Each of us is conditioned to think and act in particular ways driven by our upbringing, our family environment, the professional training that we have, the nationality and culture that we belong to, the work situation that we are in and the social groups that we belong to. These influences are our lenses through which we fashion our narratives and worldviews and we become hardwired to operate in certain pre-set default ways. Coming to terms with understanding ourselves and our abilities and limitations is as important as understanding that ‘others’ too are driven to think and act based on their own expertise, experience and conditioned by their filters. Leadership is about learning to work with the multiple realities that we all are independently creating and trying to fashion an aggregated reality that makes the most sense and then acting based on that. Come, let us listen to how this can be done in this VLOG.
A development activist, public policy advocate, social innovator and leadership trainer
Over time, I have given several interviews and have spoken at several forums. Each one has been different and taught me several lessons. They have also given me the time and space to reflect on the questions that had been asked and my own life too. This recent interview as part of the MASTER CLASS series of Dr Kamini Rao, the renowned Obstetrician & Gynaecologist of Bengaluru was one that brought out several nuances of my own life. She has this grounded way of bringing out what is hidden inside you. Please do watch this two-part video, where i recollect
My first brush with being made to feel like a South Indian and distinctly different from the person in front of me is something that is strongly etched into my memory now. My father had insisted that all his children learn three languages at school – Kannada, the language of my state of Karnataka, English and Hindi (which he felt was our National language). We grew up with the pride that we could speak all three and did not consider that someday I would be looked down upon for speaking Hindi in a distinct south Indian accent. This incident happened
We live in a world of having a expert for all major human endeavours – from the mason to the medical specialist, from the masseuse to the manager…to the point where we have a special word called a Generalist even. The irony of the situation is that while on one hand the specialist and his role is celebrated, there exists a crisis of confidence in their expertise too. The current COVID crisis has not only challenged the specialist but has also exposed their inadequacies. For more about this, read my article titled, ‘Demystifying the Specialist’ in today’s Deccan Herald.