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Natural Treatment Options for Infertility

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By Jayaram Rajaram

My team and I have been blogging about various parenting topics and pregnancy for a while, and while doing so we realized that there are many couples out there who are struggling to conceive. The worst part is many couples who are absolutely healthy and probably not even clinically infertile sometimes struggle to get pregnant. In many cases such couples are being advised to go in for IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) after other Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and allopathic medication which rely on chemical bombardment don’t show results. While IVF is an option, according to me, it should be the absolute last option for couples. IVF is not only painful sometimes, but is also emotionally and financially draining. Not for a moment do I say do not go in for IVF, but that should be your last resort, in my opinion. IVF also has side effects as you are messing with nature and the known side effects could range from drug reaction to ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome to miscarriage to multiple-births.  All this said, I understand what an emotionally depressing phase not being able to conceive could be for couples. So, the final decision is of course yours- YOU KNOW BEST!

I have written this post, as it relates to my company Bril’s Niche (The Baby and Children niche) and is in-line with our (Bril’s) Mission,To Make Living Fun for people. I am an avid believer in natural and alternative treatments for any health issues because of a personal experience. When I was around 14 years-old I was diagnosed with a rare eye disorder called Keratoconus, a condition that distorts the cornea and vision as it progresses. When specs and contacts didn’t work, the western medical fraternity asked me to go under the knife, for a corneal transplant (surgery).  They said I had no other choice! If I had done that, there is a chance that I wouldn’t have been able to type this post. I chose to research my own natural treatments which included homoeopathy, eye exercises learnt at Aurobindo Ashram Pondichery, highly purified and energized water called tachyonized water and not getting stressed about my condition.  For so many years, touch wood, the situation has been under control and improved, because I didn’t succumb to the ‘scientific’ way of doing things. Do you now see why I believe that every person can do their own research to find a good natural treatment option for themselves, for any medical condition including fertility issues? It’s very important to understand your body first and do your own research rather than jumping to the ‘done thing’ according to your allopath’s suggestion.

Based on my personal experience of choosing natural medication over allopathic treatment for an unrelated medical condition and insight from our research on infertility treatments, we decided that we should give couples who are trying to conceive all or as many options available to them (in the form of a comprehensive list you will see below) so one of the methods will hopefully help them conceive naturally, deliver healthy babies and Make Living Fun. Before there is any confusion, let me clarify that I am not a medical practitioner and that there is no 100% guarantee to getting pregnant. Nobody can guarantee this (Even IVF is not a 100% guarantee), but what I wish to do here is to present as many natural alternatives as possible, that couples could research, choose from and try before resorting to IVF. I do not rubbish allopathic treatment, but hey, if it can happen naturally why not do as much reading as you can and try a few safe natural Chinese (herbs, acupuncture, acupressure), Ayurvedic, Homoeopathic remedies, vitamin supplements and make those simple lifestyle changes to see if you can have a baby naturally.

I believe that each one of the options listed below could work for somebody (I have personally gone through some of the over-hyped books just to be sure and found some very useful information that couples could use. No, there are no miracles or guarantees as some products claim!). My objective is to list all that I find and encourage people to share other natural treatments that have worked for them with me (in the comments section, which I may add to the main post later), so we could add to the list. You don’t have to do or buy all that is listed, but research and opt to pick up one or more of what you feel will really help you. Even if you don’t buy or try anything listed below, there are many free resources all over the internet that you should go through and implement (many free resources are also listed below):

It may be a good idea to bookmark this page for future reference as it has a lot of useful information that you could go through at leisure and keep revisiting while you research treatment options.

1. Homoeopathy:

Homoeopathy was born in Germany and today has a global following for all the right reasons. Homoeopathy works wonders for many fertility issues as it has the ability to cleanse and treat your body from the root on a like-cure-like principal. A wrong notion about homoeopathy is that it cures slowly, contrary to that belief, if your doctor identifies the underlying problem and administers the correct medicine; results can be seen very soon. Even if you are not infertile, homoeopathy has the ability to prepare your body for conception. Some couples who have opted for IVF also resort to homoeopathy to increase their chances of success.

In my opinion, Homoeopathy should definitely be a major part of your overall natural infertility treatment plan if you decide to go natural and give natural conception a serious try.

My homoeopathy doctor, Dr. Venkatraman is a great doctor based in Chennai- India. He is a highly qualified homoeopath with the added experience of working directly under a homoeopathy stalwart – the late Dr. Koppikar for several years.  Over the years, he has successfully treated several patients with diverse health issues, including fertility problems.

Dr. Venkatraman can be reached at drpvvmd@gmail.com  or you can call his clinic at 0091-44-24341301 / 0091-44-28174389. I do not know how regularly he checks his email but that is probably the best way to reach him. I just mention my doctor here as I have first-hand experience with him. There are many great homoeopaths around the world, and you could just find a great one in your city. Make sure you don’t get stuck with a highly commercial and useless homoeopath (as there are many of those types too!).

 

Click here for some free information about using homoeopathy to cure infertility

 

Warning: The important aspect of choosing a good homoeopathy doctor is to ensure that he / she is certified and doesn’t adulterate medicines with steroids. Good homoeopaths will ask you to buy medicines from authorized homoeopathy pharmacies or allow you to test medicines they give you in any independent drug testing laboratory.

