HSoftware (Acquisition of the HSoftware)

We have established in the earlier posts on HSoftware that it is the “human software (the HSoftware)” which is responsible for human effectiveness and therefore, for success in personal, professional, family and social life.

If you wish to be successful in all the aspects of your life i.e. personal, professional, family and social aspects, you will have to have the appropriate HSoftware for each of these aspects and every piece of HSoftware required may not be the same. You have to acquire all those different pieces of HSoftware and if necessary integrate them or learn to allow them to interface with each other.

You will have to acquire and improve upon corresponding sets of values, knowledge and information, paradigms and will to perform (for further learning and for competency and skill building).

Some people have lopsided effectiveness and therefore, lopsided success. We have seen that some excellent CEOs of corporate companies or heads of states are professionally very effective and successful but they are utter failures as husbands; they have broken homes, they could not get on with their spouses and divorced or they indulged in extra marital affairs. While their HSoftware was up to mark for their professional life, they had not acquired an appropriate HSoftware for living a happily married family life.

Isn’t it true that you invest a lot of your efforts, time and money in acquiring and maintaining your skill sets and competencies to become and remain effective in your chosen profession? And it is never been a one time job for you. As the profile of your profession changed with time and due to technological advancements and many other factors, you made sure to acquire those extra skill sets and competencies that your profession demanded.

For instance, you could have never become an effective software engineer if you had not acquired the proficiency in coding in various computer languages. You acquired knowledge and then used that knowledge by actually writing the programs that finally ran well. And it has been a never ending job- acquiring knowledge and putting it to test.

The same is true with any profession. Every profession requires certain technical and human skills and competencies and you make conscious efforts to acquire them. You do it over years and years.

Now ask yourself a question. Did you do the same thing when you entered into your marriage and then started your family? Does starting, maintaining and building up a great married and family life not need or demand some specific skill sets and competencies for you to become an effective spouse and a parent?

Did you identify those skill sets and competencies? Did you introspect if you possess them- are you good at them? If you did not have them already, did you take actions to seek knowledge about them, acquire them and then put them into practice again and again so that you became proficient in them?

Can you really lead a great married and family life without doing so?

If you have not done it till now, nothing much is lost. It’s never too late. Start now. One can always a pick up a good HSoftware any time.

HSoftware is not a birth right. It does not come with the physical body of the human being (the HHardware) from birth. It is not automatic. You have to acquire it the hard way. HSoftware is not much of a genetic determination but it has to be acquired and perfected over time and maintained at that perfect level. It requires human diligence (diligence is yet another element of the HSoftware. We have already defined it as “will power to do”).

People start acquiring their HSoftware as soon as they are born. At times, they consciously select the HSoftware they wish to acquire and at other times, they acquire it subconsciously- it happens to them without their knowledge; the external environmental factors take over and the HSoftware seeps into their psyche. For example, in the early stages of the development of human mind, the children easily accept what they are told by their parents or teachers and that shapes up that part of their HSoftware. In this process, every piece of HSoftware one acquires has in it varying degrees of capabilities or effectiveness.

Many times these pieces of HSoftware get frozen for ever in the minds of people and they are in a position to act or function accordingly. Then, the effectiveness of their actions remains at that point throughout their life if they do not acquire higher versions of the required pieces of HSoftware. It is essential that for better effectiveness, one will have to acquire higher versions of the four factors of HSoftware on a continuous basis and also the newly emerging HSoftware. As they say, one will have to continually change for better. This again requires a desire or internal motivation or will power (one of the four elements of HSoftware) and then alone you can go through the desire-values-knowledge-paradigms-practice (do) model (you may also refer: http://shyam-bhatawdekar.blogspot.com) and take steps to change for better.

