. Good times are times to make profits and ensure one's consolidation of the industry. 

But when an organisation passes through trying and challenging times, for example,

1. When an organisation business is passing through difficult times,
2. when the economy of the country is in turmoil and reconstitution,
3. when the organisation is passing through times of trial and tribulation,
4. when the organisation needs to be recast from the beginning,
5. when the organisation needs to shift its operations to a virtually new land and territory or business sector,
6. when an organisation needs a recoup of its top senior management with an entirely fresh and experienced top management, 

all of these are great times to go for innovation.

As Martha Mangelsdorf notes, innovations should be able to showcase how in the first instance it can help the organisation save money while at the same time providing the same quality of service with no dilution. 

Innovation as we know, delivers great value for the organisation, innovation during these times can identify hidden sectors in the organisation where changes could be effected for the better, giving great value for all the stakeholders, not forgetting the most important stakeholder, the customer himself. 

All Innovation starts with different sectors of the organisation during their tough times, but essentially ends with the customer. “Tough times present an opportunity to assess systemic weakness in one’s industry, company and leadership team,” - Prof. Schoemaker, Marketing Professor at  Wharton Business School. Prof. Schoemaker says, "use tough times to do a self-audit" to prepare one for innovation. 

Ref :
1. Markman, Art, Innovate during tough times,, June 15, 2016
2. Mangelsdorf, Martha, How to innovate in tough times, MIT Sloan Management Review, Jan 20, 2009
3. Knowledge at Wharton, Finding money for Innovation, Develop those people skills, Jan 7, 2009.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

"My wife, My wealth" principle ..

👩"My Wife, My Wealth" 👸 by the Oshwal Community.

The community, that usually has the surname Shah, has some of the wealthiest people in Kenya.

Many members own top of the range supermarkets, shopping malls, and factories. And the experience of interacting with the top leadership of the community was a major eye opener for me.

When I asked one of the leaders why the community appears to prosper - far more than others:- he gave me a very interesting answer: "My wife, my wealth" Principle.

He explained to me that they learnt that treating their women well has some very Tangible Benefits. According to them, women are like nature - they multiply what you give them, and give it back to you. They are taught - right early in life to treat their women right, irrespective (of the status).

"If you give a woman a small seed, after nine months, she will give you a bouncing baby" he started. In a poetic way he continued...

If you give a woman love, she will adore you,

If you give a woman respect and honour, she will worship you,

If you give a woman time, she will give you a Life Time,

If you give a woman money, she will give you an investment.

On the contrary, if you give a woman slaps, life will slap you back.
If you oppress your woman, society will oppress you.

He then told me to open my eyes, and observe, with complete honesty anyone that treats his wife like trash, and follow how they end up. Or observe anyone that treats his wife like a queen and see how they end up.

He further reiterated, You all men will have to try it, after having lived on your ways for decades, just try this principle for couple of years, you will be amazed to see your prosperity too.

Believe in "MY WIFE, MY WEALTH" Principle and Prosper. 👍👍🙏🙏

(Anonymous author)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Education - importance and relevance ..

How does an unlearned, unsophisticated youngster become mature, learned and informed ? The only way a youngster could attain knowledge, maturity and be informed of many aspects of this Universe and earth is through education.

What is Education ?

1. Understanding ourselves : Education as we understand, is not just memorising some numbers and facts, getting information, verifying certain truths, proposing certain facts, writing some exams and getting some grades or experimenting with nature, it is much more.  It helps to understand ourselves better.
2. Knowing oneself and one's inequities : It involves calibrating oneself with nature, understanding where an individual has erred, what can be done to get it working again and wishing good and positivity for all living and non-living things on earth.

3. Conducting research : Education is more than collecting and understanding facts and verifying truths by research, it reflects on how human beings interact with fellow humans on planet earth.  
4. Wisdom and understanding : education gives us the wisdom and understanding to rationalise the reason for our existence on Earth.  
5. Reverberating with the rhythm of the Universe : It gives us the insight to place humanity in the vastness of the Universe, to rationalise our existence here and how each one of us has a definite positive role to play in reverberating with the universal rhythm and flow of events.
6. Exposure to the infiniteness of the Universe : Education exposes us to the infiniteness of the Universe and at the same time synchronises with the subtle realities of our everyday life on planet earth and the exciting new challenges and problems it exposes. 
7. Reasoning life's existence : Education helps us to understand the reason for life's existence (all flora and fauna) on planet earth and synchronises with the eternal rhythm of the unknown and uncalibrated dimensions in space and time.

8. Understanding the reality : Education gives us better understanding and synchronises our knowledge of the present reality and past truths with future revelations.  
9. Quells fear of unknown and infinite : Education quells our fear of the unknown and infinite, it energises and empowers our voyage to identify the truth.  
10. Reverberate with vibes of Universe : Education gives the peace of mind to help reverberate our living soul with the eternal vibes of the Universe and its creator.

