Savvy Raj

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Art of Management

Irony Of Middle Management

One of the common concerns of any scaling team is that while the stakeholders ensure  themselves  with a great set of leadership and they in turn recruit a battalion of teams  under them to do the work,there is one lacuna…

The chaos and confusion in the middle management!

The frozen middle management scenario is a result of widening  gaps in communication and connection between the  managers and themselves.

Often great work done by the team goes without credit buried under the hierarchy structure and lack of appreciation.

Second inspite of ability in the teams and readiness to  accomplish  good work there is a lot of confusion about what to do as there is no clarity passed on to them from their managers.

It’s clearly indicative of how important it is for the leadership team to share the purpose of why they are doing what they do…and how the message needs to be passed on with the same passion to every member of the teams no matter the number of layers adding up in the middle.

This is how you reinstate ownership  and accountability which is paramount  to the efficiency  of the teams.

Unfortunately  much of what is conveyed to the managers from the top in terms of the purpose is often withheld from teams, for the manager may not personally value the significance of the message for teams reporting to them to understand. It becomes less and less important in their discussions.  And that is where a gamut of internal  communications issues show up.

What will you do

When you do not have a purpose

You stop steering ….

As there is no winds of  motivation to sail your course.

In  the case of the middle  managers  sandwiched in between, they soon have no sense of purpose,  they are often found working in circles without direction.

They may seem busy doing mundane chores to fill their work days and go back home every day a little more disengaged and disconnected with the system. 

In my professional career as a Consultant & having been involved in the organisational development up close, I have encountered such scenarios where the value of transparency in teams in their shared work as well as the vision & purpose of the leader is often lost in the daily rut of routine. Between filling forms and answering  mails  much of the work today has become impersonal.  

I believe the role of the middle management is crucial  in managing change for they can bridge the gap between  expectations  from the strategic  objectives and key results set from the top to match with the speed and efficiency actual day to day activities integration .

An  engaged, informed, and  knowledgeable  middle  management  would mean a lot to  the stability of a growing  organization. It is a huge  balancing act between manging to sustain  through  the changes and managing policies practices  and procedures  ensuring  compliance and come away stronger.

It is important  for the key stakeholders to have conversation that sets clarity on the value for the middle management  in the system and expectations  from  them.

They need to know how much interweaved  they actually  are in driving changes. They also need to become more self aware and understand  the intricacies  of working beyond biases and  prejudices that may come along while they understand the power structure of their respective organization.

Beyond good communication  skills they will need to develop  their expertise in networking with their seniors  as well as their teams.

The responsibility on the middle management is demanding as the role is expanding to include the implementation of changes in the system as well as managing the cultural changes.

This can happen best when the senior management is aware of the challenges faced by the middle management, like time in planning to execution. They can best help fasten this process by direction support and feedbacks while realizing the strategic value of the middle managers.

Every level of management is intrinsically interweaved and important to the whole. In recognizing their individual strengths as well working in the spirit of collaboration, teams begin to evolve.

What do you think of the prevailing practices at work?

Savvy Raj


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On Love & Inclusion

A poignant tale of a little child sensing the favoritism by her own father was shared by my friend Ali Anani in his post….

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ali-anani-phd-15305319_love-experience-empathy-activity-6970262610063589376-9Fbe?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

Here are my reflections on this post… which I had initially shared with him privately but then realized that perhaps it needs to be read and understood in the larger context of the trials and tribulations in life and living..

Truth has a way of baring open the wounds of the heart and mind on its path of healing the hurt.
For truth is on its own path of self correction in this world.
For unfairness and
Injustice has to somedayfind justice
Exclusion to inclusion
Doubts to clarity.

When truth speaks
In one way or another
It is important to listen
In empathy without judgements

Truth speaks as it is
In all of innocence
Or in wisdom of awareness.

And yet…
Innocence can be daunting  to handle . But addressing the truth one way or the other
Leads to discoveries of how little we know or of what is sensed & perceived.


In the story  that my friend shared…here are instances of lack of inclusion in a family

Where in one day there is marked difference in the way the father speaks,
When the child says
Why are you speaking to me…

Interesting to note that you perceived  the young child as witty
Whereas another may perceive  it as defiance,or even an evidence of an awareness of lack of inclusion and discrimination at this household in the young child’s mind.
And that she is voicing  it in all of innocence.

What would be of significance  is how the father addresses  this brewing disconnect.

Lack of love can be a difficult  phase at any age especially  for a child.
Let’s trust the universe to show the way for this child to receive what she is yearning for one way or another.
May every life be able to sense  love and live life lovingly. 