Higher effectiveness is an outcome of continuously changing your values, knowledge, paradigms and internal motivation in the positive directions because in changing all of them for better, you are acquiring the higher versions and more capable versions of all the four factors of your HSoftware. Then, you act accordingly with higher effectiveness. This higher effectiveness applied in various walks of life brings to you higher and higher degrees of success, prosperity, peace, autonomy, genuineness, liberation and happiness.

In your youth, many a time, you learn from what is taught to you. Yet, as you start growing in age and growing in your HSoftware, you start picking up the additional HSoftware on your own also, consciously and also un-consciously or subconsciously. You pick it up from a large numbers of sources: your parents, spouse, your children and others’ children, friends, neighbors, strangers, colleagues, bosses, books, other literature, Internet sites, films, movies and so on.

It is a complex process. But most people are not even aware of this complex process and therefore, they do not control or monitor this process, the result being the acquisition of HSoftware by and large happens to them and that is one important reason for uploading inferior, low quality and un-examined HSoftware. With this kind of software seated in the minds of the people, they become less effective than what they could be had they analyzed and tried to acquire higher quality HSoftware. In acquiring the HSoftware, there is a continuous change process but the final phrase is “Change for better”.

Related Posts (please read in the following order)

1. HSoftware (Human Beings: Hardware and Software): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/02/hsoftware/

2. HSoftware (Evey Human Being Is Unique): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/05/hsoftware-every-human-being-is-unique/

3. HSoftware (Why This Uniqueness?): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/07/hsoftware-why-this-uniqueness/

4. HSoftware (Uniqueness and Effectiveness): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/11/hsoftware-uniqueness-and-effectiveness/ 

5. HSoftware (Fundamental Constituents of HSoftware): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/19/hsoftware-fundamental-constituents-of-hsoftware/

6. HSoftware (More Correct HSoftware Gives Better Effectiveness) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/05/29/hsoftware-more-correct-hsoftware-gives-better-effectiveness/

7. HSoftware (Human Beliefs or Human Value Structure: First Element of HSoftware) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/09/hsoftware-human-beliefs-or-human-value-structure-first-element-of-hsoftware/

8. HSoftware (Knowledge and Information Base: Second Element of HSoftware)  http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/15/hsoftware-knowledge-and-information-base-second-element-of-hsoftware/

9. HSoftware (Paradigms, Mindsets or Thinking Patterns: Third Element of HSoftware)  http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/26/hsoftware-paradigms-mindsets-or-thinking-patterns-third-element-of-hsoftware/

10. HSoftware (More on Paradigms and Paradigm Shift) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/07/10/hsoftware-more-on-paradigms-and-paradigm-shift/

11. HSoftware (Willpower to Do: Fourth Element of HSoftware)   http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/07/26/hsoftware-willpower-to-do-fourth-element-of-hsoftware/

12. HSoftware (Acquisition of the HSoftware) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/08/06/hsoftware-acquisition-of-the-hsoftware/

Get Your Copy of the Book “HSoftware”

Get your copy of the book titled “HSoftware (The Only Key to Higher Effectiveness)” or HSoftware (Shyam Bhatawdekar’s Effectiveness Model) from Amazon online. If you are a kindleunlimited, KOLL or amazonprime subscriber, you can read free.

Books Suggested for Your Professional, Personal and Organizational Libraries (All the titles listed below are available as paperbacks and eBooks online from Amazon- you can read the ebooks absolutely free if you are kindleunlimited, KOLL or Amazon Prime subscribers)

