Showing posts from September, 2020

Ikigai - The Search for Meaning

  I have had this tenuous relationship with self help books. I have read quite a few of them. Yet I view them with skepticism. My skepticism works similar to Douglas Adam's proof of non existence of  God. In Douglas Adam's book, there exists a miracle fish called Babel fish which when put into someone's ear can translate any alien language into their own tongue. Now something so useful could not have evolved without the intervention of an intelligent creator, could it have? Instead he goes on to use the very fact to prove the intelligent creator's non existence. How? This is how. Now most religions hold that the basis of God is faith and there cannot be any proof as proof defies faith. Now, the existence of Babel fish offers proof which makes the faith hypothesis collapse thus disproving the existence of God. Now I came up with a similar logic to say  self help books do not work based to the fact that they are the highest selling genre of books. My reasoning goes like t

Unraveling the Laws of Corporate Physics

One of my favorite activities is perusing books in a library or book shop - the one activity I really miss due to the Covid lock down. I mean not entirely. During the years I was still able to indulge in this luxury, I have managed to collect over 500 books - so I can carry out this activity within the safety of the four walls of my home. Only thing is you don't get any surprises. For having bought each one of them, I know all the books. One of the books I came across during a jaunt at a local library was titled ' Factory Physics '. That got me musing about what Physics has to do with factory management, I ended up realizing that laws of Physics are applicable to almost every activity in life. Today I thought I will write about how laws of Physics can be applied to one's corporate life. I can talk about various laws of physics and their applicability to the corporate world. But that would take an entire book. Maybe one day I will write that book. But today I want to tal

On the Job Teachers

  Today is observed as teacher’s day in India - in the memory of Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India's second president who was known to be an eminent scholar. It is a day we pay tribute to our various teachers. We send our thoughts back down the memory lane and take a moment to remember our teachers from school and college. If we happen to be in touch with them, we probably even call them up and wish them. All that is fine and dandy you may say. But what the hell does it have to do with my corporate experiences? Isn’t that what this blog all about? Don’t I have 2 other blogs for writing about life, the universe and everything else? Patience, my friend! Patience! I am getting there. You know I have a penchant for not getting straight to the point. Which by the way is not a great thing to do while communicating in the corporate world. But this is my blog and that gives me a certain amount of creative license to take my readers along circuitous routes. You know, take the garden path