 2.  Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest known medical science, which originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The main source of this ancient knowledge is the Vedas or the divine books of knowledge propounded by spiritual rishis (sages) in India.

Ayurveda is not simply a healthcare system, but a form of lifestyle adopted to maintain perfect balance and harmony within the human existence. According to Ayurveda, life represents a combination of the Atma (soul), Mana (mind), Indriyan (senses) and Sharira (body). It revolves around the five elements (Panchamahabhutas) that constitute an individual’s nature or Prakriti. This nature is determined by the vital balance of the three physical energies – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – and the three mental energies – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.

With its Indian roots, Ayurveda commands great respect among millions of patients who have been treated for various health conditions using this ancient science. You may wish to research and try Ayurveda as an option during the course of your natural fertility treatment. Please note that you have to be careful in choosing a good Ayurveda doctor and ensure that the treatment doesn’t clash or contradict with other natural treatments you are adopting. Eg. Some Chinese treatments may ask you to avoid consumption of milk while trying to conceive, but Ayurveda encourages consumption of milk.

Jiva Ayurveda is one of the many Ayurveda clinics that treat infertility. Please click here to visit their site.

 

Ayurvedic Cure for Infertility- Free Article

 

Warning: Even with Ayurveda please ensure you go to a well-known, registered doctor to ensure he/she uses unadulterated medicines.

3. Natural Fertility Prescription

Swiss Natural Fertility specialist, Iva Keene is an internationally recognized naturopathic physician who specializes in fertility. Iva Keene has developed a unique and very effective program called the Natural Fertility Prescription (or Program). This program uses a holistic approach to treating infertility to help couples conceive through non-invasive, natural procedures ranging from ancient Ayurveda to Chinese medicine. Her course encompasses step-by-step fertility planning program, an 8-step conception plan, diet plan, yoga and other natural treatments that are doctor endorsed. What caught my eye here is that some medical Doctors like Dr. Mercola of mercola.com fame and Prof. Dr. Arendt Rainer. Professor of Cardiology, University of Zurich, Switzerland recommends this program. Iva Keene offers a 100% digital home-study fertility program in text (PDFs) and mp3 formats. In addition to the NFP (Natural Fertility Program) you can also buy phone consultations with Iva Keene if you wish to, from her online clinic.

 

Click here to visit Natural Fertility Prescription and get more information.

 

4.  Acupressure and Acupunture:

Acupressure and acupuncture are very effective ancient Asian techniques to apply pressure using hands or pierce special needles into healing       points on the body. Acupressure and acupuncture heal several ailments in the body by removing energy blockages in the body. Acupuncture and   acupressure can be used very effectively in your holistic natural infertility treatment process.

The following free resources will get you started till you find a qualified acupressure / acupuncture specialist in your city / area:

Click on the links below to read free articles about acupressure and acupuncture:

 

Treat Infertility through Acupressure

 

Acupresure for Fertility Video

 

Treat Infertility through Acupuncture

 

Tips on Using Acupuncture to Treat Infertility

 

Not related to acupressure or acupuncture Click here for some free tips to enhance male fertility   

Warning: Though the risks of acupressure and acupuncture are low, always go to certified specialists only. Also please ensure that you are not pregnant during an acupressure / acupuncture treatment, as it may lead to a miscarriage.

There are also some pretty interesting and very useful books on reversing fertility issues naturally. Some of the books listed here are over-hyped (Please don’t go by the hype alone) and you may find people calling them scams etc., but each one of the books has some information that could help somebody, and hence is listed here.  For many books, Amazon, Flipkart and direct purchase links are given below so you can click and purchase right away if you wish:

1. The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and     Having Healthy Babies 

              by Dr. Randine A Lewis

 

Infertility affects one out of six couples today. Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

 

2.Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility [Hardcover]

By Sami S. David and Sami S. David (Author) Jill Blakeway (Author)

 

MAKING BABIES offers a proven 3-month program designed to help any woman get pregnant. Fertility medicine today is all about aggressive surgical, chemical, and technological intervention, but Dr. David and Blakeway know a better way. Starting by identifying “fertility types,” they cover everything from recognizing the causes of fertility problems to making lifestyle choices that enhance fertility to trying surprising strategies such as taking cough medicine, decreasing doses of fertility drugs, or getting acupuncture along with IVF. MAKING BABIES is a must-have for every woman trying to conceive, whether naturally or through medical intervention. Dr. David and Blakeway are revolutionizing the fertility field, one baby at a time.

3.Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health [Paperback]

By Toni Weschler

Celebrating 10 years of helping hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, and gain better control of their health and lives, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the classic bestseller will include:

• New ‘Preface to the 10th Anniversary Edition”
• Updates on new fertility technologies
• Natural approaches to conception
• Updated Resources and Books

For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby; or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman’s body. Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to:

• Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices
• Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception
• Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby
• Gain control of her sexual and gynaecological health

4. Pregnancy Miracle

        By Lisa Olson

Holistic and ancient Chinese system for getting pregnant and having healthy children.

