(Corboy note: If exit costs are high people will remain and endure
the situation for much longer. (eg The economy is poor and jobs are
scace, or this is a cult in which members have been trained to fear punishment if they leave, have severed ties with family and outside friends)
These things will lose your best people.
1.Hire for the past, not the future. Choose talent based on what worked before, not on where the company is heading now. Emphasize candidates’ narrow former experience over a more generalized, nimble agility to adapt in a fast-changing world.
2.Downplay values and mission. Send the signal that anything goes in pursuit of profit, making employees guess about what choices are truly acceptable. Fail to spend time articulating to your workers why they come to work every day and how the greater community benefits from their efforts.
3.Bungle the teams. Avoid mixing generations and skill sets, instead grouping like with like and producing stale and predictable solutions that are safe and excite no one.
4.Put jerks into management. Reward the old-fashioned, autocratic style that stifles unorthodox, creative thinking and feels threatened by fresh ideas, energy and dynamism.
5.Measure hours, not results. Keep an expensive cadre of stern enforcers busy with policing everybody. Don’t trust your talent to use their time wisely. Crack down on social media. Forbid personal activities during the workday, even as you continue to expect work to be conducted over the weekend as well.
6.Promote people straight up the ladder. Fail to give them exposure to different parts of the business through lateral moves or cross-training, giving them the sensation of being narrowed over time, rather than being broadened and improved.
7.Leave talent management to HR. Expect the staff who must deal with the minutiae of personnel issues to also be exceptional visionaries in hiring. Detach the C-suite from talent recruitment and retention since it’s not their department.
8.Hoard information. Keep decision-making securely ensconced in the executive wing. Avoid empowering mid-tier managers or employees lest they suddenly become entrepreneurial and unpredictable.
9.Don’t bother with training. It’s costly, and employees will probably jump ship with their new skills. Instead, have your workers do the same tasks over and over in the very same way.
10.Hire outsiders. After you’ve failed to train and develop your best people, follow it up by stifling their ambitions for increased responsibility. When they come to you and say, “I’m leaving,” express astonishment.
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Holy Cow a Myth? An Indian Finds The Kick Is Real
By EMILY EAKIN
Published: August 17, 2002
''Holy Cow: Beef in Indian Dietary Traditions,'' is a dry work of historiography buttressed by a 24-page bibliography and hundreds of footnotes citing ancient Sanskrit texts. It's the sort of book, in other words, that typically is read by a handful of specialists and winds up forgotten on a library shelf.
But when its author, Dwijendra Narayan Jha, a historian at the University of Delhi, tried to publish the book in India a year ago, he unleashed a furor of a kind not seen there since 1989, when the release of ''Satanic Verses,'' Salman Rushdie's novel satirizing Islam, provoked rioting and earned him a fatwa from Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
As Mr. Jha's book was going to press last August, excerpts were posted on the Internet and picked up by newspapers. Within days the book had been canceled by Mr. Jha's academic publisher, burned outside his home by religious activists and -- after a second publisher tried to print it -- banned by a Hyderabad civil court. A spokesman for the World Hindu Council called it ''sheer blasphemy.'' A former member of Parliament petitioned the government for Mr. Jha's arrest. Anonymous callers made death threats. And for 10 months Mr. Jha was obliged to travel to and from campus under police escort.
After months of legal wrangling, Mr. Jha's lawyers succeeded in having the ban lifted this spring. And now his book has been published in Britain and the United States by Verso, with a new preface and a more provocative title: ''The Myth of the Holy Cow.'' But though copies have been shipped to India, few bookstores there are likely to stock it.
His offense? To say what scholars have long known to be true: early Hindus ate beef.
Mr. Jha says his book has become a casualty of the culture wars that have plagued India since the hard-line Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party took office five years ago.
But while cow veneration and vegetarianism may be the hallmarks of Hinduism today, Mr. Jha compiles copious evidence that this has hardly always been the case. Citing sources ranging from the ancient sacred scriptures, the Vedas (circa 1000 B.C.), to Sanskrit epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata (200 B.C to A.D. 200) as well as data from archaeological digs, Mr. Jha contends that ''the 'holiness' of the cow is a myth and that its flesh was very much a part of the early Indian nonvegetarian food regimen and dietary traditions.''