Management, Business, Self-help and Personality Development Books

  1. HSoftware (Human Software) (The Only Key to Higher Effectiveness)
  2. Sensitive Stories of Corporate World (Management Case Studies)
  3. Sensitive Stories of Corporate World (Volume 2) (Management Case Studies)
  4. Sensitive Stories of Corporate World (Volume 1 &  2 Combined) (Management Case Studies)
  5. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  6. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers (Volume 2)
  7. Classic Team Building Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  8. 101 Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  9. Stress? No Way!! (Handbook on Stress Management)
  10. HSoftware (Shyam Bhatawdekar’s Effectiveness Model)
  11. Competency Management (Competency Matrix and Competencies)
  12. Soft Skills You Can’t Do Without (Goal Setting, Time Management, Assertiveness and Anger Management)
  13. Essentials of Work Study (Method Study and Work Measurement)
  14. Essentials of Time Management (Taking Control of Your Life)
  15. Essentials of 5S Housekeeping
  16. Essentials of Quality Circles
  17. Essentials of Goal Setting
  18. Essentials of Anger Management
  19. Essentials of Assertive Behavior
  20. Essentials of Performance Management and Performance Appraisal
  21. Health Essentials (Health Is Wealth)
  22. Essentials of Effective Communication
  23. The Romance of Intimacy (How to Enhance Intimacy in a Relationship?)

Novels, Stories, Biographies and Travelogues

  1. The Peace Crusaders (Novel: how the peace crusaders established permanent peace on a war strewn planet?)
  2. Love Knows No Bounds (Novel: a refreshingly different love story. Also available with the title “Good People”)
  3. Funny (and Not So Funny) Short Stories
  4. Stories Children Will Love (Volume 1: Bhanu-Shanu-Kaju-Biju and Dholu Ram Gadbad Singh)
  5. My Father (Biography)
  6. Travelogue: Scandinavia, Russia
  7. Travelogue: Europe
  8. सीमाओं के परे: एक अलग प्रेम कहानी
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HSoftware (Willpower to Do: Fourth Element of HSoftware)

Willpower pertains to willpower (desire, motivation and enthusiasm) to do, act or execute as well as to think, feel and learn. It involves taking actions or taking steps that are responsible for gaining insight into values, knowledge and paradigms as well as for development of competencies and skills. Basically it encompasses action orientation- shedding away laziness and getting on with the job of further learning, sharpening the skills and competencies by repeated practice of the gained knowledge and using those skills and competencies to achieve results and goals.

Internal motivation (or even the internal motivation generated by external motivation) to act is yet another element of “human software” responsible for your effectiveness or ineffectiveness. It is your action orientation. Though actions can be seen being executed but the will to do them, the enthusiasm with which you perform, the internal motivation that propels you to be a doer, are all within your mind. That is why it is your yet another important software (the HSoftware).

One may have all the three elements of software (i.e. values, knowledge and paradigms) and all of these may be effective and absolutely correct. However, despite knowing all, if one does not use them, does not act upon them or implement them, one will not achieve much. Values, knowledge and paradigms without execution are mere delusion. So, one becomes utterly ineffective and has no positive results for himself. The following equations seem to be true:

  1. Great value, knowledge and paradigm + Zero implementation = No effectiveness, No results, No success
  2. Some value, knowledge and paradigm + Some implementation = Some effectiveness, Some results, Some success
  3. Great value, knowledge and paradigm + Great implementation = Great effectiveness, Great results, Great success

You can see here that the implementation or execution is the key factor for being effective and successful. And one can become a great doer only if he has higher inner motivation, the enthusiasm to perform.

Various people are doers of various categories depending upon the extent and quality of their motivation. We are giving below the hierarchy of doers- the description or label given to each type of doer reflects his extent of or intensity of will power (the percent figures by the side indicate as to how much effective they could be if they were in that particular category of doers):

                                                                 I did 100%

                                                         I will 90%

                                                   I can 80%

                                             I think I can 70%

                                     I might 60%

                               I think I might 50%

                       What is it 40%

                 I don’t know how 30%

         I can’t 20%

I won’t 0% or 10%

The “I did” type is a self-starter person with highest inner motivation. He has highest will power to perform or do and that he achieves with his own sweet will. He does not require prodding or pushing from another person or a compelling situation. “I will” type is a shade lower in effectiveness. In all other types, they will need to be motivated or forced by others. In them the HSoftware called “will power to do” is lacking in various degrees.

