Thursday, March 29, 2012

Horse Fodder

You can lead a horse to the water but you can't make him drink it. 

In the context of change management, you need to, in today's complex and chaotic organizations, do all or most of the following once you take the horse to the water (which by itself may be a herculean task of perseverance, creativity, patience and flexibility). You need to arrange for....

1. ...other enthusiastic horses to appear at around the same time and drink the water (whether casually or dramatically is debatable)
2. ...these early-adopter horses to neigh in satisfaction once they drink the water and present their experience 
3. ...some leader horses to hover around and appreciate the horses drinking the water
4. ...some yummy free fodder at the exit of the water source
5. ...a short yet convincing video to be played on how to drink the water 
6. ...a pleasant and low-stress environment and ambiance around the water source
7. ...and, of course, clean, hygienic and healthy water ;-)

Feel free to add to the list from your own change management experiences. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Observers Anonymous

People who tend to observe a lot, arguably, can't seem to help analyzing (sources being mostly limited to what they notice and what they immediately connect it with) and thereafter judging people and situations. Mostly a sad thing, methinks. Especially if they commit things to their long-term memory and never question their conclusions again. Scientific thinkers, in particular, may find it difficult to avoid applying this to the situations they are in. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


From Google Images...

She runs towards the place where the light streams from,
She hopes it will get brighter with every step forward.
Meanwhile the clock ticks with its usual freedom,
But its rhythm is not musical only to the poor coward.

It will be pitch dark before it is bright again,
Even if she moves ahead in the same direction.
Come night or day, she has to be sane,
For courage and dignity lie in the journey's completion.