Savvy


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On Humility

Humility is a conscious practice in awareness.
Until it becomes  a way of life.
In knowing  that there is always more
Than what the eyes  can see
Or the spirit can do


The soul knows
To reach beyond knowing
It is important  to acknowledge the space
To allow learning to take place
Humility  is dormant
When ego is dominant.
Humility is patience in waiting
A practice of  humility
In thoughts  words  & deeds,
In listening to understand,
In letting go in faith and fortitude,
In making way for gratitude
In being hopeful in trust
In moderation and measure
Can unlock the inner potential
For humility is full of possibilities.

Savvy


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Thoughts words & deeds

Our thought vibrations create a change, even a single one
Make sure to think well!
Words create waves, even a single word
Make sure it is positive!
Actions create ripples even a single deed
Make sure it’s well intended!

Savvy


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Patience waits…

Wisdom of Patience

Patience awaits
In faith and belief
Patience is understanding
For patience hones itself
For the suitable moments.

Patience is non-judgmental
Patience bears the burden
Of the moments
Knowing the power of time.
Patience is resilience in action
Patience is strength of the spirit
Patience speaks volumes of the soul
Without a word or deed.
Such is the wisdom of Patience

For much is resolved in patience.
A true Companion for Wisdom is Patience and a lot of life’s so called situations which need solutions can be resolved by thinking differently !

Ability to cultivate patience is an art…

To know all happens for a reason.

Savvy


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Team truths

To trust the team to do better,

Give them confidence that…

They can trust you
They can take the step
They can be creative
They can try options
They can make mistakes
They can get support
They can improvise
They can win!

A great team has a great leader who has their back!

Savvy


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Life and living

Life and Living soulful stories share that come my way…

John D Rockfeller was once the richest man in the world. The first billionaire in the world. By age 25, he controlled one of the largest oil refineries in the US. By age 31, he had become the world’s largest oil refiner. By age 38, he commanded 90% of the oil refined in the U.S.
By 50, he was the richest man in the country. As a young man, every decision, attitude, and relationship was tailored to create his personal power and wealth.

But at the age of 53, he became ill. His entire body became racked with pain and he lost all of his hair. In complete agony, the world’s only billionaire could buy anything he wanted, but he could only digest soup and crackers. An associate wrote, He could not sleep, would not smile and nothing in life meant anything to him. His personal, highly skilled physicians predicted he would die within a year. That year passed agonizingly slowly.

As he approached death he awoke one morning with the vague realisation of not being able to take any of his wealth with him into the next world. The man who could control the business world suddenly realized he was not in control of his own life. He was left with a choice.

He called his attorneys, accountants, and managers and announced that he wanted to channel his Assets to Hospitals, Research, and Charity work. John D. Rockefeller
established his Foundation. This new direction eventually led to the discovery of penicillin, cures for malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria.But perhaps the most amazing part of Rockefeller’s story is that the moment he began to give back a portion of all that he had earned, his
body’s chemistry was altered so significantly that he got better. It looked as if he would die at 53 but he lived to be 98. Rockefeller learned gratitude and gave back the vast majority of his wealth. Doing so made him whole. It is one thing to be healed. It is another to be made whole.

Before his death, he wrote this in his dairy, “The Supreme Energy taught me, that everything belongs to Him and I am only a channel to comply his wishes. My life has been one long, happy holiday; Full of work and full of play I dropped the worry on the way and God was
good to me every day.”

A profound message in those words.


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Just another day back in time.

Exactly eight years ago!

With love from Athens Greece … 🙂 At the World Dance Research Congress Greece UNESCO as a representative member from India 🙂
An example of Unity in Diversity…. Approximately 400 conferees from 40 countries of the 5 continents.!

Today in India, so glad to write this, the dance community that represents India internationally has grown from strength to strength … yet ‘Spot me’ if you can … I was the only woman representative from India at that time.

An amalgamation of such an association and the resulting experiences leaves one enriched for a life time. The practice resulting thereof in pursuit of excellence becomes important. In the awareness of the possibilities in dance applications on the human psyche and form, the responsibility of making a positive difference in your purpose is strengthened.

Power to more such immersive and experiential collaborations in the art of dance movements across the world. 🙏

Savvy


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Power of Hands

Hands can create nurture

Construct and destruct

Such is the power of Hands

And the choice is our hands

Hands that care to nurture life

Is a blessing for nature. 🙌

The Caring Hand – Sculpture in Glarus, Switzerland by Eva Oertli and Beat Huber. Photos and about: https://streetartutopia.com/2022/06/02/the-caring-hand-sculpture-in-glarus-switzerland-by-eva-oertli-and-beat-huber/


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On Practice

Does practise makes it perfect?

Practice is to engage and rehearse repeatedly in order to perfect a skill to mastery , but not all who practice acheive the level of an expert even with structured and deliberate practice standards in place . So we can safely say practice makes one better gradually.

A consistent practice of any talent or skill will begin to show results for sure. It could be tangible jump or it could be a little step according to the amount to time, focus and energy given to practice. In time the results could be exponential in its rewards as well.

