It was the best of Times, It was the worst of Times, It was the age of Wisdom, It was the age of Foolishness, It was epoch of Belief, It was epoch of Incredulity, It was a the season of Light, It was the season of Darkness…
So go the opening lines from Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. As I started to write this blog, I couldn’t find more apt words than these to describe what we see happening around us in the political and corporate world.
Beliefs are been forged and shaken, Trust garnered and then shattered, Sages on stage say one thing and do another, People are worshipped and then sacrificed at altar of profit…
As I’ve said earlier, I say again: the linchpin of these behaviours is the Culture and Value system of countries and companies; Epitomized by those chosen to lead them!
If culture be the bedrock of corporates then we must lean on it in times of change and turmoil. It’s the easiest to forgo and forgo but ruthless in terms of its repercussions and results. And we are seeing that around us as I write…What’s happening in Infosys today will go down in the history of corporate world as iconic case study of rise and fall of corporate culture and what’s happening with the US presidency is bound to spark another season of “House of Cards”
But all is not lost! Circle of life is just that – A Circle. What gives me hope and energy is the belief in “Removal of Obstacles” and “New Beginnings” symbolized by the on-going Ganesh Chaturthi festival in India. And if you happen to live in Mumbai, like I do, It’s not just tough, but impossible to stay immune to festival’s fervour and staunch belief in resurgence. So all of us who are working to build a strong and sustaining Culture in organisations, it’s a “call to action” to double our efforts, give it all we’ve got, use all the tools of the trade and tricks up our sleeves to make it stick!
It’s true: “Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast” as said Peter Drucker, but then it’s equally true that “Hope springs eternal in human heart” as said Alexander Pope!
Come – It’s time for us to BELIEVE in both the sage and the saint!