Thoughts

What a wonderful irony. If we want to improve team performance, we must work on individuals.
-  William Schutz.

One of the most critical factors contributing the success of an organizational development initiative is the rigour in an in-depth prior diagnostic exercise. I use a diverse array of methods for the diagnostics that include long interviews, narrative analysis, focused group meetings, Behavioral Event Interviews (BEI) and Repertory Grid Interviews (RGI).

Modules based on experiential learning need to have a flexible design to accommodate the emerging reality of the group and this poses the biggest challenge for the facilitator. During the outbound programs, I endeavour to make the module as participant-centric as possible. Outbound programs that allow this freedom tend to be effective in the long run than merely being 'a good experience'.

Summary
As opposed to training, consulting also involves an active and ongoing dialogue with the organization. During this dialogue and consulting engagement with organizations, I apply the four pillars of human processes. These are –

• making the invisible visible,

• articulating the unarticulated,

• own the disowned and,

• act the withheld.

About The Fool

I often wonder whether visiting cards are still relevant in today's electronic age. What purpose do they serve, other than forming a ritual that breaks the ice for a meeting ? As a result, when I started out on my own, I didn't have a card for a long time. Then my friends and associates, Swati and Prasad asked me why I didn't have one. None of my explanations cut any ice with both of them and they insisted that I should have a visiting card. I am glad I listened to their advice.

Seeing a deck of Tarot cards inspired Prasad to came up with a novel idea for the card design. A card ideally ought to represent the person, not just be a mute document of name, designation and contact details.

The visiting card is based on the 1st card in the major arcana of most tarot decks, The Fool. He represents the spirit of fearless exploration that mankind has always possessed. As he merrily steps over the cliff, he is not being foolhardy. He has undertaken many such jumps in the past, and has gained valuable experience from each of those ventures. They are all carried in the bag he slings over his shoulder. The bag does not weigh him down like a burden, but becomes a package of wisdom instead that promises to help him at the next crossroads.

The card has the number zero, a curious number in the universe. It stands for nothing, which also means that it represents infinite possibilities. When you have nothing to start with, you can begin in any direction. That's why a zero is able to enlarge other number ten-fold. Zero also represents a circle, which has no beginning and end, just like the spirit of exploration.

As a consultant starting out on an unknown path, what better image could I have to receive inspiration from?

Have you ever heard of the Land of Beyond,
That dream at the gates of the day?
Alluring it lies at the skirts of the skies,
And ever so far away;
Alluring it calls: O ye yoke of galls,
And ye of the trails overfond,
With saddle and pack, by paddle and track,
Let’s go to the Land of Beyond!

Have ever you stood where the silences brood,
And vast the horizons begin,
At the dawn of the day to behold far away
The goal you would strive for and win?
Yet ah! in the night when you gain to the height,
With the vast pool of heaven star-spawned,
Afar and agleam, like a valley of dream,
Still mocks you the Land of Beyond.

- Robert Service

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