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On Power

Power is access.

The ones with the most power have the most access. Use a simple thumb rule: count the number of rooms you have access to in your organization. If you have more access than some other counterpart of yours, then you are more powerful in the organization structure. Likewise, in the social structure, the driver of an MP might be more powerful than most of us. He has access to more people, more homes, more offices.

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Access needs to be legitimate.

Of course, you can just barge in. But is that access legitimate? Can you replicate it across time and geography? If not, then such one-time access does not count for much.

Access to information counts the most.

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The “rooms” were used as a metaphor. One may even say that power is access to information. If you can have all the information sitting from your room, you would be the most powerful person on planet earth.

Power is the source of all corruption.

Current flows whenever there is a potential difference. The same can be said about corruption. Wherever there is difference in power levels, there would be corruption ( in either tacit or explicit way). To eliminate corruption, you need to demolish the power structures. To demolish power structures, you need to make access of public to information free and easy. Hence, technology.

We need better technocrats to make the lives of our people better.

Technocrats who understand the social structure, technology and the need for equal development are better poised to drive change than even bureaucrats. It is because without technology, you cannot possibly hope to make information free and accessible to all.

Amartya Dey, India

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Bosses Type.001: The Kangaroo

The Kangaroo hops around. It looks marvelous as it hops around. Remarkable. Always with a trick hidden in its pouch, you never know what its going to surprise you with next.

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The Kangaroo is good at networking because it does not stay hidden in its closet, you see. Well hopping around has its benefits and controlled well, it can take you places.

The Kangaroo is mostly a generalist, lacks expertise. Not that it stops the Kangaroo from sharing its expertise through expert comments. This is not the only way through which the Kangaroo may irritate you or impede you from working productively. The worst part is its lack of focus.

It would keep on shifting goals for you, hopping around. It can be a pain to work under the Kangaroo. That said, like every other boss, it can be managed too. Yaay!

How?

Now that is a big question. How! By staying calm. By being organized. By focusing and cutting all the noise. And considering that it might just be an opportunity to learn all the work because you would have to do all the work. Do not take it negatively.

Remember!

If you have managed the Kangaroo even once in your life, you can manage any client, any number of clients. No problem.

Amartya Dey, India

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Thought of the Day.010

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Travel every month, every year. Through books, internet and physically. Nothing like travelling to attain new perspectives towards life.

#Perspectives #TravelBug #NewDelhiRailwayStation 

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To change the culture of a company requires enormous effort, numerous day-to-day negotiations, calculated fights, deceptive nudges, excellent communication and effective persuasion. It costs a lot of blood, sweat and tears but guess those who can effect the change they desired must feel that it was all worth it!

#Organization #Gyaan #Structure #Love 

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Thought of the Day.007

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The virtues of saying “No” (especially in the Corporate environment) can never be over-emphasized.

Psst, I am on to my Boss too! 

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Bust the bureaucracy. 

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Society & Us: Feminism

The term ‘feminism’ embodies a very wide variety of meanings which can be divided into four:

  1. an over-arching theory about the nature of women’s oppression by men;
  2. a political theory (and associated practices), which aims to liberate women from male exploitation;
  3. a modern social movement that promotes specific changes in the legal, social, economic, political and cultural condition of women; and
  4. an ideology that opposes all misogynist (i.e. ‘women-hating’) ideas and behavior.

Although largely originating in the West, feminism is manifested worldwide and is represented by various institutions committed to activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests. Feminism has made interpersonal relations, reproductive rights and domestic violence into issues of wide political significance.

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Feminist ideology can take many different forms. Broadly speaking, it is of the following types:

Liberal feminism

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Liberal feminism emerged in the USA during the 1950s and the 1960s when many civil rights movements were taking place. Liberal feminists hold that all human beings are equal and deserve equal rights. They are of the view that women have the same mental capacity as their male counterparts and should be given the same opportunities in political, economic and social spheres. Consequently, liberal feminists support acts of legislation that ensure equal opportunities and rights for women, including equal access to jobs and equal pay. Liberal feminism has been criticized for failing to address the deeper ideology of patriarchy, and also for ignoring race and class issues.

Radical Feminism

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Radical feminists believe that women’s emancipation is possible only through the dissolution of patriarchy and the rigid sex-gender system that results from it, not just through acts of legislation.

Socialist Feminism

Socialist feminists see a direct link between class structure and the oppression of women. They challenge the ideologies of capitalism and patriarchy. According to socialist feminists, western society rewards working men because they produce tangible, tradable goods, while women’s work in the domestic sphere is not valued as they do not produce tangible, tradable goods. This gives men power and control over women. Socialist feminists believe that the way to end this oppression is by putting an end to class and gender both.

Cultural Feminism

Cultural feminists believe that there are fundamental, biological differences between men and women, and that women should celebrate these differences. Western society values male thought and the ideas of independence, hierarchy, competition and domination, whereas females values ideas such as interdependence, cooperation, relationships, community, sharing, joy, trust and peace  are not valued. Cultural feminists are usually non-political, focusing instead on individual change.

Eco-feminism

Eco-feminists believe that patriarchy and male domination are harmful to women as well as the environment. There is a link between men’s desire to dominate women and wilderness. Men feel as though they must tame and conquer both in order to have complete power. Eco-feminists say that it is this desire that destroys both women and the earth. They believe that women have a central role in preserving nature because woman understand and are one with nature. There is a deep connection between the earth and women that men cannot understand and therefore women need to use their superior insight to reveal how humans can live in harmony with each other and with nature.

Stuti Das, India

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Reference:

  • Bruce, Steve, and Steven Yearley. The Sage Dictionary of Sociology. London: SAGE Publications, 2006. Print.
  • Brunell, Laura, and Elinor Burkett. “Feminism.” Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica, inc., 14 July 2016. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.
  • “Different Types of Feminist Theories.” Different Types of Feminist Theories. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.

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Society & Us: Kinship

Kinship refers to the social relationships that derive from blood ties (real or imagined) and from marriage.  It is a universal phenomenon that takes highly variable cultural forms, and in almost all societies plays a major part in the socialization of individuals and in the maintenance of social groups.

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In small-scale societies kinship ties may be so extensive and so important as to constitute the entire social system. However, in modern societies, kinship plays only a small part in the social system. Indeed, because it offends against egalitarian principles, undue favoritism to kin is often scorned and in some sectors specifically outlawed.

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The modern study of kinship can be traced back to mid-19th-century interests in comparative legal institutions and philology. In the late 19th century, however, the cross-cultural comparison of kinship institutions became the particular province of anthropology.

If the study of kinship was defined largely by anthropologists, it is equally true that anthropology as an academic discipline was itself defined by kinship. Until the last decades of the 20th century, for example, kinship was regarded as the core of British social anthropology, and no thorough ethnographic study could overlook the central importance of kinship in the functioning of so-called stateless, nonindustrial, or traditional societies.

 Stuti Das, India

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Reference:

  • Bruce, Steve, and Steven Yearley. The Sage Dictionary of Sociology. London: SAGE Publications, 2006. Print.
  • Carsten, Janet. “Kinship.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., 15 Oct. 2008. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

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Thought of the Day.005

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Apparently, outsourcing is the new normal. Ok.

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“Culture Fit” is a dangerous proposition. I do not even understand why some leaders even want to promote this. This is lazy and would lead to stagnation in the long run. Yes, while we all might die in the long run, the organization should not.

Organizations should seek out misfits so that they might have an anti-thesis to their thesis and seek out challenges they normally would not.