Mukesh Gupta

How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Last week I was invited to run a Design thinking experiential workshop for the STC conference in Bangalore. We had about 70 people in the room. All of them experienced technical content writers. As I always believe, learning happens best when people have a lot...

A Simple Guide to Building an Engaged Team

Premise: We don’t need tons of research to tell us the importance of having employees who are engaged in their work. It shows up in a lot of different ways that we can see. The result of an engaged set of employees shows up when...

How can We Encourage Experimentation and Risk Taking Among Our Employees

This is one of those stories that we hope never happened with us. I was a fresh graduate with no experience and in my first job. I had decent success in my first job and had reached a point where I had built enough trust...

What’s Killing our Creativity?

Scene 1: I was visiting a hospital today to visit someone who is admitted there to get through a minor surgery. He was supposed to check into the hospital at noon on a given date and check out at about 4:00PM the next day. This...

The Role Entrepreneurs Can Play To Bring The AI Revolution to Work With Least...

Premise: There is a growing realisation amongst us in the world that we are currently just moving towards a future where most of the existing jobs will be taken over by AI and robots. While there are a lot of people who will say that...

Declaration of Independence – Here is to the Crazy One’s

One of my favourite ads of all time is the Apple ad – “Here’s to the crazy one’s“. This advertisement is a call to action to all of us who have a creative spark, an idea, the yearning to do something good, the frustration...

What could Tiffany’s Do?

Premise: Last week the Wall St. Journal featured a story on Tiffany & Co’s “midlife crisis.” The piece highlighted the jewellery brand’s struggle to regain its “cool” and improve recently tepid sales and profits. A few days later they announced the hiring of a new CEO. Tiffany…

Entrepreneurs Bring Ideas to Life

Premise: Today, we have machines which can work as assembly line workers, hotel clerks, concierge, nurses, companions for elders, lawyers, doctors, drivers, artists, journalists, gamers, coaches, board members and many more. The value proposition for businesses to employ more and more machines is strong and...

Future of Work: Rewriting Learning Rules for the Digital Age

Premise: There is a lot of buzz around the very concept of the “Future of Work” and what it will entail. Deloitte released their fifth annual Global Human Capital Trends report and survey. This year’s report takes stock of the challenges ahead for business and...

3 Character Traits of a Good Innovation Manager

Premise: Almost every CEO that i meet wants to find out a way to out-innovate their competition. They want to innovate to improve their profits. They want to innovate so that they can help their customers innovate. And in the same breath, they also say...

Ideas about Building a Great Company and Being a Great Leader from the book...

Philosophical & BusinessWisdom from The Republic of Tea by Mukesh Gupta I picked up and started reading the book “The Republic of Tea“, based on a recommendation by Seth Godin as a must read book. I am an avid Tea lover and so reading a...

The Creative Process

Today, I came across two extremely creative ideas, that made me think about creativity and how do we get creative ideas. What follows is my take on how we become and stay creative. First, lets look at the creative ideas that inspired this post. Idea…

The Hard Thing About “Digital Transformation”

Premise: Everywhere you go on the internet, there is one thing that is prevalent. No, I am not talking about Donald Trump, though he seems to be prevalent almost everywhere as well. I am referring to “Digital Transformation”. I have been reading about digital transformation...

How to Overcome Barriers to Innovation In Your Organisation

Premise: Every organisation wants to innovate and they all have people with enough ideas to fuel their innovation efforts, but somewhere these ideas get stifled and innovation ends up remaining an intent only. So, what is it that stops organisations to innovate and is there...

The Role of Imagination in Creating The Next Set of Breakthrough Innovations

I stumbled across the article that Vannevar Bush wrote in 1945 for the Atlantic. You can read the entire post here. The reason I am interested in the post is because this post is a living proof about the role that imagination can play in...

The Role of Creativity in the Life of a Product Manager

I have been invited to deliver a talk at an event titled – “A Day in the Life of a Product Manager“, which is scheduled for tomorrow (4th March 2017) and the talk is about “The role of creativity in the life of a...

3 Ways to Systematically Come Up with Breakthrough Ideas

Every organisation and every leader that you talk to today, wants to build a culture of innovation and a breakthrough product as soon as possible. However, if we look closely, there are three ways to come up with an idea that has the potential to...

Building Products Using Design Thinking

I was interviewed as part of the Authority Summit by Tim Morkes. In this interview, I shared with him on how Design thinking can be used to build new products or services that fall in the intersection of Desirability, Viability and Feasibility. Hope you will...

Superconsumers – A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth

Everyone wants to grow their business – irrespective of the current size or the level of competition. This also means that growth is not easy. So, any strategy that can help grow our business is a welcome addition to all the material that we...

Characteristics of A Great Employee Recognition Program

Organisational culture is turning out to be the last competitive advantage for businesses. One of the most important aspects of great organisational culture is engaged employees. Many studies have indicated the state of employee engagement and it doesn’t look good. One of the ways that...

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