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2014 12:28 am The mind can work efficiently if our needs are structured and parked step by step in the traffic jam in our mindspace. a few years ago. Planning the day’s activities is quite unlike structuring the need of each of your working hours The difference is between allocating time and constructively absorbing objectives to efficiently channel resources for arriving at the solution In most enterprises a plethora of information is gathered through digital technology Competitors have access to the same data collected from the same sources so its uniqueness is limited How can you bring focus when they are bombarded with layer after cloudy layer of generic information The magnitude of data can overshadow or subvert the objective of catering to market needs We may believe that exhaustive data will take us forward but it actually deters our ability to effectively filter inputs And we lose sight of the specific target The mind can work efficiently if our needs are structured and parked step by step in the traffic jam in our mindspace When a need is mentally structured in different steps pertinent information can be stored in each virtual step for retrieval at the right time This applies at the individual level too Unless we prioritise the bull’s eye we only see plenty of bulls not the eye Btructuring the need when prospecting for business: Suppose you are on a mission to scout for a business opportunity in a foreign country If you take the fast easy route of collecting data on the country and your area of business you could be considered a business tourist Alternatively you can choose to see the market differently You can ask questions like what people in different socio-cultural contexts eat for breakfast here; what’s the social relationship between men and women in general; what comprises the zones of stress or of being carefree The start of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo reminded me of my visit to another football obsessed country Argentina a few years ago On TV nowadays along with the World Cup matches all channels are featuring stories on how various poor sections of Brazilians are missing out on the Games As the tickets are extremely expensive for them only the country’s rich and foreign fans are enjoying the live football In the city clean-up operation on the eve of the games even 22000 food stall owners on Sao Paulo’s streets lost their trade Only 600 vendors have been licensed to sell wares in front of the brand new massive and beautiful football stadia hosting the games Perhaps the Brazilian government did not take enough precaution to structure the need of catering to the sentiments and economic requirements of the local population The result is controversies protests and riots they are having to manage along with ensuring smooth flow of this prestigious international event A client from France had sent me to Buenos Aires to strategise with the local team on an everyday essential snacking product called criollitas Considered Argentina’s staple accompaniment this was invented 170 years ago by a Bostonian called Melville Bagley Observing football fanaticism everywhere I one day dragged my client to see the much awaited Bocca vs River Plate match To absorb the football ground climate among spectator I obliged my companions to go outside the stadium at half time to absorb what was happening there This was my real learning of Argentina than any other research I did for my client The football fervour on the streets among young and old alike was indeed amazing Hard pressed to find a link of the old FMCG brand I was working on with the new generation I turned to understand how to structure the need of these football enthusiasts mostly living in slums to what the brand had to propose to them Analysing the socio-psycho and historical context of this specific subject gave us insights into its meaning and inherent uniqueness Peppered with health and energy we have revitalised the product taste by focusing on its platform “link of generation” that met the needs of its consumers The brand has since performed exceedingly well in the market Need of the hour in India’s retail industry: India’s organised retail sector estimated at $500 billion contributes about 15% of the country’s GDP There’s a wait-and-watch situation as the FDI in multi-brand retailing policy will change Currently after 20 years organised retailers of hypermarkets and supermarket have only 4% of the business is located in costly metros and most make no profit It’s obvious the retails have not structured their need nor aligned with the retail requirement of four musts catchment excellence outstanding sourcing according to locality requirement creating merchandise theatrics to increase shopper footfall and increase the number of bills and bill size; in sum what I buy and how I sell Repeat purchase is the most important factor in the retail industry To get that you have to mentally live with consumers seek them out to find your success and look at in every shopper touch point how you structure your delivery to respond to shoppers need Outsourcing a service: Structuring the need of outsourcing a service depends on the quality of human intelligence in the sourcing function in any enterprise A company may need to outsource certain services to reduce responsibility of directly managing extra manpower in their organisation But mere focus on cost reduction will not encourage your outsourcing partners to upgrade You have to structure your need to responsibly engage with them to meet the quality that your customer wants (QCW) If they are not educated they won’t understand the value of your need and your customers’ need so they deliver you a transactional job because they have not been called for alignment of your organisation culture Actually I got this idea of structuring the need from my long association with Jacques Vincent As COO and Vice Chairman of Danone he used to set up meetings with me every two months and make me recount diverse societal factors freewheeling into multiple directions while keeping his business in mind It’s amazing that if I’ve spoken of 10 things within five years he’d implement at least eight points Once on a plane journey from Paris to Mumbai I asked about how he deploys his business learning He said that he never interferes during my narration but takes notes When I queried what that was he replied “je structurer ma demande” meaning “I structure my need” Shombit Sengupta is an international creative business strategy consultant