Introducing “The Right Question” – a new blog about technology strategy, ecosytems, design thinking and anything else that I care about..

After so many suggestions from colleagues and friends that I start a blog, I finally decided to give it a try – so here goes.  Though I have been an active consumer of user-generated content such as blogs, wikis etc. I have not been an active contributor until recently. 

I started becoming active on Twitter a few months ago and found that medium to be an amazing source of insight and knowledge from some very smart people. I enjoy the debate and dialogue on Twitter and wanted to continue that conversation beyond the 140 characters. 

Why “The Right Question” ? Well over the years I have come to learn that it is far more important in your personal and professional life to be able to ask the right question – preferably at the right time – than be always ready with the right answer. There are to many times where mistakes are made, billions of dollars lost, or in the worst case lives are lost, because there was a rush to judgement on the answer and to few people had the courage or insight to ask “The Right Question”.

I hope that thorough this blog, and with your active participation and input, we can together ask the right questions and direct these questions to the people around the world who surely have the right answers.

The topics I will choose to discuss will be varied, though a large portion will relate to the software and technology industry, to how we can design and build customer centric ecosystems, to the use of social media and mobile technology in the enterprise, to the importance of applying design thinking in all aspects of business and finally, to anything else I care about !

So with this short note I am pleased to launch “The Right Question” and look forward to many interesting discussions and debates with all of you as we explore our exciting collective future. 

Thank you and Best Regards,
Zia.

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8 Responses

  1. Zia,

    great to see you take up blogging – I look forward to reading your posts.

    Here’s a big question for you – if you change one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be?

  2. @zia – good to see you. Unlike @tomraftery, I don’t have a big question…at least not today.

  3. Zia,

    Good luck with the blog.

  4. Looking forward to all the right questions. Welcome to the blog world.

  5. Tom, thanks for being the first person with a comment on the Right Question. And it is a great one. I actually think the answer is an easy one from my perspective.

    I would provide universal primary education for all children in the world. A recent UNESCO states that 56 mm primary school children will still be out of school in 2015 and another 71 mm adolescents are currently not in school.

    The incremental cost to educate all these children – $16bn per year according to the UN.

    So I think education, and especially girls education, is the single most important investment we can make to make the world a better place.

    regards,
    Zia.

  6. Hey Zia,

    I fully agree with you on the point about Education. How does one tackle this issue in a Country like India which produces some of the most intellectual minds and yet has one of the highest rates of illiteracy in context of an expansionary population ?

  7. Hi Nila,

    Good to hear from you. That is indeed a complex question. India has done an amazing job with parts of their education system – especially graduate and specifically technical.

    Primary education is still very poor and lacking in many areas. Given a billion people this is a tough job. I think governments in dveloping countries spend way to much on their armed forces instead of education – but this is an old story and not very helpful.

    One thought would be to have a “Teach for India” similar to what they have in the US in terms of Teach for America. The young people who are an expanding middle class should be required as part of the opportunity they now have to spend time to volunteer, especially in schools.

    That is just one idea but i agree much more is required, but I think India will get there.

    Best,
    Zia

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