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Random musings…

August 22, 2011

This post is not really related to what I learnt last week or how much work I have or how fast 3216 made me learn stuff. We all knew that this is what would happen when we took up this module, and I feel it is not that interesting to discuss about it. So in this post I’ve chosen to share with you all, some of my views on a few topics discussed in class last week.

One of the very interesting videos shown was about how a revolution starts. Well, the first thing that struck me when I saw this was not whether I was a leader or a follower, but rather how much similar we were to our animal friends. Although we boast of being so very mentally evolved, the crux of our social fabric is still very primitive and similar to any other species on earth. And the narration was intentionally similar to that of Discovery channel’s, making this fact all the more obvious. Unfortunately on the downside, this social make-up is what spurs us to join pointless riots and not only destroy our lives but others too. But, moving on from this thought…

Though at the end of the video we all wanted to be the lone nut guy, the truth is that being a lone nut means rock bottom in our social hierarchy. Whereas being a leader means that you are very close to the top. Many of us who want to be the lone nut, think that doing so would give us more freedom and will facilitate doing things our way. This is the idea behind many entrepreneurial aspirants (including me).  But, does being a lone nut really give you the freedom to do things your way, or is it just that we make the society’s way our way ? Many of us become the lone nut after seeing huge companies like google or apple, and seeing how they control market needs at their own will. But the truth is that only a leader can afford to that, and not the lone nut. Being a lone nut means that your ideas don’t really matter, but rather how,when and where you execute it.  For example in the video, the idea of dancing isn’t really an innovation. In fact that is how most of us jump around in discos. But the person’s execution of the idea in that particular boring place without any shame, is what made him what he was at the end. Another interesting idea that the video portrayed was that, being a lone nut doesn’t mean that you make your own decisions. Every lone nut always wants to be the leader. Having said that, embracing your followers and giving them ‘what they want’ is what makes you a leader, and not really only your idea. I say this because, the second guy was as good as the first person in dancing and could have started his own ‘revolution’ . But he rather chose to join the first guy, mainly because of the leader’s attitude towards him. So being a lone nut and having an idea, we shouldn’t just bank on that idea for success, but rather work on what we do with it and how fast and perfectly we do it.

Another interesting thought was whether we should share our ideas with other people. The ideal answer always seems to be that we should share it with ‘trustworthy’ people. But practically who are really the ‘trustworthy’ people. Well, we could say our parents and close friends are trustworthy. Before going deeper into this, I would like to talk about why we need to share our ideas. There are two things that we hope for while sharing, assurance and criticism. So given that we all want to share it just only with the trustworthy people viz. close friends and parents, would mean that we only get assurance irrespective of how the idea is. So I thought about why many of us say that we should share our ideas only with the ‘trustworthy’ people. Is it really because of our fear of others stealing our idea ? Or is it just that we secretly hope that there are only good comments about our ideas and at the same time we also have the satisfaction of sharing our ideas around ? Hmmm, there are no right answers to these questions. Everyone has a different perception of why they do what they do. And I use the word ‘perception’ , because many of the times we ourselves actually don’t know why we are doing the stuff we do. We just do it because we have to.

This post has been very random and incoherent. Sorry for that! But these are just a few of the random thoughts that cross my brain when I marvel at the people and world around me. See you all today in the evening!

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2 Comments
  1. So in this post I’ve chosen to share with you all, some of my views on a few topics discussed in class last week.

    This is a good thing. 🙂

    Though at the end of the video we all wanted to be the lone nut guy, the truth is that being a lone nut means rock bottom in our social hierarchy. Whereas being a leader means that you are very close to the top.

    I think you are confusing the two issues: the lone nut is about innovation. This is orthogonal to leadership. Virgin’s Branson is quite a lone nut in terms of the stuff he does to get and stay ahead, but he certainly is at the apex of the social pyramid. He even got knighthood from the Queen. Let’s not confuse the two issues: the courage to be different from the rest and the leadership competencies necessary to rise to the top of the food chain.

    Some people achieve both. Some perhaps one of the two. Some are neither.

    • True Prof. When I mentioned leader, what I actually meant was a successful person and not just a person with leadership skills. My choice of words is not that great! I was trying to say that success is not just about an innovative idea, but also about attitude and execution. In this context, the lone nut guy just has an innovative idea and to become a success he should think of the other two factors too. I didn’t mean to talk about leadership skills at all.

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