Depending on internal motivation to act, people actually start performing because that performance gives some of them meaning in life, to others it is commitment or duty and therefore, they should perform. Some others perform just to get some rewards or praise from others and some are fearful of the consequences if they don’t work. There are a few who also come in the category who rebel, who are angry or frustrated and they quit.

Therefore, in order to be effective and successful in all the spheres of life (personal, professional, family and society), one must improve upon one’s enthusiasm levels and start working.

For improving effectiveness in performance, you need to develop the competencies and skills to higher levels through a “desire-knowledge-practice-habit” model (you may also refer http://shyam-bhatawdekar.blogspot.com). Just to refresh the model of learning the skills and forming a habit of them (mastering the skill) we cite here the model in brief in the next paragraph.

In order to achieve a competency or skill, one has to have the desire to do so. Once the desire or will power is kindled, one needs to acquire the values, knowledge and paradigms relevant to that competency or skill and then keep on practicing or implementing it to become an expert and the master in the skill. So, you must have noticed here that in order to gain the new values, knowledge, paradigms and skills/competencies, the desire to do or execute is a must.

The proficiency in competencies and skills could vary from a very low to very high level. Once you have the right values, right knowledge and right paradigms and you have an internal motivation or enthusiasm to act or do, you pick a set of competencies or skills as required to be successful in personal, professional, family and social life and start doing them again and again. You practice and practice and practice and you do it repeatedly because you have that internal motivation to perform.

You want to excel in your craft because only that is finally useful. But to excel, you have to be damn good at that craft.

A surgeon is surely nervous operating his/her first patient (good thing that the patient does not know this fact). A dancer has to rehearse and rehearse in order to give that perfect shot for the movie. An engineer has to get that rubber washer done 100% correct as it is going to fit in that critical place in that manned space shuttle. A cobbler on the street has to stitch the shoes with precision if he wants to attract more customers so as to earn better daily wages for himself. All this requires great expertise or proficiency in skills and competencies and that comes only through repeated performances which in turn requires will or enthusiasm to act or do.

In essence “will power to do” part of HSoftware is essentially required:

  • To acquire and improve the value structure
  • To learn and gain knowledge
  • To review and improve the paradigms
  • To put values, knowledge and paradigms in action i.e. implementing them to develop competencies and skills and to sharpen them regularly

The series of these actions take place due to an enhanced “will to do” HSoftware which in turn gets it’s enhancement from improved value structure, knowledge base and paradigms.

All the four elements of HSoftware are thus interacting with each other one way or the other constantly and in a very complex manner. They keep forming spirals and twisters as mentioned in the post titled HSoftware (Fundamental Constituents of HSoftware): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/19/hsoftware-fundamental-constituents-of-hsoftware/

One keeps changing for better and one keeps getting more and more effective only if one is continuously enhancing one’s HSoftware. Those who don’t do it remain static or become retrograde.

Related Posts (please read in the following order)

1. HSoftware (Human Beings: Hardware and Software): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/02/hsoftware/

2. HSoftware (Evey Human Being Is Unique): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/05/hsoftware-every-human-being-is-unique/

3. HSoftware (Why This Uniqueness?): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/07/hsoftware-why-this-uniqueness/

4. HSoftware (Uniqueness and Effectiveness): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/11/hsoftware-uniqueness-and-effectiveness/ 

5. HSoftware (Fundamental Constituents of HSoftware): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/19/hsoftware-fundamental-constituents-of-hsoftware/

6. HSoftware (More Correct HSoftware Gives Better Effectiveness) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/05/29/hsoftware-more-correct-hsoftware-gives-better-effectiveness/

7. HSoftware (Human Beliefs or Human Value Structure: First Element of HSoftware) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/09/hsoftware-human-beliefs-or-human-value-structure-first-element-of-hsoftware/

