and…

..oh yeah, also picked up a couple of books from the oxford book store the day before. Life of Pi by Yann Martel and Gods of Management by Charles Handy. Started on the latter. Very absorbing. Not without reason is Handy rated the #2 management guru of the 20th century, after Drucker of course. Funny nobody mentioned him at B school. Or maybe i missed those lectures. I guess he is one of those silent, “i shall do my preaching, if want to listen, listen” types. What would that be? INFJ?

Here’s a quick question for those of you who have a moment to spare.

“What do you do for a living?”

No smart ass answers please. 🙂 Apparently, there’s a fair chance I can get a rough idea of the culture at your workplace from your answer to that rather basic question.

The ego is a headache.

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Posted on September 18, 2003, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Nope, you didn’t miss any lectures – nobody mentioned him… And that would be an INFJ alright! 🙂

    • Actually, nobody mentioned much about the management gurus you know. Not too much conversation centered on Drucker’s thoughts either. Guess big boys are too egoistic to discuss other big boys.

  2. I met Handy once, when I was in my first year at SP Jain. He was signing books at Crossword and a bunch of us went over to meet him and hear him talk. His book put me to sleep frankly, but what he spoke about made sense

    What do I do for a living ? I work with a software product team in a software product company. Thats the one line response I always give when I’m asked that

    • That’s surprising. Maybe it was a different book you were reading!! At least I hope it was!! 🙂

      As for that answer, hmm.. doesn’t fit any of the expected answers quite right since you don’t exactly mention what you yourself do. But I think the closest it comes to is the Athenian culture , i.e. a task culture, where management is seen as being basically concerned with the continuous and sucessful solution of problems. . First define the problem, then allocate to its solution the appropriate resources, give the resulting group of men, machines and money the go-ahead and wait for the solution. Judge performacne in terms of results, solved problems.

      I don’t know enuf about i2, but i would think that should be the case given how product companies generally work

      Right? 🙂

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