I have always believed in the importance of narrative, and stories in organizations. Sometimes, these narratives assume even more importance than logical/efficient decision making. A typical example is the commonly heard “this is how we do things here”. I found an interesting blog that is dedicated to such stuff – Anecdote
. Anecdote is a consulting firm that works in this niche area.
Here’s an interesting post from Anecdote – the difference between a sound argument and a good story
Bruner called the two modes of thought ‘logico-scientific’ (or paradigmatic) and ‘narrative’, arguing that:
the types of causality implied in the two modes are palpably different. The term then functions differently in the logical proposition ‘if x, then y’ and in the narrative recit ‘The king died, and then the queen died.’ One leads to a search for universal truth conditions, the other for likely particular connections between two events – mortal grief, suicide, foul play. (pp. 11–12)
To compare the two modes, Bruner claimed, is to understand the difference between a sound argument and a good story.
I will be posting links to interesting articles that try to answer this question that has troubled mankind for long. Will update this post over the next few days.
Steve Jobs – You’ve got to find what you love
Po Bronson’s book – What should I do with my life?
Most attempt to answer it with one eye open, one eye closed. We let our fears govern our decisions; rather than challenging the validity of those fears, we accept the boundaries set by those fears, and end up confining our search to a narrow range of possibilities, like the guy looking for his car keys under the streetlight because he’s afraid of the dark. Some broad examples: we confine ourselves to a range that is acceptable to our parents or our spouse; we confine ourselves to places inhabited only by people “like us,” meaning of our class and education level; we place too much emphasis on being respected by an imaginary audience; we shy away from avocations that take a long time to mature and pay off
On Jan 21st, I wrote this on an alumni group of XLRI
“I doubt if the i-Phone will succeed – the main reason being that for once Apple is entering into a field that already has a lot of path breaking innovation happening (in a few years phones went from being just phones to cameras to music players to e-mail clients etc).
The I-pod, on the other hand, was launched in an environment where there was hardly any innovation happening on the portable music player front. The Macintosh, and its GUI was also launched in a similar technological environment. Both these products turned into icons because of the disruptive innovation they brought in. Iconic products tend to tap into the customer’s need to identify with something that is path breakingly unique unique, and not possessed by many (atleast to start off with).
My guess is that the i-Phone does not have enough disruptive innovation built into it.”
On Jan 24th, Peter Fader, in an interview featured at Knowledge@Wharton said:
Fader: Apple is facing a very different market. It’s a market that’s far more mature than the MP3 Player market was at the time. It’s a far more sophisticated customer base. Apple had the opportunity to go into the MP3 market and basically reshape that market and create the standard for customers’ tastes and preferences.
Those things have already been done by the myriad players in the cell phone market. Apple can do a very limited amount of reshaping. I think that when this phone actually hits the market, some of the grand visions that Steve Jobs has as well as some of the Apple zealots are going to be rather disappointed.
Interesting to note the high degree of similarity. Talk about synchronicity!
“I had expected raucous crowds, filth, stampeding multitudes and ghastly conditions. Instead, among the dirt poor pilgrims that moved towards the sangam, I found dignity, introspection and a deep quiet.Among the rogues and trickers in the sadhu samaj, I found philosophers, graduates in physics and chemistry for whom god was a quest for the ancient energy that started the earth.”
The Kumbh reminds us of the purity in man’s eternal quest for truth, which these days has been defiled by the likes of VHP who claim to be representatives of Hinduism.
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