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Last Updated on September 6, 2020 by SK

What’s your management style?

In East Indian mythology there are two great epics. One is called Ramayan and other is called Mahabharata. The central story of both these revolves around victory of good over evil. In one story  Lord Rama leads his army to defeat Ravana (demon king) in Sri Lanka. While in the second Lord Krishna oversees Pandavas (the good guys) defeat Kauravas (The villains) in the battle of Kurukshektra.

Lead from the front

In Ramayan,  Rama is the best warrior of his side. He leads his army from the front, creates strategies and directs a diverse army of monkeys and people to execute his plan to meet the objective of rescuing his wife from the demon king. His people are happy to follow orders and want to get all the appreciation for being the best executors. Rama sets direction and also tells people what to do during difficult times.

Ultimately they won the war and the final outcome was achieved.

Guide from behind

On the other hand Krishna was clear with Arjuna (The good prince), I won’t fight the battle, I won’t pick up any weapon, I would only be there on your chariot as a charioteer. And he did what he said. He never picked up the weapon and he never fought.

Still, Pandavas won the war and the final outcome was achieved.

Two different styles

So, what was different? It was their managerial style and it was also the type of people who were being lead.

Rama was leading an army of primates and ordinary people who were not skilled fighters and they were looking for direction.

While on other hand, Krishna was leading Arjuna who was one of the best archer of his time. While  Rama’s role was to show it and lead from the front, Krishna played the role of a coach whose job was to remove cobwebs from his protege’s mind. Krishna couldn’t teach Arjuna archery but he could definitely help him see things from a very different perspective.

Basic differences in two styles:

 Rama: A skilled warrior, lead monkeys, was emotional, gave precise roles and instructions, motivated the army to fight for his cause

Krishna: A calm and collected coach, works with the best professionals, provides strategic clarity, allows team members to take the lead, fights for the cause of the team, does not depict his true emotions

What’s your style?

Look at your team and reflect what type of leader you are? One who keeps answering/solving problems for the team or who asks relevant questions from their team so that they can find their own solution.

Are you someone who commands/directs all the time  or someone who clarifies doubts and allows their team to find their own ways.

Are you someone who has unskilled people in the team for the given job or you have the brightest experts in their area getting stuck with issues? 

A capable team doesn’t want you to micro-manage or show how things are done, they want to know the meaning of their task and how it makes a difference in this world.

They are Arjuna’s who don’t necessarily seek more skill/knowledge but they need someone to clarify the cobwebs in their mind. If you apply Rama’s style on them, you are bound to fail as a manager.

On the other hand if there are people who aren’t skilled enough but rely on your expertise to sail through, then  Rama’s style is appropriate.

Who are you?

It is good for you to reflect and think what managerial style will bring the best result for you and your team?

Are you a  Rama or Krishna?

The Managing Leader vs the Coaching Leader!

Disclaimer: Received the crux of the idea from a WhatsApp group forward.

Last Updated on September 3, 2020 by SK

My first blog with BlueData

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Prior to joining BlueData recently, I worked at Cloudera (through the acquisition of — and prior to that at Pivotal (via EMC / Greenplum) where I led product management for their Hadoop software business. Back in 2012, I still remember my first demo and presentation about Hadoop to a Fortune 500 company: I covered the basics of Hadoop and the type of problems it can solve for enterprises. A few years later, I was doing similar presentations focused on increasing Hadoop adoption at other large enterprises. There was less of a need to teach the basics of Hadoop; but the time-consuming complexity of the traditional bare-metal deployment model for Hadoop often stalled adoption. And there were significant challenges to meet the enterprise-grade security and operational requirements typically taken for granted in traditional data warehousing and database systems…(more)

Last Updated on June 16, 2017 by SK

Sept 24, 2016: TeqBiz Today

  • Eleven reasons to be excited about the future of technology. (medium – Chris Dixon)
    • Pretty good list of technologies.
    • Though he missed couple of exciting ones such as:
      • Quantum computing
      • Stem Cells
      • Gene Editing
      • 3D bio-printing.
  • Are Silicon Valley’s Chaos Makers Smart or Insane? (FEE)
  • Oracle has announced that they are bringing the same public cloud infrastructure to enterprise private cloud (Forbes).
    • Meaning, an enterprise can deploy the same tools/hardware that Oracle uses in their public cloud offering. Given an incentive for enterprises to familiarize themselves with the Oracle cloud environment and then move to public cloud whenever they feel comfortable.
    • Smart move on Oracle’s part.
    • Little noticed feature, but one that will have bigger impact on the cloud world in general and for oracle in particular
    • Check out this pdf for more detail.
  • The law of accelerating returns (Ray Kurzweil)
    • Steve Jurvetson called this graph the most important graph ever produced.

Last Updated on September 2, 2020 by SK

Sept 20,2016: TeqBiz Today

  • Here is a link to Intel’s presentation on why FPGA is going to play a major role in datacenter and cloud industries (presentation).
    • Intel pretty much makes a big bet on FPGA + CPU for reducing cost and increasing performance of data centers at much lower footprint. Argument is that, with the powerful FPGA co-processor in a single dye datacenter operators could save on power cost and cooling, and get better performance using a fraction of nodes.
  • Google launches Allo with Google Assitant (new version of Google Now?) (Engadget)
    • May be Google’s answer to Siri?
  • Facebook is augmenting its team that works on the secretive “Building 8” project (Recode)
    • They just acquired a small hardware startup called Nascent Objects that builds “modular electronics platform”.
    • May be a similar project like Google’s suspended “Project Ara”?
  • Oracle is getting its game face on the cloud and it could be a series threat to dominance enjoyed by AWS? (VentureBeat)
    • Enterprises are moving to cloud for sure, it is given. However, the question is what workloads will move to cloud. Large companies are still worried about security and governance issues. They might be willing to move non-critical data and services to cloud and keep their mission critical services running in their own secure data centers, where they’ve much better control and accountability.
    • With rapid advancement in the technology, especially in NoSQL, BigData and Cloud, a  typical enterprise customer is pretty confused about the array of proprietary and open sources technologies. It seems like every month there is a new technology (close or open source) that is trying to do better than the one came out the month before. Its all too confusing for enterprises.
    • Providing a familiar platform, ex. MySQL/SQLServer, some of the concerns could be addressed. Given that, a cloud provider that is familiar with the way large enterprises work, have a presence in the doorstep, provide integration with services on-premise and understand how to decisions are made will win in the long run. Here is where Oracle, Microsoft and IBM have  huge leg up when comparing non-traditional enterprise players (AWS and Google). Amazon and Google have to step up their game to address enterprise market with better messaging and offerings that integrate with existing on-premise platforms and also understand/sympathize with enterprise customer’s needs.

Last Updated on September 2, 2020 by SK

Aug 26,2016: Week end reading

First post after 8 weeks of travel and vacation.

  • Microservices are not the same thing as components (Register)
  • Data Lakes: The Lure of the Cloud (Medium)
  • Defining Product Design – by AirBnB design chief (Firstround)
  • This tiny $5 computer will help revolutionize many of the IoT apps Omega2 (kickstarter)
  • Why Apple killed the headphone jack (

Last Updated on September 17, 2016 by SK