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.
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 […]
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 […]
This blog, in two parts, explores the process of bricolage and the identity of the Bricoleur from an Indian context. The insights from Levi-Strauss’s work are offered in part 1 to enable the reader to distinguish and value traditional knowledge systems of India from a pre-industrial perspective. Part 2 offers insights on Jugaad – an Indian lens of innovation – how creativity can be meaningfully sustained.