8. HSoftware (Knowledge and Information Base: Second Element of HSoftware)  http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/15/hsoftware-knowledge-and-information-base-second-element-of-hsoftware/

9. HSoftware (Paradigms, Mindsets or Thinking Patterns: Third Element of HSoftware)  http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/26/hsoftware-paradigms-mindsets-or-thinking-patterns-third-element-of-hsoftware/

10. HSoftware (More on Paradigms and Paradigm Shift) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/07/10/hsoftware-more-on-paradigms-and-paradigm-shift/

11. HSoftware (Willpower to Do: Fourth Element of HSoftware)   http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/07/26/hsoftware-willpower-to-do-fourth-element-of-hsoftware/

Get Your Copy of the Book “HSoftware”

Get your copy of the book titled “HSoftware (The Only Key to Higher Effectiveness)” or HSoftware (Shyam Bhatawdekar’s Effectiveness Model) from Amazon online. If you are a kindleunlimited, KOLL or amazonprime subscriber, you can read free.

Books Suggested for Your Professional, Personal and Organizational Libraries (All the titles listed below are available as paperbacks and eBooks online from Amazon- you can read the ebooks absolutely free if you are kindleunlimited, KOLL or Amazon Prime subscribers)

Management, Business, Self-help and Personality Development Books

  1. HSoftware (Human Software) (The Only Key to Higher Effectiveness)
  2. Sensitive Stories of Corporate World (Management Case Studies)
  3. Sensitive Stories of Corporate World (Volume 2) (Management Case Studies)
  4. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  5. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers (Volume 2)
  6. Classic Team Building Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  7. 101 Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  8. Stress? No Way!! (Handbook on Stress Management)
  9. HSoftware (Shyam Bhatawdekar’s Effectiveness Model)
  10. Competency Management (Competency Matrix and Competencies)
  11. Soft Skills You Can’t Do Without (Goal Setting, Time Management, Assertiveness and Anger Management)
  12. Essentials of Work Study (Method Study and Work Measurement)
  13. Essentials of Time Management (Taking Control of Your Life)
  14. Essentials of 5S Housekeeping
  15. Essentials of Quality Circles
  16. Essentials of Goal Setting
  17. Essentials of Anger Management
  18. Essentials of Assertive Behavior
  19. Essentials of Performance Management and Performance Appraisal
  20. Health Essentials (Health Is Wealth)
  21. Essentials of Effective Communication
  22. The Romance of Intimacy (How to Enhance Intimacy in a Relationship?)

Novels, Stories, Biographies and Travelogues

  1. The Peace Crusaders (Novel: how the peace crusaders established permanent peace on a war strewn planet?)
  2. Love Knows No Bounds (Novel: a refreshingly different love story. Also available with the title “Good People”)
  3. Funny (and Not So Funny) Short Stories
  4. Stories Children Will Love (Volume 1: Bhanu-Shanu-Kaju-Biju and Dholu Ram Gadbad Singh)
  5. My Father (Biography)
  6. Travelogue: Scandinavia, Russia
  7. Travelogue: Europe
  8. सीमाओं के परे: एक अलग प्रेम कहानी
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HSoftware (More on Paradigms and Paradigm Shift)

We decided to write more on paradigms (mindsets or thinking patterns). We did it for two reasons. First, most people have very hazy and confused idea about “paradigms”. Secondly, it is these very “paradigms” that shape up your day-to-day thinking, action and results.

Therefore, now we give you a detailed run down on “paradigms”.

Science Historian Thomas Kuhn gave this term “paradigm”. He referred the paradigms as the set of practices that define a scientific discipline during a particular period of time- basic assumptions within the ruling theory of science at a particular point in time.

Later on this term became quite popular and now is being used in many disciplines.

In this write-up here, however, we are going to use this term “paradigm” in management, business, professional, personal, social and family spheres.

The word paradigm comes from the Greek word paradeigma.

The dictionary meaning of paradigm is pattern or model.

