When I was growing up in southern India, I remember reading about the story of blind men and an elephant. This is a story about how these visually challenged men, who have never come across an elephant before, learn how an elephant might look by touching one part, such as the side or the tusk, etc. Then, based on their limited experience, they describe the elephant to one another. This led to disputes and arguments among them as to what an elephant is. The moral of the story is that humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on their limited, subjective experiences. In the story, the blind men did not cross their own boundaries of experience and understanding. They did not reach out and feel the elephant in full to give a common description of the elephant as a whole.
Bala AsirvathamManaging Partner of FutureXeed
Bala is the Founder and Managing Partner of FutureXeed, based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He is passionate about Leadership and Systemic coaching, facilitating leaders and teams to co-create awesome work cultures and collaborative intelligence and enabling positive organizational transformations. He comes with many years of corporate experience as an International HR Director and other senior HR leadership roles in high-tech, telecommunications, and other industries in Europe and Asia. He is a certified consultant, coach, and facilitator in Organizational Values and Culture Transformation, Leadership Team facilitator, Trainer in ICAgile HR, ICAgile Leadership and Agile People Coach, and Facilitates Digital Transformation & DevOps simulations. He is a certified SAFe DevOps practitioner and co-author of the Agile People Manifesto. He is pursuing his Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and on his way to becoming a Senior Practitioner with European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).