Skip to main content

Metis Talent Management brand new website goes live

Last fortnight was a joy, as we came to the launch of Metis Talent Management's website. Metis is a Singapore based organisation that advises clients on Talent Management with a primary focus on Talent Development and Organisation Design. Best wishes to team Metis!

The other great thing is how folks at Metis approached this by going in for a full overhaul, including getting a new logo and brand colours. Do leave your comments on what you feel about the website and the logo!!

Breaking Free of Stereotypes

Stereotypes are widely held beliefs about a specific group of individuals, based on, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, colour, country, religion, profession or social strata. These beliefs are about behavior, lifestyle, choices and so on. They can be loosely called to be manifestations of inductive generalisation. The essential question is, from where does one get the stereotypes.

Stereotypes being a cultural issue, it is often inherited from the most important cultural influencers in life. While this list of influencers could vary for every individual, in my case, I feel it mostly comes from family, colleagues, friends, teachers, religion, education (and educational institutions), cities and states I have lived in(10 states so far, and counting!), games such as cricket and Tennis that I follow.

An argument is forwarded sometimes that stereotyping is sometimes good because it provides an initial behavioral clue to an individual, in the absence of any other information. The hint is, that if I meet a certain Mr. Tokuyama from Japan for the first time, my beliefs about the Japanese should guide my behavioral expectations of Tokuyama san. In real life, Tokuyama san could turn out to be very different from the mental image borne by me of Japanese executives.

While it is nearly impossible to be free of all forms of stereotypes, such characterization, which at best should be treated as a hypothesis and never a firm opinion, needs to gradually improve when newer experiences happen.

The detrimental dimension of stereotype is prejudice, which negatively guides our behaviour based on our beliefs about people of specific ethnicity, colour, country, religion, profession or social strata. It is often presumptuous. Prejudice is very much internal to an individual and often stays latent for years, only getting expressed on certain trigger events.
    

Comments

Nicely put. In all our lives we are playing with patterns. Patterns seen repeatedly make us comfortable. I think in a way stereotyping is also the mind's way of making patterns, and making life easier thru parsimony

Popular posts from this blog

Marketing 4.0 by Kotler et al. A great mind expander

For generations of MBA students who have grown up on the staple of the Marketing Management that so lovingly called just 'Kotler', the book, yet another one bearing Kotler's name, brings in a bagful of fresh air.

Marketing 4.0: Moving from Traditional to Digital

If management or business books can be classified as instructional, conceptual, feel good and general read, this book qualifies as all four. Add to that keen observation skills of the authors as well as intellectual intrigue present in the book, the combination of which makes it a must-read for anyone who wants to be informed of the evolutionary directions in marketing.

This book follows (not succeeds) “Marketing 3.0”, published by the same authors(Kotler, Kartajaya and Setiwan) in the year 2010. Perhaps the fact that Kotler is an academician and researcher par-excellence and Kartajaya and Setiwan happen to be practicing marketers, provides this book a unique perspective, one that is neither too academic in nature(a…

SLIDESHOWS ADD VALUE TO YOUR SITE, TRY ZOHO

Of late I have come across professionals who want to add slideshow onto their blogs or business websites.Zohoprovides an interesting feature which allows you to embed slideshow onto your website or blog in just a few steps. If you use your desktop to make slides, Zoho Show works fairly well. However, it also allows you to create presentations from scratch using its own online interface, as well as embed them to your blog or website such as one shown below.



Steps to embed a ppt onto a blog like this are very simple. A. Signup for Zoho Show. B. Upload your slides or create your presentation online C. Once done, click on 'action', you would see a menu bar like shown below

D. Once you have clicked on and see the some code, copy it completely. E. If you want to add to a blog like this, do write your blog in the text editor and then click on the Edit Html button above. Paste the Zoho code at the place where you want your slideshow to appear.Publish and your are up. It may appear complex, b…