Saturday, July 7, 2012

“Don’t Blame Institutions for Collapse, Blame Only Individuals” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” - William James

Sometimes you need to strike a balance between a request and a threat.  You must have heard of ancient Indian political thinker, Chanakya’s fourfold strategy of Sama, Dana, Bhed and Dandopaya where you must request first to get the things done. If not, then you must offer incentives to get the things done successfully. If you fail in this second endeavor also, you must compare and contrast between the good performers and poor performers to get the things done.  If you fail in this attempt also, then you must adopt the fourth and final weapon to punish to get the things done.

Recently I came across with a bad experience with a prestigious publication where the person named Susan failed to publish my two books for more than a year.  I waited patiently for a year through repeated requests to get the books published.  The books I authored subsequently had been published by other publishers successfully and sold out but Susan delayed my two books by telling lies and stories that she would do it. Recognizing her rotten attitude I brought the matter to the CEO of the prestigious publishing house who came to know her wrongdoings and thanked me for bringing such things to his light.  Finally, she fell in line and my books have been published successfully.  Therefore, in rare cases you must apply both requests and threats to get the tasks done successfully.

Remember that the institutions are always good but it is only a few individuals with their rotten attitude bring bad reputation to their institutions. Hence, never blame institutions, blame only the individuals if something goes wrong. Also remember that whenever any institution collapses it is because of individuals with their rotten attitude and due to weak leadership.

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