MindYourBusyNess: 2013

Anti incumbency

Two opposing forces may always be seen to fight for gaining control for power in any organization, country or society. The battle for governance is always on; it may be apparent or hidden. Whenever a change of government takes place from one extreme ideology to other, we take a sigh of relief. For a short duration, it appears as all our problems have come to an end but very soon the old problems surfaces, many times in bigger magnitude. The ‘anti incumbency factor evaporates very fast.

In the excitement of change we get carried away from the basic reality. We all understand but forget that ‘shifting the bag/load from one shoulder to other will not reduce the load’.

This or that government, the core problems are to be addressed. Mere change will not solve the problems; it will make them worse most of the time.

E Governance

‘Divide to rule’ is a known principle which has been used by many rulers. The rule of foreigners on India for centuries is an example of the effectiveness of this principle.
The principle, though very old, is being used by many employers, governments & lending agencies even today.

These agencies do not let their subjects unite on any cost. They work against the formation and growth of forums where aggrieved subjects tend to unite. They try to knock down or calm down the most active members of such forums.

Yet there are some progressive organizations which have realized that this old fashioned thought of ‘ruling’ is not going to be very effective in today’s information age. The governance is now also a business like any other business and has to be performed as a job. If you have given employment or lent your money to someone, you have offered your services and it is a contract between two parties -an organization and an individual.  Both the parties have to treat the other party with dignity and respect.

Most of the business is turning global now, thanks to the advancements in technology. In fact, technology has emerged as one of the binding forces in modern time. The new generation of technology savvy business persons believes in sharing & connecting. In place of ‘divide to rule’, ‘Share to integrate’ is now the mantra for success in modern business. This is a welcome change in outlook or conducting business.

But since ages, under the influence of social, biological & economic forces, we have divided ourselves into so many categories/groups and societies that we have forgotten that we all are ‘one & same’ at core level- the human being.

Is the integration and connection possible at our basic level beyond the boundaries of country, religion or government? Is there a silver line in the clouds?

Can technology become the vehicle for this transformation? If it becomes possible some day in future that will be a true e-governance – an ‘effective governance’ not just electronic governance

Best judge

We often become judgmental for others. In that process, we criticize and give advice to others. Our criticism and advice is rarely effective in any positive way. But it generally starts a chain reaction series of negative thoughts and actions.

What about self?

How often we judge our own actions and thoughts?

We normally take a safe approach of depending on the views of others when it comes to judging ourselves. The advantage of this approach is that we can conveniently blame others, if any unwanted thing happens later.

Some may argue that it is better to take the advice of ‘experts of the subject’. It is true that professionals are the expert & knowledgeable people of their field, but it is us who ought to decide that the experts advice is needed or not in a particular situation.

My personal advice (you are free to ignore) in this matter is that experts’ advice should be considered in serious problems and extraordinary circumstances and not in day to day affairs.

You may take opinion of best professionals in the field but he/she remains a consultant.

He/she is blind to many aspects. It is you who knows best about your limitations /compulsions, aspirations, preferences & expectations. It is only you who can place the offered advice in proper prospective in context of your overall life.

We rarely give ‘power of attorney’ in our business. We generally outsource work but retain ‘decision making powers’ with us only. The same principle is valid in personal life also.

It is us who have to bear the responsibility of our actions and decisions ultimately. So we should be putting our best possible efforts and ‘mind powers’ and be ready to face the consequences.

Self reliance helps us to live with dignity.