They are very venomous only to teach the corporate

ImageAbout the Brazilian wandering spiders, the corporate world, especially the leaders must know well.  Unlike many species of spiders that live in their web or lair, the wandering spiders usually wander in the jungle floor or hide beneath dried leaves or reside inside termite mounds.   They are one of the most venomous spiders in the world.  The venom is so deadly and can kill humans. 


Interestingly the spider is not as big as to our imagination.  The body size may measure only a few centimeters.  The spider has venom and it may be to kill its prey or for its defense.  Such a small spider definitely would expect threat only from the animals of similar size or just above than that.  Its prey also can only smaller than it or just equal to it.  The question is why such a small spider carries such deadly poison.  Why nature has created this arachnid differently, than others ‘as a wanderer’.  If this spider lives in its web, humans and many other animals can easily avoid it. 


It appears nature has definite reason and purpose for the above.   Danger never should be in the ‘known’.  If it is known, it is not danger as all sensible life forms can easily avoid it.  Only when it is not known or it can strike from an unknown quadrant, one will be alert, careful, vigilant and watchful.   If this order is not created by nature, carelessness and chaos only will prevail as people can know what is dangerous and what is not. 


The market reality, competition, global changes, changing expectation of the end users etc., are like ‘deadly poisonous Brazilian wandering spiders’.  They can strike the corporate to death without any forewarning or prelude.   Only when people are vigilant, watchful, careful, alert etc., can sustain the space, value and relevance of the organization and its products. 


Above is true for individuals also.  They have to be alert in knowing the development that is happening around, must improve and improvise their skills & knowledge, must inculcate leadership qualities and capabilities etc to remain ‘unchallengeable’ in the organization.  By singing the ‘saga’ of yesteryear or what they have achieved decades ago will not offer any immunity to them from the ‘Brazilian wandering spider’ in the business world.


Unfortunately, some corporate and its leaders know only to recite what ‘innovation’ they had made decades ago and nothing else.  The truth is that they have nothing else to talk.  Some corporate that is owned by ‘single man’ do often engage in such discourses.  In most interviews, they talk only about the history of their achievement. 


The creation of Brazilian wandering spider is not just another creation of nature.  It has been created only to send out a strong management message to the corporate leaders.   The likely uncertainty in the market place is like the wandering spider and it can kill or paralyze the organization if the organization fails to conduct itself with the required level of alertness and awareness.  Even a little storm in the tea cup in business world also must be interpreted sensibly.  It can be a sign of change.  If it is under read, the consequence would be disastrous. 


Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai   







It is for you and not for me…a spider to corporate HR

ImageThe corporate people must seek the answer from the management perspective, as why spiders don’t get trapped or ensnarled in their web whereas their prey animals easily get trapped?  


Before attempting to answer the above question, one has to ask why spiders build the web.  Most animals build their nest, burrows or hides only to protect themselves from the predators.  Further such safe place is also required for them to rear and nurse the young ones.   However, the spider is different from most animals.  The primary purpose of building the web is only to trap the prey. 


Another important thing is that the web is made by both sticky and non sticky materials.  Since the spiders know the difference, they avoid getting trapped in their ‘trap’ that they set for others. 


Every corporate will have one or many such spiders.  Their only job is to trap others at the behest of the bosses or the top management or the HR function.  When they effectively trap people and pass such information to the corporate leaders, they are only proving their effectiveness.  Even if someone goes and complain to the top management or the HR function about such people as they do nothing but spying and trapping people and even if they offers sufficient evidences against such people, no action will be taken against them.  All such evidences will never hold any water and these spiders never get caught in them.


Why these spiders never get caught is because they are appointed only to ‘spy and trap’ people in corporate as what people are doing, do they have any contact with the competitor company, do they pass any secrets of the organization etc.  The question is not about these people and what they do is right or not.


No one in the organization can trap these people like how a spider never gets trapped in its web.  It makes the web only to trap others.   Similarly these people are appointed only to trap others and none can trap them.


If you lodge a complain about someone to the top management and after you have provided sufficient evidence about their activity, still the top management or the HR function is not taking any action against them means, you will have to assume and accept in all probability, they are ‘spiders’ in the corporate and are appointed/created by the management like how nature has created ‘spiders’.  They will definitely make the web only to trap people and they will never get trapped in such webs. 


To avoid getting trapped in such webs, one has to be frugal and straight forward.  Once the high ethics and morals are followed and practiced by all, these spiders will definitely vanish from the corporate ecosystem. 


Many corporate and HR functions engage and employ ‘spiders’ to espionage people.  Building trust and infusing confidence on people is inevitable rather than checking/suspecting the ‘integrity’ of people.


Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai     


From horse to corporate…a HR wisdom

It is often said that if one wants to know/understand a horse, especially where a horse looks or focuses, how its mood and temperament are, one has to look at the direction and position of its ears.   The direction and position of ears of the horse often help one to predict the likely behaviour of a horse.Image


If the ears are directed forward, its focus is on the object in the front and if they are directed to some other direction, accordingly the horse may be looking at things that are in the direction of its ears.  If the two ears are directed in two separate directions, the horse is definitely not comfortable and cool.  An element of worry is there in the mind of the equine.  


To know the capability, attentiveness, commitment and task orientation of people in corporate, several such simple techniques/indicators are available.  If such techniques are employed and behavioural/leadership indicators are studied in detail, a complete blue print of people with reference to their capability, leadership instincts, intelligence etc can be measured and clearly understood.


Once such measure is made and people are understood, the corporate can avoid the scope for having undue expectation from such people.  Further, the people can be engaged in the right way. 


Unfortunately, most corporate leaders ‘use’, ‘engage’ and ‘employ’ wrong choice of people to achieve the goal of the corporate.   Naturally the wrong people can get / bring only wrong result.  This message must be well understood by the corporate leaders and HR function. 


Understand the people based on their capabilities and assign the responsibilities accordingly.  To understand, learn the ‘art’ and ‘trick’ of knowing the indicators and learn to interpret them wisely.   Let the interpretation come out of tested behavioural/leadership indicators like how the temperament and mood of a horse can be judged from the direction and position of its ears. 


The conflicts in corporate are often due to lack of understanding and lack of clarity among people, especially, between boss-subordinates.   Understanding the people should be to increase the performance of people and not to limit their opportunity.   This should be the essence of knowing the capability of people in corporate.


Observation of nature will help one to know what is there in nature and knowing will give insight to ‘know the unknown in the known’.  The HR function must seriously engage in learning the nature and its creation as there is enormous management learning is possible from nature.


Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai