Companies collapse because of a combination of complex factors that somehow come together to form the perfect storm. The obvious answer is that companies did not have the hustle to stay ahead of competitors. More difficult to recognize behind company failures is the powerful influence of values, attitudes, and culture.
One is living proof that prosperity is not the end all and be all of the national aspirations. Another is wracked by the undeniable deadweight of affirmative action for a racial majority. The third has been known as the “Sick Man of Asia” for decades after being an economic star in the 1960s, second only to Japan. Is there a common thread running through these three distinct narratives?
“If a man carrying half a bucket of water passes you by, you can hear all kinds of water sputtering. If, however, he carries a full bucket of water, it will be much quieter.” When it is only half full, the bucket is lighter and is likely to shake back and forth, whereas a full bucket will be steady because it becomes heavier.
At the heart of Design Thinking is empathy. What drives the other parts of the process – from prototyping to iteration – is a desire to give a seriously impactful solution to a seriously problematic pain point. And the beauty of Design Thinking and empathy is that it can be applied to increasingly sophisticated areas from products and services to culture, policies, interactions, and experiences.
A ‘deeper learning dive’: The CALI Signature Program By Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz A passion for and belief in Asia’s dynamic role in the world. Ultimately, this is what drove the Center for Asia Leadership to metamorphose from a tag team of Harvard fellows organizing study tours for Ivy League scholars to an up-and-coming leadership start-up. Today, CAL has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Seoul, Korea; and Tokyo, Japan. […]
The fates of these two countries seem so inextricably intertwined, thanks to shared realities that had already become increasingly complex by the time Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965 – after a stormy 23-month union.