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I in India!

June 23, 2010

This battle is between I and We. I see a strong “I” in India but why is “We” looking so blurred!

Few months before, I went through a Lean training in Office (no no.. its not one of those weight losing trainings). Lean is a concept followed by many manufacturing industries and one of which is Toyota. In brief, lean reduces hierarchical structure and brings everyone in a team (mostly a team of 10). And this team is expected to deliver as a team. Either we sail through or we sink! And did you notice? Its WE and not I. There is a fundamental change here. Earlier also it was a team but still that I used to stand out in the team. But now.. it does not matter how well you perform! If the team does not achieve the desired targets, it does not matter how well you perform individually.

So here I was. A small “me” wondering:

“Will we be able to bring this fundamental change?”,
“Its a mindset change!”
“Its a change of role, you are no longer a lead but you are more of a support to the team.”

Though the Indian history does not very well support this belief.

The infamous famous battle between King Puru and Alexander the great exposed the frailities of the team. Lose of Kind Puru’s kingdom to Alexander the great can be attributed to no cohesion between the cavalry and the infantry. Elephants in the cavalry started trampling people in the infantry.

Coming little further…

Babur’s victories at Panipat and at Khanua (against the Rajputs) were partly a result of the same deficiencies!

And Indian Military is no exception…

Indian Military, there has been conflicts between generals. In 1962 Indo-Chinese war, the commander at Se-La confessed that “private animosities, personal weakness and in many cases lack of mutual confidence amoung the commanders.. led to disaster.”

Not very motivating examples of team work in the history. But I do hope to see someΒ successful stories of teamwork in future.

I want to see the ‘We’ in India not only the ‘I’!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2010 2:42 am

    You raise an interesting point about Lean! Lean is not individualistic!

    In my understanding, teamwork is important in Lean! It is also about waste reduction and faster turnaround! Again, it is a vast subject!

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 24, 2010 8:05 am

      Yes you are right.. its a vast topic but the underlining part is teamwork and if we fail to succeed in that.. we cannot implement Lean!

  2. June 24, 2010 8:07 am

    ‘I” is a very important component of any group or team πŸ™‚
    What each individual strives for affects the final outcome of a team effort.
    Individuality needs to be placed second in priority to the team spirit if a group,army or a country is to succeed in it’s larger goals πŸ˜€

    • June 24, 2010 8:23 am

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 24, 2010 8:43 am

      Yeah u r right.. but the “I” stands apart and if the team is not succeeding because of other person’s mistake.. we tend to brush off saying “I finished my task in time” but in Lean.. it doesnt really matter who did what.. end of it.. Team should successfully produce some quality product.

  3. June 24, 2010 8:24 am

    I want to see the ‘We’ too πŸ™‚

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 24, 2010 8:44 am

      Yeah.. even I too.. n very desperately as things are not moving so smooth with this new “One Team” funda. We have our bonuses dependent on how the team performs and not on how I perform 😦

  4. June 24, 2010 2:21 pm

    i agree with u…v r stronger buddy..and hey thanks ya..u r sweet..

  5. June 24, 2010 2:37 pm

    πŸ™‚ and hey is yr project going yar? tc wishes

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 25, 2010 4:07 am

      hmm going hectic and so less time for blogs.. but still trying to be in touch with such good blog frnds πŸ™‚

  6. June 24, 2010 4:07 pm

    I love your pic or gravatar its called no?.. So cute πŸ™‚

    I agree.. Lean is all about Teamwork & nothing about it involves ‘I’. Although it is difficult to imagine it in a larger sense, it is the way forward!

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 25, 2010 4:08 am

      yeah.. u put it soo correctly.. I just wonder sometimes.. will lean replace all hierarchy and have a flat structure.. what abt ppl’s aspirations to grow??

  7. June 24, 2010 7:30 pm

    a very thoughful poat on We and I… difficult to incorporate, but once done that can form a very strong association.

  8. June 25, 2010 1:27 am

    the ‘i’s have to motivate each other to make a resounding ‘we’!

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 25, 2010 4:09 am

      so aptly put πŸ™‚

  9. June 25, 2010 9:28 am

    Today we were also having a discussion on working in teams. What a coincidence you post is on similar lines. Thanks dear Vineeta. You have written it well. I want to follow you, where do I sign in.

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 26, 2010 2:16 am

      are wah! thats a real co-incidence πŸ™‚ Hope to see u around here πŸ™‚

  10. June 25, 2010 3:47 pm

    “I want to see the β€˜We’ in India not only the β€˜I’!”

    Very true.

    Wont happen under the current system.

    Capitalism is based on Individualism ( read selfishness )…..and profit ( read greed )….hence its impossible to put “we” before “I”……it happens in socialism!

    • Vineeta permalink*
      June 26, 2010 2:17 am

      😦 did that sound discouraging? hmmm.. I still wish atleast in my office.. i will write one more blog may be after an year to update how lean worked for us πŸ˜€

  11. June 25, 2010 4:51 pm

    I am sure, today we can do better πŸ™‚

  12. June 26, 2010 3:29 am

    reached here πŸ™‚ but left you a comment at my blog on how to add the url to your name πŸ™‚

  13. July 26, 2010 8:49 am

    Hey further to this I & We discussion, I wish to complement you on the research done for the subject.

    Keep writing.

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