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Hey Dude Vishnu

WELCOME TO THE CLUB

You can now formally Vote, Drive, Buy yourself a drink and cigarettes and enter into contracts as an individual – and do much more. Happy 18 and a Warm welcome to Adulthood!!! It was a blissful and successful journey so far! And I wish it would only be sweeter and better for the next 18 and beyond. And knowing you I am pretty sure it would just be as good or better than what it can get.

Though I had a big list of Do’s and Don’ts lined up, I save the sermons (and leave it to Amma to do the honors) I rather you be adventurous (just as you always were), make your own mistakes (pray it is never a costly one), take a call on things (hope it is always right). I firstly wish you never got old – As I tell many entrants, ADULTHOOD IS A TRAP! But hell No! It is not a trap. You lived the life so far to get there. It is not what generally everyone hypes you into believing. It is just as sweet or bitter as any other phase of life – just what you make it. It is much like riding a tiger (but a real one). Many have been there and done it. I wonder what the hype was all about.

Time to tell you what you mean to all of us – It wouldn’t not be a birthday cliche to say you are COOL! Literally man, taking it easy – so easy as if you were drinking a glass of water. If anyone can pick a characteristic and copy from you it is this nature of yours – to remain unperturbed, come what may! That was and is a BIG something for a sub-18 and I pray that nature of yours would remain with you forever. Not to forget the love and care that you have in abundance – unexpressed but unabashedly given.

Never forget to spend some time on your music – it adds a lot of pleasant notes to your life.  Make the adulthood a beautiful and lovely one, not just for you but for everyone around you. I still remember the moment on this day 5 years back (28th January 2013) when we saw that you couldn’t be in better hands. Thanks a million and ever grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji who has taken you under His umbrella of Grace very early in your life. I repeat what I said that day, VALUE of this picture would become more evident to you when you find to rewind and reflect on your life and realise that YOU INDEED ARE BLESSED! With His blessings and grace, I am sure the journey is going to smooth and enjoyable – you will be bestowed with enough strength to take the jabs that world takes, on your chin, learn and move on

With Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji of Art of Living

Finally, as I stand shoulder to shoulder, I continue to rely on your sagely advice (yeah, you were never short of that) and for strength that both of you have always been.

Happy Birthday Young Handsome Man. Hope you have a great one

On your birthday and beyond – My song for you dearest young man, friend and SON! (saved this for today, ever since I saw this for the first time)

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Are you Spinning the Wheels or Changing?

A Maxi Post after a long time. Hope you read through and find value in this experiential piece in  one of my leadership journey

This truly reflected what a particular organisation (hitherto successful) did when they wanted to step up to the next level – with the existing efforts and mindset this was virtually a non-starter. While heritage is a Strength of an organisation, when not harnessed the right way would surely be reduced to a baggage and a heavy one for the whole organisation to haul. This baggage famously known as the Corporate Cholesterol retards agility, creativity and responsiveness of the organisation. Unknowingly, a whole lot of resources would be directed to building of these very fats when things go well. This build-up becomes so intense yet invisible that it takes a heart attack to realise that it got this far.  This is especially so in Corporates torn between “trying to be professional” and “proprietary firm mindset” of old timers.

A change manager was hired by an  organisation (fits the above description to the “T”) to bring in changes to smoothly step to the next level of growth, stagnated for quite a while. He was assigned to head the biggest branch (by stakeholder strength, product spread, turnover and even real estate) and bring about the change here first. This executive with extensive experience in top notch Corporates that had to be technological & physically agile (due to the area of operations) realised pretty soon that it was the “Mindset” that was the Cholesterol primarily built from from the top and layered down to the last employee worth his/her salt. Lack of trust in ability and integrity of people working in this highly “Human Resource” Intensive organisation resulted in centralising all the powers and decision making to a Single person, let us call him the dreaded four lettered word – BOSS! Omnipresence being quality of God, this human BOSS could not watch over everyone’s shoulders all the time (though most of his productive hours went in that pursuit).

This culture was deep ingrained by those reporting to the BOSS that they became the “boss” for people down the line. The recipe for a major Heart Attack was slowly being written – Individual Silos built to protect their turf at various levels ensured that there was no circulation of positive energy flow between layers (laterally and vertically). No one trusted the other (saw this in case of a couple in this organisation, while one grudged the other getting recognised with an award)

Operations in this location started exactly 30 years ago and average service age was 15+ years. Many in the team also believed in this and told the executive as much.

Forget changing mindset of long entrenched, “passenger” mindset of the team. They are comfortable in their own silos and there is enough Cholesterol built up and thick skin too.

 

The first thing this executive did was to establish trust – First between him and his reportees and thereafter with each other. He also ensured that every single person was insulated from any kind of threats or intimidation or interference in his/her work. Excellence in Delivery of the designated and agreed task (agreed by the team member & signed off with their reporting Manager – it was no longer with the BOSS or boss). It did not take much time to see the turn around – less than 90 days. Every behavioural myth was broken.

To borrow from the best seller book “The Fish”, this particular branch from being the “Toxic Energy Dump” was now a darling location for all. Everyone on this campus was an epitome of happiness and vibrancy with positive energy.