Practice can be truly rewarding and a great source of confidence.But practice needs not only consistency but also determination in perseverance.

A few tips to improve and implement a practice routine..

Be ready to self reflect so as understand why you are motivated to continue practicing.

Be willing to develop the learners mindset and maintain it.

Be mindful of your behavioral changes as you improve and work on it positively to sustain you.

Be engaged proactively to adjust your practice levels as per requirement.

Be focused to set short and long term goals and work on achieving them.

Most of all…

Continuity of practice is important after achieving a set goal…

Keep your practice going!

Savvy


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On Engagement

Engagement is an involvement

It involves committment.

Engagement is an action

It involves doing, a deed

Engagement  is a focused interest

To do whatever is possible.

Engagement can be a moral obligation.

What are your daily engagements?

What keeps you engaged in them?

Savvy


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Words

Sharing a few words from my mother’s musings…

On Mindfulness

Do not use such words that can hurt anothers heart.

On Love

Do not love anyone that you become their slave.

On wisdom of moderation

Do not continue arguments till it becomes a fight.

On checking desires

Do not desire so much that it spoils your peace of mind.

On Anger management

Do not get so angry that your face turns red.

On letting go

Do not keep enemity till someone dies.

On mindful action

Do not do actions that brings hatred in other’s minds.

On letting go worry

Do not worry so much that you have to shed tears for that.

On Give and take

Whatever you get are other’s gift to you.
Whatever you lost are the opportunities given to others.

On Scarcity

Hunger is the reason for disease in a poor man’s house.

On Excess
Excess food is the reason for disease in a rich man’s house.

On Time

TIME is just and honest. That’s why it never waits for anyone.


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Walking for Wellness

It’s not how much distance you cover

It’s how much you walk with all of you

If you are simply stepping forward as your feet are moving

You will feel drained in time and lose interest soon

As you will feel, it is a chore to do.

If you can begin to sense the way it feels, as you walk

You might be engaging with all of you

Sense the ground as you walk

Time your breath in awareness

Acknowledge the world around you

Witness the changing  scenarios as you walk.

As well as the way you are feeling.

Be one with your present movement and your breath

You are on a journey into your conscious self.

Nuture your movements with care consistently.

For they matter a great deal.

Walk for Wellness.

Savvy


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Time

Walk in this now in time
Tune into its current frequency
Listen to it gratefully
And live it well and wholeheartedly.

Allow the worries to fade into the past
As you cannot worry for what is gone
Allow the future to manifest in course
As you cannot hurry time by force.

All is fine as it truly is
All is well as its meant to be
In the realm of times
Between the you and the me.

So as only time can truly tell
Walk with me
Not before and not after
Walk with me in this now.

Savvy


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Care to join the 1% Club?

Hold The Door Open

HTDO

Mathews, a hotshot sales manager, on a Sunday evening, was in the parking lot of a shopping mall. The parking lot was packed. Cars were crawling with anxious drivers looking for that one vacant slot. Mathews, sharp and aggressive as he was known to be, spotted a vacant space ahead and quickly zoomed in. He could see another car trying to reverse into the same slot, but Mathews was determined to beat the other man to it. And he did! Mathews felt jubilant – as we all sometimes do with life’s little victories. The old man driving the car was disappointed. He looked Mathews in the eye and continued his search for another parking slot.

Two days later, Mathews was preparing for one of the biggest moments of his career. He was close to winning a big contract for his company. And all that was left now was the formal handshake meeting with the client’s CEO. As Mathews walked into the client’s office and saw the CEO, he felt a sudden sense of discomfort. Yes, it was the same man from whom he had snatched the parking slot on Sunday. And you can guess what happened thereafter. Alas! If only Mathews had grown up with the HTDO habit!

So whats HTDO?

It has probably happened to you before. As you walk towards the door of an office, or a hotel, the person walking in front holds the door open for you. Remember how good it made you feel – if only for that moment.

Isn’t it surprising that although we all feel good when someone holds the door open for us, we seldom do the same for other? How come?

It’s probably because we are all preoccupied with ourselves and obsessed with getting ahead. Here, then, is a life-changing lesson they don’t teach you in any B school – ‘Hold The Door Open’.

The world can be divided into two types of people. Those who push open a door, walk through and let it slam behind them. That’s the 99% of the population. And there’s the 1% who hold it open to allow the next person to walk through. Learn to do that, and you too could join the select 1% club. HTDO doesn’t merely make other people feel good. It makes you feel good too. HTDO translates into a behaviour of helping and caring.

Winning in life is less about naked ambition and more about helping other people win.

Someone once said, “It’s nice to be important. But it’s more important to be nice”

Make a beginning. Hold The Door Open.😊👍🏼

I loved reading this inspiring forward so much that I simply wanted to share.

If there is any of you who would like to share their stories of holding the door open pls feel free to do so.