Jugaad Innovation – The Indian Creativity tool

Punjabi Language pronounced it Jugard or Jugaad, Sanskrit Language also pronounced the word yukti, colloquial yugat and Hindi Language pronounced it to Jugat.

The Jugaad movement has gathered a community of enthusiasts, believing it to be the proof of Indian bubbling creativity, or a cost-effective way to solve the issues of everyday life.

   Western corporations can no longer just rely on the old formula that sustained innovation and growth for decades: a mix of top-down strategies, expensive R&D projects and rigid, highly structured innovation processes. Jugaad Innovation argues that the West must look to places like India, for a new, bottom-up approach to frugal and flexible innovation.

Sri Sri – FIVE TYPES OF QUESTIONS

FIVE TYPES OF QUESTIONS

APRIL 29, 2013
The spark behind every great discovery that has taken place on this planet has been the spirit of inquiry  When that inquiry is directed outwards – “What is this? How does it happen?” it is science and when it is directed inwards – “Who am I? What am I here for? What do I really want?” it is spirituality.
Even though the number of possible questions that can be asked is huge, there are really only five types of questions.
  1. Out of misery: Many times people ask questions when they are feeling miserable. They are usually of the nature “Why did this happen to me?”, “What did I do to deserve this?” etc. When you see someone asking a question out of pain, just listen to them. They just want somebody to hear them out. They are not really looking for an answer.
  2. Out of anger: “I did nothing wrong. I was right. Why am I being blamed? Why is this happening?” This is the kind of questions that arise out of anger. Here also, the person is caught in the whirlpool of their feelings and emotions and they want to justify them by asking such questions. When somebody is in such a volatile state of mind, no matter what answer you give, it doesn’t go in. On the contrary, it gives rise to more questions and justifications.
  3. To draw attention: Some people ask questions just to show everyone that they are also there. Their satisfaction lies in asking the question so that everybody notices them rather than finding the answer.
  4. To test: There are some who ask questions to test if the other person knows. They already have an answer in their mind and want to compare if the other’s answer matches with theirs.
  5. With sincerity: The fifth type of questions is asked by people who sincerely want to know something and have faith that the person they are asking knows and will tell them. It is only this type of question that should be answered.
Most of the ancient scriptures — whether it is the Bhagvad Gita, Yoga Vasishtha, Ashtavakra Gita, Tripura Rahasya or the Upanishads, begin with a question. The questions that have been asked here are not merely out of curiosity but also with a sense of closeness. Upanishad itself means sitting close to the Master, not just physically but feeling close to the Master. Knowledge needs an atmosphere of belongingness to flourish. The closer you feel to the Master, the more knowledge unfolds by itself.

Attitude towards work – Moral Story

Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and choices today!

This is a story of an elderly carpenter who had been working for a contractor for many many years. He had built many beautiful houses but now as he was getting old, he wanted to retire and lead a leisurely life with his family. So, he goes to the contractor and tells him about his plan of retiring. The contractor feels sad at the prospect of losing a good worker but agrees to the plan because the carpenter had indeed become too fragile for the tough building work. But as a last request, he asks the old carpenter to construct just one last house.

The old man agrees and starts working but his heart was not in his work any more. He had lost the motivation towards work. So, he resorted to shoddy workmanship and constructed the house half-hearted. After the house was built, the contractor handed over the front door keys to the carpenter and said, This is your new house. My gift to you. The carpenter was shocked and upset. Had he known that he was building his own house, he would have done a better job! Now, he would have to live in the house, which is not worth staying.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. You work hard every day but are you giving your best? We put our least to the work we don’t like or do not have interest in. Later, we get shocked at the situation we have created for ourselves and try to figure out why we didn’t do it differently.

Enjoy your tasks and carry on your responsibilities with pleasure and not with pain. Life is a do-it-yourself project. Do your job enthusiastically and with devotion, a positive output and a pleasing life will certainly be on your way.

Think out of the Box – An inspiration story

Think out of the Box – An inspiration story

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it’s raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. An old friend who once saved your life.

3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that

there could only be one passenger in your car?

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This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

1. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first;
2. or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to ! pay him back.
3. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. Guess what was his answer?

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He simply answered:

“I would give the car keys to my Old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.”

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to “Think Out of the Box.”

Five Very Short Stories with Morals

A child told the mother: “Mum you are very beautiful today.”

Replied the mother: “Why?”

The child said: “Because you did not get angry today.”

