Mumbai: At the L&D global Mumbai Chapter Meet on 28 January 2017, Mr Shyam Iyer, Tata Power SED HR Head, shared some great insights on surfacing the elephant in the room. “We have all heard about the elephant in the room. Everyone have different types of elephants in their personal and professional lives. Some have a rigid mindset, some have resistance to change, some have poor processes as their elephant,” Mr Iyer said.
When there is an elephant in the room you can’t pretend it isn’t there and discuss the ants – Ellen Wittlinger. What are challenges to surface that elephant? The first step is to identify the elephant (problem) using the 5 W’s:
Who has the problem?
What is the problem?
Where is the problem?
Since when is the problem?
How much is the problem?
In the buzzword session, Deep Mody, HR Head at TVF, shared insights on how to make the 5 W’s more effective using “Appreciative Inquiry”. The whole problem starts when someone else sets goals for you, someone else decides you capability, your job. If I decide my own goal, my own targets then no one but I can stop me from achieving them.
“Self discipline enhances productivity implied discipline kills it. Strengthening the strengths is effective way to achieve goals” said Mr Mody.
Mr Mody highlighted instead of focusing on the problem why not focus on the strengths and train people on their strengths. If we start solving a problem with a positive question, it would lead to positive outcomes and vice versa.