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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kits of the Future [Infographic]

Football, sometimes known as soccer, is one of the worlds’ most coveted games. Millions of dollars are invested in the game and people spend tons on tickets and merchandise. With such popularity, the game needs to adapt to changing times, but how can the sport be made to better serve the viewers as well as allow the referees to make better calls? We only need to look to the future!

Live player stats can be monitored throughout the game. Items that will be cataloged is a multitude of information like the amount ran, accuracy, and time on the field. This could easily settle the arguments about which player is the best.

We all know that some players have huge egos that can lead to dishonest behavior such as pretending to be hit hard. Impact visualizers will provide different colors in the event of a strong hit or a soft hit made by player against another. Impact visualizers could potentially put an end to babies rolling around on the field trying to get the opposing player another electronically displayed yellow card on their shoulder.

For even better visuals, jerseys can be illuminated  as well as carry live ads that will grant the spectators to register more precise movements made by players and draw in more money. Just how might these kits (uniforms) be powered, you ask? The kits will be powered by the kinetic energy of a player that will be converted to an electrical current. Yeah, the future.

Soccer (football), just as life, is ever changing. Stay tuned. Keep loving the game and enjoy what the future has to offer! [via]

Friday, May 2, 2014

Corporate Karma: Strategy Is Not About Crushing the Competition

Karma (Sanskritकर्म) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

Does 'Karma' then extend to companies? I would like to think so. I found the clarity of thought in this post by Ken Favaro extremely refreshing. Here's the key take-away:

"..... Business is not war or sport. Strategy in business is different than strategy in war and sport. It’s not about competitors. It’s about the customer, your value proposition, and the capabilities you need to deliver it better than anyone else. It’s that simple—and that difficult."

In other words, instead of spending time trying to crush/defeat the competition, companies will be better served (financially) by building/extending their capabilities, and then using these capabilities to deliver superior value to their customers.

Sometimes such simple and obvious truths aren't evident, even to great leaders.