Last week, I had the unique opportunity to discuss with an intimate and knowledgeable group of global leaders at a leading intergovernmental organization of what I see as few different themes emerging from the Pandemic.

Looking back, 2020 will go down as a powerful showcase of the indomitable human spirit — a time capsule that taught us lessons in courage, empathy, grit, and compassion. The Pandemic has ushered a lasting reshaping of many different and important elements of the world, so, personally I think it’s good to start thinking beyond the immediate implications (highly effective vaccines, economic drops, online growth…


Co-authored by Anupam Kundu and Aaron Sachs.This is part one in a two-part series. Read Part 2 here.

Originally published on Linkedin Pulse and at www.thoughtworks.com.I ended up being cited on Forbes and recommended to Thinkers50 due to this article.

Many large, traditional organizations and their famously successful leaders have embarked on ambitious missions to “create, operate and trade” new businesses to compete with disruptors in an ever-changing economy.


This is part one in a three-part series. Read Part 2 — The Future of Work and Multipotentialite: Engage Polymaths for Organizational Success and Part 3 on Measuring Multipotentialites

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO MULTIPOTENTIALITES

We live now in a world that can be characterized as connected, complex, chaotic, and faster than ever before. The best-laid plans fail, the well thought through strategies don’t scale and everything we have been taught about ways of doing business doesn’t work anymore. In order to succeed in the middle of this unpredictability, organizations need a new breed of adaptive employees that can shape-shift to learn new skills and processes to deal with the unforeseen.

Organizational success in the near future will be measured by its capability to evolve in real-time and respond to…


Originally published at www.agileconnection.com back in 2011 by Anupam Kundu

A few months ago, I wrote a post on Agile Journal about how startup company product owners are crucial in driving collaboration within and outside the product teams, thereby influencing the organizational culture to create innovative products.

This article takes a contrasting view by highlighting the plight of product owners in large- and medium-size organizations. While product owners in startups (or startup-like organizations) have more leadership power and influence, those in medium and large organizations spend a lot of unnecessary time and effort maneuvering the internal politics in order to…


Lessons from a podcast on mysterious Chinese seeds

While the concept of disinformation has been around for centuries, recently, those spreading it have taken advantage of social media and easy-to-use editing technologies to do so at an unprecedented pace. In 2020, multiple disinformation messaging has eroded confidence in elections and spread deadly untruths about COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness. And believe it not, disinformation leads to negative attitudes and damaging behaviors at workplaces and our own personal lives (different article in the make) all the times.

As I was listening to this story about the “The Great Seed Panic of 2020” on…


Pictures scraped from internet and then reedited by author.

INTRODUCTION

For the last almost 2 years, I have been living in the south of France and I get this question often “Where are you from?”. I usually give the answer — “origin indien, citoyen americain, vivant en france” — translated it will be, “born Indian, American citizen, living in France”.

This is the exact question that lead me to write “The World Belong to Immigrants, Nomads, and Gypsies” six years back when I was in NYC, inspired by a TED talk of Pico Iyer where he articulates how “home is not a piece of soil…but a piece of soul”.


Urgent necessity to create employee trust and boost customer confidence

After weeks of shutdowns and remote working, businesses around the world are gradually resuming on-site operations. Emerging from COVID-19 lockdown, customers are more vigilant about health and increase their demands on safety. Many employees are eager to return to work but many are also worried about being able to do so safely and avoid the second wave of infections.

As businesses step into the new normal shaped by discussions of unemployment, racism, health, and wellness for all, they are starting to realize that “business as usual” is no longer tolerated or desired. In the post-corona virus future, all businesses have…


Today morning my mother in law, Monique, gave a bunch of fava beans to my son — 3 years and 6 months old and asked him to peel them. He couldn’t do it successfully. He couldn’t use his small fingers to put enough pressure on the pods and force the peas to pop out. Then suddenly, Monique did something interesting — she got a small knife and cut a small slid across all the pods and my son was able to get the peas out of the pods comfortably and successfully. …


20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. With 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision — it provides an indicator of clarity of vision at a certain distance.

Disney made a splash in SXSW 2019 by hosting an interactive movie poster. Visitors were treated to AI: the demo used the facial expressions of the viewer to display the corresponding content from the movie Dumbo. While this…


SETTING THE CONTEXT

Globally few billions of people visit malls and shopping centers every month. This reflects not just the integral place that malls hold in the retail landscape, but also the massive potential of data-driven insights waiting to be harnessed. Malls can use big data, machine learning and AI to derive meaningful insights to minimize operational costs, build better customer engagement, explore new avenues for revenue, enable tenants to boost productivity, and more. Yet we see and read news heralding a new era when more malls will be closed for business (by 2022, analysts estimate that 1 out of every 4 malls…

Anupam Kundu

Polymath: dad, co-founder, strategist, Computer Vision enthusiast, visual thinker and dog lover.

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