The Japanese always have to consult a companion or call a conference to solve even the most trivial things. In India, there are definite rules for family members (and this is also for other social groups), so that when one wants to do something, one knows whether t is all right by following those rules. Because of the rule system, things get down more quickly in India.

Discuss how logically persuasive you find the argument. In presenting your point of view, analyze the sort of reasoning used and its supporting evidence. In addition, state what further evidence, if any, would make the argument more sound and convincing or would you better able to evaluate its conclusion.

Response: (taken exactly 30 minutes)

As the famous quote of the Shiv Khera-authored book “You can Win” goes- “Winners are those who do similar things differently rather than doing the different things similarly”, it holds true in the day-to day activities of the people. It’s the attitude and approach that defines the next generation of creativity and innovation rather than traditional rules.

The Japanese model, while consulting people or calling a conference on trivial things, helps in doing things in the right and fool-proof way to the maximum extent possible. For example, let us consider a scenario where we can compare both the scenarios at ease. Lets say a software company gets a project for developing software for its specific daily business need. Now, the duration of the project could be 1-year or could extend to a certain period of time. The success of the software depends on the successful implementation of the first version of the software that the company releases for its customer. Now, following Japanese model, constant feedback and consultation of the client, helps the company to understand the needs of the client much better and develop in the most efficient way. It helps in removing the unnecessary redundancies that may arise in future due to wrong interpretation of the client needs. Lets say, the initial part of the software has been developed but if the GUI of the system does not meet the client expectations, then the developed software goes to thrash. The GUI should be done in consult with the client, which makes the software usable by the client with the least investment possible. As for another example, the people might be able to think differently on the same ideas with the consultation and thus eventually, will be more innovative and creative. Normally, when people from various backgrounds come together, they form an idea, which can revolutionize and this is possible, only when they exchange ideas. The whole process might be bit time consuming, but it has the potential of creating innovations and drive successful business.

On the other hand, Indians follow the traditional rule-base model. It is much faster than the usual Japanese model but it lacks attitude to be different. Imagine a courseware where everything is defined, say a guy goes to the school, read the specific chapters of the book and mugs up the texts to answer the questions. The ideas cannot flow from one person to another if the group assignments and activities cease. Lets take the same above example, it may be possible that the software company can take the usual software engineering process to develop the software but what if some of the components don’t meet the requirements of the changing business scenarios for the client, as the whole process could take years, where there is no guarantee for the requirements of the clients to remain as it is as it was when the company bagged the project of the client.

Rules confines the thinking capability to a certain extent but it is beyond the rules, where the next generation of the world stands with new changes, challenges and thoughts. This world can only be seen when people share and consult, even on the trivial things, to look at it in a more broader way.

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