Performance soared, people looked forward for sun to rise and rush to work, they considered each other as an excellent support system, professionally, personally, emotionally and spiritually too. A perfect example of Help everyone and Get helped by everyone! It was a ship that sailed perfectly in a still ocean and choppy waves were absorbed effortlessly. Every one became a perfect living example of  Leading from Behind. Boat sailed well, as in the earlier days for 3 long years. Miles were covered, all challenges conquered and were relishing the fruits at every harbor. It was no less than a fairy tale situation, too good to be true and too good to last. Undercurrents began to slowly surface, surprisingly it was not from within the team.

Well entrenched and boss and silos began to be shaken. Cholesterol are known to be stubborn fats – which did not want to release its vice like grip. If you were looking for an example of Parent grudging the success of the Child, here it was. I have referred to as the “Raman Syndrome (nothing to do with Nobel Prize winner)” in another piece Ramans of Work place – Not a Myth! This sense of threat (misplaced one obviously) by the Raman a.k.a the BOSS  made him make the seas choppy. In the name of recognition and growth the bosses who were convinced by leading from behind were moved to different roles – a change just for the sake of change (for ulterior motives, we can say with benefit of hindsight). Cholesterol found pliant fat cells, the Organisational Yes-men, not necessarily horse for the course who were again put in places to dissolve the insulation for the people down the line and create chinks in those armours. An open office is very threatening and challenging to a Manager. Especially those with a historical Type A leadership style which would be a misfit in this Knowledge-worker, Rights-aware, Opportunity-aplenty age. What Raman did not realize that Different types of Leadership like Antique furniture exist for different values as I discuss here Leadership – Antique Value or Utility Value. But then it was desperate times to prove what a child can do it, parent can do it even better. Then came the over-enthusiastic, relocated silo, the new boss who also was shaken out of the cosy comfort of status quo earlier, wanted to prove the BOSS that everything of the intervention was opposite of what original values were. Undoing the gains and getting back to Blue Ocean thinking that it is never going to be Red. Status Quo was comfortable but possibility of Heart Attacks? Worse still, is when fats can turn carcinogenic. Restoration work began in full earnest. It was back to status-quo to prove older methods still can work today. Started using Alcohol as an anaesthetic to prove that it is as effective or better than Xenon – pain became visible and felt by everyone around. To borrow from Change Management Expert Tori Reid :

If you constantly change your to-do app, route to work, lane on the highway, or line at the supermarket, you probably know that at some point you’re just spinning your wheels.

 

Don’t Change for Change Sake & definitely not thoughtlessly

And watching this pile of fats, reminds me of the proverbial over-enthusiastic demolition man – who in trying to impress the BOSS in a demolition spree would end up like the one below. This man has an impressive track record of demolition anything that he touches (atleast 4 instances of near closures) , even without a hammer – the man with SADIM touch

Self-Demolition Man

Would like you to read this piece of mine, when the Jealous & Feels Threatened BOSS, dished out some advise, not only chose wrong example and secondly he understood it grossly wrong (Happens when you love to hear your own voice a lot). Anyone cannot do a job, it requires someone with skill and commitment. The one will real capability will agree and live the dictum “We are not the Doers – What it really means “

 

Clicking on the links will take you additional reading (pieces written by me)

The Quint Squints Again

When the vision gets too squinted in the hatred for the Government and the Prime Minster, it shows up as shoddy work from people.

Here is the screenshot of Hon’ble Minister Smriti Irani’s tweet in question. Unfortunately neither the Trolls nor the Contents team of “The Quint” nor the Editorial Controls saw that all important Punctuation in the Minister’s tweet. Incidentally, The Quint Article has the same Punctuation (?) in their headline. What hate does to people is amazing!!!

Crowd sourcing and publishing stories based on Tweets are fine, Jbut then Editorial Controls is an art that no serious journalism (even for Neo-Media) can forgo. Quint once again failed miserably there and has the audacity to say “Smriti Irani’s Faux Paus”

At the time of writing this piece : Here is the Text paste version of their Column


Srinagar to Leh in 15 Mins? Twitter Mocks Smriti Irani’s Faux Pas

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani committed a faux pas on Friday, 5 January, when she posted a tweet that said ‘Srinagar to Leh in 15 minutes: Cabinet approves Zojila Pass tunnel project’.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

The tweet was accompanied by a link to a Times of India article (sourced from PTI), as well as an image of a story, whose headline was the same as her tweet.

Now, a quick glance on the internet reveals that the distance between Srinagar and Leh via NH-1D is more than 400 kms. And what Irani’s tweet seems to be suggesting is that one can go from to Srinagar to Leh in 15 minutes.

400 kms in just 15 minutes? Say, what? The error is all too conspicuous.

Twitter Goes All Scienc-y to Mock Irani’s Faux Pas

The folks on Twitter were quick to mock this faux pas. However, Irani has still not deleted her erroneous tweet.

TOI has fixed the error in its copy, accompanied by a statement reading:

Corrigendum: An earlier version of this agency story wrongly mentioned that the travel time between Srinagar and Leh would be reduced to 15 minutes. The proposed tunnel would reduce the travel time of crossing Zojila Pass from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes. The error is regretted.

The Zojila Pass tunnel, whose construction the Union Cabinet approved on 3 January, is touted to be Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel, and is expected to be constructed in seven years.


So that their Stupidity of Quint is preserved for posterity lest the piece is edited and taken down Here is the Screenshot (re arranged in two columns for readability)

Despite pointing this Gross Error in this piece, those who said, “However, Irani has still not deleted her erroneous tweet” still have their piece published as it is. Something tells me (s)Quint will soon sprint from the scene

Until then! Jain Hind!