I need Access to succeed in my work.

I need acesss. Access to what you may ask? Access to people mainly.

Backstory

I got into media business not really knowing what media business is. I created hyperlocal media news and information sites. Now the problem is to get stories you need access. It is people who give you information from which you write stories.

The Ethical Dilemma on how to get access.

There is a way to get access. Tell the person who gives you information that you will bat for him. You will promote him or her or their interest. You go to thier parties, drink their booze to gain their confidence. You become part of their group. This is something I am not good at. I also find it unethical. How do I remain impartial and unbiased. The energy I derive to do my unpaying work is through my value of ethics. So the moment I compromise my ethics to get stories, i lose interest in running my media business. This is a complex dilemma.

Can you get access without compromising on your ethics and integirty?

Barkha Dutt in the Radia Tapes scam says, she was just cultivating a source and not compromising her journalistic values. But the moment misleading the souce/access you are compromised in my opinion.

New Paradigm to get access

Now what if the source comes to you instead of you going to him. This is much better scenario to gain access. The big question is why would a source come to you?

Now this is how you reverse engineer a source. You don’t go asking for access, but engineer it that the access comes to you.

Some examples of access coming to you

  1. A college principal going to the student and offering her/him the best course in college and waving off fees.
  2. A politician offering help with news and information cause he needs the story published.
  3. People thinking that you can solve their problems like a fake Sadhu/doctor who gives you placebo pills
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Is METOO also about a share of bigger pie ?

I have been following closely the #metoo movement on twitter. There were some #metoo cases which were mover like drunk sex or bad sex stories. Some stories like Alok Nath and M J Akbar were very serious. What I observed that even the most authentic feminist was also basking on the RT and likes she was getting.

Elitist Movement

Well, we are all human and there is nothing wrong with it. As you know the movement has been labelled as Elitist. We also know that these so called Elitist woman have the responsibility of earning their own living. In Urban India, most of the couples are double income families. To pay the bills in this age of inflation, both husband wives have to earn.

The women are also under extreme stress to earn a living. If she is single than God help her. She has to pay her rents and gym fees also. It is no surprise that these working women are angry on the bro’s whose cash registers are ringing. These bro’s have money and woman until he is outed in a #metoo story.

Blind Spot

What most women don’t realise and are blinded that this is also a phase when there are more people applying for Jobs. Since there are more people who are in a job. The salary which would be given to one person is now divided in two or three. For people who cannot afford that pitiful salary there is the gig economy, where you don’t know when the next gig is coming.

Demographic Catastrophe

India will soon have more than 50% of the population below the age of 25. Women will be under pressure to get a job. The anger at men who will stop her at doing so is going to increase. To add to this by 2035 or is it 2050 half the population is going to live in cities.

How do we diffuse this situation

It’s a global trend. Why didn’t #metoo happen in the 60’s and the 70’s when one earning member could support the family? No there is not going to be a war between men and women, but we are certainly going to see a lot of single men and single women with broken hearts around.

Keep Personal and Professional Away in wake of metoo

The entire #metoo movement got me thinking. Most of the transgressions had appeared at the workplace because the personal/professional space was not respected.

If only people knew that someone who calls you for a drink and dinner late in the night, might also start thinking to try a few tricks.

As the saying goes.

Temptation comes often but opportunity comes seldom.

Social shaming on Social media Rules

Your voices are stifled for long. Social Media has given you the power to be finally heard. You don’t need access to a media mogul now and you can do social shaming all by yourself.

Here are some basic rules you need to follow, below destroying someone’s reputation by social shaming.

Let me cite a sample tweet.

Tweet — “ I want to kill anyone who call me a creep”

Jumping to conclusion and Social Shaming.

Now this person, is being stifled and you shouldn’t come to the following conclusions.

1. He is a Psycopath because he wants to kill someone.

You can ask the following questions to decide this.

Has he threathened you or any person you know off. Is he history sheeter?

OR

2. Oh, since he doesn’t like to be called a creep, let’s call him one or maybe he is one.

Same goes for this one. Has the person creeped you out ?

SKIN IN THE GAME

In short, if you personally (directly or indirectly) have no information about this person, you are in no way harmed. Then you have “no skin in the game”.

If you still decide to defame the person, you are don’t have clarity on the cause. You are cashing #metoo moment because your voice is more powerful than his.

So, use restraint and let the real issues come to the fore.

However your gut instinct tells you to go ahead and shame the person. You feel you will be doing the moment a favour. Then another rule should be followed. This is below.

if you have same chance of losing your reputation or credibility than you have skin in the game.

If you still don’t understand skin in the game concept, you can read Taleb book on the same.

Twitter is on fire with the India #metoo moment. Some of the sensible voices are here. Men also need to be defended an have a right to justice. Read them here

The three kind of employees

I am not a HR person, so pardon me for this transgression. I have identified 3 personalities in employees. This might help me in future rather than help the readers.

Here are the employee prototypes

The Enthusiast Employee

This employee type is what 80% of the workspace consists off. They are the type of employee who never miss the 9 am local and reach the office at 10 am. They leave spot on time at 5:30 pm. They are the shut it, forget it employee. Once they are out of office, their leisure time is for their family and social circles. Also don’t you dare them to work on weekends.

This employee is the do-er, tell them to think and they will offer resignation as thinking is not considered work.

The Amatuer employee

They are the ones, who lack discipline. You don’t find them sticking to a job for long time. They are forever in and out of one exciting project to another. They are cheap but expensive to maintain. They are self driven, you don’t have to do much to make them work. These kind of people could be better running their own business but do-not have the shrewdness to make any venture sustainable.

The Pro Employee

They are always going to exotic places for vacation like lonavala and Pavna. Their children are well turned out. They have worked hard for their entire life and now feel people should pay them $$$$ without any questions or strings attached. They are not ready to learn new things. They are existing in your Organisation primarily to enjoy the fruits of other people’s hard-work. They would be totally unemployable but they have very impressive resume’s.

You might be in one stage or another, typically a person starts as an enthusiasts employee and ends up as a Pro.