On the occasion of Republic day-we watched, discussed some great Indians. The cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar’s interview has many points worth learning from.
On his take on Captain role models he talks about Ajit Wadekar and Tiger Pataudi.
Ajit Wadekar –on disciplining –warning players: If he wanted to warn his players, would call a team meeting but tell things to his Mumbai boys. The message would go across, without hurting the sentiments of the players who were from different parts of the country. Sunil Gavaskar said this to be very useful , as India is a vast country with many regions and different cultures.
Discussion- While discussing this point, in a multi-national work setting of Tripoli, Libya, we thought about the different issues involved in warning people from our own country India. In my experience as a manager in Radiology, I found that people living away from their home country are more sensitive. Also they have been subjected to many ‘injections’ on their down-days, by jealous elements, many of whom were from India itself. So one has to be careful, while warning one’s own region people.
Team work- The team should believe in itself.
Discussion– This was again a point in which we sadly face a strange situation. As professionals within a Libyan organization, we often face Human resources-Finance people as though they are from the opposite team. So, instead of studying the market-outside forces-competition, lot of energy –emotions are gone in the watching our own back against our own management people.
Discussed these themes- warning of team members to discipline them and believing in oneself, we tried to draw different identities within the same organization.
Professionals versus managers.
The arrogance of some managers subverts established professionals. This is a self-contradictory self-defeating dynamic which demoralizes, disturbs, destroys work.
Diaspora from India –Diaspora from other countries
In our experience diaspora from India have many complex internal dynamics, and this plays out unfavorably as compared to diaspora from other countries who do not have these underlying complexities and “circuits.”