More on Balancing Acts

More on Balancing Acts

Use right brain or left brain or both?

Be a manager or a leader?

Be internally or externally motivated?

To answer these deceptively easy questions and the like let me start with personal story.

Recently, I visited an ear specialist. He asked me to walk with eyes closes forward and backward between two parallel lines. He then concluded that I had infection in my left ear. It is not enough to walk balanced with one ear. The two ears must work in synchronicity.

The idea that crossed my mind from this experience is why not extend the same concept to all activities give us a choice between this and that? For example, if leadership is the right ear, then management is the left ear. The right brain and the left brain must work in synchronicity to keep our balanced thinking. Our minds and hearts must also be in synchronicity if thoughts and emotions are to work in balance. External and internal motivators must be in harmony and work together. The concept of space and time being fused together into one entity may be extended to other concepts in life.

We need both external and internal motivation to maximize output. Having one is like having an infected ear and we lose balance accordingly. The question is whether they should be fused into one or that we oscillate between the two motivations so that they act in harmony? Should a leader at this moment be a manager the next one or the two must be fused into one entity? The analogy that comes to my mind is a husband and wife. The optimal result happens when they are both so immersed in each other that you have a new entity like space and time fusing into space time. You see the couple as one body. The kids see them as one.

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Imagine a scenario in which a person goes from one success to another. This person experiences no failure. Contrasting this person with another one who experienced successes and failures and who shall be more matured and experienced? In the first case the person has experienced the smell of success and is unaware of the smell of failure. There is no symmetry in his/her experience. It is one sided. The left ear is not operational and he/she is out of balance.

Maxwell demonstrated that electricity and magnetism are two balancing aspects of a greater force, the electromagnetic force. One doesn't exist without the other. Should we look at leadership as the electrical force and management as the magnetic force? They only work their best when they are the components of a greater force and I may call it the "ManLead Force", in emulation of spacetime.

Symmetry generates balance. Fusion of two bodies creates a greater body. Are we seeking symmetry or fusion? In all cases we need to think of having dual qualities such as both external and internal motivations to keep the symmetry and the resulting balance. Much better if the two motivations would amalgamate into one force. It is more than oscillating between this and that. It is more than balancing this and that. It is the symmetry that leads to balance and the fusion that creates a new force.

What do you think? I would love to hear your views.


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Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #30

#52
Always appreciate our exchanges namita sinha.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
Sweet comment dear Praveen Raj Gullepalli. Momentum entails direction. But I love your mind and direction- leadership is electrifying and magnetism is pooling resources. You make me think now- when leadership is magnetic it also leads to electrifying. It is when we have no magnetism or electricity that we don't have the other. The two in one.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

As your warm words and knowledge triggered my neurons my dear Prahlad Rao. Great to connect with you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I want to express my gratitude to all my friends who shared this buzz. I thank dears \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
As a researcher in biomedical research your comment adds to my confidence Prahlad Rao. As I believe this is your first comment on my buzzes, I do hope it shall not be the last

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
:))) and so I am writing a buzz on "The Taffy Management". What are the resemblances between management and making taffy? Some funny findings and conclusions.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
And sometimes I feel the idea isn't worthy any more. When we are hot about an idea it is the time to write it; else we may experience a "cooling effect". I experience the same as you do Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
I had just responded to dearDeb\ud83d\udc1d Lange. It is amazing in view of what you wrote "If anything what other structure in our body resembles the brain. It is neither the heart or the lungs, but our stomach". Let me see if I can get any closer to your mind without trying to. We don't have to be similar (our brains and stomachs aren't), but te end result could be similar or close. It is like adding 5+2 and subtractingng 10-3 as both give same answer.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
The conflict of writing- I decide to write a buzz and then a new comment arrives and draws my attention to a hotter topic. Do you experience this dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange? I amy be writing on a metaphor derived from the kitchen! We plan only to adapt and change course!!!😂😂

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #21

Leadership and management are the heart and lungs of an organization - the balance between flow and absorption. We tend to relate heart to mind because we mistakenly relate emotion to reason. All of this emotion and reason operates first in the brain. If anything what other structure in our body resembles the brain. It is neither the heart or the lungs, but our stomach. The brain-gut relationship is only beginning to be fathomed and in organization life it is no different to the strategy-execution relationship. Why do more eating on a daily basis than we engage in loving, but we base our society on many mythologies, that maybe our metaphors are misaligned. Should we create new patterns of association and explore accordingly or maintain the cultural beliefs that our ancestors imparted to us>? If we see things in their traditional way - all of this has been thoroughly engaged down the ages, and is it worth dredging up the known when leadership is about the unknown and learning is either a refresh of existing knowledge or cultivation of new. The organizational body does have a certain similarity to the human body, so long as we notice that relationship and actively work it.

Robert Cormack

Robert Cormack

4 years ago #20

I'm sure, it's worldwide, just as I'm sure our having ears is worldwide. Balance of emotion and logic should be universal—not that it is, but if it was, we wouldn't have conflict or terrorism and espiocracies. Emotion and logic would balance out.#29

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
I shall wait for the response of your challenging questions from Robert Cormack

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
#28 Awareness is indeed the magical word. We get information from our senses and it is up to us to use this information to keep our balance. Thank you Sara Jacobovici for increasing my awareness.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #17

#27
Thank you Ali Anani's insightful comment. For me it strikes the awareness chord. Everything we have access to, our instincts, feelings and emotions, provide us with the information we need to see a situation in an honest/open way. If we do not pick up the information we will not be able to achieve a balance or be in synch with what is happening. As a business example; if I, as a manger, am placed in a leadership position and do not listen to my concerns regarding not having a clear picture of expectations and do not find a way to seek clarification, I am setting myself up for failure by not being in sync with the task at hand.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

This is an interesting comment my dear friend namita sinha would help imagine what would happen. Again, you send me on a thinking journey

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Each question you ask grabbed my attention and curiosity siraj shaik. You open a whole spectrum of possibilities. I wonder sometimes if we could answer all you questions in the near future. How many chemicals are there in the human body and how many of them have we Identified. In the brain alone there are thousand of chemicals and we have identified may be 300 of them. If this isn't enough then what interactions between the chemical happen in our bodies? SO much to think about...

