Great conversations…

I met Paul Goodison yesterday along with my Beyond Branding co-authors Tim Kitchin and Malcolm Allan and fellow Medinge Group member Luke Nicholson. (The Medinge Group is the think-and-do tank that gave rise to the book). It was a great conversation which Paul has blogged here and here in a very flattering way. As he says, I am a lover of great conversation, and yesterday turned into one long rolling conversation.

After Paul left, the rest of us stayed on to kick around ideas for the next Medinge Group meeting in Amsterdam. This led to all sorts of exchanges about how we work together, what helps us to collaborate and what stops us collaborating more. We all took turns to “speak the unspoken” – my hot theme at the moment, and as usual this made the talk more exciting and useful. Anyway, we’ve pencilled January 16th in the diary and I’m expecting it to be another first-rate event.

1 thought on “Great conversations…

  1. Venkataraman

    I came to know about your site after the Medinge group had announced INFOSYS as the sixth company that is ethcal and the first Indian company to achieve this. We are proud to hear that. In the first place, i am not an employee of the company and this message is to state that the vote is coming from an outside source. The company along with driving values and ethics within has also launched other contemporaries to follow its business model for surviving in this society. It is well known that in a knowledge society, individuals make a lot of difference, and organisations make or mar these individuals and hence the organisation that was responsible for this very act,… good or bad.

    It is said that a tree grows with the roots getting stronger and is concelaed above the earth. How strong the tree is, is determined by the roots it has, However, when a tree decays, it starts from the top. This analogy stuck me when i saw the cover of ” Beyond Branding” book. It may not be a coincidence, but as truth is singular, and the cover page is apt for your book. Many companies lose credibility all because of the top leadership failing to sustain the organization. As mentioned in the book, “Organisations are not inherently evil. We are the individuals who populate the organisations and good or bad decisions”. It is very relevant today that whistle blowers are considered a threat and a success in a one day effort is considered as a rule, and leaders of tomorrow are chosen from them. There is no place for maturity and for persons with fortitude. Sustained effort over periods, good and turbulent, and performance during periods of failure and how organisations have coped with failure and come back and achieved is important today than a Sales manager who clinches a million dollar deal, when the other party is giving a solution that is value driven, both humanely, and society oriented, and has a deep ingrained positive attitudes is sidelined, just because they are not cost competitive.

    Infosys is a company that has made ordinary citizens to share wealth, yet not flaunt it, be loyal and yet committed, proud of, but not be arrogant. They are setting the standards for the industry now and values are driven primarily from this company. No discussion good or bad happens without a mention of the achievements thay have made in the last 23 years, and most of the benchmark details are referred from the company’s published material. Many companies who stand next in rank are far beyond in terms of ethics and integrity. Monetary compensation is not the only criteria we are looking.

    I close this discussion by remembering one of the sayings of a spiritual organisation in India

    Be aware that others happiness is equally important than yours to be happy in this society, for if you are worried more about yourself, no other will be worried about you.

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