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…fishermen suffering due to geopolitical aggression

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FISHERMENIn between sea and sea is where we were born,
Both in land and sea we grow.
In between the rich and poor we live,
In between known and incognitos we crawl,
In between A.M. and P.M. we walk.
In between wines we dine,
In between agony and ecstasy we sleep.
In between day and night we lead life; by going between the legs we create life.

In between peace and vendetta we march,
In between pride and humility we become numb.
In between Lanka and India we get killed,
Nobody takes care of us at will.
In between bullets and bombs we admire the shimmer in self,
In between blood and bodies we bathe.

With skulls and flesh our kids play,
With no schools and goals our children dope.
We get kidnapped or arrested by Lankan mates;
We spend rest of our lives with no hope in despair.
Our life gets torn like shirts and nets,
Our fellow men and their boats are taken in cowardly-vice.
Is there someone who hears our voice? Or are our fellow countrymen blind and deaf.

Every fisherman goes to fish in a worry and hope about catching fishes;
We go to fish with uncertainty in our life.
We feed the 2nd most populous country risking our live;
People eat sumptuous fish curries forgetting fellow countrymen’s life lost in the shallows of blue.
At times we think of sinking in the ocean along the tides;
Our wife and kids hallucinate and hummer our minds thus we live.

Birth, life and death have become infamous metaphors;
Weddings, funerals and births have become nothing but a melodrama.
In between bliss and melancholy we think, In between hell and heaven we dwindle;
Hope, fate, luck cast dancing shadows of one’s life.

Awe of waves engulfing us is so gallant;
In between myth and non-fiction world we play our role.
In between land and land is where we fish,
In between sea and sea is where we die.

I would say, you don’t cross your line; they will not cross theirs.


Written by raghuveeran

May 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Innovations and variations in today’s corporate world

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Innovation drives variation, and variety is the key to successful adaptation. But demand for efficiency reduces variation. The idea generation, idea choice and execution of the very idea and idea diffusion are key elementary limits for the successful creation of variation and adoption.

  • There is no ideal solution to a problem; it can simply be the one that is best available at that time. And if an idea plantation suffices the need, it suffices the concept.
  • Consequently, we lean more toward iterative process, re-engineering, reverse engineering, rather than pure development.
  • Ideas plantation needs collaborative networks, a team work. The sooner we can enlist the network the more likely we are to come up with new seeds to sow.

Positive Deviance in corporations/organization powers them to plough through the unruffled environments. Let us make comparison between deviance in the growth of cities and the system in place in most of the corporations.

It is an empirical fact that most of the people live forever (Life). Corporations have only half-life literally in comparison with a human’s life. The explanation has to do with the self-organizing and emergent nature of an individual on comparison with companies. Individuals are in the cycle of decline and ascendance. But the complex interplay between an individual’s heterogeneous elements fosters continuing variation and adaptation. Multi-National Corporations, in the name of efficiency, suppress variation by “getting all the ducks in line.” To optimize productivity, they plague subordinates with numbers and are internally consistent with operating ways. Payoff results-as long as the music lasts. Sometimes or many at times it stabs you back.

Emerging competitors and mid-growing industries or technological parks that are in the limits of streamlining and those which are in the limits of re-engineering, limit variety/diversity, suppress self-organization by those closest to the disruptive change, and curtail a bottom-up emergent response to cope more effectively. And the fears of disruptive change leave them helpless. Also, over-adaptive organizations become inflexible. One must understand that at corporate level no idea is a mad-play. Ideas can sometimes be unfeasible to carry out but one should carefully study and analyze the result before dismissing it. At the same time, if an idea is sown at a wrong place in a wrong time, the gravity of the issues and effects will be spiraling.

The problem of not having deviants is not purely of technical. But the lack of behavioral or/and social change. The problem is obstinate in the minds of people. Positive deviants have to exist by thought to appreciate the idea and nurture it and guide it, for which local leadership’s commitment to discuss the issue and ability to understand the current structures and change its metamorphism is of need.

Efficiency and innovation are different routes, and you can’t achieve both at the same very well. Efficiency by definition curtails variation or in other words saturates the degree to which variations are or reduces number of variations in the platform linearly. And yet, variation is the one thing that allows us to adapt to uncertain environments which is nothing but deploying the idea by measuring the efficacy.

The Positive Deviance approach is an object-oriented, solution based and collectively driven approach that enables the community to discover these successful behaviors and strategies and develop a plan of action to promote their adoption by all concerned.

In other words, instead of ignoring the ideas/people outside the standard deviation sketch, one should seek it out.  Once one has found them, one should try to see how they are able to do well in highly constrained circumstances. Then we take what we learn and apply it elsewhere.

How one can make innovation possible?

  • Talk to people
  • Hire a diverse workforce
  • Collect ideas
  • Build on existing ideas
  • Bring out novel ideas
  • Give protection for the idea to expand with optimism
  • Study and analyze the ideas
  • Combine like/unlike ideas appropriately

We shall not be cynic. We do need variety, experimentation and a willingness to take smart risks is business. We also need to imbibe that very character and sow it among our peers or co-workers. Failures can happen in the process but that is not the end of staircase to climb. This is how frugal engineering must be sculptured.

Written by raghuveeran

July 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm