Wednesday, December 2, 2009

In Search of Top 5 Most Authentic and Creative Post of Mgmt280.Blogspot.Com

The criteria is simple: authenticity, underlying business genius to be recognized.

What should be the benchmark? We could hint upon a benchmark none other than the blogging of our esteemed Faizan Badar, Business Formanite. How his short, precise and insightful +80 posts lacked a single quoted sentence from an online or offline source. They were more or less, often: Expositions, applications, analysis, transmission, innovation, creativity, synthesis, deductions of ideas, great ideas of great leaders. Diversity was a mark of his posts, covering so many fields and topics, often in series of posts, something that could easily said to be Faizan's personal asset, the kind of enduring asset, of knowledge created, revived or channelized. But something done, often with pain and deep reflection, although never lacking "flow" in his blogging/blogged posts. An example or two serve our purpose:

His post on the most authentic book, perhaps, of our times on stratgey, Competing on the Edge:
"I have done extensive work on the book and have found it to be illuminating and brilliant. The one aspect where we can further gain is to intertwine the concepts with the new demands emerging post-enron and the financial crunch.

The authors thrash out points of perspective one after the other with some exciting guidelines given especially in Chapter 8 regarding competing on the edge. They keep the reader enthralled through extensive and pervasive use of examples from multinational set-ups which guide and elaborate on the raft of points made with ease and with vigor.

Concepts of Time Pacing, dissipative equilibrium, rhythm formation and ready refernces to the practical mistakes committed by huge companies like Sears and Laura Ashley in the past sheds light on the intricacies of strategic formulation, especially the pitfalls of stagnation.

A thoroughgly enjoyable read thus and a book which should be treasured and not just thought of as just another one to gather dust on the home library shelf. Definitely one to revisit time and again for further insights!"
Another on Tackling Disruptors (post title), he goes on to write, telling the truth:
"The final relationship that cannot be ignored is with disrupters. These are the individuals who cause trouble for sport—inciting opposition to management for a variety of reasons, most of them petty.

Usually these people have good performance—that’s their cover—and so they are endured or appeased.

In Pakistani companies, we have lots of this type - the ones who will backbite no end and would arrogate lots of power to themselves without realizing what negative contribution they are amaking to the organisation...

A company that manages people well takes disrupters head-on. First they give them very tough evaluations, naming their bad behavior and demanding it change. Usually it won’t. Disrupters are a personality type. If that’s the case, get them out of the way of people trying to do their jobs. They’re poison."
The rest of them were no less sweet. I am searching for top 5 most authentic and ingenious posts. In some days, if I find them, I'll post the list. In case you find the exercise futile, feel free to post your suggestions :)

At least, I don't wish at the end this should be happening... Would you?