Basic assumptions made about reality are paradigms. They are consciously or subconsciously held by an individual or group of people or an organization. And to them, these assumptions literally become the reality.

The assumptions which now start looking like reality get fixed or set in the mind of the person who holds them. That is why paradigm is also known as “mindset”.

Once, you have a paradigm or a mindset that you start believing as reality or truth, you are likely to become rigid on it and ordinarily will not like to change or shift from that paradigm. You stop realizing that the paradigm you are holding is really your assumption about what the reality might be. The fact is- you are not necessarily aware of the reality. All you know, the reality might be exactly opposite of your paradigm and you would not even know that. This phenomenon could be dangerous.

So, in a general or common sense, paradigm means a frame of reference through which one sees or views the world.

Therefore, the same world may look entirely differently to different people. As mentioned in the previous post, when asked to give opinion on the female drivers (driving cars), one hears some saying- they make terrible drivers, others saying- they are pretty cautious and yet others saying- they are beautiful. The reality may be something else.

Paradigms are very powerful.

Paradigms can make or mar your personal, professional, family and social life. If they are correct, you come out as a winner, effective and successful. But if they are wrong, they can take you in an entirely opposite direction to turn you into a loser, ineffective and failure.

Paradigms do two things. One: they set the boundaries and give you direction in which to proceed and two: then, you use those boundaries for achieving your success.

So, if the answers or solutions to success exist outside the boundaries set by you and on top of that, you start moving in the wrong direction, you are just not going to move towards your destination (the effectiveness, the success) and reach your destination. Rather, you will move away from it. Your positive thinking, intentions, attitudes, enthusiasm, efficiency etc would not help you much if your paradigms are wrong or mixed up.

Paradigms are thus extremely positively or extremely negatively powerful.

We know a woman who ruined the professional life of her only son because of her wrong paradigm. This woman was staying with her only son in a place where job opportunities were far and few. Her husband died when her son was very young. She had spent in this town some great days with her husband. Also, post her husband’s death, she had brought up her son all by herself in that very town. And she became overly attached to the town. So for her, sticking to the town was very important, it was an emotional affair. Her or her son’s shifting out of the town was equal to betrayal of her husband- that was her paradigm. So, she did not want even her son to live away from her in other cities where job opportunities were plenty. She succeeded in emotionally blackmailing her son who despite being capable of getting a well paid job elsewhere stuck to that town with a meager salary doing a low rank clerical job. Professionally he became totally ineffective.

We know a few managers of some well known companies who strongly believe that emotions and feelings have no place in the corporate life. We researched and found that these managers had got stuck at their current hierarchical levels with very little chance of promotion to higher levels mainly because of lack of their people management skills and wanting interpersonal behavior.

Carrying forward the point made in the preceding paragraph, we wish to share with you the decision made by a retiring chairman of a large renowned organization in picking up his successor. The two contenders to the post of chairman were equally good in every respect but one who was more emotionally intelligent of the two was finally selected by him. The more correct paradigm of giving significant weightage to emotional aspects in human dealings gave more effectiveness to the person who got selected as the next chairman of this organization.

Carrying right paradigms in the head is the answer, removing wrong paradigms is the answer, shifting away from wrong paradigms to the right paradigms is the answer.

We give below the very well known opposing paradigms of yester years (and how the more correct paradigms changed the world):

