Preamble In 2013, Raghu Ananthanarayanan and I published our book on the Tensegrity Mandala, proposing an alternative organization design and philosophy for firms preparing to make a leap into the world of networks. We believed that the paradigm of traditional hierarchical structures and associated control mindset can only be transformed if the firm is able […]
Category: On Leadership and Management
An ODE to Judea Pearl, Causality and Bayesian Networks
Introduction On this anniversary of 9/11, I would like to offer a blog in the form of a tribute to an extremely courageous and brilliant scientist, but more importantly a great human being known, as Judea Pearl, whose work has pioneered the science of Causality and AI. Judea Pearl epitomizes great courage and humaneness, because […]
Exploring the 3rd Prince – The Healer / Lover Archetype: The Rise of Marianne Williamson, the Self-Help Guru, in American Politics
This blog exemplifies the 3rd Prince / Lover-Healer archetype , using Marianne Williamson as a signifier, culminating into a critique of this leadership.
Integrating Andragogy, Gamification and Digital Learning – Trends, Opportunities, and Challenge
This post explores adult learning in today’s age and how it can democratized and made effective through gamification and digital learning
Seeding Diversity in the Desert of Managerial Rationality
This blog questions the chimera of percentile numbers claiming inclusion and diversity and seeks to throw light on real issues that get shrouded by firms today
The Tyranny of Positive Thinking in Indian Corporations … Manipulating Optimism within, but without Faith
This blog explores and critiques the impact of positive thinking and its many derivatives on leaders and managers in India. I believe that the ideological stances and axioms behind positive thinking, positivist psychology, and its cruder interpretations by consultants, management gurus and coaches, create a set of complex defense process that not just isolate and alienate the human being, but obfuscate various ways in which corporate capitalism manipulates, and oppresses all its stakeholders.
Inter-generational Conflict in the Modern Corporation: The Unconscious Politics of Yayati & Puru
Introduction There are so many occasions when one comes across a powerful creative leader or a band of leaders straddling organizations, and who relentlessly lament that the next generation of managers has not lived up to expectations, and let the system down. The next generation of managers are accused of being cowardly, over-compliant, cynical, and […]
Identity: In Search for a Narrative
This long read explores identity as a process by linking it with emergent narratives as well as mythologies.
An Ethical Dilemma: The Homo Reciprocan in the modern corporation today …
This case is based on our research of how the Indian Manager today struggles to hold the civilizational coding of Indianness that stresses on Kinship & Reciprocity and the demands of market capitalism and Homo Economicus
The Case of ‘Sibling Rivalry’ versus ‘Competitiveness’
The Quintessential Indian Manager – A EUMian Perspective Bed Time Story # 11 Part 1 The Story … Ravi pushed his chair back on a hot May afternoon in western India and sighed … The antiquated AC, crookedly nestled on one top left corner in a large cabin, wheezed and grunted as it […]