Lesson learnt from Xerox Alto

In 1970s, Xerox was the leader and monopoly in the copier business. They realised the need for a personal computer as managing official work on paper did not seem feasible in the long run. Hence, Xerox started a research team in Palo Alto; 3000 miles away from the head office in New York. The research team was kept completely isolated from all market pressures. The research team developed a personal computer called Xerox Alto with innovative features like GUI, Mouse, and Ethernet(these features are the base for today’s personal computers). »

Improve with every problem you solve

When a team is trying to solve a problem, first thing to do is to select a facilitator, then understand and clarify the problem. Next step is to discuss and list down all possible solutions. Later split into pairs and each pair should explore one option and discuss it again with the team. Select one or two best solutions with team consent. Now, judiciously assign work to each pair. Do not wait for the complete resolution of the problem, instead have shorter iterations followed by discussions. »

We live in past

Do you think what we are seeing now is happening at that very instance of time, well, I am afraid it isn’t. What we see has already become a past instance. This is because our brain takes some amount of time to process vision. We know the light is faster than sound, but the interesting aspect here is that our brain takes more time to process vision when compared to sound. »

Have a mentor

A long-term relationship, focusing on one’s development… Yes, this is called a mentor-mentee relationship. A relationship where challenges are set, paths are uncertain but goals are clear. Having a mentor in your career can change your career path, set new dimensions, give new perspectives. Nowadays most of us feel we are self-equipped with knowledge from different sources and hence a mentor doesn’t play an effective role, whereas this isn’t true. Apart from sharing knowledge, a mentor will guide you through their experiences and mistakes made. »

Do not follow the majority

In our society, most of us follow the majority. Most of the successful people have had many perils in life, be it dropping out of college or multiple failure points. They had the courage to overcome those failures and pursue their dreams. Just imagine the social pressure you need to face, if you had to drop out to pursue your dream. Not following the majority is challenging, but that makes you different. »