Can responsibility be made commensurate with authority? – Peter Drucker’s interesting views

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Peter Drucker was of the considered views that “…it was dangerous to hand out authority without responsibility, that if we decentralize we have to make people responsible and accountable. Otherwise. . . . it would be chaos.”

For Drucker, few principles were more sacrosanct: “Whoever claims authority thereby assumes responsibility,” he wrote in Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. “But whoever assumes responsibility thereby claims authority. The two are different sides of the same coin.”

In Concept of the Corporation, Drucker was even more blunt: “Authority without responsibility is tyranny, and responsibility without authority is impotence.”

What is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare. — from “Leisure,” by W.H. Davies

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Can one of the nation’s great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let’s find out. – By Gene Weingarten Washington Post Staff Writer , Sunday, April 8, 2007  in Pearls Before Breakfast

Many of us have seen a video clip on YouTube of Joshua Bell playing violin “AT THE L’ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. “

This report in Washington Post has quite an intersting analysis on this event.

Required!!! – A New Pardigm for Managing the Natural Resources

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The demand for Energy has been building tremendous pressure on the corresponding natural resources. As a result, not only the social and economic fabric of modern life remains strained, there is increasing tendency to deploy unhealthy political strategies to gain a major share over these natural resources.

The situation is not much different for other natural resources.

Apart from the direct effects on human lives, in terms of increasing costs and shortages of these resources, indicriminate use has beeen affecting the environmental and ecological balance also.

Here is an iintersting thoght-provoking article at Strategy + Businessin an article  From Resource Managers to Resource Leaders , published on 26th March,2012, the authors Mary Stacey, Marilyn Taylor, and David Legge have very succintly bulit the case for a new way to think about natural resources — a shift in mind-set from simply managing resources to practicing resource leadership.

Resource leadership entails thinking strategically about natural resources from the moment they are pulled from the earth through to their end use. A resource leadership approach can be implemented only through intensive attention not just throughout a company, but throughout its network of producers, suppliers, regulators, and customers.

Collaboration is as complex, time-consuming, and costly as the science and engineering of pipeline technology. This is where resource leadership can shine: It builds shared responsibility for jobs, oil security, and environmental protection across all sectors.

By embracing this responsibility for the way resources are used, natural resource producers can help the rest of the world learn to employ raw materials wisely, and can safeguard their industries from competition. They can also discover a new source of resilience: their own distinctive knowledge and capability, which is one resource that is practically guaranteed to increase in value.”

Who Killed CHANGE? By Ken Blanchard, John Britt, Pat Zigarmi, and Judd Hoekstra

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I just finished reading this book -‘Who Killed Change?’

The story features a Columbo-style detective, Agent Mike McNally, who’s investigating the murder of yet another change. One by one, Agent McNally interviews thirteen prime suspects, including a myopic leader named Victoria Vision; a chronically tardy manager named Ernest Urgency; an executive named Clair Communication, whose laryngitis makes communication all but impossible; and several other dubious characters.

Here is introduction to this book:

John Britt, Pat Zigarmi, and Judd Hoekstra, coauthors of the new book “Who Killed Change?” with Ken Blanchard, talk about the book and what they think people will learn by reading this new and exciting murder-mystery:

Pat Zigarmi on Leading the CHANGE:

Our  Iceberg Is Melting – Based on the novel by John Kotter, Penguins depict the real challenges that organizations face daily. Our management course at the University of Georgia put together this video to offer a video summary of Kotter’s novel and inspire interest in a great novel about leadership and leading change in an organization.

The following clip summarizes the Key  Learnings:

Indeed a very readable – in fact a must-read – book on how to support CHANGE, by every one who wish to implement Change or even by those who do not wish to implement Change – because Change is inevitable and ever so difficult ! ! ! ! !

“Ishvar Parmar – The Multi-dimensional Creator”

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The Institute of Youth Development, Bhuj-Kutch has taken up a giant stride in publishing a booklet – “Ishvar Parmar – The Multi-dimensional Creator”/ ઇશ્વર પરમાર – બહુઆયામી સર્જક”  -  to document briefly the literature of Dr. Ishvar Parmar – a dedicated teacher and a versatile literary personality. There cannot be any debate on the utility of such a booklet in terms of critically documenting the literary contribution of likes of Dr. Ishvar Paramar. The simple looking task certainly assumes far greater  significance when viewed in terms of catalytic role such booklets can play in acting as bridge between otherwise distant reader and the ‘the creator working form a corner’.  It is indeed an act of great service.

Born in Reha, Kutch on 6th October, 1941 to Shri Damajibhai Paramar and Smt. Ramkunvarben Paramar, Dr. Paramar has settled in Dwarka in the dedicated pursuit of his chosen profession of the teacher. The family was in the business of farming, small time trading and construction contractors, but Dr. Paramar was destined to become a dedicated teacher. Early schooling in Kutch and then in Mumbai [Bombay, in those days] ,therefore did not stop at graduation in Economics, but went on to additional education by way B.Ed. (Gujarati-Hindi) to further M.Ed. and M.A. (Hindi). His wife, Smt. Artiben was also a teacher and so are the two daughters.

The subject of his doctorate thesis – Review of Educational References in the Gujarati Social Novels of pre-Independence 1937-47 decade and post-Independence 1967-77 decade – epitomizes the hidden dimensions of a researcher and a literary creator embedded simultaneously in a teacher that makes the “Ishvar Paramar” – a multi-dimensional virtuoso.

His multi-tasking forays have successfully continued even when he was a full – time dedicated, creative, experimenter, and innovator teacher first.

