Friday, February 22, 2008

Addicted to...

Grey's Anatomy or shall I rather say Meredith Grey :).

Since the last month - I have finished first two seasons and now started season 3.

It is a beautiful series which portrays the characters vividly. The plot is very simple but well woven - various situations that crop up during the lives of surgical interns and doctors in general working at Seattle Grace Hospital. Since my dad's a doc and our family lived in hospital quarters for about 10 years, I am used to patients, doctors around all the time. Growing up in that environment where there are patient wards, ICU a floor up your house, I can relate a lot of moments in my lives to innumerable events and the way characters feel in the series. Also the cool part is during the beginning and before the episode ends - where Meredith's thoughts as per the theme of the episode are summarized and well articulated.

Plus Ellen Pompeo (who plays the central character of Meredith) is an amazingly elegant and beautiful woman. You can't help but fall in love with the way she is :). Lets see how season 3 shapes up.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Italy vs Portugal in Zurich...

Watched a friendly soccer game between Italy and Portugal the other day.

The result is shown by the picture with the proud Italian Fede (3 - 0 to Italy), was really cool however we watched the match sitting in the Portugal side :)...

Friday, February 01, 2008

Book reviews

Since last week, few of us started to host book reviews which will happen monthly.

Simple idea - someone presents a book which he / she feels that people can learn from or discuss some important questions and have conversations around it. As a plus, it will indirectly lead for us to have a goal to read a book a month.

To initiate this, I presented Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) which is a highly interesting book. I read this last year during my AI term. The name symbolic of red ocean denoting competition in the existing market space while blue ocean is about creating an uncontested market space.

Value Innovation is the cornerstone of BOS. It is so called because instead of focusing on beating the competition, you focus on making the competition irrelevant by creating a leap in value for buyers and your company, thereby opening up new and uncontested market space.

It also talks how Blue Ocean Strategy is about breaking the trade off between the value it offers through differentiation and cost (simple words - how can we move with both value and costs while not trading one against the other) and presents several case studies.

There has been some criticism about the book mentioning that it is a concept that is applied to already existing success stories and there are few examples of companies that have adopted it become hugely successful - also considering the catchy name and the concept which has grown popularity.

Simply put - besides all the debate we had on this, few questions that it boiled down to - What does it mean for me?

There is definitely a rationale and relevance in the presented structure, approach and framework for asking the right questions an industry or person should be asking to challenge it's strategy and ensuring that the right questions are asked continuously to be in a unique space. These are simple things which organizations fail to recognize. A lot of it might not be breakthrough concepts - but well, its well packaged as a single theory.

One of the other interesting view points brought out through the discussion was about using Blue Ocean Strategy on your own self - what is needed for a person to continuously add value in today's society - definitely worth exploring.

A highly recommended book to read.

Looking forward to the next ones - where more books will be presented on different themes.