 

Click here to by the Pregnancy Miracle eBook

 

Best of Luck to You! Hope this post gets you closer to having your dream child soon and naturally.

About the Author:

Jayaram Rajaram is the Managing Partner of Bril and the Managing Director & Chief Dreamer of ELSA. Jayaram writes from his heart and from experience. He writes about varied topics ranging from parenting to leadership to entrepreneurship and more.

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www.brilindia.com and www.brilart.com

 

DISCLAIMER: Some links in this post are affiliate links and Bril will make a commission if you purchase these products by clicking on the links. We believe in 100% ethical disclosures, so you, the consumer do your own research and buy. No partnership whatsoever exists between Bril (Industrial Research Corporation) and any of the people, products or 3rd party organizations listed in this post. Bril (Industrial Research Corporation) or Jayaram Rajaram shall not be held liable under any circumstance for any emotional, physical, financial (including but not limited to failure to honour money-back guarantees by vendors) or other loss incurred by your decision to purchase / try any of the treatment options / products listed above. Not all products have been researched by Jayaram Rajaram or Bril for efficacy. This blog post is to be treated as a mere information source of what is available to you and should not be construed as medical advice.  By purchasing any of the products/services listed in this post you agree that you are doing it out of your own free will and take complete responsibility over your actions. Neither Bril nor Jayaram Rajaram provide customer support for any of the listed products/services. All customer support enquiries, product/ service info enquiries shall be handled by the concerned person/ organization/ vendor that you are purchasing from and not by Jayaram Rajaram or Bril (Industrial Research Corporation). Opinions given in this blog post are to be treated as the author’s own expression of his right of free speech.

 

Learn More, Study Less – Study Techniques

Learn More, Study Less using Holistic Study Techniques

We all know that our education system is archaic, flawed and is based on rote-based memorization. Students have to by-heart tons and tons of information and reproduce it during exams. Not only is blind memorization by repetition energy sapping for school and college students, it is an ineffective learning process. More often than not, blind memorization leads to lower grades and self-confidence. Even if a student manages to get better grades by memorizing, none of the concepts have been understood well and hence nothing sticks once the exam is over!

This young graduate called Scott Young has researched and proven that smart students (him included) don’t spend hours memorizing stuff, but subconsciously use techniques that work with the way the neurons in their brains learn concepts. In fact adults too have the right-brain visual ability to learn things faster like babies, but our schools and colleges curb that natural way of learning. Scott calls this the holistic approach to learning. Based on his personal experience and experience and results seen by thousands of students around the world he has devised a comprehensive study technique course called Learn More, Study Less. His complete video course, ebook and Ninja Edition (which comes with 2-months free of Learning on Steroids which offers weekly emails, learning forums and access to Scott if a student wants coaching or help) have already helped thousands of students across the world.

Scott’s course Learn More, Study Less and The Holistic Learning Strategy focusses on Constructs, Models and Highways from a theoretical perspective. Without getting too technical, a construct is defined as a set of tightly interlinked instructions in your brain, and if for example a person’s language construct is highly developed they will find learning languages much easier.  So, if constructs are the door to holistic learning, Models are the key. Models are smaller constructs which are portable. Models could be visualizations that help you start learning a concept and build a construct. Finally Highways link the constructs which are like buildings or a group of buildings in a city.  Highways are essential to link concepts and draw parallels, this is what makes you creative and think creatively as a result of the Holistic Learning Process in Learn More, Study Less.

Now that we have the theory in very basic terms behind us, how does Learn More, Study Less help students Learn More effectively and at a much faster pace to improve their grades and understanding of subjects? What is the process and what are the experiential tools and techniques that are addressed in this course?

1.       Acquiring Ideas

  • Speed Reading
  • Flow-Based Note Taking

2.      Linking Ideas

  • Metaphor
  • Visceralization (Visualization plus relating to ideas)
  • Diagraming

3.      Handling the Arbitrary

  • Linking
  • Pegging
  • Information Compression

4.      Extending Ideas

  • Practical Usage
  • Model Debugging
  • Project-Based Learning

At Bril we have gone through Scott’s ebook and strategies and believe that every high-school student, undergraduate college student, post graduate  college/university student or anybody who needs to learn effectively and much faster than what they are used to would really benefit from his program. We at Bril promote new concepts to Make Living Fun for people and this guy Scott has managed to finish a 4-year MIT course in 12 months, and we truly believe he can add immense value to students by helping them really learn, learn much faster, score better marks in exams and get deeper understanding of concepts.

Please Click Here to learn more and purchase Learn More, Study less Video Courses or just the eBook.

Please note that students / parents from world-over can buy this product after reading this post. While Bril does thorough due diligence on all products prior to endorsement, Bril may not be held liable or responsible for results, customer support issues, failure to honour money-back guarantees etc. by the Vendor (Scott Young) who Bril is not associated with.  No partnership exists between Scott Young and Bril.

Disclaimer: The links in this post are affiliate links and Bril will earn a commission if a sale happens by clicking on the links in this post.

