Archive for June, 2005


Management of self-watching dispassionately

June 30, 2005

In one of the books on management of self it was given that if you are sitting on a chair, you cannot move yourself. But once out of the chair , you can move yourself and the chair as you are unattached to it. Similarly in meditation the maximum benefits are obtained when you are able to detach yourself from the mind to watch dispassionately. That is how by observing and watching the mind without reacting, it becomes a good servant.

This is an excellent technique of stress management. In management people talk of responding instead of reacting but one needs a technique to fructify the idea. Half the inter-personal conflicts would never take place if people stop being judgmental and impulsive.

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Einstein and management by objective

June 30, 2005

There is an interesting story about Albert Einstein practicing management by objective. Einstein once wanted a paper clip for putting his papers together but the only clip that he used was severely bent out of place. His assistant found a whole box of new paper clips and thought that he had solved the problem but to his dismay Einstein used the new paper clip as a tool to straighten the old paper clip. Explaining his eccentric behavior, he stated that once he was own to something it was very difficult to deflect him .

This is such a refreshing attitude than bully bosses who try to be aggressive all the time in getting their subordinates to be focused. It only goes to show the power of an example to resolve inter-personal conflict. 



“The monk who sold his Ferrari”- A Review

June 11, 2005

I just finished reading “ The monk who sold his Ferrari” and it made fantastic reading in light of the fact that I have read several spiritual and management books in the past.

Considering that I have myself written an article “Don’t settle for less than a calling” which appeared in India’s life positive magazine in November’2001., I feel that the author’s r exhortation to find the one’s calling in life and pursue is well justified..

However,I would like to point out that the problem should not be allowed to get out of control in the first place . I read an article in which it was stated that how kids in high school in USA were given proactive counseling to chose their careers correctly. This is clearly a case of a stich in time saving nine. Otherwise, once you have a family, taking such risks are easier said than done. Even Osho had a term-dare devils for these kind of people who dared to make an attempt of leaving their jobs for the unknown. A successful American entrepreneur said that such a thing should be attempted only if the market profile of the prospective occupation supports you. Morgan and Banks are HRD consultants in 28 countries in the world and when they say that niche persons are most vulnerable as most jobmisfits, what if you are really good at only one thing and that does not pay off well.?

While these books are well written and say the right things, they never state how the concepts apply to different groups of people differently. They more often than not end up making a generalized statement which is far from the truth. The same thing can never apply in the same manner or the degree to different groups which is why the great Indian Intellectual, J.Krishnamuthy continuously exhorted exploration of issues through discussions. One should never accept any guru or concept blindly.


The purpose of a blog

June 9, 2005

I had the good fortune to read Po Bronson’s “What should I do with my life”. In that Mr Bronson describes the ordeal of a writer trapped in a management job and similar other cases. Sometimes one may have a spontaneous inclination somewhere but the vagaries of life and vicissitudes of existence may make him forcefully follow something completely different. A reknowned writer from the Hindi film Industry described wrong occupation as “Lifetime imprisonment”. In that context, we should be grateful that something like the internet is available for at latent writing talent to at least manifest if not blossom. At least there is an outlet, an avenue, a ray of light for people to showcase their talent which brings to mind what a famous hindi movie director said, “ You cannot be a show on unless you are a show off” All this serious stuff apart, blogging should be plain fun and good exchange of information and knowledge :-
As I ponder over the purposes of the blog
Wrong occupation is like being covered under a fog
Any prospect to breakout should make one slog
It is a unique opportunity for exchange and dialog
Anybody would be tempted to make posts and build a log


Contronversy about Mr Jinnah being called secular

June 9, 2005

I find the current controversy surrounding Mr Advani really an over reaction to him labelling Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah secular.

First of all, considering that he, more than anybody else has been identified with the hindutva doctrine, one wonders whether such a statement is an attempt at running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. Some newspapers have reported a balancing act by him to queer the pitch for future prime ministerial aspirations should the opportunity arise. Jinnah was never a religious hardliner in any case and if Advani said that, so what?
He can always express his opinion in a democracy. Since then, everybody has been asking him to take the resignation back which is replaying more or less the same drama that took place a month back but which had more merit.

About a month ago, the RSS chief had called for the resignations of the elderly BJP leaders. This to my mind was a far more relevant issue. In Britain, the leader of the conserative party(Michael howard) had to resign after the poll results even though he was in this early sixties, Here, Industrialists like Kumaramanglam Birla and Ratan Tata are fixing retirement ages of CEOs. at 65. A company CEO has to resign at 65 and a country CEO can go beyond 80 and that too of a diverse country like India.A prominent former US secretary of state had once said, “ The most powerful job may be that of the President of the united states but the most difficult job in the world is that of the Prime Minister of India.

Sometimes Old is not gold
Sometimes Old is overbold
In all spheres of life, younger generation one has to mould
At the risk of sounding cold, they have to be frankly told,
That one’s position one cannot permanently hold
There is a time to be active and a time to retire and fold

We have no sense of proportion or propriety or priority when we give too much attention to what Mr Advani said against others which should have been said with greater potency.