February 3, 2017
by: Karthik Sundaram
Anush and I were at a prospect pitch meeting in Kuala Lumpur. It had not been easy to get this meeting, and we were putting our best foot forward, displaying our platform (hardware and software), and building on our story of how the platform can be a Lego block for the prospect’s challenging needs in one of the most difficult markets east of India. At every pitch, the client stalled us by stating their existing vendor has provided a near-equal solution (which we know wasn’t the exact scenario), and kept throwing curves at us. While I was trying to convince them that our product was easily better than their existing solution, and could work in synergy, and so on, Anush remained quiet. At one point, he simply said, “Why don’t you give us a dozen of your most challenging sites, and we can solve the three core challenges you seem to have,” and went on to outline them. Needless to say, the prospect’s jaw dropped, and we are now in further discussions. What had happened? My partner had listened to some unsaid unease from our prospect, and had clearly crystalized them into three core issues. Even as we debate AI and Automation taking over jobs, there are some core human strengths that will define those who will succeed in the future. Bots and automation can only perform structured processes, but the human has an infinite capacity to make sense by listening . Listening is the process of shutting off our front-end conscious state, and allow the subconscious to register the presence. This allows us to start being truly in the moment, and absorb signals, sentiments, and senses that inhuman artifacts cannot. It allows us to draw on our past, challenge the present, and paint the future.
Listening is active. At its most basic level, it’s about focus, paying attention.
Vijji and Jayati realize the importance of being a life-long learner, and are building a powerful platform to help enterprises help their employees discover those technologies that would be of use in the coming days, and learn these technologies from multiple sources in the digital world. The future belongs to not those who shy away from robotics and AI and automation, but to those who jump in, unlearn what they have learned, and relearn new tools of the future. This learning cannot be taken away from them, rather, it leads them to be more influential and successful for the future. Learning is the act of observing, absorbing, and mastering unpredictability. It helps us kill fear, and gain a love for the unknown. In that, lies success.
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
Dilip Keshu always ends, how are you set up for Onward, Forward?
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.