  • For Ptolemy, the Egyptian astronomer and also for the entire world, once upon a time, the assumption that the earth was the center of the universe was an absolute truth, it was their paradigm. But Copernicus and then, Galileo through the scientific experiments proved that this paradigm was wrong and gave us a new paradigm that earth revolves round the sun.
  • Bloodletting was a notorious practice of curing patients from the diseases based on the flawed paradigm that the bad stuff was always in the blood and by removing the bad blood; the sick people would get cured. Now we know that it was an entirely dangerous paradigm and medical science has advanced with more correct paradigms now.
  • Centuries old paradigm of monarchy was replaced by democracy (government of the people, by the people and for the people) in a large majority of the nations.
  • Switzerland is the well known example of how it lost out the world watch market in early 1980s. By then, it had 80% to 85% share of watch business. However, it plummeted down to less than 10% because of the technological paradigm shift from mechanical watches to electronic quartz watches. You may perhaps be knowing that quartz technology was designed and developed in Swiss laboratories. Yet, the investors and industrialists and CEOs of the Swiss watch companies showed the designers of quartz technology the door when they presented them the new paradigm of quartz technology. Later on, it was displayed in the world watch congress in USA. Texas Instruments of USA and Seiko of Japan took one look at it and rest is history. Why do you think the wise bosses of watch making companies of Switzerland rejected such a wonderful technology? Paradigm, paradigm- their paradigm of mechanical watches.
  • Significant medical improvements were made possible with the understanding of the germ theory. Until then the old paradigms of medical treatment prevailed.
  • Quality was thought to be very expensive proposition by the manufacturing organizations until Philip Crosby showed that quality does not cost more, in fact it comes free and it saves.
  • The Newtonian model of Physics, though still the basis of modern engineering was partial and incomplete. Einstein paradigm, the theory of relativity, revolutionized the scientific world. His theory explained much more.
  • Japanese brought about entirely new and diametrically opposite paradigms as against the paradigms on which conventional management systems were based and the whole world felt convinced and learnt to adopt Japanese management systems to its advantage.

When you finish reading the above-mentioned classic examples you would have noticed that the people who were rigid on their existing paradigms had one common sickness which we label as “paradigm paralysis”. What is this paradigm paralysis? We will explain it now.

Large numbers of people are not introspective about their own paradigms that impact thousands of aspects or things of their daily personal, professional, family and social life.

So, once they start believing in a particular paradigm, they cling on to it lifelong. It becomes their permanent mindset. They become too rigid and possessive about it.

As the times change, new paradigms emerge or old paradigms are proved to be wrong or obsolete. Yet, the people with rigid mindsets get stuck with the older paradigms. Galileo was tried in Rome in 1633 to propagate the Copernican theory of sun being the center of the solar system and earth revolving around it as against the old and flawed theory of earth being the center. And it took ages to formally exonerate him in 1979.

This phenomenon of becoming too rigid about a paradigm despite it having been proved wrong and sticking to it is called “paradigm paralysis”. You get paralyzed by that flawed paradigm since now your feelings, thoughts and actions are all being guided by the wrong paradigm. You just cannot be effective and successful even if you are a hard working, sincere and highly efficient person. That will only accelerate your doom.

Therefore, if you do not want to be paralyzed by a wrong paradigm, shift from it to a new and more correct paradigm at the earliest possible opportunity. Look out for a more correct paradigm constantly. Be flexible.

And when the paradigms changes or shifts, everyone goes back to zero.

Refer the example of Swiss watches given earlier in this chapter. How their market domination of around 80% market share plummeted to below 10% due to a paradigm shift of electronic or quartz technology watches from the mechanical watches. The heroes became zeros all of a sudden.

So, when the paradigm shifts, everyone gets back to zero and from there he has to once again pick up with the new paradigm.

Your past experience and success count nothing when the paradigms change. That does not guarantee any success in the future.

So, better change your paradigm and start your journey all over again. Be flexible. Look around for more correct paradigms all the time.

Occasionally you also come across some braver paradigm people than those who change themselves by picking up a new but already existing paradigm. These brave paradigm people are the initiators of new paradigms. They invent and put forth brand new paradigms negating the older paradigms. In due course of time others may follow them. We call such starters of new paradigms the “paradigm pioneers”.

It requires lots of courage and conviction to put forth and follow a new paradigm. With older paradigm, you have already seen its impact and results but since the new paradigm has yet to be tested in practice, you have to have great guts in yourself and great trust in your newly formulated paradigm.

