Archive for October 1st, 2007

Tips on how to motivate people from Coors’ “Chief Beer Taster”

October 1, 2007

Leo Kiely says that the job of a leader is to set Big Hairy Audacious Goals (or BHAG’s according to “Built to Last”) and the staff/company will rally around that. “Turn the team loose and let them play.”

How ‘Chief Beer Taster’ Blended Molson, Coors


October 1, 2007; Page B1; Wall Street Journal

from the 1950s space-race to microchips, the Internet, and GPS

October 1, 2007

short commentary today giving credit to scientists and engineers in the 1950s space race and high-energy physics experiments for pushing the envelope by leading the demand for faster computers (microchips and parallel computing), faster and more reliable networks (Internet), better communication protocols (HTTP/WWW), weather forecasts, satellite location and mapping (GPS), and many other innovations we take for granted.

One Giant Leap


October 1, 2007; Page A23; Wall Street Journal

Emergent India Conference… and cell phones

October 1, 2007

The conference took place at MIT with experts, scholars, and industrialists from India to discuss issues including energy, public health, poverty, and market trends, … here is a writeup. From reading about it, I was surprised to learn that Adi Gordrej is an MIT graduate (from the 1960s). He says that while rapid cell phone adoption is an equalizing force (7 million new cell phones a month), India maintains the largest illiterate population in the world that the private sector should help address this issue.

For an examination of the politics and economics driving this divide, see India’s Democratic Challenge in India by Ahutosh Varshney in the March/April 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs. On page 98, he points out that it’s mostly the middle class of 200-250 million who are buying these cell phones along with five-star hotel rooms and oversold flights while a fourth of the 1 billion population lives below the poverty line of $1 per day mostly in rural areas.

This may be changing. With the urban cell phone markets are saturated, cellular operators in India are expanding their networks to target these rural poor consumers with cell service. One provider Bharati is deploying 20,000 new towers in rural areas to complement their existing network of 50,000 towers mostly in urban areas.

In India, Rural Poor Are Key To Cellular Firm’s Expansion: Heat, High Costs Pose Problems for Towers; Mr. Price’s Innovations

By ERIC BELLMAN; September 24, 2007; Page A1; Wall Street Journal