A Tale of Two Extremes

Why Moderation, Sometimes, Doesn’t Win Hearts

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery-Bertrand Russell

When Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities in 1859, little did he realize, that in a true Dickensian sense, it feels like the times today are the best of times and the worst of times.

Do Grownups Act Like Children All the Time?

The answer is not all the time. Yes, a simple answer but beneath this simple answer lies certain trigger points that promote childlike behavior. For instance, as adults, it takes us a while to get angry as we have learnt restraint but if the right buttons are pushed, we can be worse than children.

The Underdog

The concept of the underdog rarely fails to motivate. As children, if superheroes are infallible, it becomes business as usual but a story becomes inspirational if superheroes face a stronger enemy and are pounded to a pulp before rising up again and ultimately winning the challenge.

An Epic Called ‘The Mahabharata’

The Mahabharata is the worlds longest poem which is almost ten times the Iliad and Odyssey. It has 200,000 verses and 1.8 million words. The Mahabharata has many extreme themes that have prompted debates across the world especially on dharmayudha or the just war.

Managing Large Teams

The Myers — Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.

Lessons from the US Army

I have always admired General Stanley McChrystal who retired from the US army as a four star general after more than 34 years of service. His book ‘Team of Teams’ is truly inspirational and a New York Times bestseller.

To become adaptable, you need to scale the magic of a small team. Think of how your immediate team operates in a crisis — you all come together, probably camping out in the same room, sharing information and working together around the clock, exchanging ideas and truly collaborating on a solution. Everyone knows what’s going on and everyone knows and trusts each other. Now picture that working at the organizational level, with different teams coming together to tackle their biggest challenges — a team of teams.

Again, mimicking Crisis to break silos can be a very powerful tool to lead a large organization.

Conclusion

While this article doesn’t attempt to explain the complete range of human psychology, it stresses the importance of emotional knowledge which allows you to empathize and to use that empathy in decision making.

If you liked this article, please recommend it by clicking the green heart below. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends on social media.

Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store