For progress of human societies, it is important to have such paradigm pioneers. Would you like to be one of them? For this, you have to be observant, introspective, action oriented and courageous to break the conventions.

Related Posts (please read in the following order)

1. HSoftware (Human Beings: Hardware and Software): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/02/hsoftware/

2. HSoftware (Evey Human Being Is Unique): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/05/hsoftware-every-human-being-is-unique/

3. HSoftware (Why This Uniqueness?): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/07/hsoftware-why-this-uniqueness/

4. HSoftware (Uniqueness and Effectiveness): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/11/hsoftware-uniqueness-and-effectiveness/ 

5. HSoftware (Fundamental Constituents of HSoftware): http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/04/19/hsoftware-fundamental-constituents-of-hsoftware/

6. HSoftware (More Correct HSoftware Gives Better Effectiveness) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/05/29/hsoftware-more-correct-hsoftware-gives-better-effectiveness/

7. HSoftware (Human Beliefs or Human Value Structure: First Element of HSoftware) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/09/hsoftware-human-beliefs-or-human-value-structure-first-element-of-hsoftware/

8. HSoftware (Knowledge and Information Base: Second Element of HSoftware)  http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/15/hsoftware-knowledge-and-information-base-second-element-of-hsoftware/

9. HSoftware (Paradigms, Mindsets or Thinking Patterns: Third Element of HSoftware)  http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/06/26/hsoftware-paradigms-mindsets-or-thinking-patterns-third-element-of-hsoftware/

10. HSoftware (More on Paradigms and Paradigm Shift) http://shyam.bhatawdekar.net/index.php/2018/07/10/hsoftware-more-on-paradigms-and-paradigm-shift/

Get Your Copy of the Book “HSoftware”

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Books Suggested for Your Professional, Personal and Organizational Libraries (All the titles listed below are available as paperbacks and eBooks online from Amazon- you can read the ebooks absolutely free if you are kindleunlimited, KOLL or Amazon Prime subscribers)

Management, Business, Self-help and Personality Development Books

  1. HSoftware (Human Software) (The Only Key to Higher Effectiveness)
  2. Sensitive Stories of Corporate World (Management Case Studies)
  3. Sensitive Stories of Corporate World (Volume 2) (Management Case Studies)
  4. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  5. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers (Volume 2)
  6. Classic Team Building Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  7. 101 Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  8. Stress? No Way!! (Handbook on Stress Management)
  9. HSoftware (Shyam Bhatawdekar’s Effectiveness Model)
  10. Competency Management (Competency Matrix and Competencies)
  11. Soft Skills You Can’t Do Without (Goal Setting, Time Management, Assertiveness and Anger Management)
  12. Essentials of Work Study (Method Study and Work Measurement)
  13. Essentials of Time Management (Taking Control of Your Life)
  14. Essentials of 5S Housekeeping
  15. Essentials of Quality Circles
  16. Essentials of Goal Setting
  17. Essentials of Anger Management
  18. Essentials of Assertive Behavior
  19. Essentials of Performance Management and Performance Appraisal
  20. Health Essentials (Health Is Wealth)
  21. Essentials of Effective Communication
  22. The Romance of Intimacy (How to Enhance Intimacy in a Relationship?)

Novels, Stories, Biographies and Travelogues

  1. The Peace Crusaders (Novel: how the peace crusaders established permanent peace on a war strewn planet?)
  2. Love Knows No Bounds (Novel: a refreshingly different love story. Also available with the title “Good People”)
  3. Funny (and Not So Funny) Short Stories
  4. Stories Children Will Love (Volume 1: Bhanu-Shanu-Kaju-Biju and Dholu Ram Gadbad Singh)
  5. My Father (Biography)
  6. Travelogue: Scandinavia, Russia
  7. Travelogue: Europe
  8. सीमाओं के परे: एक अलग प्रेम कहानी
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