Every work that passes through me gets my stamp

Mr. Joe was pulled into a meeting early in the morning. Mr. Joe wasn’t too excited about the work nor was he too keen but he couldn’t say no to it. So Joe decided to just sit through it and did ‘class participation’.

I was in a meeting where my colleagues was complaining about the agenda not being circulated in advance. The required data was not available. He was complaining that he is clueless why he is there in the first place! I hushed him and asked him to drift along in the meeting… afterall we had senior executives in the meeting and if their time could be wasted – we can’t be complaining!

Does the above happen to you?

While most of us react this way for work we are not transparently accountable for, this leads to poor organisational performance. We take our work so seriously, we go carefully to select people for advise and insight. So when we are pulled into a meeting- someone else is in our position seeking advice.

What goes around, comes around! So participate in every meeting carefully and give your best. Your presence in the meeting is not accidental. If you don’t understand need for your presence, ask! But once in, give your best.

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Seeing through the clutter

A year ago when I was in London, I read an article on how Unilever would move from a dual headquarters, UK and Netherlands, to a single one to become more agile. The article also made it amply clear that Unilever would choose London as their only home given more employees sit in London and for a bunch of more reasons.

Today in Bangalore, I read that Unilever has decided to rather choose Netherlands as their home. The tone of the article was more about London loosing than Netherlands winning. It spoke at length how Brexit has gotten UK into this looser position and how Prime Minister May’s vision to make UK more global after Brexit is backfiring. The article also spoke about the CEO being a Dutch, which is ridiculous given today more top officials consider themselves global citizen. Another ridiculous argument was that the current Prime Minister in Netherlands was earlier working in Unilever. I call all these as clutter.

My reading of articles from a dozen newspapers is rather simple:

  1. Having dual HQ was causing Unilever agility

  2. Unilever’s biggest concern is hostile takeover (Kraft foods eg)

  3. Netherlands gives better protection over hostile takeover. Netherlands CM worked closely with Unilever to make it more ‘at home’

Unilever decided to go for the decision that was more favorable. Period.

A lot of articles today are adopting a storytelling approach and in doing so they add all kinds of information to make the story compelling. Don’t fall for it.

When winning, even a WRONG often looks RIGHT!

In cricket, a fielder is should never try to field using legs. One should dive if absolutely required but not try doing the football. This is basics.

But in a match that India went on to win, the indian skipper and bowler applauded Ashish Nehra for doing just that. When winning, the wrong looks quite ok and when loosing these things start to sting.

click to Watch the clipping:

Link: https://mobile.twitter.com/BCCI/status/925764820128882688/video/1

So it’s very important that one sticks to the basics and does the right thing.   Afterall one never know when we get on the loosing side!

Amplifying HR with New Age Cognitive Technology

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Hanuman – the physical form of our mind

Hanuman is believed to represent mind of a man and since we have heard many stories about Hanuman in our childhood, we could extrapolate from the stories how our mind works.

  • Hanuman could expand and contract at will. We could extrapolate it to understand that mind is capable to expanding and contracting in any given situation. We could look at things in a narrow minded manner or broad minded manner. While things may look obvious one way, the other way is always possible.
  • Hanuman was the greatest devotee of Ram. We could extrapolate it – mind should be a strong follower and not a leader.
  • Hanuman had a curse that his powers will be forgotten by him and only upon reminding him and praising his powers will Hanuman be able to use the powers. Mind too needs reminder that it is powerful – praise is its fuel.

Now that you get the drift – happy learning about your mind 🙂