The Simulacrum of Meritocracy

The Trigger… A few weeks ago, I was teaching ‘Managing Change’ at a premier business school in India – a batch of fifty odd young consultants from one of the big 5 global consulting firms, to my shock and dismay indulged in rampant cheating, colluding, and copying from each other in every assessment process – be […]

Self Help & Actualization Movement (SHAM): Uneasy Speculations!

The Trigger A distant relative has recently decided to attend one of those “Self Help” seminars in New York, an event anchored and designed by a ‘self-help guru’ known as Tony Robbins, who is white, male, extremely rich, charismatic, successful, and appears to have many celebrities as parts of his clientele or so his website […]

5 Reasons why should Men attend the Gender & Identity Lab?

For more than a decade, the Sumedhas offering of ‘Gender & Identity Lab’ (G&I) has been a pioneering series of experiential learning spaces that focus on the notion of ‘gender’, and its deep linkages with identity processes, sexuality, relatedness and systems thinking. Over the years, this annual offering in the shape of a behavioral lab […]

Anomalisa – A tragicomic search for Intimacy & Meaningfulness

Anomalisa – A tragicomic search for Intimacy & Meaningfulness   Shadows within the Self Obsessed Networked World        Introduction This blog explores the dark shadows that lurk within the self obsessed networked world that we may discern around ourselves – comprising of successful, well connected, yet perhaps delusional, paranoid  and immensely lonely individuals, […]

Exploring “Self (or/versus/and) System” dynamics in today’s Context

It is getting increasingly difficult these days to co-hold two contrasting pulls – that of the Self and that of the System – including families, work systems, communities etc. Often we find ourselves narcissistic and self absorbed in our own little worlds, quite clueless about our membership in systems and our dharma in nurturing and maintaining such […]

Wasting away in the VUCA World

Preamble If there is one acronym that has proliferated at a nauseating pace and at an evergrand scale, revitalizing management and strategy text, as well as nonsensical jargon across the last decade, and catching the attention of analysts, academicians, consultants, and senior managers globally – it is VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity).   The […]