Preparing Older Children about Pregnancy

Preparing Older Children about Pregnancy

You just found out you are pregnant, and the first thing that pops into your mind is, “How will I tell my children about this new addition?” You are certainly not the first or the last one that will struggle with how your child will receive this news.

While it may be exciting for your child now, it may be one of the tougher things that he or she will have to deal with and may mark the beginnings of sibling rivalry. For some, this may begin soon after the arrival of the second baby. Some children become aggressive and others withdraw into a shell during this time. So it becomes especially important how and when you deliver this news along with supporting your older children along the way.

First of all, it is important that your child hear about your pregnancy from you and not from someone else. No matter how old your child is, this piece of information should be introduced by you and can be a great opportunity to talk about where babies come from even if you are using the most simplistic explanation. You may choose to tell your child during the first trimester before others begin to exclaim about your changing figure.

Preparing Older Children about PregnancyIf your older child is sleeping between you and dad as in the case of many Indian families, it becomes important to address the sleeping situation well before your due date arrives. This is important so that your older child does not feel displaced by the baby. So if you have plans to move your child to a different room, begin right away. If your older child must begin preschool, then ensure that it does not coincide with the arrival of the new baby. You certainly do not want your older child to associate being thrust in the care of someone else with his new sibling’s arrival.

Get your older child involved by taking her to prenatal visits with your doctor. It may help your child feel involved in the pregnancy itself. Looking at pictures of your older child as a baby with him will also get him used to the idea that the new baby will not be his instant playmate. It is important that your child knows what to expect when your baby first arrives; that the baby will not able to do too much beyond eating and sleeping for the first month or so.

Visit the library and ask the librarian for suggestions of children’s books that deal specifically with introducing your older child to the idea of a new baby. These realistic stories will help your child see the new arrival more as an addition to your loving family than as a rival for his parents’ attention. In fact, give your child every opportunity to ask questions about any concerns she may have, allowing her to vent her feelings about your changing family.

Preparing Older Children about PregnancyAt this time, it is especially important to assure her that she can never be replaced and that the new baby is going to love her and look up to her more than anyone else. Assigning a protector kind of role to your older child is much better received than telling her that she is going to have someone to play with.

Finally, let your child participate in any preparations you are making towards readying the house for your new baby. Give her the choice of making decisions such as where she would like the crib to be placed along with where she would like the baby’s clothes and diapers to be stored, just make sure that you give her options that are acceptable to you. Soon your older child will come around to accepting the arrival of your new baby and will even look forward to it with eagerness.

Republished with permission from MothersDelight.com, No. 1 destination for Indian Mothers with information, articles, blogs and a vibrant community on Pregnancy and Parenting.

Innovation in Marketing

Social Media Really Does Work-  Case Study

The following case study clearly reveals how innovation in marketing using social media is extremely powerful. The case study emphasises the importance of creativity and innovation and how marketing teams must look within and do for their brand what they would love themselves. Looking within, listening to your gut and acting upon it systematically is what innovation is all about. As more and more marketers debate the power of social media, what I say is that these marketers should not blame mediums for their lack of innovation and creativity. Social Media channels like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter etc are mediums that will work for creative organizations and not for organizations that are trying to port traditional mass media / offline strategies online.

This case study that I present is a real one that I personally ideated for my company Bril (www.brilindia.com).

It all started off with this simple nostalgic post of a Bril Ink bottle, that sparked the idea: Click Here to see this post that went viral.

Campaign: Bril Nostalgia Photo Contest (Click Here to See the first post announcing the contest)

Make people share their best and most loved school or college photo using an authorised facebook app that was setup on the Bril facebook page (www.facebook.com/brilconnect ).

GO TO http://www.facebook.com/brilconnect and scroll down to see 100s of happy photos shared by participants. or just Click Here for the photo feed.

Objective of Campaign: To make Bril reconnect with parents / adults (Bril’s potential customers) who have used Bril Ink during their school days by leveraging nostalgia (a very powerful emotion) and Make Living Fun for all participants. A campaign that is all about the participant and his / her life.

Prize: Brilslate Android 4.0 Tablet worth Rs. 10,999/-

Campaign Cost: Rs. 20,000/- including cost of prize, facebook promoted post cost of Rs. 8500/- plus shipping and handling charges

Steps Participants had to take to Participate in the Bril Nostalgia Photo Contest:

In order to participate people had to:

  1. ‘Like’ Bril’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/brilconnect (The app ensured this was the first step that people had to complete before taking them to step 2)
  2. Enter their contact information (Name, Email ID and Mobile Number)- This built a good email and phone database that could be used later
  3. Upload a school or college photo that they felt was their best

The participants were informed that Bril will feature as many photos as possible, on the Bril Facebook page after affixing Bril’s Logo and a link to the photo contest.

While it was made clear that sharing their photo, tagging and liking were not mandatory and not at all a criteria to win the contest (Satisfying Facebook’s contest rules), participants were encouraged to Tag friends in the photo and others they loved, once it got featured, just to share the joy and Make Living Fun by rekindling nostalgic juices of their loved ones.

Campaign Result and Reach:

Bril received over 292 entries in 2 weeks.

