Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Deming's First Principle, the Red Light District a...

Blog of Simple Simon: Deming's First Principle, the Red Light District a...: With the help of Dutch Language Lessons, and the diverse working ways of the Industry Managers and the Red Light District ladies, Simon van der Wiel demonstrates how Deming's first principle is decimated in the workplace.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"The Best Seller" in Amazon Best Seller Lists?

The Best Seller currently features in some Best Seller lists of Amazon. The Kindle Edition features among the top sellers in a couple of categories. The categories happen to be incidental to the story, but an independent author has got to take what he gets ...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Schopenhauer and Vedanta to explain Meetings and I...

Blog of Simple Simon: Schopenhauer and Vedanta to explain Meetings and I...: "Pioneers of thought-leadership, the forerunners of idea mongers who will rewrite the industrial history in near future and lend a new proactive twist to the global thought-scape" - Simon meditates on Schopenhauer and Vedanta while withstanding the barrage of Management Bullshit

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Babel Tower of Corporate Confusion

The language-confusion recounted in the story of the Tower of Babel can be interpreted as follows : If a project is extremely huge, immigrants become indispensable,
This is a nugget of wisdom which I realised only after the book was already in the market.
However, in this section, where, in one of Simon's in-the-book blogs, his buddy explains the secret of Indian infiltration, they almost stumble on the truth themselves.

"You take a look at the bank around you. It is a complicated organisation. It started as a small venture a century back and grew and grew. And soon things got complicated. In most of the big giant corporations across the world, little deltas of change have added up to assume mammoth proportions. Systems have got complicated. Organisations and industries have become too complex for management.”

I agreed. The banks had grown and the systems had become more and more complicated with added services, requirements, changes in business. Hardly anyone had the full picture of any product or line of business.

“It is chaotic. The magic that the Indian brings into the equation is the ability to function in a chaotic world. The institutions back home grooms one for it. The government offices, the traffic, the education system, the hospitals, the parliament – everything is in a strange chaotic equilibrium. People who have been through the experiences back home have been baptised by fire.”

As I considered this profound thought, I asked him whether the knowledge of English played a part as well.
He became even more reflective.                  

“You know we had been colonised for over two hundred years. That works in multiple ways now for our benefit,” he smiled. I am never able to decipher between seriousness and mockery of this peculiar guy outside the tai chi class. “Colonisation helped us learn English. And along with it, it left a peculiar relationship dynamics with the white man. Most of the Indians are gratified when a white guy from any level of the hierarchy accepts him in his fold. And this is something that has led to levels of motivation that is impossible for a normal workforce to achieve. And it does not stop with the white boss, it peters down to any supervisor. However, at the same time, there is a pent up desire to topple the white – and by induction any – supervisor from the position of power. This can be linked to strategic motivation. It’s not uncommon to find both ends of the spectrum in one psyche.”

I was more than a little confused.
“But ... these are two opposite things ...”

He smiled one of those maddening smiles of his which pave the way for cryptic wisdom.
“As a learned man preaches, everything comes with its in built opposite.”

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: The Writing on Egypt's Wall

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: The Writing on Egypt's Wall:
"The rebellion and protest marches were not a sudden effect, but a tipping point. And this goes on to underline the theory that I have repeated in the past posts, that social media can aid and complement a long standing rebellion through its features of low cost coordination. There is still no evidence that any socially networked media can start and sustain a revolution on its own. As an Egyptian proverb says about gauging the attractiveness of a girl - bathe her and then look at her (Look at a girl without make up or hairdo)."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Corporate Wisdom from the Book

No one has ever become a stallion by winning the rat race - Sandeep passes his knowledge nuggets to Simon van der Wiel.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Looking at Corpocracy with Eyes Wide Shut

Blog of Simple Simon: Looking at Corpocracy with Eyes Wide Shut: Simon van der Wiel continues his great movie experiences with discovered corporate symbolism. In this post, he dissects the Stanley Kubrick erotic classic Eyes Wide Shut

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cannbis aided reflection on modern times

“There in a laptop or a cell phone we are bombarded with thoughts that we would never come across twenty years back. Who would hunt down obscure volumes from dingy libraries now? Everything is available at the click of a mouse. We don’t crave for knowledge any more ... we filter it.”
“Is that wrong, doctor?”
“There is no right, no wrong, buddy. The only truth is here and now. And the elevator to the babel tower of knowledge is beeping because of information overload. It will creak, give, dangle and plummet.”