Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Power of Imagination: Why Companies Should Reward on Imagination.

The World is Changing

In the 90's people always talk about Productivity and Quality. These were the drivers at that time and there were a lot of activities to encourage people to be productive at the same time produce the best quality. Hence, quality and productivity is the famous mantra then. To ensure this, the government took an initiative and establish the National Productivity Corporation (NPC now known as MPC or Malaysian Productivity Corporation) and they produce activities such as QCC (Quality Control Circle).

Now, people no longer stress into productivity and quality. That is already becoming commodity and it is consider something which you must do. But people started to look into new thing which is Innovation. To fuel this the Government setup an Agency called AIM (Agensi Inovasi Malaysia or Malaysian Innovation Agency). The QCC activity has been rebrand to ICC (Innovative and Creative Circle). Everyone now is talking about innovation. Those who want to compete in the market now need this ever than before.

But Innovation is the end result. If you produce something innovative, then only you can consider yourself innovative. But how can we become innovative? How do we cultivate innovative environment?

Watch this video below


Every Innovation Starts with Imagination
Before everything was build, there is someone imagine about something.
  • There was someone who imagine of a theme park on top of a mountain filled with forest and trees. His name was Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong.
  • There was someone who imagine that one day the computer will be in every home in this world. His name is Bill Gates.
  • There was someone who imagine that there will be a car for everyone in this country. His name is Tun Mahathir.
And in fact, the building that you are in right now, there is someone imagine about it before it was even build. The handphone that you are using now, there is someone who imagine about his design and it's functionality.

Perhaps, one of the most genius that ever live in this world, had tried to convey this message many years back. Elbert Einstein reminds us many times that imagination is more important than knowledge. Yet, everyone is focusing in educating people with knowledge.

Many of his famous quote mentioned about imagination and why we need to have an imaginative mind.

Not everyone can score straight As in exams. Not everyone is innovative. Not everyone can be a genius. But one thing for sure, everyone can be imaginative. Everyone has an imagination.

Knowing this fact, why aren't we be imaginative enough?
George Carlin has the answer:

 Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.