We know the story by heart. Running fast along the path, the hare laughs at the tortoise slowly laboring along. Humiliated, the tortoise challenges the hare to join a race. Slowly and steadily, the tortoise reaches the finishing line, even as the hare clumsily runs after a short nap, which unfortunately had turned into a long one!!
Moral of the story: Slow and steady wins the race. The moral captures the behavior, it misses the mindset – the mindset of an underdog!
Tortoise was operating from the mindset of an underdog. It had nothing to lose, and everything to win…..
When operating from an underdog mindset,
Our motto becomes ‘Never give up’. When we fall, we get up, dust ourselves and start to walk or run again. Even as the cycle of run-fall-rise-learn-run become unending, underdogs focus not on the falls, but on the learning from the failures. Thus, getting smarter and better along the way
Away from the limelight, we have an opportunity to observe others around us – learn from their success and their mistakes and constantly improve and develop ourselves
Finally, as an underdog, we set our own metrics and challenge ourselves, competing with ourselves rather than with others. We set our own benchmarks
How comfortable are we to to be an underdog – as an individual, team or organization?
Do we recognize the situations when adopting underdog mindset it the best one.
At the outset, I would like to thank you for stopping by my Blog.
I believe that there is nothing right or wrong in this world. What’s right in this moment and context may be wrong in another moment and context. This belief has inspired me to name my blog ‘Perspectives’.
Perspectives is a platform for me to share my experiences, thoughts and perspectives on various subjects. You may have a different point of view. I look forward to hearing them, these are the triggers for rich and deep conversations.
On personal front, I live in Mumbai, India. I love to read; Somerset Maugham and Nevil Shute are my favorite authors. My favorite books are The Razor’s Edge, Mrs. Craddock, Chequer Board and Gone with the Wind. I am thankful to my father who inculcated the habit of reading in me early on.
I am also passionate about traveling, I have been to most parts of India and to several countries across the globe.
On professional front, I work in Human Resources function. Over two and half decades, I have worked across multiple industries and cultures. I focus on Leadership Development, Talent Management, Visioning and Culture, Large-scale change, Employee Listening & Engagement, Employee Well-being, Inclusive work culture, HR effectiveness, Behavior and Mind-set shifts through sustained interventions
I currently lead Organization Effectiveness Function for Aditya Birla Group, a $44.3 billion conglomerate with 120000 employees across 35 countries.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading my blog. I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.
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