Epiphany to Evaluation – Viability or (How Do We Know This Is The Right Fit For Us?)

In my article on the 27th January, I spoke about Innovation being a journey from Epiphany to Empowerment. I then followed it up with the evaluation of ideas against desirability. Today we focus on the company, and talk about Viability. Viability focuses only on the organisation or the company that has come up with the […]

Epiphany to Evaluation – Desirability or (How to Ensure We’re Solving Actual Problems)

In my article on the 27th January, I spoke about Innovation being a journey from Epiphany to Empowerment. The image below shows this journey and Equitus Engineering Limited‘s main areas of focus. Epiphany: The idea strikes Evaluate: Test the worthiness of the idea against market, company and surrounding ecosystem Engineer: Develop the idea into a […]

Five Talks to Watch at Design Indaba 2020 According to DesignWeek

DesignWeek recommends listening to these five talks if you’re at Design Indaba 2020 in Cape Town South Africa. South Africa is an amazing country and I still have fond memories of spending two weeks there, attending a friend’s wedding and travelling around. It has a good proportion of wildlife, nature, beaches, good food, amazing wine, […]

Innovation – A Brief Overview

Over the last few years the term innovation has been spoken about extensively in industrial, academic and professional settings. There are misconceptions of two types. On the one hand people with ideas and inventions being portrayed as innovators and on the other hand, people doing genuinely innovative things not being seen as innovators. Both arise […]

The Changing Face of Manufacturing

Manufacturing. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see or hear this word? Cambridge dictionary defines manufacturing thus: the business of producing goods in large numbers. Oxford dictionary’s interpretation is: The making of articles on a large scale using machinery; industrial production.These definitions are narrow, and are out of sync […]

Fission Fusion And Company Culture

Does your company culture encourage fission or fusion? Fission by definition is the act of splitting. We are not talking of splitting atoms to generate energy and become productive, but something similar happens when you split people. In an organizational context, splitting results in silos, secrecy, blame culture, stagnation, and decay. Fission is about taking […]

Is It A Business Or Is It A Company, And Does It Make A Difference?

Today is a very short post regarding businesses and companies. There is something for you to consider at the end of this post. Every time I go to or connect to a networking event, I hear the words business and businesses being used extensively. I have never been keen on calling a company a business. […]

Risks And Payoffs: Three Biggest Risks I Have Taken In My Life And Career

Around three weeks ago, Equitus Design Engineering and Innovations Limited was fortunate enough to participate in a virtual manufacturing expo organized by Conex Portal. Following this event, there was a question about risks people had taken in their lives, and what their payoffs were. Here are the my top three risks. Moving from India to […]

How To Make Deals Happen: Three Essential Elements To Get You Started

An important factor that influences business and drives innovation forward is the ability to do deals. Regardless of where you are in a typical organisation’s lifecycle, this applies. Just consider the following questions as an example: Are we looking for pre-seed, seed or Series funding? Are we looking to grow our staff? Are we looking […]

I Was A Guest On Autodesk’s Manufacturing Podcast

I was invited to be a guest on Autodesk’s Podcast “The Art of the Impossible“.  In this episode called Making Manufacturing Personal, Raam and Dr. Saeed Talebi spoke about about the cross-pollination of mass customization from the design and manufacturing industry into the construction industry. The link to a post about this topic on my […]

My First Father’s Day, Lessons From My Father And Values For My Daughter

Yesterday was Father’s Day, and my first one as a father. Now for the first time, I got to experience Father’s Day from both sides of the fence. Wishing my father this year felt a bit different, maybe because he was keen on getting some airtime with his granddaughter than talking to me about the […]

Change Part 3 – Initiating And Leading Change Successfully

Over the last three weeks we looked at natural and human induced change, and we looked at four specific drivers of change. Today I set out to give you the first steps of a toolkit to initiate and lead change in organisations effectively. But first, a true story. A manufacturing company in the North of […]

Change Part 1 – Introduction, Types Of Change And Primary Objectives Of Change Management

Change happens all around us and all the time. In this three part series I write about change. Today’s post is an introduction. Next week we will look at drivers of change. We then round off this series with a few tips on how to initiate and lead effective change in organisations. Change can be […]

What Is Resilience And What Does It Mean

Resilience is a term that has been around for a while now, and I strongly believe that resilience is a skill we must embed in our younger generation. Before we dig deep into what resilience means and what it looks like, we must understand the difference between resilience and stubbornness. Stubbornness is resistance to change. […]

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