Not only were oxen and other animals offered as sacrifices to the Vedic gods, he writes, they were routinely eaten by mere mortals as well.
One religious text declares meat to be quite simply ''the best kind of food,'' while another captures Yajnavalkya, a revered Vedic sage who lived around 500 B.C., confessing to a particular weakness for beef. ''Some people do not eat cow meat,'' he is quoted as saying. ''I do so, provided it's tender.''
Meanwhile, the Mahabharata recounts the story of King Rantiveda, who earned his renown by slaughtering 2,000 cows a day in his royal kitchens and distributing beef along with grain to apparently grateful Brahmins, the Hindu priests.
Even the Buddha, on record as opposing animal killing for either food or sacrifice, was apparently not above the occasional carnivorous nibble. Mr. Jha cites passages from early Buddhist texts suggesting not only that the Buddha ate meat but that a meal of contaminated pork may ultimately have been what did him in. (Mr. Jha dismisses a dissenting interpretation that the offending food was not pork but mushroom.)
None of this, scholars say, is news. In a recent review in The Times Literary Supplement, Wendy Doniger, a professor of the history of religion at the University of Chicago, called Mr. Jha's book ''a dry, straight academic survey . . . proving what every scholar of India has known for well over a century.''
''This is not 'Satanic Verses,' '' Ms. Doniger added in a telephone interview. ''This is just a relatively intelligent, academic book. It doesn't depict Hindus as horrible people.''
Indeed, until the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power, said Michael Witzel, a professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University, much of the history Mr. Jha records was taught in Indian schools.
DN Jha, a respected historian of ancient India, is under attack for daring to examine the myth of the sacred cow.
His book was turned down by its original publishers in Delhi, who were afraid of provoking the Hindu fanatics who have recently been seen vandalising art exhibitions and burning books. One extremist even sentenced Jha to death in a fatwa - plainly a venerable Hindu tradition, this.
Jha elaborates on how variously the ancient Indians saw their cattle; and he does so, if not with a graceful prose-style, then with an impressive range of textual evidence.
It is good to have all the relevant facts in one book. But, perhaps, Jha would have better engaged the general reader had he explained in greater detail why upper-caste Hindus have been more passionate about the cow in the last century and a half than at any other time in India's history. Or, as DD Kosambi put it in his Ancient India (1965), why "a modern orthodox Hindu would place beef-eating on the same level as cannibalism, whereas Vedic Brahmins had fattened upon a steady diet of sacrificed beef".
The answer lies in the 19th century, when many newly emergent middle-class Hindus began to see the cow as an important symbol of a glorious tradition defiled by Muslim rule over India. For these Hindus, the cause for banning cow-slaughter became a badge of identity, part of their quest for political power in post-colonial India. Educated Muslims felt excluded from, even scorned by, these Hindu notions of the Indian past; and they developed their own separatist fantasies*.
(Corboy note: This movement has been termed 'The Hindu Renaissance'.)
The newly invented traditions helped create two antagonistic political elites, defined primarily by religion, and eventually led to the disastrous partition of India. The nationalist myths are now incarnated by the two nuclear-armed nation-states of India and Pakistan.
DN Jha is their most recent victim; but probably no one has suffered more from them than the poor holy cow that, bereft of a clear economic or religious role, slowly dwindles on Indian roads, until the day it is run over, when it receives the final kindness of being allowed to bleed to death
About damn time. I’ve been in this cult over 20 years ago, and many people, including my own family members - DO NOT believe it’s a cult. I guess they all think every cult out there drinks Jim Jones branded Kool Aid, sacrifice to goats, and chant worship songs to demons.
Unfortunately, cult members these days wear nicely starched shirts, sit down for family dinners and greet everyone politely with a smile.
The only way you can detect a cult these days are by how insular and out of touch with mainstream society they are. How circular their reasoning is, in defiance of all logic. And sometimes even... the moms are dressed like they came out of some godforsaken version of Little House on the Prairie.
.Because normal people who see this group as crazy, also have to understand the insidiousness of this movement. It has gone from rare, backyard cult, to common knowledge (thanks to the series). But, very few realize the history behind it, nor do they realize the virtual brainwashing that it takes to be fully immersed in it.
