Invoke Planet Pluto!

I love metaphors!

A metaphor enigmatically whispers a connection.

For me, Pluto is an apt allegory for Transformation.

 

Astrologically, Pluto is associated with renewal and rebirth. Pluto conveys releasing of dormant power. Pluto is planet of expiration and resurgence…redeeming our own existence and emerging out as much resilient being. It represents endings and new beginnings, as well as transcendental growth and reawakening.

 

Traditionally, many dynamic entrepreneurs have set the golden path for the “entrepreneurial upsurge” in our country. Unquestionably, today the same “entrepreneurial spirit” is being acknowledged as the momentous driving force of the Indian economy. However, the changing business environment has overturned all professed successful business practices of the past. The changing scenario is increasingly demanding an altogether different approach towards sustaining successful business enterprises. Interestingly, transforming such archaic entrepreneurial convictions, is becoming the most decisive factor for the survivability and progression of an enterprise in the global environment.

 

Indian Promoters are extremely good at generating revenue and managing complexities of the business, but are like a “walking catastrophe” at leaving behind an evolved organizational legacy. Today, MSMEs just can’t relax with incremental developments, they must drastically re-evaluate their strategy to grow, sustain, and remain. Many do not even realize their own growth potential.

 

If an enterprise is not ready to embrace desired changes needed to survive, it will inescapably collapse.Even a deep entrenched MSME, when faced with major disruptive challenges, cannot change the course that swiftly. I believe, majority of MSMEs need redemption.

 

Yes! It is time for MSME universe to invoke its planet Pluto…the sphere of transformation.

A simple check list for all the entrepreneurs, who are contemplating to jump into big next growth orbit, is given below:

 

Evaluate if your business frequently airs following manifestations?

  • Frequently shifting business priorities

  • Dwindling behind competition without any justifiable reason

  • Finding skills/knowledge of existing employees too short for the futuristic dynamic growth dreams.

  • Sluggish and faltered execution of significant growth projects.

  • Stretched unplanned twirls of deliberations followed by highly hectic pressure for overnight realization of results.

  • Never-ending meetings with kaleidoscopic focus on business realities.

  • Excessively restrained and fortified for experimentation.

  • Facing high attrition of star professionals with large residual mass of old deadwoods.

  • Unenthusiastic about integrating new technology initiatives

  • Highly centralized at top. Every decision needs final approval.

  • Suffering from silos of functional empires.

  • Lots of time invested in crisis resolution and unproductive activities.

  • When you exactly know “what”, but unable to envisage the “how” part.

  • Apparent complacency and indecisiveness prevails in the culture

  • Every time team fails to meet panned and agreed monthly business targets without any palpable rational

  • Decision making grinds to a halt in absence of senior functional leaders.

  • Customers appreciate your intentions but unhappy with your actual service/product.

  • Essentially employees are indifferent towards company’s failure or success.

Picturize your company and evaluate…even if 30 % of the statements are reflecting true reality of your business…it is time for you to embrace the transformation.

Realize your warning signals!

Change is inevitable in an organization’s life. A caterpillar has no idea what is to become of it. Often it can be difficult to know where transformation will lead us until after it is complete. Transformation suggests significant shifts in an organization’s thinking, behavior, systems, and culture. But, many enterprises, undervaluing the significant gap between current business thinking and a transformed entrepreneurial approach, are strained for continued existence in competitive arena.

How to transform an organization?

What are the constituents of the transformation and how do leaders lead their organization through the change processes?

Next Orbit is a boutique consulting firm, capable of amalgamating rich professional experiences and exclusively designed transformational processes for MSMEs.

Next Orbit provides MSMEs with transformation, advisory and consulting services across multiple industry sectors.

We, at Next Orbit, are equipped to bridge the gap between an entrepreneur’s dream and the business realities. We help an entrepreneur in building his/her transformational leadership skills and driving expected results.

Regardless of your business complexities, offering tangible business impact is our promise.

(The author is Managing Partner at Next Orbit Consulting LLP and can be contacted at babayagnik@gmail.com/www.bhagwatyagnik.com)

 

Transformation is not an isometry!

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Do you remember your physics?

I do!

Thanks to my highly “numerical-obsessed” provincial high school teacher in a laidback humble small town in Rajasthan.