His literary urge itched him when he was 10, and he was ‘infatuated with a wish to see his name below any writing’. This dream came true soon enough when his poem “ Mini maasi e laaadvaa khaadhaa [Aunty Cat hogs sweets]” in Children Section of the daily Janshakti. Since then, the rigors of his own studies or duties of a teacher could not dampen the flow of his literary works.

His literary works include Children Literature, Parental Care literature, Children Literature critique, Pedagogic and Training literature. He has also been actively involved in the editorial responsibilities of textbook writing, Consultation for textbooks and co-authoring the textbook for the teachers’ training.

He credits his ‘practice of pleasing the inner mischievous innocence’ for his interest in as well as originality of his works of children literature1.  His statement, ‘Just went on writing’ is simple reflection of his inherent modesty and natural creativity. His children literature very easily straddles child development and child care aspects. His writing style is savoury enough to keep the interest of the children engaged and his language just simple. Short, but meaningful sentences and special sound-like words have introduced a whiff of freshness in Gujarati Literature for the children. His underlying philosophy has been to “make children come to stories, preferably tell them the stories”. Not known to work in large numbers , but to create high-quality, he has 12 children story books, 7 critiques and 5 child care books in his repertoire.

Dr. Paramar has indeed documented his professional life in the form of his books on Education and Training2. These books truly reflect his mettle as teacher and researcher – e.g. his knack to recognize individuals and his planned, meticulous approach. His language does sound that of a teacher, which helps in arresting the counter-thought process of even his disagreeing reader. Shri Raghuvir Chaudhari has aptly summed this up while reviewing his book – ‘Education in the social novels’ – based on his doctoral thesis: “This thesis will be noted for Shri Paramar’s scientific work-style and brevity and will be a torch-bearer of the subsequent researchers. This is because of deep-rooted embedded true sensitivity of a live critic, rather than that of a teacher’s thought-process only.”

Dr. Ishvar Paramar ‘s literary reach3 has transcended the boundaries of children, education and training literature. The natural brevity of his style has resulted in several extra-short stories. He has effectively used readers’ imagination to transmit the subtle meaning in his such stories. He has very adroitly deployed similes to heighten the impact in his extra-short stories. Dr. Parmar has very successfully maintained an arm’s distance as a writer, from his personal beliefs and feelings, while compiling poems on Krshna and Dwaraka  in ‘I saw the Dvaramati’ ['દીઠી અમે દ્વારામતી']  or while introducing the  work of Krishna in ‘ Karunasagar Dvarkadhish’ ['કરૂણાસાગર દ્વારિકાધીશ'].

The young, neo-literary-critics – Pooja Kashyap Soni, pujaks12@yahoo.in ,   [‘Dr. Ishvabhai Paramar’s Children’s Literature’ 1] – (“ડૉ. ઇશ્વરભાઇ પરમારઃ બાળસાહિત્યકાર”), Pallavi K Shah, plvshah@gmail.com , [‘Dr. Ishvar Parmar’s Educational Literature’2] (“ડૉ.ઇશ્વર પરમારનાં કેળવણી વિષયક પુસ્તકો” )અને Mona Liya , monabhuj@gmail.com, [Dt. Ishvar Paramar’s Other Literature’ 3]  (“ડૉ. ઇશ્વર પરમારની અન્ય સાહિત્યકૃતિઓ”) – have been able to full justice to the entire spectrum of Dr. Paramar’s literary life within the constraint of  the short space allotted to them.

Even granting that this booklet is a ‘small step’ in documenting the all-round , all-encompassing review of Dr. Ishvar Parmar’s literary works, its value would have multiplied manifold if the appended list of his books would have included additional details like name of the publisher, year of publication and price. This would have brought the readers almost at the doorstep of the treasure of Dr. Paramar’s wroks..

The Institute of Youth Development can extend the reach of this highly valuable effort by digitizing the booklet and then deploying the digital distribution platforms.

CONTACTS:

  • Dr. Ishavar Paramar : Oppostite Sidhdhnath, Dvaraka 361 335       Cell Phone: +91 94 27 28 47 42
  • Publishers: The Institute of Youth Development, 23, Ambika Society, Hospital Road, Bhuj – Kutch 370 001 //  iyd.bhuj@gmail.com
  • Editor: Shri Haresh Dholakia, New Mint Road, Bhuj- Kutch 370 001  //  haresh.dholakia@yahoo.com

WATER

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Winter Haze Blankets China

Winter Haze Blankets China (Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

It takes 35 gallons of water to make one cup of coffee. Why? All the water used to cultivate the coffee beans. Similarly, it can take about 635 gallons to make one hamburger because of all the water required to grow feed for the cows.

The need for clean fresh water is increasing rapidly, too, as populations rise and standards of living improve around the world. In some places — such as central California, the North China Plains, and parts of India —  the demand for water is already outstripping the local supply.

Because global water consumption is expected to increase by 40% over the next 20 years, water shortages may get more acute and more widespread, spurring more reliance on desalination technologies, water reuse, and conservation. The results could have massive economic, ecological, and geopolitical consequences, creating investing opportunities in places you may never have considered.

 

—- Courtesy: “Thinking Big – Put The Power of Our Insights to Work for You” on http://www.fidelity.com/thinking as posted on http://www.washingtonpost.com

Leap Year and Leap Day: Pictures of People Leaping About, in Honor of February 29 – LIFE

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Leap Year and Leap Day: Pictures of People Leaping About, in Honor of February 29 – LIFE.

The irrepressible LIFE comes up with one more of a very innovative, equally interesting, photo story.

This time the topic is Leap Year.

Be prepared to enjoy great photographs and archive them for frequently re-visiting.