11. Linking with eternal truth of life : education helps us to identify the reason for our existence on earth, it helps us to continue our effort to relate ourselves with the eternal truth of life.
An investment one makes in education is no waste at any point of time, as education with the appropriate efforts from the individual put in, always pays back multiple times.  


Celebrate your uniqueness with peace and understanding ..

Humans are unique from the rest of the flora and fauna on planet earth, remotely close only to dolphins and elephants, both of which have higher levels of intelligence in the animal world. (click here for the traits that make humans unique, from BBC and some other traits that make humans unique from livescience).

Leaving that aside, not vacillating on celebrating that uniqueness and superiority with other living beings on planet earth, we find even among the human fraternity, each of us is very unique and capable. The following passage is a clear illustration of our uniqueness and how we could use it to our advantage than to our detriment.


President Jomo Kenyatta wrote this some years ago..

"I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about half a kilometer ahead. I could tell he was running a little slower than me and I thought, good, I shall try to catch him. I had about a kilometer before I needed to turn off. So I started running faster and faster. 

Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 meters behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of an Olympic competition. I was determined to catch up with him. 

Finally, I did it! I caught and passed him. On the inside, I felt so good. "I beat him." Of course, he didn't even know we were racing! 

After I passed him, I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn! I had gone nearly six blocks past my turn and I had to turn and go back. 

Isn't that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important? 

We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our God-given destinies!

The problem with unhealthy competition is that it's a never ending cycle!

There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, etc. 

But realize that "You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone."

Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving.... 

Take what God has given you: your height, weight and personality.
Dress well and wear it proudly: you'll be blessed by it!

Stay focused and live a healthy life. There is no competition in Destiny. Run your own race and wish others well. 

(Anonymous from the Internet).

Each one of us is so unique, that's how we were made. Challenges, trials and hardships as they come in life are each so hand-picked. They are not meant to weaken us, on the other hand, it embellishes us and makes us stronger and confident with each passing day.. Take it in the stride ..

Let's respect and celebrate our uniqueness by positive thinking and daily positive kind actions. 🙏👍


Friday, December 22, 2017

How to improve the Agri supply chain ..

Quote : According to the Guardian, approximately 45% of all fruits and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, and 20% of meat and dairy products are wasted by suppliers, retailers, and consumers every year. : Unquote

The food waste that happens in US ..
Will we earthlings have enough food by 2050 AD to support the 9.8 billion population on planet Earth from the present 7.6 billion ??

How can we ensure food security for the masses ? What proactive steps can be taken up to ensure we all have enough food to eat by 2050 AD ?

Organised retail it was thought would reduce food waste. But actually has it done anything to ameliorate this black scar on humanity. In the western world, organised retailing has picked up. In UK, 87% of sale of grocery happens through organised retail through seven retail chains. The developing world is struggling as not more than 10% grocery sale happens through organised retail as late as 2016.

What a waste ..
From $ 641 billion in 2016, Indian retail is supposed to grow by 10% CAGR to $1.6 trillion by 2026. As of 2016, there are almost 8500 supermarkets in India. Retail contributes 10% of Indian GDP and employs 8% of population. Online retail in India as of 2016, is a $60 billion market.

Report of Indian retail industry by India Brand Equity Foundation is here..

In India's growing phase of retail industry, here are a couple of points on how to improve the agricultural supply chain. 

Past practices tend to dominate Indian mindsets. We need to think out of the box and innovate. Here are some points.

1. Have better inventory control practices in the supply chain - use of GPS based transportation in trucks in the agri-supply chain can help practice of more accurate and sound inventory control practices with less of variability

2. Partner with farmer to reduce waste in supply chain - in US farmers waste on an average 7% of produce on the farm, with the numbers less for developing countries. Selective harvesting is an option for farmers to avoid food dumping in the markets and the resultant profit wipeouts

3. Modify or eliminate traditional store practices that increase waste - First Come First Serve (FCFS) practices should be widely used. 
4. Bring more solar energy based refrigerators - that can cool during daytime and maintain the temperatures during the night, can bring down the expenses of storing expensive food items.
5. Team up with consumers - understanding the pattern of customer demand can moderate the harvesting from the field to a selective basis and the subsequent storage and withdrawal from warehouses.

Click here for 14 ways to reduce food waste at home..

george ..

References : 

1. Yasemin Kor et al, How large food retailers can help solve the food waste crisis, HBR, Dec '17

Carbon footprint pic..

Interesting graphic. Should'nt US be ashamed of itself for promoting irresponsible development ? US average Carbon footprint...

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