I still remember the definition of Isometric Transformation.

An isometric transformation is a transformation that preserves the distances and angles between a pre-image and its image.

Put simply, in an isometric transformation the image is exactly the same size and shape as its pre-image.

Today, while dealing with organizational transformation in various enterprises, I have resonated that simple statement again and again “transformation is not an isometry”.

Transformation does not mean just “doing things differently”. The process is much deeper, it means “becoming different”. It demands metamorphosis of old patterns. A transformation program is a radical, meticulously commissioned process, that builds an organization’s capabilities to change, and ensures its alacrity towards looming business challenges.

It is actually a new paradigm scenario. Organizational transformation positions an enterprise to a new direction and revitalizes it to higher orbits of readiness.

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Next Orbit : Visioning Change

We owe our success to You…!

We have always assisted you in realizing your dreams…!

We are delighted to share our company’s advancement with you

Yagnik Management Consultants Pvt.Ltd

is now

Next Orbit Consulting LLP

Leading Transformative Change

We are rebranding our company as Next Orbit to rightly align our distinctiveness with the expertise we offer to our client organization

We are here because of your unceasing support

A new chapter has begun at Next Orbit

Translate Your Future with us and Evolve…!

Personal Warm Regards
Bhagwat Yagnik
Managing Partner
NEXT ORBIT CONSULTING LLP
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Enigma of Silos…!

“Silo builds the wall in people’s minds and creates the barrier in organizations’ “hearts.”
Pearl Zhu,

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Organizational silos are like cultivated citadels within a company.

Last week, I had an intense discussion on this topic with the Managing Director of a large manufacturing organization in Mumbai. While sipping revitalising Yorkshire Tea, inside his well-ornamented sea-facing office at Nariman Point , I could feel his raw vulnerability in infuriated outburst.  “I don’t see that it’s worth my time to act like an umpire between my HODs. They are the ones that make things happen around here and shockingly, same HODs are incapable of getting along like two grown-up mature adults. They are behaving so childish. Honestly, I do not have luxury of time to waste on such petty issues.”

I instinctively asked him, “Who is responsible? Who has let allowed such bargained and warped relationship concreted among them ? Who should be blamed for this quandary?”

Silos are usually defined as groups of employees that lean towards working as self-regulated units within an organization. Essentially, when employees are left to their own comfort zones, they tend to get colonized and ingrain their own distinctly insulated culture within the organization. Often, the forbidding caustic influence of such silos indefensibly pedestals dysfunctionalities in most organizations. Conceivably, silos are manifested symptoms of a larger embryonic organizational disorder. These contagious symptoms creep-in gently and then spread-over the organization as a “cure-resistant” ailment.  

The intimidating enigma of silos has been argued and debated in brooding corporate board rooms for eras without twigging to any comprehensible antidote. Silos, in reality, are tolerated disobedient excuses. We can easily conclude that an organizational culture that tolerates or emboldens silos, often gets wedged up in the vortex of personality linked skirmishes. 

An effective leader always try to put an end to silos in the organization so as to circumvent following direct repercussions:

  • Breeding of brutishly inward looking coteries

  • Tangled priorities

  • Restricted optimization of individual potential

  • Controlled flow of obligatory information

  • Clogging of synchronized decision making

  • Unnecessary crowd-piling (of scares resources)

  • Engendering distrust and reinforcement of self-focused defiance

  • Creating ghoulish competition

  • Condensed positivity.

  • Blurred functional transparency

  • Lumping spirit of co-creation, cooperation, and agile culture

  • Nourishing power starved characters

  • Exasperating unbiased employees

For me, functional silos are not accidental and do not emerge overnight.

The provenance is always at the top of the organization and lashes downwards as spiteful streams in the hierarchy.

The big question is: Are we unintentionally encouraging and rewarding people for effectively manipulating organizational vulnerabilities? Sometimes, the competing work climate and scientifically micro-calibrated reward system in the organization, inadvertently amplify juvenile behavior in the organization.

