thinking and feeling aloud on issues personal, universal
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Individual brilliance, egoisitic anarchy and organisation culture
In an organisation, there would be ten brilliant people with ten brilliant but different ideas on a single issue. But if each insists that only his idea prevail, we would be seeing the birth of nine new organisations which again may have ten brilliant people with similar convictions. The process would be interminable. Consensus is the basic Dharma of organisation culture. This applies as much to a football team as to a corporate or a political party. Contribute, not dictate, is the essence of democracy.The only options to this are egotistical anarchy on the one hand and totalitarianism on the other
I am from Mahilpur, a village in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab in India and famous as the country’s soccer nursery. I graduated from there and did my Masters in English from the Govt. College, Hoshiarpur . Later, I taught English as lecturer at several colleges, including famous Baring Union Christian College, Batala, which was then run by American academicians . I later taught English and journalism at the Punjab Agricultural University, which had an amazingly popular and successful Department of Languages and Journalism. The Department had cradled the literary genius of Professor Mohan Singh and Surjit Patar. While in the University, I wrote extensively in newspapers and magazines on art, literature and social, educational and political issues. Also, some humour of the romantic variety.
In 1985, I was picked as Advisor (the post was then designated as Press Secretary) to the Chief Minister of Punjab. I am curently working with Mr Parkash Singh Badal as Advisor on National Affairs and Media to the Chief Minister, Punjab. This is my fourth tenure to the post, which has been upgraded to the present status.