People started participating for the fun of participating, and voluntarily and enthusiastically shared their photo and tagged all their friends (once it was featured with the Bril Logo and a link to the contest). This made the campaign truly viral as people were enjoying the process without worrying about winning.

Each person shared / tagged 10 people on average.

Our study showed that each person had on average 400 friends on facebook

So what was the campaign reach?

292 people X 10 people tagged on average per person = 2920 people reached directly

Let us say each one of the tagged people have an average of 300 friends who would have seen that tagged person’s photo

This makes the reach: 2920 X 300 friends/person reached directly = 876,000 people who saw the Bril brand, the contest and came to Bril’s facebook page

The real reach was even more because of the comments, likes etc that happened on each photo.

Cost per person reached:  Rs. 20,000/876000 = Rs. 0.0228 per person reached.

Leads generated as a result of this campaign: 292 (Only participants considered, but Bril’s lead capture system captured on average 10 leads more per day during this campaign (14 days) in addition to the participants)

Cost per lead captured: Rs. 20,000/292 = Rs. 68.49 per lead

Bril’s facebook fanbase grew from 12,000 fans to 20,000 fans in a matter of 2 weeks thanks to this contest

In comparison:

Average cost of a single 10cmX5cm ad in a leading English daily: Rs. 300,000 (Approx).

Approximate Reach (Not measurable): 300,000 people

Cost to reach: Rs. 1 per person with no real brand engagement

Max. Number of leads that a good ad generated (Based on an ad released in a leading national english daily  by Bril in September): 250 leads

Cost per lead: Rs. 300,000/250 leads = Rs. 1200 per lead

Bril’s Mission: To Make Living Fun for parents and children through world-class products, services and opportunities.

The contest was in perfect sync with the company’s mission as people started to enjoy the process of participation rather than play for the prize and started sharing good old memories with people they love, taking the Bril brand out to their friends and family happily.

Who’s Idea was it? In-house by Jayaram Rajaram, Bril’s Managing Partner, who is also the Managing Director & Chief Dreamer of ELSA Learning Private Limited. Jayaram is a hands-on innovator, entrepreneur who actually implements in his businesses, the innovation strategies that leaders, organizations and teams are taught as part of BrilArt@Work workshops (www.brilart.com ) .

Jayaram’s Linkedin Profile:  in.linkedin.com/pub/jayaram-rajaram/7/217/947

Campaign Executed and monitored by: Bril’s Social Media Partner Scion Social

 

 

 

Is Innovation & Creativity Mere Lip Service in Organizations?

By Jayaram Rajaram

How to create and sustain an Innovation Culture in your Organization?

I have interacted with many-a-CXO over the last 10 years in business and almost every single time I have heard the words ‘Innovation’ and ‘Creativity’ being used. While I find that there is unanimous vote when it comes to the importance of innovation, it’s the MBA-clan and managers who sit inside boxes that are talking about the urgency to innovate. While the desire to innovate is a good starting point, most leaders and teams seem to just get stuck with the desire alone. Unfortunately most Business schools stifle creativity and innovation by equipping future leaders with analytical tools designed to mitigate risk. Innovation and creativity can never happen when leaders tread cautious paths. Time and again people say they want innovation but are even scared of embracing a slightly off-beat advertisement campaign maybe in a not-tried-before media vehicle; leave alone allowing collaborative creativity that is required in creating innovative products, innovative distribution channels or coming up with innovative solutions to sales or operational challenges and most importantly to people issues.

Over the years, I have been tracking companies that have excelled despite recessionary environments, with customers falling over each other to buy their over-priced products. Yes, the first company that comes to everybody’s mind is Apple then there’s 3M. Yes, Google gives its employees time to pursue their passion and allows them to fail. While this is a very good step forward for innovation and has yielded great results, why do so few companies come to our mind when we think of the word ‘Innovation’? I am not saying that there aren’t more companies that have taken the innovation pledge seriously. There are a few hundred companies that are continuously creating the right environment to nurture creative thinking amongst employees and their customers and shareholders are rewarding them with premium margins and share prices. But the point I am trying to drive home is that, in order to be able to create, nurture and sustain an innovation culture, the right leadership is required. I am sad to say that many companies are stuck with leaders who have suppressed their own intuition for way to long and have prevented anybody else to get creative in the true sense.

Before I offer a solution, let us analyse why Apple has been so successful? In my opinion it is because their products were designed with the arts in mind. Arts are more human, arts have a heart and Steve Jobs was inspired by Calligraphy, Zen and simplistic design- the arts. He intuitively built products that he would love, rather than asking customers what they wanted. Asking customers what they want only gives you iterative improvements and rarely radical innovation (I am so happy Steve Jobs came along, as finally people listen to me about meeting unrealized needs!). Steve Jobs honed and acted upon his gut because he got in touch with his core through Zen meditation. More importantly he had the guts to defy corporate risk aversion and create & take-to-market products that revolutionized the world. . How many CXOs have such gumption to stand out and say the buck stops here?

Now that the problem is clear, what can be leaders do to enhance and sustain creativity and innovation in their organizations? While you don’t find a Steve Jobs every day, every single organization can take the following steps to nurture creativity within.