The territorial hostilities are result of unconsciously fostered belligerent leadership team at the top that essentially echoes the conceded moral beliefs in the organization. Perhaps, the silos are an unscrupulous leakage of supremacy tournaments. Besides, even power-mongered employees of the siloed functions, get their bosses’ tacit backing for the advantage of nursing their fiefdoms. Unfortunately, the pretentious and despotic leadership of the company, securely attributes it to functional incompetence, indistinct cross-functional processes, immaturity of people, and poor team work. Of course, these factors do play a significant role in compartmentalization of the work culture, but (predominantly) leadership team is singularly accountable for humanizing an effective resolution for such issues.

So, what a CEO should do to win-over the underwired silo mind-sets:

  • Build a shared unified purpose in the organization

  • Tear-off silos by being transparent and talking straight  

  • Shift focus from “me & my department” to “organization” first

  • Stop rewarding only “vertical excellence” in the organization

  • Encourage multiple horizontal team projects with common goals

  • Educate employees to dismantle (psychological) functional boundaries

  • Introduce planned rotation to avoid people becoming a tribe.

  • Encourage common celebration-platforms to enhance social networking

  • Reassure people to share and accept their mistakes

  • Redirect an “internally competitive” mind-set to prove the edge over competition

  • Nip it early, before it gets institutionalized

  • Confront hard with the pollutants responsible for surreptitiously engineering silos

Everything ultimately boils down to the leadership and sharing culture in the organization. Providing an enjoyable and seamless organization culture should be enough motivation for people to rally around a common purpose.

Yes! It is a tough cultural challenge to address silos. Often, an organization does not have maturity and systematic processes of questioning such behaviour. Yet, the leadership team is singularly responsible for creating a work environment that enables engagement, empowerment, cooperation, and innovation.They are accountable for transforming an organization from fraternity-entrenched work climate to highly integrated agile work climate. 

Want to challenge the status quo?

Let’s have a probing dialogue. My reflections will certainly enable you to pinhole the bulging dysfunctionality in your organization.

 

 

The Uncompromisable Leadership Obligations

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious”

~ John Scully

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Last week at Udaipur, the cloudy grey morning with unbroken pelting of rain, confided me (providentially to a picturesque lake-side log-hut) from my otherwise intended second round of leadership intervention for a client organization. The accidental day off and solitary caging led me to think about apparent leadership compromises in one of my client organizations. Over the past few consulting years, I have observed the agonising disintegration in the quality of leadership courage in several Indian enterprises. Quarantined in my room, I got sufficient time to expediently introspect about the essential leadership debts. Their indispensable obligations, like, rendering of vision into reality, people engagement, achievement focus, and many more.  

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REFLECTIONS: IMPRESSIONS – PART II

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

-Lao Tzu

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This blog is a tearful tribute to my younger brother whom I lost just few days back.

SHOCK is probably too light a word to express. Jovial, bright, and ever smiling. A true leader and a remarkable human being who merits not only respect but also celebration. He just didn’t seem to ever think and shy of believing himself as a true team leader. But I do and many more who came all the way from far remote locations to Mukti-Dhaam (cremation ground) to witness the last conquest of their much-loved leader. In his professional life, his work ethic and impeccably high standards translated into a successful and prominent sales career. His every action inspired his team to dream more, do more and become more. This blog is a homage to a true leader. Continue reading

REFLECTIONS : IMPRESSIONS – PART I

Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light, 
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours, 
is your ultimate
 ART.” 
― Suzy Kassem

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Life’s a journey filled with lessons, hardships, anguishes, blisses, festivities and special moments. You can choose to ride the journey of your life however you want. If you are looking for a catalyst that will re-connect you with that bit of your soul, reflect back on your life journey. There’s something inside us all that craves to make an optimistic impact on the world around us. As George Bernard Shaw said, Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Our life journey will always have deep impressions on our character, choices, and responses. Every milestone of my journey has helped me re-focus on my goals. Not only challenging me emotionally and intellectually, it has also provided an opportunity for my personal growth and professional genuineness. Through this blog, sharing few of my life and career images with you…! I have labelled my thoughts & quotes as ‘Reflections: Impressions’ and this is Part-I. Continue reading

WHEN TRIED BY FIRE…TAME YOUR TURN-ONS!

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.

-Edwin H Chapin

www.en.wikipedia.orgAre you troubled by something that happened at work in your past?

Are you enslaved and incapacitated by lingering thoughts of revulsion, touchiness, and animosity towards your boss or peers, bit by bit, literally bloating your head?

Why we all care so much about what other people think of us? Why their acuities have reflexively encompassed every facet of our being?

