The Tale of Two Speeches and Two Americas Is Democracy being reduced to meaningless hyperreality – a simulacrum for the monkey mind of the common man entrapped within a world that is increasingly virtual, untrustworthy, unsafe, lonely, and ambivalent? The Context & the Divide This blog leverages textual analyses of two speeches given by […]
Typologies & EUM – A theory in making
Introduction As Ashok Malhotra aptly puts it –“If structure follows strategy, then strategy follows identity…” Many of us who are deeply influenced by Ashok, and who work in the OD space, emphasize on the Identity processes within the firm while working with on its culture, or its strategy and its design. A key resource […]
Exploring the E in EUM
Exploring the ‘E’ After, you have understood the ABCD of EUM Framework … Introduction This blog is meant for friends, associates, and clients that are somewhat familiar with the EUM framework and have worked with me, and several others over the last two decades. The EUM framework, and its associated tools as well […]
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.
Personality Testing: Caveats & Provisos to Consider when using Psychometrics
Have you taken a personality test recently and are somewhat dissatisfied with what it reveals about you? Does your Boss seem to trust the findings of your psychometric profile more than his experience of you when it comes to your growth and that promised promotion? Are you a HR leader seeking a tool which may […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
The losing cause of Masculinity vis-a-vis rampant Authoritarianism
This blog speaks of erosion in masculinity and a rise in authoritarianism in organizations and systems.