My Experiences -Last time (MELT) – 1013

Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is no more in physical form but his teachings and spirit is all pervasive. We are all blessed to be born in the same age as Late Mandela. He is a great role model on transforming the human race and its culture. His soul will rest in peace when apartheid is totally eradicated not only in form but in substance. This space is not enough to give a tribute and hence my next blog will be wholly dedicated to Nelson Mandela.

Carrot or Stick- Don’t spell out

One of the lessons I learned over a period of time in motivating people is to choose the right carrot and stick approach.  I prefer a powerful carrot which is long lasting rather than the stick. To me simply withholding the powerful carrot by itself would become a stick. At the end of the day I want the motivation to stick( sic).

The important thing in carrot and stick approach is never spell this out or else people would start evaluating the risk and reward and choose the option for their convenience. Just to drive home my point, I relate a story which I read sometimes back:

A stranger arrives in a village on a horse back. He stops in front of the liquor shop and gets down and bolts the horse it in front the shop. He orders a drink, slowly sips it and after finishing it heads down the exit gate and finds his horse missing. Astonished with the loss, he maintains his balance and heads back towards the bar and orders another drink. Then he raises his voice “Somebody here took my horse and I am pretty well aware of that. I am going to finish this drink in few minutes and before I empty the glass, I want my horse bolted back in the same place or else I will do the same thing what I did in the neighbouring village a year ago. Don’t blame then”. He then slowly finished his drink and walks outside to find his horse in the same place. He mounts the horse and when he was about to gallop, the shop keeper comes running and says” Sir I am very impressed but tell me what did you do the neighbouring village last year?. The man answers “ I walked home without the horse”.  I rest my point here in terms of maintaining silence on reward or punishment.

What is your choice

You have two job offers for CEO role from company A and company B which have identical challenges and you prefer B purely based on location. However, B is putting a condition on taking their current CEO as your deputy. You don’t like that condition and have communicated your expectation of an unconditional offer.  Company B seeks time to have internal discussion and promises to come back by 15th December 5PM. You have in the meantime, committed to respond to company A around 6.30 PM on the same day after knowing the outcome from company B. You eagerly wait for call from Company B and to your disappointment you don’t receive call until 6.30. By 7PM Company A calls you and wants your decision and you play it safe by accepting their offer as you have not heard from company B. At 7.30 PM fate plays a cruellest trick on you as you get a call from Company B accepting not to insist on their condition. What would be your decision? Kindly respond to this situation through word press or FB.

What is Success ?

Success is like a coin with two sides. One side of the coin is what world sees as a success and the other side is what you define as a success. Many people see winning as success but to me learning and focussing on executing is more important than the outcomes. In this uncertain world, we can’t control all the factors that contribute to the outcome. Whichever way you view success it is an accomplishment and results in satisfaction. Satisfaction can drive two behaviours ,one to be contended and other to drive for more. In most cases satisfaction leads to contentment or complacency and sows the seeds for failure or maintaining status quo. My advice is not to let infection of success to take control of you. I am fortunate to be part of an organization where the status quo is “Change”.

Draft a policy?

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result – all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.

Why not? Because as far as they know that’s the way it’s always been done around here. That is how policies are written.


Things turn our best for those who make the best of how things turn out. With these inspiring thoughts, I bid good bye with my usual signature Life is Beautiful

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One Comment on “My Experiences -Last time (MELT) – 1013”

  1. Subbu Says:

    I would choose the offer from Company A

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