Monday, June 17, 2013

Dummies, dreams and thinking on your feet!

From Core Competencies to competitive advantage, war for talent to talent coding, capability building framework to creating new benchmarks, setting new standards, new world order and new way of thinking, believing, striving and succeeding have always been left to management experts who inspired the industry captains and reminded them about their eternal and immortal values to establish the new concept of being and being successful! From CK Prahalad and Garry Hamel to new age Daniel Coyals, we have several icons of awakening in the world we live, compete and thrive!

What worries me is not the dearth of game changing thoughts or of transformational leaders, but the flood of coolies everywhere, who just know one thing, keep doing the same work, just maintain, just control, just tread the old and outdated path. We have stopped celebrating heroes, who are out of the herd mindset and have courage to challenge the status quo, courage to question the sacrosanct dilapidated concepts and mind-sets! We celebrate the survivors, as they remain like silt at the bottom, who hold the roots so strongly that  they never come up in the open! Survivors just do one thing, ESCAPE, vanish, vanquish and re-appear, when the tides of demands are gone! Valiant sailors who tried braving the high tide either won or lost but a survivor (read escapist) just wins due to its shameless capacity to reappear, not to be mistaken by re-emerge! They don't evolve, they just lie low, as low as you can not even notice and they are fine as long as they are not noticed. They just want to be there, hanging on or clinging?

Slowly in the world dominated or better say, flooded by the survivors, swamps the landscape and you will find them at all levels in all functions, in meetings, parties. They, by virtue of their overwhelming numbers decide the new world order! That order continues uninhibited, unashamed till the time, world demands NRNs to come back! How shameful it appears that the company, that was a dream company to work for, more like a dream to the parents than the kids, did not find a leader to hold and revert it's sagging financial performance and slipping to position number 3 in the IT services space. No succession planning or no planning as the heroes made exit for political positions, which unfortunately did not work out as media reports say and then, it was time to come back and play with the old toy and teach a few lessons to new Catamaran. Company that inspired the world by technology and drove all decisions by values has overturned all Golden rules for keeping company alive.

Big gun, Kamath could not do anything to save. It was ICICI success story, that made him popular and considerably the force behind the banks growth story. Media tells, it was a hype and and just not Kamath that made the bank grow as big as only next to SBI.

As nothing succeeds like success, nothing fails like failure. And failure exposes all that was covered under the big blanket of inspiration, values, meritocracy, etc. Fancy words help only in packaging the stuff. Look for what the stuff is and here NRN says, it is maintenance job, remote services and BPO. It is not Technology or Consulting! Good to hear that the realization is back. This is called thinking on your feet! Appreciate!

2 comments:

  1. It has been a fascinating journey for some and for others it has been a struggle, as we are surrounded by followers and not leaders, It is very valid to say re-appear rather then re-emerge as these people have vanished from the scene when ever there are challenges and lay low, they only come back when the water has settled and there are no ripples or waves to cross. The bread of survivors are growing by the day, current leaders do not want to groom new set of leaders or second rung leadership to take over it is one man show in all the departments.People do not believe in succession planning they try every possible ways to put the succession planning out of there priority list and they hire less skilled or semi skills professionals and load they with responsibilities which they know they can not perform and hire a talented deputy to him and run all the work through a deputy.
    I have an interesting story of how a junior was hired as Recruitment Manager of a Large MNC, the Hiring Manager sent out a 4 page mandate for the new recruit to his entire team and when the person joined the company, all these responsibility were delegated to the deputies and the role of the New Recruit was sweetened with sugar and converted to a more general with no accountability, how lucky the person should be..What sacrifice was made by the lucky person to achieve that??
    If this is the state of IT Industry where any Tom, Dick and Harry can come and join at all levels and change his or her role and push all the burden to the deputies, how long will such a system lost...there will be total degradation of the Professional work system and finally the fall of the Industry..
    Its an irony NRN had to come out of retirement to save infosys, it means all the Talent pool that Infosys boosts off is false!!! I have no idea it is for NRN to answer as they have not developed a dedicated pool of second rung leadership to sustain the company when the founders decide to call it a day.

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  2. Excellent thoughts and questions Ravi. Yes! good you asked "Is your department a one-man show?" If that is the case, such selfish and self-centered and insecure managers have bred only incompetency and a hinterland for exploitation. Ground is ready for a hegemonic autocracy by an idiot!

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