They have become so emboldened, they have entered the political arena. Republicans have embraced them completely. It is their ideal voter base. Men have all the power. Women are barefoot, pregnant and silent. They are so culturally sheltered, they might as well be from the 1800’s.
If they were to have kept off tv, stayed out of politics, virtually no one would have cared.
They aren’t, so as far as I am concerned the more light that is shown on this cult, the better.
It cannot be repeated too often, so whoever has already made this point, I’m just saying it again for emphasis: this sexually demented creep Bill Gothard and his creepy Christian institute for Biblical creepery received major, major funding from the Green family—owners of Hobby Lobby, purchasers of the Supreme Court majority, perverters of the US constitution, and natural fascists. In the midst of all this uproar, let’s not forget that the Hobby Lobby people really need to be heckled and shamed.
Like Gothard, like the Duggars, like all these Dominionist nutjobs, the Greens are dreadful, awful, horrid, genuinely evil people. Let them sell glitter glue and styrofoam balls until the end of time, but they really must not be allowed to continue to dictate this nation’s morals or in any way determine its destiny
Being in the SO is like being part of a spy ring--everything is compartmentalizations and need to know. ASHO examiner only knows indicators of PCs, students, and staff making originations, RPFers only know about their section, their twin, and renos schedules, even B1 doesn't get starts and GI and completion stats if DM lies about them.
IMHO, That's how people can be lied to, manipulated, conned and kept in a false world.
And it worked pretty effectively till there was an Internet and cell phones and tablets when people can actually find out the shit that's been hidden from them for decades, and they don't have to try to hide their paper copy of Paulette's or Russell Miller's book somewhere their 2D won't find it. After that, the place starts emptying out and the data-controlled wake up!
A few months after this reorganization, the first CO Estates got reposted, and I was selected to be his replacement! It was a staggering and daunting task to make this mess function at all from one week to another, while dealing with putting out 3 meals a day at 5 or 6 different locations, unscheduled health inspections at the galleys and the Cadet Org, vehicle breakdowns, emergency building repairs, and orgs often refusing to pay anything or severely reducing the allocations for their food, childcare, or the cost of training their EPF or RPF members.
I was completely overwhelmed by the enormity of it. Yet according to Sea Org tradition, I was 100% responsible for the condition of all of it from the first day I assumed my new post, with no excuses possible. I was expected once again to make it go right, and I don't think the idea of refusing this post ever occurred to me, though I hadn't the faintest idea of how to go about making these long-standing situations and conditions radically improve.
Glimpses of Life Inside a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
Drepung Monastery, Mundgod, South India, rebuilt in exile from Lhasa, Tibet, after the Chinese occupation
This explains better than I can one of the main parts of my study here at this time. Excerpted from TIBETAN LOGIC by Katherine Manchester Rogers:
“An important feature of Tibetan logic is that it is used to acquire new and valid understanding about oneself and the world. Valid knowledge is considered to be irrefutable, unshakable; it is authentic, true, and certain. Western logic is fundamentally different from Tibetan logic. In the Western system, a sharp distinction is made between empirical knowledge and knowledge acquired through application of the rules of formal logic. Empirical knowledge depends on experience and observation and is
considered to be necessarily contingent, indefinite, conjectural; it is not discernable as definitely and irrefutably true. Only in mathematics and formal logic can there be certainty; all other knowledge must remain conjectural. This point of view is reflected clearly in the words of the Western logician Karl Popper,
"In the empirical sciences, which alone can furnish us with information about the world we live in, proofs do not occur, if we mean by “proof” an argument that establishes once and forever the truth of a theory. On the other hand, pure mathematics and logic, which permit of proofs, give us no information about the world, but only develop the means of describing it.”
This points to a fundamental difference between Western and Tibetan logic. In the point of view of some Western logicians, no new knowledge about the world is possible through logic; it is not the purpose of logic to produce new knowledge. The aim of logic is strictly propositional, in that it depends strictly on the form of propositions for its validity. In Western logic, validity attaches to the proper logical
form of an argument. A Western logician, Stephen Barker, explains, In logic, we are mainly interested in considering arguments whose validity depends on their logical forms. … When the premises of an argument are linked to the conclusion in the right sort of way, the argument is called valid.