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Great comment Robert Cormack. . Your examples are recent and still fresh to the mind. Yes, people who voted only with their hearts are now having weeping hearts. We are limiting ourselves and our scope by swinging to one end and losing our balance of decision-making. I thank you for enriching the comments.

Robert Cormack

Robert Cormack

4 years ago #13

Good post @Ali Anani. There must be a balance and, obviously, there isn't a balance today. To use your analogy, America (in voting for Trump), followed their hearts more than their minds, the result being that everything is off-kilter. Texans who voted for Trump, wanting the end of illegal immigrants, are now faced with a shortage of cheap labor. When your state's economy has depended on cheap labor for centuries, no wonder everyone's wondering what the buzzing is in their ears. Same with the Californian fruit growers. If only this buzzing was tinnitus and treatable, instead of the buzzing of locusts, the sad reality of Trumpism.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
You are admirable with such a beautiful mind dear Sara Jacobovici. I love the way you charted out the three forces with such simplicity and depth. Your reference to the Fusion as ("ManLead") s great. New thinking is emerging and I shall be surprised if you don't expand this comment into a buzz and a hive (NewForces Hive). In particular, I refer to your writing "Each part lends a perspective that contributes to the whole or potential to fuse". The chronology is what you open my eyes to. Great comment to consider in a great depth.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #11

You Ali Anani are a "force" to be reckoned with. You have made me think of three major relationships in dualities: 1. The lever that hinges on a fulcrum (as in your top image). 2. The balance (symmetry). 3. Fusion (force - "ManLead Force", in emulation of spacetime). All have their place and state of being necessary to drive us towards our "goal" of homeostasis (balance) . I see this as a goal versus an outcome. What is significant is that our devices and body work within a binary system; 2 ears (hearing and balance), 2 eyes, 2 hemispheres in the brain, and so on. Each part lends a perspective that contributes to the whole or potential to fuse. I consider myself a process oriented person and so I see the different relationships contributing to the process which I believe must lead to the "fusion that creates a new force" (the outcome).

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

siraj shaik- you remind me of attention. You grabbed my attention with the ferrite analogy. I got interested with joy. This opened the dialogue. Attention may lead to persuasion. This is the exchange of comments I thrive on. Marketing staff should take notice of. Attention + joy lead to persuasion and then to action. I find this a viable substitute to the AIDA Model.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Kudos to you dear siraj shaik for you propel me to learn more. Your ferrite analogy is capturing my heart and mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

siraj shaik- love your ferrite example. I shall revert back after exploring its depth. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
What a mind-boggling comment dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange. I intend to write my next buzz on branding and what not to do. I watched and read exchanges of views and buzzes on this one. I decided to pause and not to get involved till I have crystallized my thoughts. Now, the time to know what to do having passed the stage of knowing what not to do. Your comment widened my scope of the forthcoming buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
First, I acknowledge the inspiration of your comments in prompting me to write this buzz Gert Scholtz. Your question on the exchanging roles of external and internal motivators is great. At least, they should be reinforcing each other and not operating in opposite direction. They feed to each other and affect each other. Will they do that to the extent that they become a united force? question to ponder on.

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #5

Ali Anani Dear Ali. You are opening my mind with your post and I especially like “Should we look at leadership as the electrical force and management as the magnetic force? They only work their best when they are the components of a greater force and I may call it the "ManLead Force". The distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation; I wonder – sometimes that which was initially extrinsic, often becomes intrinsic, and the other way around. When and how this happens – I have no answer but leave it as a thought to your depth of thought.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
You amaze me dear siraj shaik. Originally, I intended to write about variations. Some variations are systemic ones and interfering in them worsen the case. Other variations are due to human factors, environmental effects and others and these may be adjusted. Deming's Funnel is a great example of systemic variations that we shouldn't try to adjust. Sometimes in life it is better to know what not to do than knowing what to do. The question that crosses my find should we correct for the sugary solution or the test buds.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
siraj shaik my straight answer to your question is no dear friend. I therefore advocate for a natural process. Whenever there is symmetry there is balance. We need to have symmetry to have balance. Still better; if we "melt" two different domains together producing an electromagnetic force. One example is imagination and reality whereby both may generate a new force. To go to one extreme and depend on one "force" such as logical thinking can generate new problems. If I miss somebody too much I might end up in not missing him. Eventually, an opposite force shall emerge to oppose direction.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Dear debasish majumder- you point to a lovely issue "magnetized and demagnetized". Leaders may magnetize themselves and demagnetize others. ikewise; they might magnetize themselves and others. Yes, two forces of the same field. One for and one against. When we see the failures of others as a learning opportunity we may magnetize them to move forward. Thank you my friend for bringing this idea in front of my eyes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange. You said it beautifully " we have been given many capacities and if we develop one whilst neglecting the other, we limit ourselves". Yes, we are nature and therefore subject to the forces of nature. You summarized my mind elegantly.

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