My little niece – we call her Chinu – has a couple of  videos and books. In some of the videos and books there is a story, in this story the main character – Lenny (in one story) – is searching/waiting for a friend. The idea is – Lenny wants a friend did not know how to identify the friend. Some of the dialogs of the story –

…”Oh Sorry! cheeped a little voice”

“Never Mind,” growled Lenny.

“My name is Tweek. And yours?” cheeped the voice.

“My name is Lenny, but I don’t have time to stop and talk,” Explained Lenny. “I have to get home and wait for a friend”.

“May I wait with you?” asked Tweek.

“If you want to, but don’t disturb me,” replied Lenny.

“So what does your friend look like? when is he coming?” asked Tweek.

“Don’t know,” said Lenny.

Believe it or not, the search/wait is on…. everyone of us is searching for something. TV channels are searching for next sensational singer or dancer. News channels are searching for next breaking news. Box office is searching for its next bigger hit or super star. Citizen of India in general for good governance and so on. Whatever said and done, search is on.

When we turn to individual, the search is for a better friend, good house, better life style, peace of mind, love or a superior job. No doubt search is on. Many a times what is observed is that the search is on but one does not know what is that he/she is searching for.

When an organization is on the journey of innovation, not knowing what is required becomes a very big problem. In my innovation consulting and TRIZ learning I used to have a framework for removing the problem of not knowing what are we searching for. The method is Ideal Final Result (IFR). The concept of IFR seeks the destination or best solution in the beginning itself. This method helps identifying what are  looking for and where we want to go?

So what are you searching for?

By the way, when the Buddha was searching (enlightenment), he could not attain that. However, when he even dropped the idea of “searching” he achieved it! To start off – the Buddha knew what he is searching for.

Image source – TRIZ Journal, article by Simon Dewulf and Darell Mann

KRD Pravin

Here I am supposed to write about myself. Professionally, I am quite serious and a workaholic; personally I am an individual who enjoys what he does and takes life as it comes. I am passionate about my work and actions and empathetically careful, attached and committed to them. All this makes me a fierce competitive professional and yet a compassionate soul, the Yin and the Yang together. Balancing is the art to be practiced using the middle path. From -


rummuser · October 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I never searched for nor am I now searching for anything. I live my life more or less spontaneously, treating everything that comes my way on its merits and taking spontaneous action as I feel appropriate at that point of time. It has worked for me so far and I do not see why it should not work for me in the future too.

The problem in being too scholastic is that one gets involved in polemics and ties oneself up in knots.

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.” – Zen.

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    KRD Pravin · October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Wow! great news. Thank you so much Queen Checkmate. I would do this weekend

PR'lyderis · November 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

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