Power of Ethics

“Badh acha par Badnaam Bura”
It is ok to be bad, but if you are infamous for being bad, then you are screwed.

Lately I have come to a realization that:
1. Most people inherently feel a compulsion to do good. If they have morally/ethically wronged you, then harping about it, could make them feel guilty. And a guilty person often ends up yielding more than he/she should.

2. Satyawadi Harishchandra was a fool and could never be successful in real life. The question about whether one should be ethical or not is entirely dependent on “What kind of public image you want?” and “What implication would that public image have on you?”
eg: A loan shark who is humane and considerate is more likely to go out of business than the one who beats the defaulters into a pulp.

PS: This post is going to be very controversial. however I am just distilling the learnings I got by interacting with some successful people whom I admire. It maybe because I am picking up the wrong role models.



Power of Silence

Ever wondered how much you can communicate by remaining silent.
Try this:
1. Walk up to a friend (works better with girls) and talk about a common friend.. then say these words “You know what sometimes I feel that this guy is …….”
More often than not the pause you will introduce will compel the other person to complete the sentence. Hence revealing what they feel about him/her.
This Projective strategy can be effectively used to test the waters. Even communicate by projecting an image without actually saying those words

2. Many people esp the extroverts are really uncomfortable with silence, esp during a formal business meeting. Hence by using silence, you can force them to fill those long pauses with words. Say things or give commitment that they would not ordinarily give.
This strategy is often very successfully used by Japanese against Americans.


Strategy Game: Nuts and bolts

Game: Suppose you are an exclusive nut manufacturer who has 26 nuts. There are 26 other individuals who have 1 bolt each (but no nuts)
No nut or bolt in isolation have any value. However as a pair each is worth 100/- each.

Now think of yourself as one of the 26 bolt holder. How much do you think will you be able to charge for your bolt? What can you do to increase your bargaining power?
Form a cartel?
Well now comes the strategy part. How as a nut owner, you can counter their cartel and extract the max of the 100/- X 26 = 2,600/- for yourself.

Answers next week


kissing in the church

i found this note on the facebook profile of an innocent girl and could not stop laughing


Physics and Mehndi

This is what happens when an Nerd applys mehndi at his palms.


Logos Pathos and Ethos in pursuasion

As a follow-up on an earlier post, I thought I would elaborate more by analysing a movie clip.

This clip is based on a real episode which occurred in the Arabian theatre of the World War 1. A young British Lieutenant Lawrence crosses the formidable Nefud desert with a small force of 50 camel riders. Here he teams up with one of the rival tribe of Howeitat. This tribe is currently is being paid by the Turks to protect the port city, but Lawrence armed with his superior negotiation skills is trying persuade him to join the cause.

The tribe was hostile to the proposal and its leader Auda has a huge ego. Hence the organization of the arguments were:
1. Ethos to build credibility.
2. Pathos to stir up the emotions and make the person more susceptible to the proposal
3. Logos to neutralize whatever reservations the tribe has and to reaffirm that the proposal makes rational sense too.

In this reenactment, Lawrence uses a team of 3 negotiators and shows a remarkable knowledge of Arabian tribes and psyche and cultural sensitivity. Their arguments could be summarized under the following 3 headings

1. The very act of crossing the desert on a camel was sufficient to prove that Lawrence and his men are fully committed and serious about the alliance. This statement helped the group to solicit a meeting/feast at the rival camp.
2. The band carried out the negotiation under the banner of Prince Feisal.
3. When accused of being a lowly servant: Auda asserts that he is paid 100 pieces of gold by the Turks, which is no servant wages. He tries to give another weak argument boasting of his fighting skills and how he distributes all his wealth amongst his people. Lawrence counteracts by correcting the fact that the tribe is actually paid 150 pieces of gold. This way the team not only is able to control Auda, but also prove their superior intelligence and connections. Also it provides them with a wonderful ground to introduce the Logos.

To raise the temperament and persuade him two statements were used.
1. The Arabs were portrayed as a tribe of slaves. Only Prince Feisal’s men are free, and are fighting for it.
2. Since the Turks pay the tribe to protect them, the tribal leader was compared with a servant. (Which made him to flare up, at which point Lawrence had to back away)
3. While Auda was talking about his achievements in the past, the 3rd person in the band taunts him by claiming that he seems old and incapable of a fight.
4. If Auda will be fighting the Turks, he will be emancipated. He should fight because it is his will, and he takes pleasure in a fight.

1. Turks have a box filled with gold at the port of Aqaba. Hence the surprise attack will make them rich.


Trading: It was a dog’s day

Saw a bounce back in suzlon .. bought it at 101.8 with stoploss at 100.5 . the market went down till 100.25 before bouncing
back and triggered the stoploss.
I panicked and put an opposite position to cover the losses when it came back to 101.8, but this time the bounce back really happened and it went upto 106, again hitting the stoploss of 103.3.

So basically even though we had bet rightly about the movement of the stock, the volatility made both the bets sour

Miscellaneous Quotes

A quote from Ulysses

This one has always helped me when down in blues…

’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows;
for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset,
and the baths Of all the western stars until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.