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March 9, 2011

10 Ways to Think Different – Inside Apple’s Cult-Like Culture

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March 4, 2011

What are those Helping Hands? All Heart and No Head? by Joseph George (

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What are those Helping Hands? All Heart and No Head?

Difference  between a coach, a counselor a mentor and …..

August 6, 2010

Measuring the impact of AI in the Private Sector (Shared by Anne Radford, )

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What You Should Know about Your Brain (Shared by Stephanie West Allen,

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August 3, 2010

4 steps to changing your brain, your unwanted habits, your stress level (Shared by Stephanie West Allen, JD)

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June 29, 2010

Thinking processes (Theory of Constraints)

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Model Organisation by Joseph George

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Some stories remain in my head for its symbols. I have the silhouette
remembered far greater than the image in the center. Although I know that
some of my classmates from my alumni institution Tata Institute of Social
Sciences (TISS) brought back shawls from Tilonia, in Rajasthan, I don’t
quite recall how the following pieces stumbled into the storyline retaining
its fullest hold of the symbolic meaning it has for me even today.

Once not very long ago; it so happened that a Scandinavian donor wished his
development funding for a model village in the north Indian state of
Rajasthan be scrutinized. There was to be an audit, presumably to learn of
how the funds were spent. So the Head of the audit team, Ingvar  Wunderbar
arrived from Delhi on a rustic 5 hour drive from the airport. Conscientious
and dutiful, sleep did not come easy and the first night seemed like the
protracted Scandinavian hours of evening for Ingvar. At 0430 or so Indian
Standard Time, a singing male in the new settlement not far from the
original village rent the air potential energy, long before the first rays
of the sun could invigorate the forlorn cactus shrubs fencing his abode.  A
turban on the head, and the loin cloth wrapped around the legs, in the
joothi footwear of a fifteen thousand suns, the lone voice agreed with the
caressed sands as they lapped the morning dew that was in harmony with the
pristine dawn. Ingvar knew that life had to be different here. Curiosity had
him step out of the visitor’s room in the Guest House. He caught a glimpse
of the villager for his orange turban color shone in the solar powered
streetlight as he kicked the more unkempt fine dust to its freshest
destinations. The mystery for Ingvar was in the large pail of water that
Bharat, the villager, was carrying in what promised to be a model village.
Drainage, sewage lines and even bio-gas from the village dairy piped to
houses for cooking purposes.

As the day’s audit schedule unfolded, luck brought Ingvar to the very
settlement from which the orange turban departed into the morning fields
with water that could hardly irrigate the fierce land. Ingvar politely
summoned the social worker to pose his mystery question. ‘Why did this
gentleman with the morning voice go to the fields with water in the
morning?’ “Oh, he wished to commence the ‘lota parade’”; giggled the perky
social work graduate who did her best to save the turban its expected honor.
A friend in the crowd who gathered around the visiting auditors, was Arun, a
sustainability architect from Delhi. Arun whispered “Ingvar, she’s not
making fun of you, but trying to defend  morning constitutionals of the
locals here. You better check if toilets are getting sufficient water”.
Little did anyone realize, that Ingvar’s curiosity was not an ordinary one.
Beyond culture, Ingvar represented the best traditions of audit. So Ingvar
insisted that he examine Bharat’s toilets. However, little did the Lonely
Planet guides on India, or the niche Inside-Outside magazines published from
India prepare Ingvar for what he saw in those toilets.

Firstly the stench of manure greeted the curious senses approaching the
toilet. The next sense was visually challenging and novel beyond measure. A
young calf sat peacefully across the sanitary ware of the Indian toilet,
chewing hay and fresh grass placed specially for it. Ingvar’s disbelief had
him place his hand across his forehead with tissues soaked in sweat of the
mid-day sun. “So what is cattle doing in here?” queried the exasperated
Ingvar. Arun explained the situation in a maturity that left the delegation
of auditors stunned. “Bharat is no ordinary soul”, Arun ventured, with a
realization that he too had a sight that explained the paradoxical
constraints that Bharat had managed. Ingvar noted in the corner of his eye
that Bharat’s face was a picture of prayerful submission, that sought
understanding for his creative utilization of space and shelter. Arun
continued, “Bharat decided that one feature he would not compromise on is
the concept of his extended family. He is willing to retain his old habit of
visiting the fields for his morning constitutionals, for the sake of his
cattle. You see, in his previous settlement, cattle were more proximate to
the living quarters, than is the case with the model village design. Bharat
wished that this calf be given special shelter so that he could release it
to its mother only during scheduled feeding hours. The cow’s milk is
precious to him too. So he decided to house the calf in his own toilet, as
it  is Bharat’s extended family..” Ingvar began to see the bigger picture
and saw the beauty of the uncovered situation as more than a story to tell
back home. Architectural designers and settlement planning designers least
expected to encounter such a need as they went about their blueprinting for
the model village. Cattle as extended family was only a matter of precept
and not a concept in architectural design. Again, it became clearer to
Ingvar as to why India could not innovate the model village for itself, but
how Bharat, an Indian innovated within his set of conceived resources. Only
lately did I Vijay Kumar (IVK), the Chief Technology Officer of WIPRO’s IT
business comment at an Innovation Summit in Bangalore that “India does not
innovate, but Indians do”.

Considerations of Vision, Context, Structural material, and collateral
technologies are what architects use to realize their designs. In the
Tilonia story, the Vision for modern hygienic sustainable living was strong,
but , the social context was uniquely differentiated. The structural
material, of local stone and brick; and collateral technologies used like
street lighting powered by solar cells, and piped cooking gas
notwithstanding, the user’s perspective of a tenable design is as important
to consider. An inhabitant uses the design to finally make the concept
village come alive. So the next time you notice a Green building or an
off-beat design, would you also check for how the user’s needs have been
met? When your organization is designed, does the designer’s expertise
override the user’s practical needs? What criteria do you consider when
designing your organization? What can you do to ensure it is effective? How
will you know it? Whose responsibility is it anyway, when online
collaborative technologies pervade our senses? Does Organisation Design ever
get audited? Like Bharat, do you have innovative coworkers who don’t wish to
be in the limelight and can unwittingly challenge the expert model of
organization design?

June 9, 2010

Developing a strategic mindset – where communicators need to be – shared by Deon Binneman from (ODnet List)

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June 8, 2010

Contract Trainers Association (shared by Karl Albrecht-

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 Contract Trainers Association has been just launched

 What is it ?
“… a community of practice that helps self-employed trainers grow their businesses by providing professional development, access to advice and resources, business referrals, and advocacy of high standards that benefit both trainers and their clients.”

It’s a full-fledged trade association, and it’s specifically focused on the interests of “externals.” I’ve long felt that the big associations like ASTD, SHRM, and others don’t cater well to self-employed trainers / consultants / coaches, and in fact often treat them as outsiders or second-class citizens. Specifically, they provide little help in the one thing that preoccupies much of the attention of contract trainers, which is finding business.

Experiments in workplace autonomy

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