  1. First and foremost every leader must give employees opportunities to realize that they too have a creative side. Not only by acknowledging and accepting suggestions and ideas from even the junior-most employee, but by acknowledging talents in the arts.
  2. Leaders and Talent Heads must start recruiting people who have pursued some art form like music, dance, visual arts etc. as they would understand how the arts have the ability to impact people at their core, and apply it to their work- if given the right environment and opportunities.
  3. Try to create opportunities for people to look within and de-stress. This could include meditation sessions, exposure to creative arts performances by musicians, dancers, artists and maybe even cooking sessions, photography, drama sessions etc.
  4. Incorporating a system whereby employees, especially leadership teams interact and attend workshops conducted by real creative geniuses, to understand the essence of tapping into their innate creative zones and understanding how to create the correct environment for innovation to happen.
  5. Get new perspectives by engaging in and also helping your employees engage in creative interests (even during work-hours whenever possible), to understand the emotions that they feel while doing so. These are the emotions that should translate into products and experiences that the company offers to its customers (Remember- that’s what Steve Jobs did). I call it taking advantage of your goose bump moments to intuitively know what makes people tick. I’m hoping your employees and customers are people, if not this may not work J
  6. Cut-out power-point presentations and focus on real idea generation and open-ended brainstorming sessions. Encourage people to move from head to heart in every meeting. Believe me customers are fed-up with information overload and want to work with companies that are more human, while delivering results of course.
  7. Encourage people to dress-down and meet customers like they meet friends (This is innovation in sales). This is a pet topic of mine and will tell you more about the importance of this in a separate post.
  8. Encourage action and systematic action to put creative ideas into real-world action. Nothing happens without systematic action and even the best and most creative ideas will remain just that-brilliant ideas without leaders who ensure they are acted upon.
  9. Last but not least, allow people to take risks and FAIL!

About the Author:

Jayaram Rajaram is the Managing Partner of Bril, a company that works on a Mission to Make Living Fun for its customers and consumers, through its world-class school stationery, baby and children’s products. For more information about Bril please visit www.brilindia.com  (Bril’s Facebook  Page: www.facebook.com/brilconnect) . Jayaram is also the Managing Director & Chief Dreamer of ELSA Learning Private Limited, a human development company that works towards nurturing and enhancing creativity amongst children and adults and also helps organizations take innovation seriously through its BrilArt@Work offering. For more information about BrilArt please visit www.brilart.com

 

How To Win The Bril Reseller Contest

Become a Bril Reseller NOW! Take part in the Bril Reseller Contest &

Give yourself a chance to win the Grand Prize of Rs. 50,000/- worth of Bril products!

Plus Bonus prizes: 5 Brilslate Android 4.0 Tablets

Yes! You have 100% resale rights on your prizes too!

Follow the 3 simple steps below and you are on your way to becoming a winner!

Step 1. Register for the BRIL Reseller Program

Sign up for the Bril Reseller Program by completing the application form and purchase formalities. If you are already part of the program, congratulations! You are one step closer to winning the Bril Reseller Contest. Becoming a Bril Reseller is a fantastic home-based business opportunity. Becoming a Bril Reseller is really easy and just requires a Rs. 4400/- ONE TIME investment in awesome Bril products! Yes, there is no obligation whatsoever to make any further purchases. You buy only if you need the products or to resell to a customer who has paid you!

TAKE ACTION: CLICK HERE to register: http://www.brilindia.com/registration.php . You can also download the application form, fill it, sign it and courier it to us with a cheque for the products you wish to purchase as part of your qualifying purchase.

Step 2. Invest in at least one of the following Bril Products: Brilslate, Brilrider, Brilbooster, Brildiapers

Any venture requires you to make a minimum investment and then turn it into profits. Good news! The Brilslate, Brilrider, Brilbooster and Brildiapers are world class products which  have lots of satisfied customers, and has the potential for you to to easily turn your investment into profits. After you sign up for the Bril Reseller Program, you will have complete access to make this investment profitable. Not interested in selling? No problem, just buy Bril products for yourself and your little ones! For example, if you have a baby, you need diapers right? Why not save by becoming a Bril Reseller and buy Brildiapers at deep discounted prices? And the fringe benefit? You may just win the Bril Reseller Contest!

TAKE ACTION: Invest in at least one of these products. If you are just signing up to become a Bril Reseller, make sure one or more of these products is part of your first purchase.

Step 3. Buy and Use or Buy & Sell the Qualifying Bril Products!

The participating Bril reseller who achieves maximum primary sales (i.e. buys maximum Bril products during the contest period after participating) of the qualifying products mentioned in Step 3 wins the Bril Reseller Contest! Yes, you can win even if you just buy and use Bril products if you buy most during this period. The choice is yours whether you want to become a Bril Reseller to make a profit or just to save huge when you buy awesome Bril products. Either way you win. We have removed the difficult tasks of writing reviews etc. after we received feedback from many of our resellers. Yes, we will track online and offline purchases (Primary Sales) during the contest period and total them to find the winner. The Bones Prizes will go to the 5 next best performing resellers! Simple Right? Get started Now!