Just remember one thing, in corporate ecosphere, oppressive behaviour comes in all forms. Subjective vindication is much complex and pervasive sensation in otherwise cramped corporate power corridors.  At some point in our career, we all have inadvertently stumbled upon such caustic power-mines. Regrettably, it materializes more frequently as we climb up the ladder. 

Yet, whether we think about it consciously or not, one important question continues to stay alive beneath such experiences: How one should react to such methodically premeditated career assaults? Continue reading

The Lines and Boxes have a Purpose!

Yagnik Management Consultants

Facilitating Cultural Transformation 

& Designing Predictable Organizational Architecture

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An Organization Design is a Corporate Self-Reflection.

A Web of Integration and Differentiation.

A Dynamic Energy Matrix of Fission & Fusion.

It demands engrained imbuing of Stability in Continuity & Flexibility in Rigidity.

Traditionally, enterprises are proud of investing heaps of money on growth strategies. Yet, very little genuinely gets translated into the projected results. Regrettably, the significance of culture never gets priority on the ‘table’ of the decision makers. Besides, leadership has proven to be bit elusive towards demands of change management. 

It takes long for an enterprise to realize that success is directly contingent upon its deeply embedded culture. Transforming an organization’s culture is a demanding leadership challenge. Most of the time, we  pretend to be satisfied with episodically introduced “Magic-Potion” of few widely held but uncharacteristic “fairy-tale” interventions to address extremely intertwined and reciprocally reinforcing influences of various organizational elements. Alas! That is not likely to help your organization. Eventually, such efforts fail, despite indicating flickering light of  progression for a while. 

Organizational Design and Cultural Transformation initiatives are highly interlinked. Today, organizational architecture leans towards integrating all the significant elements of agility and displays noteworthy features of an organic design with a self-empowered team structures. Eventually, an organizational design must fit your business strategy. Correspondingly, organization culture is equally a deceptive but determining factor in the success of the organization. It refers to deeply imbedded beliefs, ideologies, principles and values that the individuals of an organization share and practice. Finally, Culture shapes the character of the organization. 

Many of my clients find it increasingly difficult to drive performance in a dysfunctional structure. The ever changing disruptive market realities are recurrently unsettling  their business strategies  and they do not know where to begin or simply don’t know what to do. 

We have a very entrepreneurial approach to change management.

We are specialized in addressing all your specific challenges in effectively launching transformational initiatives. Invite us as your partner in resolving all critical concerns you are encountering while designing an architecture for a performance driven enterprise. 

We will assist you in avoiding common missteps.

Just reach out to us…!

Bhagwat Yagnik

Founder & CEO

Yagnik Management Consultants

www.bhagwatyagnik.com

EMail ID:babayagnik@gmail.com

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Are You A Good Example For Others To Follow?

यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठस्तत्तदेवेतरो जनः यत्प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते

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“yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate”

(Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. Chapter-3/Karma Yoga/Verse 21)

This is so true for a leader…!

Leaders are role models. A leader who stimulates and inspires us to strive for greatness and live to our fullest potential is certainly a role model.

A sensitive leader positively sets high standards of accountability for his own behaviour as a role model. It is an established fact that leadership is best learned  through “identifying” or “internalizing” the demonstrated behavior of distinguished leaders. A leader should recognize that his prime contribution to the organization is the “behavior he nurtures” and allows to blossom. Often leaders don’t care or probably don’t realize how meticulously they are being scrutinized and ‘watched’ by their subordinates. Unfortunately, majority of leaders are hard-wired to lead by “brainpower” and not by their “souls”. They are programmed or conditioned to put ‘equations’ of business much before the progressiveness of the human spirit. Naturally so, ultimately the leadership is all about delivering results and achieving goals in any given circumstances (sometimes at any cost). Particularly now, when survival strategies are redefined in majority of corporates to circumvent hard-nosed disruptive competition and the conventional 21st century management practices are ferociously debated and invalidated at every confluence.

In business, emotional sensitivity is generally gossiped as a “delicate” mental predisposition, one that responds to the business complexities and struggles with unreasonably engaged campaigning. Therefore, it is obvious that an intuitively sensitive leader is generally perceived as antiquated and antediluvian in today’s work environment.   Continue reading