As I write this obituary, it does not feel like Ashok is no longer with us. …

In the first few weeks of COVID, experts rushed in with their views on how to make remote work, listicles sharing “insights” on “best practices” on how companies can adapt to this new normal. But they forgot one very important fact.

You are not the same company anymore, neither are you the same person.

Every morning, I used to wake up, get breakfast, get a shower, clear my emails, pack my lunch, walk to the station, check social media. As I headed out of my house, I could feel the beat of the city, joining millions of office goers like me. In the short train ride, I would absorb the people around me, college students chatting about their exams, office goers in polished shoes, older folks in sandals, technology workers in sneakers, muscular folks, anemic folks, women with scarfs, men and women with backpacks, handbags, bracelets, mobile phones, ear pods, hawkers on the street, the chai seller, the fruit seller, the security guard, the melange and the madness. …

Organizations of all sizes usually have a designated person as a leader. Beyond a certain size, organizations are large and complex, and no single person can claim to have expertise in running each part of it. Consider a nation state with millions of citizens, thousands of representatives, massive government departments, tomes of legislature. It still needs a single President or Prime Minister to lead its way through complicated histories and futures.

Is it a failure of the human mind to accept collective leadership? Large complex systems (ecosystems) exist in nature without a single brain driving it. They are robust and symbiotic with each participant playing its role. The withstand the vagaries of nature, harsh climates, fires, droughts and so on. …


Rushabh Mehta

founder, erpnext | the best code is the one that is not written

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