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Talking to Others to Clarify to Self

February 15th, 2010 · 4 Comments

While I ended up doing many meetings through the time I stayed in Tokyo, not all meetings had the same level of usefulness. Over time, I have learnt not to worry about the success rate of meetings – new opportunities creation requires many meetings, and one should not aim for a 100% success ratio.

As I put forth my ideas to people I met, I also found me talking to myself. Each meeting helped refine some element of what I was proposing – either via a question that was asked, a comment that was made, or a criticism that was voiced. I like that approach of building up ideas because one can only do so much in a vacuum.

Given Japan’s leadership in broadband and mobile space, the context that I was exposed to was very different, and that helped in improving on my thinking. Too often, we end up with a very narrow perspective because we don’t tend to meet people with experiences and cultures very different from our own.

I am convinced that all of us involved in the process of ideation and innovation needs to take some time to travel. What I accomplished in these few days of meetings in Tokyo would probably have been impossible to do sitting in an office in Mumbai. Of course, ideation is only one part of the process – execution is what also finally matters.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Santosh // Feb 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    nothing can shape up an idea better than opening them to people….their acceptance, rejection or criticism paves the way for better ideation & solution

  • 2 iptiam (iPad, Therefore I am) // Feb 16, 2010 at 3:30 am

    You would need to qualify that Rajesh, ideally by the phase in which you are in and who you get to meet. This particular advice of yours – “I am convinced that all of us involved in the process of ideation and innovation needs to take some time to travel.” – is too generic. It depends on a large extent on who you get to meet.

  • 3 Ashish Tulsian // Feb 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Rajesh,

    Like always some of your lines bring smile to me, thinking how similar experiences are and how people in the same boat (though you have converted it to a ship already) take out similar outcomes.

    When you said : – “As I put forth my ideas to people I met, I also found me talking to myself. Each meeting helped refine some element of what I was proposing – either via a question that was asked, a comment that was made, or a criticism that was voiced.” , i was able to feel and recall numerous instances when i created/improvised my products/services n even revenue models while i was pitching to a potential client and then rushed to office to give it shape.

    it keeps happening and over the period of time i feel its the rightway of making things happen. Thinking before a (potential)client, right on ur toes and coming out with flying colors is an enormous feeling.

    This way your writings keeps my faith up in the path being followed 😉 !!

  • 4 Siddharth // Feb 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Totally agree with you here. For last several months I have meeting several people and openly discussing my product and service ideas. And I find it is very enriching experience.

    There is that fear of someone stealing the idea but the addition I get from listening to others helps me define the value proposition crisply.

    Siddharth

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