Slow Turn


As far as South African cricket is concerned, Ali Bacher’s class of 1969-70 is still the gold standard, the 4-0 whitewash of Australia at home their most dazzling display of cricket. Billed as a contest between two heavyweights, a de facto World Championship of sorts, much rested on how the South Africans dealt with the spin of John Gleeson. Gleeson had a deceptive leg break as well as a rogue off-spinner up his sleeve. Bill Lawry, ever judicious, shielded him from the prying eyes of South African test batsmen in the tour matches leading up to the series, taking him out of the attack as soon as they came on to bat.

Gleeson thus took his mark at Port Elizabeth, scene of the first test, shrouded in mystery. The element of unknown held sway over a scratchy Ali Bacher who admits to scoring off him without having a clue of…

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Emotional IQ in a Connected Social World

We all know of Emotional Quotient (EQ), the casual shorthand for emotional intelligence. The term has become ubiquitous and we can find it popping up in as many places from comics to corporate boardrooms. While there are varying thoughts on this, Bradberry and Greaves in their book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” defines it as “Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.”

In this ever changing world of connected IT, this become even more significant as we embrace new ideas, connections, business models and personal styles to work, communicate, play and succeed. This interesting article in CIO, “Why Improving Emotional IQs Makes for Better IT Leaders,” focuses on Emotional IQ and dissects it into five components: Empathy, Social Expertness, Influence of Self, Influence on others and Mastery of Purpose. Some of the tips provided here to improve Emotional IQ include getting feedback on self and slowing down decision making process to filter out emotions and focus on ‘data driven decisions’.

According to Adele B. Lynn, founder and owner of The Adele Lynn Leadership Group, “Emotional intelligence is a multiplier effect for both the individual and the business. It can’t replace technical excellence, but it can multiply the business advantage for the company. And, it can multiply the effectiveness for the individual.”

Emotional IQ, besides increasing self-awareness, self-confidence, openness, ability to better face challenges for an individual, benefits the organization by having more motivated, purposeful, creative, emotionally balanced people who can help drive business goals effectively using their superior communication, conflict resolution, and social awareness and leadership skills.

Silicon Cowboys: The past and future of Imagination

The curved felt hat, flowing bandanna, loaded holster, tough jeans, rodeo gear, boots and spur … the dusty horizon, the sweat on the leather gloves and the the thundering sound of the hooves … sounds familiar?

These are the blazes of glory from the romanticized world of the 19th century wild west – a frontier whose influence has penetrated probably every corner of modern civilization in some way or the other – from attire, attitude, adventure to the battle of the minds, markets and manifest destiny.

The halo of the cowboys carries on spurred by, amongst other inclinations, the distinct styles of western vestiary and equipment, the wranglers, the spirit of adventur(ism) of the Wild West, the timeless bang bang movies recreated from grey to eastmancolor with John Wayne and others, … and of-course the expansive mindset and economic necessities which resulted in adaption, and some preservation, of classical traditions to the modern world applications.

James Bond and Convergence apart, after having sparked many an imagination for long … the next  frontier which seems to be truly hitting the brain is wearable computers. These are miniature silicon devices integrated with your clothing or intelligent wearable accessories like belts, watches, shoes that can provide an array of monitoring and wireless communication functions. There are already several organisations conducting research on the next frontier of wearable/plug-gable/implantable technologies.

Some of the applications are in the areas of healthcare, mobile computing, adaptive textiles, defense, nerdy fashion and who knows what. As more and more ‘people’ get connected into the binary matrix the real battle for your body will begin!

The curved felt hat /thinking cap with integrated brain probes and conductive speakers, fold-able bandanna to project streamed data, loaded holster with battery boost and backup, toughed jeans with solar cells and body sensors, rodeo gear with pressure pad sensors, intelligent boots and contact lenses for Augmented Reality (AR) layover…  the dusty horizon of Big Data, the sweat on the motion-sensor based leather gloves and the thundering sound of the GPS enabled-hooves and Mediated Reality … sounds unfamiliar?

Welcome to the era of Silicon Cowboys.