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Greater Kailash

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GK01Or GK, as referred to by locals, is a popular residential neighborhood located in South Delhi home to some of the most affluent families in town. Divided into GK 1 & GK 2, the area’s most popular clothing stores, restaurants, and specialty shops are found here. Highly recommended by a colleague of the AIG, the liveliness of the markets and wide variety of shops certainly lived up to the hype. Many thanks Tanu!

Happy Diwali!

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DiwaliThe AIG spent it’s first Diwali on the rooftop oohing and aahing at the incredible fireworks display put on by what seemed to be every person in Delhi. Felt a bit like a surreal tennis match as we looked left, then right, then back again enjoying our panoramic view from atop our home. Reports said that fireworks sales were down this Diwali, the AIG would beg to differ.

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Diwali Eve

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LightsAnxiously awaiting Diwali along with the rest of Delhi, the AIG managed to stop by a local market on the way back from the office and pick up a few holiday items. Apparently we were not the only ones with the idea of doing a bit of last minute shopping as the streets were filled with eager customers picking up flowers, gifts, and sweets.

FlowersLoosely translated to “row of lamps”, Diwali supporters often light small handmade clay pots signifying the triumph of good over evil. In addition to the lamps, homes and store fronts are often meticulously decorated with strings of lights, breathing a festive energy into the streets once the sun begins to set. This time of night is usually when the fireworks make their first appearance. Beware light sleepers, as they have a knack for running into the wee hours of the morning.

Osmotic Innovation is Training Hard and Taking Time Off

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Be a Business Olympian

Bernard Tyson explains why you must train harder and push yourself further than the competition to win the business Olympics. Take some of these lessons to heart and aim for the gold medal of your industry.

Boost Creativity – Hire Social Rejects

As summarized in this post appearing on The Creativity Post blog three new studies seem to show that a positive correlation seems to exist between rejection or uniqueness and creativity. Indeed, it makes some sense as well that those unafraid of rejection are likely to share more creative or risky ideas. Does your organization tolerate rejects?

Take Time Off to Get More Done

In this post from Big Think the idea that idleness or down time is actually a boost to getting work done is tackled. The theory rests on the idea the productivity occurs in cycles and that trying to be too production is actually counter-productive. Unfortunately the 4 hour workday is not on the horizon.

Osmotic Innovation is Back from Vacation

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The Innovation Vacation

This piece in the Washington Post is focused on small business owners but should remind all of us that taking a break can be great to find energy and new ideas, as well as reinvigorating your spirit and allowing you to focus on the big picture.

The Problem-Solving Paradox of Creativity

Ever needed to find a creative solution to a critical issue facing your team? The harder you dive into it, the less likely you are to find a solution. Jeffrey Davis at The Creativity Post takes a stab at what mind-state allows you to capture creativity.

Find the Time to Innovate

Typically when faced with innovation challenges, we begin to hear numerous variations of the excuse “I don’t have time”. In this article written by Braden Kelley, some suggestions to overcome this universal problem are provided.

Think Like a Genius

In a Michael Michalko article appearing on The Creativity Post, we learn what thinking strategies are used by creative genius’ to drive forward. This is full of great strategies that can turn your next innovation or problem-solving session on its head!