 

 

Terms & Conditions

  • The assortment of prizes worth Rs. 50,000/- may include all or some of the following products: Brilslate, Brilrider, Brildiapers, BrilBooster, Bril Stationery Kits in varying numbers as decided by IRC amounting to a total value of Rs. 50,000 (MRP)
  • This contest is open to Bril Resellers who are 18 years of age or above and residents and citizens of India
  • Contest is open only to Bril Resellers who have fulfilled all joining formalities and have officially made their first purchase of Rs. 4400/-
  • Contest is only for select products mentioned in Contest Qualification section (i.e. Brilrider, Brilslate, Brilbooster and Brildiapers)
  • Sales considered for the contest are online and offline primary sales (Sale from Industrial Research Corporation -Bril to the Resellers) achieved during the contest period.
  • Contestants will have to make do with other products in case of stock non-availability of one or more of the qualifying products
  • Winners will be chosen based on the Primary Sales Value of qualifying Bril products he/she is able to achieve (Purchase by resellers is called a Primary Sale). Value of sales achieved by the winning Bril reseller may not be published for confidentiality reasons.
  • Industrial Research Corporation (Bril), its management, employees and partners shall not be responsible or liable in case of any physical, mental or other injury / adverse impact due to participation in this contest
  • The contest is open to Indian Residents who are above the age of 18 years. Participants agree that they are participating in the contest out of their own free will and indemnify Industrial Research Corporation (Bril), its management and partners against any liability arising out of participating in this contest or by becoming a Bril Reseller.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or other consideration.
  • No License: Resellers are merely given limited permission to use Industrial Research Corporation’s (Bril’s) trademarks, product images etc. in reviews, social media etc., for purposes of promoting Bril products and brands as a reseller. They may only use authorized logos, product images and trademarks available in the Business and Marketing Tools page on www.brilindia.com . No license or rights shall/has be granted to resellers to make any claims over trademarks and IP of Industrial Research Corporation (Bril). All trademarks belong solely to Industrial Research Corporation and no Reseller can claim any ownership whatsoever over Industrial Research Corporation’s Intellectual Property including but not limited to Trademarks, Product Images etc.
  • Decision of the judges and Management of Industrial Research Corporation shall be final.
  • Contest is not open to Employees of Industrial Research Corporation and associates who are privy to contest information
  • There will be no phone support for details on contest participation / winners etc.. All requirements for contest participating have been clearly enlisted in these Terms and Conditions and Step-wise participation procedures. There are no changes to The Bril Reseller program, and it continues to be available whether a Reseller opts to participate in this contest or not.
  • Contest ends on December 31, 2012.
  • Contest winners will be intimated through email, post and announced on the Bril Facebook page around the 2nd / 3rd week of January 2013.
  • Industrial Research Corporation may feature the winners and also use any / all reviews / testimonials (written and videos) for future marketing purposes without written consent from the winner / reviewer / reseller. Resellers agree to be featured (if deemed fit) in future marketing collaterals by Bril (Industrial Research Corporation).
  • All disputes subject exclusively to Courts in Bangalore, India only.
  • Facebook release clause: This contest does not involve or imply any partnership or association whatsoever with Facebook and indemnifies and releases Facebook from any liabilities.
  • Contest rules may be altered at any time. Contest may be withdrawn without notice.

26 Reasons Why You’ll Love Carrying The BrilSlate Everywhere You Go

So, let’s say you’re in the electronics section of a super market and playing around with the android tablets on display. The usual suspects: Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Note, Blackberry Playbook and Motorola Xoom.

Suddenly your friend jumps in front of you and whispers into your ear, “You gotta see this Tablet!” He seems extra quirky and that somewhat picks your interest.

But you’re thinking, “Oh boy… What can he show me that I haven’t seen already?”

Well…

Brace yourself, and read this article cause it’s a total game changer.

There’s a new Tablet in town called the BrilSlate – click on Reuters, DNA or Fox 5 News to read the articles and reviews.

I really liked the (free) elegant leather cover too… Samsung didn’t give any cover at all; we had to buy it for an additional Rs 2000.
~ Ramesh Sankaran

The BrilSlate is brought to you by the same company that has been making living fun since 1964. They started as an Ink Bottle, expanded into various product lines and now launched this totally amazing Tablet.

And guess what? It’s so affordable that you can actually:

Buy 2 BrilSlates for the Price of 1 Samsung Galaxy Tab.

You heard that right. It costs just Rs.10,999. But don’t let that sneaky price ever let you think that this little tablet isn’t a powerhouse! Did I say little? Keep reading. You’ll see.

The BrilSlate is a snazzy, high performance, Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich) tablet with multi-point capacitive touch screen and an amazingly sleek metal casing! Great for school, home and office use. Surf the web, check and send emails, create and edit documents, download great apps from the Android Market, play games, listen to music, watch movies and more!

The BrilSlate is powered by the latest version of Android. This means you have complete access to over 500,000 games and apps that can be instantly downloaded.

Categories: Books & Reference, Business, Comics, Education, Entertainment, Finance, Health & Fitness, Libraries, Lifestyle, Medical, Music & Audio, News & Magazines, Photography, Productivity, Shopping, Transportation, Travel, Weather, and LOTS more.

