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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Somestudiessuggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, butothersshow that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty. There is also inconclusive evidence on whether we should pay attention to consumers’ views, with somestudiesshowing that a customer focus is detrimental for innovation because it equates to playing catch-up, butothersarguing for it. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote on the subject – “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said fast…

The Legends

Rahul Dravid
Dravid was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He belongs to a Maharashtrian family settled in Bangalore, Karnataka. He has a younger brother, Vijay. Dravid's father worked for Kissan, a company known for producing jams and preserves and thus he earned the nickname Jammy from his teammates at St. Joseph's Boys' High School. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of architecture atBangalore University. Rahul Dravid has a degree in commerce from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore.
Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented the state at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level.[17] Rahul's talents were first spotted by former cricketer Keki Tarapore who was coaching at a summer coaching camp at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.He went on to score a century on debut for his school team. Along with the batting, he was keeping wickets. However, he later stopped keeping wickets on advice from former Test players Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel and Tarapore.
He was selected to make his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991 against Maharashtra in Pune (while still attending college at St. Joseph's College of Commerce in Bangalore), alongside future Indian teammates Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath, scoring 82 in a drawn match after batting in the No. 7 position. His first full season was in 1991–92, when he scored two centuries to finish with 380 runs at an average of 63.3, and was selected for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
On 4 May 2003, he married Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur. They have two children, Samit (born 2005) and Anvay (born 2009)

Ratan Tata

Ratan Naval Tata was born on December 28, 1937 in MumbaiRatan Tata biography profile tells us he is the present Chairman of Tata Sons that is the Tata Group. He is also the Chairman of major Tata Companies like the Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, The Indian Hotels Company and Tata Teleservices. We come to know from the biography of Ratan Tata that he has been serving the nation dedicatedly.
Early life                                             
Biography of Ratan Tata features that he was:
  • Born to naval Tata and Soonoo Commisaria, he belonged to the prominent Tata family of the Parsi community. He was the great-grandson of the legendary Tata-group founder Jamshedji Tata. He was raised by his grandmother Lady Navajbai Sett.
  • In the year 1962, he completed his B.S. in architecture with structural engineering from Cornell University.
  •   In the year 1975, he completed his Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.
  • According to Ratan Tata biography profile he joined the Tata Group in December 1962 and was the first to be sent to Jamshedpur to work at Tata Steel.
Personal life
From the Biography of Ratan Tata, we come to know that:
  • Mr. Ratan Tata has never been married.
  • He owns a Falcon Jet which he likes to pilot himself sometimes.
  • Mr. Tata has a metallic blue Masserati and Ferrari California.
  • Mr. Tata is a withdrawn man and rarely features in the society glossies.
The Ratan Tata biography profile is dotted with the many achievements and rewards that have come on the path of this man.
  • On 26th January, 2000 ratan Tata was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the highest decoration awarded to any Indian.
  •   In 2006 he was awarded with the first Award for Responsible Capitalis
  • On 26th January 2008, he conferred the title of Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honor.
  • In 2009 he was chosen to be an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire.
  • In 2010, he won the Legend in Leadership award from Yale according to thebiography of Ratan Tata.
Ratan Tata biography profile reveals he is the man who walked on the path of the legendary Jamshedji Tata and is contributing endlessly for the development of India. He is a suitable man indeed of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry and the advisory board of RAND's Center for Asia Pacific Policy.

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