Saturday, January 07, 2012
This ego comes in many sizes and forms. By pareto, 80% of people have egos of the size of Taj Mahal - meaning they see everyone as a competitor and therefore are ready to be manipulated.
The other 20% - again by pareto - are the ones who are just happy to be. The ego that they have is the size of a pea - meaning they just get along and live in the present. Of course, the intent is not to find out where one fits. The intent is to debunk some myths, chiefly, leadership.
We are told to be leaders, we like leaders, especially in areas where we want things to happen and have no control over but are affected. While leaders should be from 20% (ideally), they mainly come from the 80% due to the entire ego-philosophy. Hey! if I don't have an ambition to lead someone, why the hell would I do it anyway.
Point being, you can cry your ass out about senior management, bosses, political leaders and other people who are out there deciding your fates, realize that (a) you are doing the same in your own territory; or (b) you are least worried about it.
There are preachers aplenty who talk about Leadership, thinking clearly, communication and other blah. Remember, you are born to do something. If you don't do it you will feel insecure and be the 80%. On the contrary, without thinking twice, if you take the plunge and achieve what you set out to you will never have to worry about being a leader.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
- It started with looking like an executive meaning the entire drill of suit/coat/tie, then went to dressing "smart" and now in my office people wear jeans all the time.
- It started with having a desktop, then having a laptop, then having a data card and now if there is no need, my team "assumes" that they will be working from home/guest house/hotel/wherever
- It started with having strict rules of using internet and while porn is still a no-no, everyone realizes that social networking is a force to reckon with
Friday, March 25, 2011
Love may be the most talked about, exploited, marketed and abused word in the world, but as an emotion you cannot beat it. I am away from the family for close to 10 years now. I am away from my home for 4 days now. The pull is so strong at times that whenever I see, or hear anything about "staying away", the heart starts another song. Its like a melody only I can feel.
To quote my favorite ghazal:
"Kahan maykhane ka darwaza ghalib, aur kahan waayiz,
Bas itna jaante hain kal wo jaata tha ke hum nikale"
The levels at which Ghalib sensed love can only be known if you feel that kind of love every second of every hour of every day of your life.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
India today needs something like this to develop a sense of purpose. Unlike the countries we get compared to (with an exception of China), Indians carry thousands of years of baggage. This baggage comes with a price in that we still carry the "suspect" and "doubtful" gene with us. Therefore as a society we have become over cautious of anything.
Added to this is the cultural degradation that has happened for about a thousand years. And I am not talking about Western influence. The aspect of being open minded and having faith in knowledge / learning has long been forgotten. Now its just money that matters. We can argue the reasons for this as well, but the results are not conducive to a better India. Ironically its money that is the root cause of this degradation as well.
It is really chicken and egg problem. But the power of a positive mindset doesn't need reiteration. We are what we are and all humans have limitations but there always a beginning. And it all begins with trust. We have to trust that positive mindset and open mindedness will bring the right opportunities for Indians to make this a wonderful place.
- Showing emotional appeal to have people buy your product has been taken to an extreme. I mean for God's sake its an ad for popcorn. Why do you need to show puppy love and child angle with some "ta-ti-tu-te"? Its a popcorn. Ultimately, its a FMCG and therefore it will be picked up by a random guy for random reason and all the company has to do it is to keep them on shelves! Have you ever seen ad for Joshi's Chiwda? No! Because its right there and tasty and they need not.
- I am all for tourism. I am all for preserving the culture. And because it helps a lot of people to earn an honest day's living. But to show people what they already know, doesn't create a large impact. What to do? Show that India is already beautiful. For God's sake we have a billion people, can't you employ and pay people to take care of such things. Better still have Aamir Khan endorse for Citizen watch or something like that.
The list is endless. At times I feel do people really know what advertising is supposed to do? Actually every time I see an ad like that, I feel there is an overpaid MBA sitting there and giving gyaan on whether he wants "share of mind" or "sex appeal" or some such crap..
Ad-ios... I say!!