Escaping Death

10th November 1989, TIET, Patiala The last few months have been triggering many a memory that have otherwise been dormant or repressed – many such memories are ‘eerie’ survivor stories that were laid to rest, seldom shared with close friends and family. Perhaps there were taints of guilt and perhaps there were a sensing of […]

The Arena and its Shadowy Warriors: Exploring Self and System dynamics through Macbeth

Introduction By now, many of you may have seen “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by Joel Coen, starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand – a brilliant film that does immense justice to one of the best Shakespearian plays ever. This film is aesthetically rendered in black and white noire, situated in haunting and surreal sets (designed […]

What may crawl beneath the façade of growth and aspirational purpose?

Introduction The movie, Nightcrawler, was released in 2014, and terrified US and other audiences across the world, revealing how sensational and bigoted journalism thrives on its equally bigoted, racist, classist, and terrified middle class audiences – in many ways the two feed on each other. Nightcrawler pays homage to the middle class audiences, who consume […]

The Hybrid Organization: A mutation or a harbinger of New-age Dharmic Firms

The Rise of the Hybrids Introduction The RISE of HYBRIDS Traditionally, most organizations, if not all, were classified across two buckets – The first class or type of firms were ‘for-profit organizations’ that embellished the values of market capitalism, and steeped in Friedmannian ethos and ideology, existed and still exist – to maximize wealth for […]

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 […]

Managing Professional Growth – Trends that may transform or even eliminate the L&D function within in the near future!

Two strands of conversations have contributed towards writing this article – the first was with Srinivasa Addepalli of Globalgyan on designing leadership development interventions, and the second was exploring an aggregator model of coaching with G Pratap of Maersk, over the past few weeks.   For most firms, the ‘Make/Grow Talent or Buy Talent’ polarity […]