Friday, June 15, 2012

Spoon feeding and liars

Recently i am hearing about lots of people who -
  1. Want to be spoon fed. - They would not do anything proactively, you need to make a personal request to them for official work, else they will not oblige and act busy. They can get away because of  dumb management.
  2. Lie with confidence - Not afraid to say anything even in official emails. When you confront more they act ignorant or have some even more lame excuses. As such discussions are fruitless and time wasting,   people just tend to ignore and people get away with this, further strengthening their resolve
My dad was in government job, and though it had its fair share of people who belonged to the first category, the second category was very very less. The government job is still bound by some vigilance which can act in complete autonomy and thus even in all the chaos and size, there is some order. 

The private organizations which have increased beyond a basic size and geography provide an environment where such people can exist. However this is like termite, which would grow overtime, eat the fabric of the organization, leading to utter collapse. Like termite this is hard to deal with, and needs strong action.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When to act??

There are two distinct theories which discuss when to act on a problem -

  1. Stitch in time saves nine - Act as soon as you see an issue, else it grows further and cause more problems later.
  2. Ripen the fruit before eating - wait till the issue evolves, Once a problem is evolved and becomes prominent, then dealing with it becomes easier and quicker. The decision to act or not is already out of the question, so it becomes easier to tackle with little opposition.
Approach 2 is definitely a safer approach, but it takes more time and might takes up more resources.However for those whom resource conservation is less important than risk, this approach is advised. This approach is also safer as sometimes the problem gets resolved in its own way and you may not be required to do anything.

Approach 2 is also something that rings more in the Indian way of things - Jo bhi ho raha hai acche ki liye ho raha hai, (There might be an unknown good in whatever is happening.)

Approach 1 is more proactive and something that helps to accelerate the things. It needs good advisers and discussion, to correctly mitigate a problem, and requires lot of  control and authority with the decision maker. Needless to say it needs loads of guts and conviction in your thoughts and approach.

Which is your approach?