Inspiration, innovation and empowerment are the three keys to successful companies.
Dell is in the midst of a struggle. They are caught between delivering exactly what the investors want (demand) in order to maintain stock prices and Michael Dell’s passion to innovate. Through inspiration comes innovation.
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” Sam Walton
By inspiring others to tap into their individual and collective genius, innovations naturally emerge. True some achieve because they were told that they could not; most achieve because someone believes in them and inspires them. It is true that doubt has killed more dreams than failure ever will. Inspire those around you; listen to your own advice and you may inspire yourself as well.
How did Michael Dell put this inspiration into productive action?
Project Ophelia is now in beta testing. Dell’s project Ophelia has the potential to blow the lid off. Profits, market share and new talent increase with each monumental advancement. So what’s the big deal? Dell has a potential new product. Companies introduce new products all the time. What’s so great about Ophelia?
What if you did not have to carry a bulky laptop or even a compact tablet? What if you could have a fully functioning computer so small that you could fit it in the tiny pocket of your running shorts? Ophelia taps into the Windows, Mac OS and Google Chrome OS through the cloud. What is so significant about being able to access the OS in the cloud? “If you plug Ophelia into a flat-panel television, it will connect to the nearest Wi-Fi network and give you access to any type of operating system or app that is running virtually somewhere in the cloud.”
Dell’s new Ophelia computer is the size of a USB drive. Expect such an exciting innovation to cost double or triple the price of an iPhone 6? Not so. Some articles tout a $50 price and some a $100 price: even at $100, the Ophelia could be a monumental space and cost saver.
What’s the downside to Ophelia?
Project Ophelia has a USB structure; it requires something to plug into. Ophelia requires a display screen. Since none of the research even mentioned a keyboard, Project Ophelia is likely to utilize a touch screen. Ophelia could send the owner scrambling for a flat screen TV in order to access data.
Kudos to Dell’s creative genius. The innovation represented by Project Ophelia is praiseworthy at the least. Dell circumvented the competition with Microsoft and Apple, provided access to all major operating systems in the cloud, increased the affordability factor, and made Ophelia amazingly space and weight efficient.
What is the time frame on the release of this marvelous little innovation? Some predictions are 2014 at the earliest. Be patient.
Michael Dell’s leadership not only inspired his team to reach for the clouds, pun intended, and create something truly unique and innovative; he empowered them to follow it through to fruition.
Look at your career, your company and your life. How effective are you at inspiration, innovation and empowering yourself and others to follow through?