Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mongrel Principle - Dogs Way to Organizational Recruitment

I love dogs. I have had pedigreed dogs from a genetically fashioned birth and I have had dogs which were born out of nature's promiscuity. The result of this promiscuity typically called ' country dogs' ( and I don't know why they are called that) or mongrels.

A lot of care goes into maintenance of the pedigreed dogs. Very high infact! On the other hand the mongrels were hardier, easier to maintain and less pinching on the wallet. And frankly both gave me the same amount of love.

I also found that the mongrels were street smart and could adapt faster than pedigreed ones.

All the careful inbreeding and monitoring to make sure the bloodline was kept had weakened the dogs both in terms of intelligence and also in terms of physical health.

Which brought me to an interesting hypothesis. This can be co-related to an organisation which has had employees but nurtured within their system. No outside influences, careful nurturing and all that blah. On the other hand you have organisations which have let people come with their own thoughts. Pretty much like the pedigree and the mongrel.

Increasingly we see that the in -bred organisations have faced much more issues leaving them weakened till an outside influence came in. Even the bluest of bloods like Unilever needed a Polman to shake them and look at other means to grow. Some of the pedigreed folks have fallen by the wayside ( not saying that they are not good). On the flip side we have had all successful organisations letting fresh blood and ideas come in resulting in far better results.

Inbreeding results in ' that is not done', ' that is not the right way', 'that does not suit our culture' kind of statements. The scope to think laterally is inhibited. In a mongrel friendly organisation - fresh ideas are not stopped by mind sets. if at all they are stopped it is by physical issues.

An organisation needs a mix of both -pedigree and mongrels. The pedigree have to think differently to keep pace with the mongrels. It is for the organisation to harness the best of both

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Public Life of Private People

With the every expanding scope of telecommunications and the need to interact with each other in an otherwise world of tenuous relationships 'being private' is a be question mark.

Thanks to the onset of Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other related social media offerings, you can vent out your feelings, your opinions and your thoughts thereby exposing your inner most feelings to others. Some may do it inadvertently and some emotionally ( to regret it later). Many a time we have seen how people get into trouble.

Videos can be posted of otherwise private occasions much to the embarrassment of many again with serious repercussions. Why even photographs casually uploaded from your smartphone can be embarrassing too.

Relationships can get spoilt, life's can be shattered and emotions can got through turmoil

All these have implications both in personal and professional lives.

Otherwise fun apps like Foursquare, Google Latitude and FB Places will identify you in places where you ought not to be!

Imagine being in Chennai when you ought to be in Bangalore. Think how your boss would feel when you are supposed to be sick but he catches you in Goa. Or how your girlfriend will feel that instead of taking her out you with the boys (or the girls) in a happening night spot!

Your competition can keep track of you, study your travel plan and arrive at what your plans are. And the rate that data is being analysed dont be surprised if they catch up with you. On and yes! suspicious 'others' can also keep track of you.

The lines between private and public lives is blurring. While physical interaction between people gets limited the virtual aspect is increasing. The results are just manifesting.




Parochialism for right and wrong!

There was a lot of hullabaloo when the World Kannada Conference was held a few days back. I may not Kannada very well but I am proud to be from Karnataka - I actually support the RCB and also the Karnataka Ranji team over any other team considering I have stayed in many parts of India. I call Karnataka my home and actually love Mysore.

Am I a less Kannadiga then anyone else? - I dont think so. Yes I agree that I have not made much efforts to learn the language like I am with Tamil and Bengali. But I don't think my state of origin or my limited knowledge of Kannada should come in the way.

While efforts are being done to promote Kannada, what is being done to make Karnataka proud? I dont think anyone would be proud of the tag given now. It was known as the IT capital, The hub of knowledge workers, the most progressive state but now.....?

If we need to be parochial let us also look at the development of the state, not just look at promoting the language. While I do understand that to many the conference was held with best intentions but to many it had a political undertone which would shadow or mask the number of corruption scandals.

If we were to remove the GDP of Bangalore from that of Karnataka then we have GDP which amongst the poorest states in the country. Very sad! It is a reflection of how poorly the state is fairing.

Jai Karnataka ??? Kannada?!

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