Social Networking: (view all apps here)

FacebookTwitterGoogle PlusYouTubeLinkedIn

Games: (view all apps here)

Angry Birds Cut The RopeRacing Moto SuperbikeIPL Cricket T20 FeverPool Master Pro

Finance: (view all apps here)

State Bank of IndiaICICI Mobile Banking - iMobileCitibank IndiaAxis MobileMoneycontrol Markets on Mobile

Health & Fitness: (view all apps here)

WebMD for AndroidFat Melting AbsInstant Heart RateNike+ RunningVirtuaGym Fitness Home & Gym

Shopping: (view all apps here)

Official eBay Android AppFlipkartSnapdealAmazon MobileBarcode Scanner

Phew! 500,000 apps and growing every day.

This Tablet surprisingly is really quick to load. The BlackBerry Playbook takes HOURS to load! The USB, SD Card and HDMI options are a boon as even many of the bigger brands don’t have it.
~ Ramesh Sankaran, owner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry Playbook and BrilSlate

The BrilSlate was created just for you to organize your life, recapture joyful moments with your family and friends, have a blast, and make living fun.

With that, I’ll leave you with:

25 Reasons Why You’ll Love Carrying The
BrilSlate Everywhere You Go:

    1. Ultra-sleek design with a snazzy silver-metal back casing
    2. Operating system: Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich)
    3. Rockchip 2918 chip solution, main frequency: 1.2GHz
    4. Amazing high-performance 7.0″ Capacitive touch screen with 5-points touch
    5. Dimensions: 192(L) X 118(W) X 12.3(H) mm- exceptional Ultra-thin design
    6. Crystal-clear screen with high-resolution 800*480 pixels for enhanced viewing experience
    7. Built-in flash memory of 8GB extendable up to 32 GB using a SD Card
    8. Built-in 512MB DDR2 RAM for seamless, high-speed performance
    9. Supports WIFI 802.11 b/g/n for a great wireless internet experience
    10. Supports external 3G data card/dongle^
    11. Supports HDMI function
    12. Supports G-talk, MSN, QQ, Skype and other popular software for voice, video# and text based communication
    13. Supports EMAIL and internet with android browsers
    14. Supports a wide range of e-book formats
    15. Music formats supported: MP3/WMA/APE/FLAC/AAC/OGG/AC3/WAV and more!
    16. Video formats: Max.1280*720 MKV(H.264 HP) /AVI / RM / RMVB / FLV / WMV9 / MP4 and more!
    17. Picture formats: High resolution JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG and more.
    18. One high-clarity speaker built-in
    19. 0.3M pixel front camera built-in
    20. G-sensor function built-in for screen rotation
    21. Powered by a 4500Mah rechargeable lithium battery with Working life: Up to 6 hours**
    22. Charger: 110-240V, 50-60HZ
    23. Access to great apps on Google Android Market!
    24. Includes: HDMI Cable, Earphone and User Manual
    25. Built-in USB Port
    26. A free high-end leather case included to further accentuate your BrilSlate experience.

I’m particularly impressed with its video playback- What clarity! It’s truly a pleasure using the BrilSlate for movies!
~Sakthivel

For more information about the BrilSlate, CLICK HERE.

BrilSlate can be purchased online on www.brilindia.com.

Chart your Child’s Accomplishments with a Chore Chart

It can be very frustrating to ask your child over and over again to complete their chores without them ever getting done. If this describes your house to a tee, consider designing a chore chart.

Chores might include taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, cleaning their room, yard work or putting laundry in the laundry room. Each chore has to be done just once or twice a week. Anything more is unrealistic. After your child completes each chore, they can put a check mark on the chore chart. At the end of each week, it’s very inspiring for both parent and child to look at the chore chart and easily see that each designated job was completed. Just like our ‘to do’ lists, your child will find great satisfaction in being able to check off each chore as it’s completed and take pride knowing they accomplished a set task or list of tasks.

Once you’ve sat down with your child and discussed and designed a chore chart, it’s time to discuss the rewards for accomplishing each task listed. Perhaps at your home you decide you will give a set sum for each task accomplished. If you should decide to grant your child some sort of monetary allowance, make sure it’s age appropriate and granted on a regular basis.

This is a great opportunity for you to teach your children the value of both earning and saving money, and also giving back. Perhaps the child can divide their allowance into thirds: 1/3 to spend, 1/3 to save, and 1/3 to use to help those less fortunate than themselves. You might also want to consider designing a ‘bank book’ for each portion of the allowance and tuck each into three separate coffee cans or money jars, and that way you and your child will be able to keep track of how much has been saved, how much has been spent, and how much of their allowance has gone to help someone else.

Should you decide to use non-monetary incentives as chores payment, be sure you set clear parameters for your child. Be sure they understand that two hours each weekend of their favorite video game or going to see a movie with mom or dad is only earned by completing the chore list successfully each week. server hosting ip You might want to consider writing these on a slip of paper as ‘currency’ for the child to keep in their ‘privilege bank’ and they can cash it in with you when they’d like.

Regardless of the method you choose, keep in mind this can be a valuable tool for both you and your child.

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Cheers,
– Bril

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