In the Ge-luk-pa system of education, the purpose of logic is to generate new knowledge, not about propositions, but about phenomena; that is, about oneself and the world. Logic is used to develop a path of reasoning, in order to acquire valid knowledge. Tibetan logic is transformational, in that it is intended to bring new and valid knowledge that changes one’s relationship with the world and brings one closer to the truth and to enlightenment—closer to the truth, in that one’s understanding of the world is more accurate and one’s relationships with people are based on true understanding of the nature of reality rather than on illusion and ignorance.“
Castrated to be 'closer to God': 'Brainwashed' devotee relives moment he had horror procedure – along with 400others – on the orders of India's superstar 'Guru of bling' who lives in heart-shaped compound
Hans Raj Chauhan, 34, was once a devotee of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Claims Singh, 47, ordered the removal of his testicles when he was just 19
Singh has fortune of $50 million and is also known as the 'Rockstar saint'
Runs 'real place of truth' sect from massive compound outside Sirsa City
Haryana-based guru is being investigated over alleged mass castrations
By Helen Roberts and Tim Macfarlan For Mailonline
Published: 07:32 EST, 31 March 2015 | Updated: 10:40 EST, 31 March 2015
Singh, who has a penchant for garish clothes and jewellery and is also known as the 'Rockstar saint', runs his Dera Sacha Sauda - the 'real place of truth' - spiritual organisation from a massive compound outside Sirsa City in Haryana.
The group is supposedly non-profit but its sprawling headquarters include a full-sized cricket stadium, schools, and a 400 bed hospital shaped like a heart, within which are three buildings shaped 'S', 'M' and 'G' in honour of the Dera's three leaders to date.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Hans claims he and around 400 other men were castrated at the Dera's compound between 2000 and 2009.
He is now left permanently scarred, not able to have children and struggles to have an erection or ejaculate.
He said: 'They're all too scared to speak out, we've been blackmailed into keeping quiet, but I'm not afraid any more.
'I can never marry or have children and I am no longer the man I used to be. My life has been ruined because of him. '
The Dera was founded in 1949 and has an estimated 50 million followers worldwide.
On its website the group describes Singh, its leader since 1990, as a saint as well as an author, inventor, scientist, philosopher, philanthropist, peace activist and 'the ultimate humanitarian'.
But India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating Singh for alleged criminal intimidation and causing grievous bodily hurt in connection with the reported castrations.
No charges have yet been brought and Singh denies the allegations.
In January he told a press conference to plug his film MSG - The Messenger of God that he is considering legal action of his own against his accusers.
He said: 'Such allegations disturb me, when I am doing good for humanity. Therefore me and my legal advisor are going to move the court challenging the allegations.'
Singh is also facing trial for conspiracy over the murder of a journalist in 2002 and is accused of raping two female members of his group in 1999 and 2000, for which he was charged in 2007 in a case that continues to rumble on.
Hans joined the Dera at just 16 after his strict devout parents decided it would be best for their son, who still refers to Singh by the honorific title 'Baba'.
He said: 'Baba came to our house and told my parents that I should become a religious man and my parents didn't question him.
'I was sent away and brainwashed without any choice in the matter. Then, in 2000, my testicles were removed on his orders.'
Hans said Baba used to tell all his male followers that castration would get them closer to God.
'I remember a few days before the operation Baba gave me a lot more attention than the others. He was continually saying castration will bring me light and I believed him.
'I was brainwashed, we all were, but I never thought he would ever go through with anything so severe. I was a fool for ever trusting him.'
Hans was escorted to a hospital run by the Dera, in Sri Ganga Nagar, Rajasthan, and he was admitted for almost a fortnight.
He added: 'I get so angry when I think of what he did and how naïve I was not to ask questions. But no one asked any questions; we all just followed him.
'My body and mind was controlled by Baba. I was young and trapped.'
When the doctor told Hans his testicles had gone he was devastated but was terrified of telling anyone.
He said: 'I was shocked but it was too late for me to do anything about it, I had to just accept it. I couldn't turn to anyone, not even my parents; they would've been devastated as my chances of a future family were ruined.
'I tried to leave the Dera several times but you cannot come and go as you please. They decide your fate and destiny and control your every day.
