Introspection

Change is the only Constant

“Strategic

Inflection Point” (SIP) is a term coined by Andrew Grove, the former President and CEO

of INTEL Corp in his book “ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE”. Here’s how he defines

it:

“Strategic inflection point is a

time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change. That

change can mean an opportunity to rise to new heights. But it may just as

likely signal the beginning of the end.”

i.e. a

moment in the life of a business when all its previous values/ principles/ assumptions

are about to change. The change may be for the better or for the worse –

depending on how the company handles it. For example, a company like Nokia has

faced a number of SIPs in its lifetime which has resulted in its core businesses

change from paper products, bicycle and car tyres, footwear (including Wellington boots),

personal computers, communications cables, televisions, electricity production,

etc. to the present core business of Mobile Phones.

Now what

is the “Strategic Inflection Point” doing on my blog? While I was reading the

book, I felt that my present situation is also akin to a SIP.

I am in

the middle of a time which promises to change (almost) everything about my life

till now. My profession is in the process of undergoing a radical change. From

a code jockey I am in the process of becoming a (certified) manager. My thought

process could undergo a major change as a result of interacting with people from different backgrounds, experiences and  professions. In short, the process of change is already on for me.

It is up

to me what I make of it.

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April 26 – I did NOT make this up :-)

Your Birthdate: April 26

You lucked out the the skills to succeed in almost any arena.
Put you in almost any business or classroom, and you’ll rise to the top.
You’re driven and intense, but you also know when to kick back and cooperate.
Your ability to adapt to almost any situation is part of what’s going to make you a success.

Your strength: Your attention to detail

Your weakness: You can be a little too proud of your successes

Your power color: Turquoise

Your power symbol: Arrow pointing up

Your power month: August

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

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Gyaaaan!

Social Identity/Need for Power/CV Value – What’s ur pick?

The past
week has been a hectic week in MDI. Hectic, not because of the academic rigor involved, but rather because of the number of interviews that have been happening
for membership to the various clubs and committees.

According
to the college rules, everyone is supposed to be a member of at least one
Club/Committee. I suspect this is to try to inculcate some team-work skills in us.

Anyways,
coming to the point, I had also applied to some of the clubs. After painstakingly
filling out the five application forms and giving a number of interviews and
GDs (I hate these so-called Group Discussions!), I have been selected in the
core committee of one and have been waitlisted in two. Apparently a lot of
bargaining goes on behind the scenes by the respective secreteries to select the best candidates from the lot
for their teams and also to give most of the people a chance to develop their team-working skills. I
think this is how someone like me got lucky and got selected.

Now, come
to think of it, why do people apply to clubs and committees in the first place?
“To develop their networking skills, build the brand image of and to add value
to the institute”?? Balls!!

Maybe the
part about the networking skills is true, but the adding value part and
building the brand image thing is pure bull shit. The primary reason that most
people (including me) want to be a part of these committees is the enormous CV
value they provide at the time of the final placements. Another reason could
possibly be found out from the “Social Identity” theory (practical application
of Organizational Behavior, u see! ).

Here’s what the theory says:

"When we belong to a group, we are likely to derive our sense
of identity, at least in part, from that group. We also enhance the sense of
identity by making comparisons with out-groups."

(Source: http://changingminds.org/explanations/theories/social_identity.htm)

And here’s what WikiPedia says about this theory,

Social Identity consists
of three parts:

  • Categorization: We often put others (and ourselves)
    into categories. Labeling someone as a Muslim, a Turk, or soccer
    player
    are ways of saying other things about these people.
  • Identification: We also associate with certain groups
    (our ingroups), which serves to bolster our self-esteem.
  • Comparison: We compare our groups with other groups,
    seeing a favorable bias toward the group to which we belong…

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_identity)

Maybe the "need to belong" is the reason that many people have filled out the forms of all the
committees…
The third
possible reason could be that many people see these committees as a stepping
stone to the main power centre here – The Student Council. I have actually had
people tell me to apply to so-and-so committee because so-and-so committee has
a permanent seat in the Council. It didn’t matter to them that I had no
interest whatsoever in the task that the committee does. The quest or rather, need
for power is possibly greater in these people than it is in someone like me. I would
also like to be in the Council, but not by doing something I have no interest
in… Maybe that is just an example of the lack of ambition in me…. Who knows??

Anyways,
gotta sleep… got a class at 8:30 tomorrow…

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Total Crap!

Statement of Purpose

This is the nth number of time I’ve started a blog. I have probably created tens of blogs earlier and wasted MBs of precious server space…. Sorry, Blogspot, LiveJournal, rediff etc… 😀

I hope that I will stick to this blog and will try to update it periodically. As a matter of fact, I am deleting my other blogs with the hope that this will help me streamline my thoughts a bit and prevent confusing my already confused mind. 😐

Now what do I want this blog to contain…?? I really don’t know. I hope that this remains a testimonial to the next two years that I spend doing my MBA. I don’t want this blog to be a pointer to life at MDI. There are already people doing this (and doing it well… refer to my Blog Lists). Basically i don’t want to create a wrong impression of the life of an MBA student and specially of my college… 😉

I intend this blog to help me remember the mistakes I make and the good times I have (special emphasis on the good times)
My friends and family will also find a space here. They are the most important part of my life and removing them from this blog is unthinkable…
Okay… that’s about it…. I’m feeling hungry now… and its already dinner time .

But before I go I still have to delete my other blogs.

OPERATION CLEANUP begins!

C Ya!

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