Inflexion Point - November 2018

Inflexion Point - November 2018

Dr. Pavan Soni 13/11/2018 2
Welcome back to Inflexion Point, your monthly on the interesting updates from the domains on creativity, innovation and strategy. This edition is all about creativity. Have fun! 

Creativity vies with language in the brain

What's the locus of creativity in the brain? That's a question scientists are investigating for several years now and the dominant conclusion seems to be -- creativity is distributed across the brain. Studies on brain damaged subjects suggest that while creativity is likely generated in the right side of the brain, it may be suppressed by the language processing on the left. May be, lowered inhibitions is the key to creativity then. (Source: NewScientist)

Babies think logically before they can talk

Can a 12 months old infant be able to reason? Researchers suggests so, through a first-of-a-kind series of experiments on logical reasoning of infants, who have barely started developing language skills. Logic, which is the basic building block of learning, creativity and flexibility in a human mind, seems to be the first to develop as well, and can be cultivated with preverbal logic. (Source: Scientific American)

James Dyson on the creative discovery process

The British inventor and billionaire, James Dyson, is famous for innovating household products in fundamentally different ways. The vacuum cleaner, fan, and, more recently, hand dryer, are just few of them. His approach to innovation calls for iteration, discovering and fixing one problem at a time, discovering new insights, and moving on towards a radically different product in slow motion. (Source: Fortune Magazine)

A Century of Innovation: 3M

There are just about a few companies that have had more impact in the consumer and business world than 3M. Arguably the world's most innovative company for several years now, 3M has mastered the art of managing innovation with a scientific rigor. In this souvenir, you would learn how a culture of innovation is fostered, that transcends leadership, products, industries, geographies, and economic cycles. For starters -- tolerate failure. (Source: 3M Company)

On Skunk Works

From its humble origins as a special, small team that would manage projects at Lockheed, Skunk Works became a noun for technology innovation teams. It was the genius of Kelly Johnson of Lockheed's Advanced Development Programs that delivered a fully functional jet in a record 143 days with just about 23 design engineers and 30 mechanics. Complete autonomy, a focused team, and a pack of above-average talent is what makes impossible a habit. Read more about the ingredients. (Source: Fast Company) 

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  • Michael Hodt

    Absolutely brilliant !!!!

  • Niall Brady

    Good article

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Dr. Pavan Soni

Innovation Expert

Dr. Pavan is an Innovation Evangelist by profession and a teacher by passion. He is the founder of Inflexion Point, a strategy and innovation consulting. Apart from being an Adjunct Faculty at IIM Bangalore, Pavan has consulted with leading organizations on innovation and creativity, including 3M, Amazon, BCG, Deloitte, Flipkart, Honeywell, and Samsung, amongst others. Pavan was the only Indian to be shortlisted for the prestigious 'FT & McKinsey Bracken Bower Award for the Best Business Book of the Year 2016'. He has also been invited four times to speak at the TEDx. For his work on innovation, Pavan bagged the prestigious ‘On the Job Achiever’ Award at Lakshya in 2007 at NITIE Mumbai. Pavan works closely with CII, Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, European Business Group, FICCI, Karnataka Knowledge Commission, NHRD, and World Trade Centre, towards shaping their innovation activities. Pavan is a mentor for NSRCEL at IIM Bangalore, Founder Institute, Institute of Product Leadership, Brainstars, Budli, HackerEarth, and UpGrad, and is on advisory board for VC firm- Utilis Capital. Pavan is also a columnist at YourStory, Entrepreneur India, Inc 42, and People Matters. He is a Gold Medalist from MBM Engineering College Jodhpur, and did his PGDIE from NITIE Mumbai. Pavan finished his Doctoral Studies from IIM Bangalore in the domain of innovation management. More on his work is available at

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