to top management Reach him at wwwshiningconsultingcom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: July 30 2016 12:13 am The anti-corruption movement was correct in pointing out that the big elephant in the room was the CBI an institution marked by unimaginable degrees of arbitrariness (Source: Wikipedia representational image) Top News Events last week revealed the institutional limitations of the anti-corruption imagination in India Take three seemingly unrelated examples India lost the arbitration in the Antrix-Devas deal This deal was one flashpoint in the nightly TV mobilisation against corruption The public frenzy led to the cancellation of the deal India now has to pay the penalty Second the Central government has waged open war on the Delhi government It is using every instrument from the police to the CBI to harass Delhi government well beyond any infractions that might warrant a justified response Finally there was opposition to a notification under the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act that declared all office bearers including board members of NGOs that receive government or foreign funding to be public servants This bill was the brainchild of NGOs Parliament hurriedly passed an amendment putting in abeyance disclosure norms for public servants Actual public servants had a wonderful schadenfreude moment at the expense of the anti-corruption movement And they were right These episodes expose fundamental contradictions of the anti-corruption movement On the one hand there was the need for political mobilisation against corruption This required taking a kind of battering ram against a corrupt ancient regime Its biggest gain was that it placed corruption on the political agenda exposed the workings of an oppressive plutocracy But on the other hand the overall imagination of this movement was always marked more by what one might call vengeance institutionalism This vengeance institutionalism had certain features First it was an institutionalism that brooked no nuance It was embedded in a larger discourse of an “us versus them” opposition that trumped any fidelity to the truth We now moan Times Now’s dangerous descent into neo-fascist rants But this style was perfected during the heyday of the anti-corruption movement where you could not have a rational discussion of the Antrix-Devas deal The legacy of those days left us with a taste for generalised vigilantism This art was perfected in the name of plutocracy It is now being deployed under the garb of nationalism Vengeance institutionalism flattened the complexity of the distinctions between state civil society and corporations Take the issue of disclosure itself There is one basic fact that seems to have escaped everyone’s attention — all the people you want disclosures from are in fact making them They file income tax returns and surely it is not too much of a stretch to believe that this information would be available in any anti-corruption investigation All institutions have to be accountable but the architectures of accountability have to be tailored to their fundamental identity There also have to be distinctions: Should the norms that apply to those running for public office those who are regular civil servants and those who merely serve on boards of civil society organisations be the same In the name of accountability it is civil society that sought to erase a fundamental distinction between state and civil society even between state and corporates Take another issue It is true that sometimes spouses’ names can be used to disguise financial transactions But can a progressive liberal constitution allow the principle that spouses should be subject to norms by virtue of the job their husband or wife holds This is a gross violation of individuality and smacks of a deeply regressive construction of professional identities But it is hard to have a rational discussion on these issues based on first principles There is a myth that NGOs are unaccountable They are accountable in several ways with even less protections than public servants If NGOs take money from government they are subject to CAG audits The FCRA regime has its own accountability structure The state now has real time direct access to the bank account of any NGO If this kind of surveillance does not reassure what will Vengeance institutionalism was the classic Indian response More and more categories of crimes were criminalised rather than dealt with under civil or administrative remedies We create more institutions when existing ones fail We have done little to fix judicial capacity we have a broken criminal justice system public prosecutors’ offices are weak even investigative capacity is patchy And then we have inordinate faith that new institutions rather than reproducing pathologies of the old will magically correct them The anti-corruption movement was correct in pointing out that the big elephant in the room was the CBI an institution marked by unimaginable degrees of arbitrariness This core challenge has still not been addressed But it was in some senses made worse by the one institution in which we reposed faith to solve corruption problems in India: The Supreme Court The court peddled the illusion that it could reform the CBI But instead what it did was the opposite Even as it knew of the CBI’s perfidies it empowered the CBI even more The court would monitor CBI investigations (as if it really can); it granted that institution even more legitimacy and power without accountability The result is now on display in Delhi: The entire enforcement machinery of the state pitted against a democratically elected Delhi government In fact the ugly truth of Indian democracy is that it can be held hostage by one CBI officer And yet the courts consistently empower it The political churning the anti-corruption movement produced was important But it is arguable that it has left the basic institutional architecture of the state in a worse shape It has created a climate where there is still a sense that institutions have more power to target honest people doing their jobs than they have to bring real culprits to book And few of the basic institutional challenges — police reform judicial reform media selectivity reinvigorating parliament as an institution of accountability decentralisation have been addressed It is time for the anti-corruption movement to go back to the drawing board learn to make fine distinctions learn not peddle the illusion that merely concentrating power in some 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