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.

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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 […]

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 […]

Bricolage, Jugaad, and Indianness Part 1

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.