I actually wanted to write about Clive Lloyd’s tactics for building great teams and started reading about his achievements and success as the West Indies captain… While reading about him, I stumbled upon the news of his divorce and the bitter outpouring from his wife of 37 years. Then I switched on the television and every channel was talking about the current scandal involving Tarun Tejpal, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Tehelka.
Both these things made me think of split personalities … Technically, the definition of split personality is a rare dissociative disorder in which the usual integrity of the personality breaks down and two or more independent personalities emerge.
Clive Lloyd built a West Indian cricket team that remained on top of the game for nearly a decade. He was captain of the team between 1974 to 1985 and led the team to 27 match wins, 11 in succession. He made a super team from people of different nationalities, different cultures. Fondly called the “Supercat”, Lloyd is revered as one of the greatest captains the game has seen and a true gentleman. In an interview on how to build a winning team, Lloyd talks of how you need to know each team member personally, so you can figure out in a crisis whom you could rely on, he goes on to explain why it’s important to keep the squad happy. The public persona was and has been of a gentleman, an inspirational figure and the statistics of the team he led provides the data behind that claim. Then you hear that his wife of 37 years is divorcing him because she is so heartbroken by his public philandering. She sees the telltale signs early on, but ignores them for the sake of raising her children and in the hope that he will change. The great man has feet of clay and smelly clay at that – what made him not apply the same principles that helped him build a great sports team to the most important team member of his life, his wife ?
Now let’s look at Tarun Tejpal. Business week named him amongst the 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia, then in 2009 named him amongst India’s 50 most powerful people. He was the precursor to the Anna movement against corruption. He brought out the defence scams and many other wrong doings through sting operations … The wrong doers felt some fear, that they might be caught on camera. He probably thought he would not be caught harassing a young lady. How could he turn villain ? He was the one who caught villains and exposed their misdeeds. Didn’t he have the intelligence to expose his misdeed to himself and not commit it ?
I always say that you are the same person at home, at work, in social settings … Maybe not. Maybe there are multiple personalities, hiding in each of us and given the right circumstances a different personality comes to the front :(:(
Does fame do this to people ? Do they try and show a “good” face to the adoring public and then show their “bad” face elsewhere, where they feel they won’t be caught ? Schizophrenia is more rampant than we think !!! Sad. Really sad.