(Picture ofHans' medical examination report confirming his castration)
After Hans' castration his access in and around the religious group grew, but he still feared for his life. He was desperate to leave.
He said: 'I became one of the trusted men. Only those who were castrated had access to the main house and I became one of those trusted men. I felt the pressure even more; it was suffocating.'
Eventually, Hans escaped the group in 2009 and went straight into hiding. In late 2012 he heard that former Dera colleagues had also quit the sect and gave him the courage to finally speak out.
'I have feared for my safety since I left the group but now I have spoken out they cannot do anything. I now have the law on my side,' he said.
'I am now hopeful that there will be a fair judgment since the case is with the CBI. I have complete faith in our country's judiciary and I am hopeful that a judgment day will come,' he added.
'I know Baba is very powerful but I am not going to withdraw my case. I have been forced to take many bribes since I started this but I will not give up.
'I am jobless these days but I am thankful to my parents who are standing by me. I am not scared of him or his followers.'
Hans' lawyer Navkiran Singh, who is representing him at the Haryana court, said: 'Hans was mislead by the Baba Rahim with false promises and revelations of a divine power. Rahim is a very powerful man and will do anything with those powers."
Doctor reports ordered by the court confirm Hans has no testicles and has been the victim of castration.
Hans, who earns a living singing at weddings, is now dealing with the humiliation of his revelation.
His decision to go public about his sexual status has come at a price and he has since been shunned by society.
He said: 'I had to either suffer at the hands of the Dera or reveal my incompetence to the world.
'My life is devastated. I can't have children and now people laugh at me too. Since the castration my body has undergone hormonal imbalance and I've had a huge loss in body and facial hair, and more worryingly development of breasts and fatigue.
'I've lost 14 years of my life. My parents are devastated and feel very guilty. They trusted this man and gave me to him, never imagining he would do such a thing.'
Haryana court has provided Hans with police security to ensure his safety.
Followers of Indian guru Ram Rahim break silence about mass castration
February 26, 2015 5:37PM
HE is adored by millions of followers worldwide, is the star of a major film and has convinced hundreds of men to castrate themselves.
The so-called “guru in bling” has also been linked to a murder and there are allegations of sexual abuse, but Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has always managed to stay one step ahead of authorities.
There are signs though his luck and influence might be running out.
His hold over followers was so powerful he convinced up to 400 followers to have their testicles removed because by doing so they would be able to speak directly to God.
Most feared for their lives and were worried about being social outcasts if they spoke out against him but it appears some have finally broken ranks and are prepared to go on the record with their allegations.
Until now hundreds of followers have been united in protecting him by not speaking with investigators, sources told India’sMail Todaynewspaper.
But it seems the cone of silence is about to smashed open as officers from the Indian equivalent of the FBI, the Central Bureau of Investigation, have reportedly obtained statements from some victims.
They have been building a case against Ram Rahim for months and intend to lay charges of grievous bodily harm against him.
“CBI sleuths met some old Dera followers and were, thus, successful in tracing some others who were castrated in the name of God.
“Some of the castrated followers, who agreed to record their statements before the judicial magistrate, have left for Delhi where the case has been registered,” a source told Mail Today.
Some of the witnesses have told police the castrations happened at a hospital run by Ram Rahim’s organisation.
It’s far from the first time he has come in for attention from authorities. In 2002 he faced conspiracy charges over the murder of a journalist who was investigating him and there have also been allegations of sexual abuse of female followers.
So far he has managed to escape having convictions of any wrongdoing, partly because he is a favourite of politicians, who see his value as a source of votes, Fairfax reported.
Ram Rahim has an estimated fortune of $50 million and as many as 50 million followers worldwide.
But in a sign his grip on followers could be weakening, ticket sales for his new film MSG: The Messenger have fallen since the castration controversy became public.
In January the film opened to a world-record audience of over 150,000 at a public premiere in Gurgaon, a city just outside of Delhi.
The film supposedly shows Ram Rahim breaking a tree trunk with his bare hands and walking on air, among other miracles.
But according to reports in India, audiences have been so low at many cinemas Ram Rahim has been bulk buying tickets to improve box office returns.
I couldn't tell an anecdote, it had to be an epic.
I did not have dialogues, I had monolgues.
I awfulized everything that happened to me, making me feel special.
My bad day was your bad day, too.