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S+B Blogs: For New Product Design, “Likes” Can Lead You Astray
 S+B Blogs, Posted: May 7, 2015 Matt Palmquist is a freelance business journalist based in Oakland, Calif. Bottom Line: Your next innovation breakthrough probably won’t come from social media. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups,” Steve Jobs once famously said. “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Social media is the ultimate focus group — Twitter and Facebook users rarely hesitate to ...
The Painted Sky’s First Programme in the USA
When I started out in the Learning and Development space, we quickly started running programmes in the Middle East, South East Asia and then, through our partners in Italy, reached Europe. America, the US of A, remained out of reach. After all, most of the concepts and ideas in training, and people development, find their origins there.
The Two Greatest Barriers in Creative Thinking I Encounter
During a recent programme in Chennai, one of my participants approached me during the break. Looking distinctly uncomfortable, he blurted out, “I am not liking it. This is not working. You are not letting me progress.” This allegation was neither new, nor unfounded. I was holding him back. From lapsing into his habits, falling into the patterns he had gotten used to after over two decades of corporate life.
Miles, Trane, and all that Jazz!
Fascinating. Davis and Trane, the greatest forces in music, and team dynamics. While using jazz as a metaphor for leadership and conflict management has become a cliche’, this is a huge piece on how it manifests. For the individuals, the group and the audience or the world outside. Firstly, it is interesting to note that Coltrane came back to play in Davis’ sextet after being slapped and punched by Davis.
Teaching Empathy through Art
While researching for our upcoming publications on Art-Based Learnings, I came across this article about how students at the Weill Cornell Medical College get exposure to Arts to help them develop empathy and sensitivity: “Weill Cornell also has a longstanding Humanities and Medicine program that is designed to help students better understand patient experiences through literature, art, and music.
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