Weekly Roundup: Serendipity, Metaverse & the Writing Fellowship
What we learned together on Network Capital this week
Dear community members,
Hope you had a rejuvenating weekend. This is a quick overview of the week gone by on Network Capital. You can get access to all our offerings once you subscribe.
✨ Masterclass recommendation: Leadership Principles with Farzana Haque (Global Head of Strategic Accounts at Tata Consultancy Services) and Meaningful Careers at the Intersection of Music, Tech & Activism with Madame Gandhi (Harvard Business School Alum & Stanford Student)
💰New subgroup: Crypto & Web3 + HR
💝 Sign up for the Serendipity Tool
In most modern workplaces, a disproportionate emphasis is paid on having narrow skills that are marketable. While there is nothing wrong having an area of focus, one should be mindful of the perils of early specialization.
There are three key reason for that.
We tend to specialize without knowing why. More than 80% of people work in areas that have nothing to do with their field of study.
It hinders lateral thinking, a problem-solving approach that draws upon seemingly disparate concepts and domains. Most innovators are lateral thinkers. Their lateral thinking is a direct result of combining different strands of thoughts and learning from different contexts.
People with a narrow set of skills tend to approach every problem through the same lens. This not only ignores loopholes in one’s hypothesis but also amplifies biases. As investor Charlie Munger puts it, “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
Deep-Generalists are the professionals who will push the boundaries for creativity and innovation in the AI era. Their competitive advantage will propel them to learn, unlearn and develop innovative solutions consistently.
No one is born a great writer. We become better with deliberate practice, a special type of practice that is both purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance. In the Network Capital Writing Fellowship, you will engage in deliberate practice as a community.
Starts November 26, 2021, join in!
Farzana Haque is a powerhouse of talent and an inspiration for Indians. Starting as a management trainee in the Tata group and working her way up to her current senior leadership position at TCS, Farzana has played a key role in the transition of TCS from a local champion to a Global giant. She has implemented complex technology programs and built platforms for Fortune 100 companies at locations across the world. She has planned and executed first generation outsourcing deals and the digital roadmap for major global customers.
Based in Los Angeles and a native of New York City, Kiran Gandhi, aka Madame Gandhi, is a singer, percussionist, activist and music industry thinker known for her electronic-based sound and fourth-wave feminist perspective. She began working under the stage name Madame Gandhi in 2015, while Alexia Riner — a Berklee College of Music graduate in sound design — became a key contributor to the project, providing electronic soundscapes and co-production.
The internet allows everyone to generate passive income which can help you pursue passion projects, invest, donate or provide insurance in times of need. All you need to do is look for platforms that you are comfortable experimenting with. Like with everything, results won’t be immediate but with time you will figure things out.
Context switching refers to changing the focus of your attention. If you are an ambitious student or professional, chances are that you are switching context hundreds of times a day. That is what enables you to get stuff done, connect with different types of people and navigate the complexities of life.
Metaverse sits at the intersection of web 3.0, augmented reality and the blockchain. In the Web 1.0 and 2.0 era, we could only enjoy the wonders of the internet through a browser or app. The metaverse creates a more immersive experience which Zuckerberg describes as the next evolution of social technology.
New Subgroup: Web3 & Crypto + HR
Network Capital subgroups are an intimate and curated way for connecting with other people over shared interests. Last week we launched two new subgroup(!!) - Web3 & Crypto & HR. If interested, join here!
Seemingly random encounters and conversations often trigger amazing ideas and discoveries. With the Serendipity Tool, we wanted help members build shared experiences and and relationships.Sign up for the Serendipity Session for this Saturday at 11 AM (IST)
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✍🏼 Read our founder Utkarsh Amitabh’s Harvard Business Review articles here Building Your Category of One, Should You Choose Passion Over Paycheck, How to Make Envy Work for You?, and The Right Way to Make a Big Career Transition
💞 Read our founder Utkarsh Amitabh’s book Seductive Illusion of Hard Work. The foreword written by Klaus Schwab, the founder of World Economic Forum.