Moral of the story:

1. It is easy to possess beauty: – do not get angry.

2. Anger is temporary madness.

A man attended an interview for a job.

Along the corridor, he picked up a piece and threw it into a dustbin.

The interviewer passed by and saw it.

This man got the job.

Moral of the story:

Live with good habits, and you will be recognized.

A small boy worked as an apprentice in a bicycle shop.

A man sent a bicycle for repair.

After repairing the bicycle, this boy cleaned up the bicycle and it looked like a new one.

Other apprentices laughed at him for doing redundant work.

The second day after the owner claimed the bicycle back; this boy was pinched and offered a job.

Moral of the story:

1. Go the extra mile to be successful.

2. Doing more gains more & Doing less loses more.

The owner of a farm asked his child to work everyday at the farm.

His friend said to him: “You do not have to make your son work so hard. The crops would grow just as good.”

Owner of the farm replied: “I am not cultivating my crops, but my child.”

Moral of the story:

1. A simple way to groom a child is to let him experience some hardships.

2. If not cut, jade would not turn into useful ware.

A shop is always brightly lit up.

Someone asked: “What brand of bulb are you using? It is so lasting.”

The shop owner replied: “Our bulbs blew out frequently. We replaced them once a bulb blew out.”

Moral of the story:

1. It is simple to maintain brightness, change the bulbs regularly.

2. To brightening up everyday life: Endeavour to abandon unwholesome states of mind and make an effort to encourage wholesome states to grow.

Recession Time

Recession Time

This story is about a man who once upon a time was selling Hotdogs by the roadside.

He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers. He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio. His eyes were weak, so he never watched television. But enthusiastically, he sold lots of hotdogs.

He was smart enough to offer some attractive schemes to increase his sales. His sales and profit went up. He ordered more and more raw material and buns, and used an attractive signboard to sell more. He recruited a few more supporting staff to serve more customers. He started offering home deliveries. Eventually he got himself a bigger and better stove.

As his business was growing, the son, who had recently graduated from College, joined his father. Then something strange happened. The son asked, “Dad, aren’t you aware of the great recession that is coming our way?” The father replied, “No, but tell me about it.” The son said, “The international situation is terrible. The domestic situation is even worse. We should be prepared for the coming bad times”
The man thought that since his son had been to college, read the papers, listened to the radio and watched TV, his son ought to know and his advice should not be taken lightly.
So the next day onwards, the father cut down his raw material order and buns, took down the colourful signboard, removed all the special schemes he was offering to the customers, and was no longer as enthusiastic. He reduced his staff strength by giving layoffs. Very soon, fewer and fewer people bothered to stop at his hotdog stand. And his sales started coming down rapidly, same is the profit.
The father said to his son, “Son, you were right. We are in the middle of a recession and crisis. I am glad you warned me ahead of time.”
What can we take away from this story?

1. How many times do we confuse intelligence with good judgment?

2. Choose your advisers carefully but use your own judgment.

3. A person or an organization will survive forever, if they have the 5 Cs:

* Character

* Commitment

* Conviction

* Courtesy

* Courage

The tragedy today is that there are many walking encyclopedias that are living failures.

The more practical and appropriate views on this economic recession is:

“This is the time to reunite together, for any small or big organization; This is the time to motivate and retain people which are the biggest asset; This is the time to show more commitment to the customers; This is the time to show values of our company to the world;

And this is the time to stand by our Nation”.

NOW DECIDE WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO

GOD gives beyond our expectations – An Inspirational story

GOD gives beyond our expectations – An Inspirational story

Once a boy went to a shop with his mother. The shop keeper looked at the small cute child and showed him a bottle with sweets
and said ‘Dear Child..u can take the sweets…

But the child didnt take. The shop keeper was surprised.. such a small child he is and why is he not taking the sweets from the bottle. Again he said take the sweets….

Now the mother also heard that and said.. take the sweets dear.. Yet he didnt take… The shopkeeper seeing the child not taking the sweets… he himself took the sweets and gave to the child. The child was happy to get two hands full of sweets.

While returning home the Mother asked the child… Why didnt you take the sweets, when the shop keeper told you to take?..

Can you guess the response: Child replies… Mom! my hands are very small and if i take the sweets i can only take few.. but now you see when uncle gave with his big hands…. how many more sweets i got!

Moral: When we take we may get little but when God gives… HE gives us more beyond our expectations… more than what we can hold..!!