Chaitra Yarlagadda, MBA ’19, Exploring How Companies Can Uplift Communities | Stanford Graduate School of Business

There are many meaningful and effective ways to make a contribution to the communities that are around your place of work. But there are not many such stories that I have read in the recent past. Here is a really good one… After managing a large factory in rural India, one woman believes in business’s … Read more

Do You Have a Contrarian on Your Team?

While most people don’t like or appreciate the idea of having a contrarian in their team, I have always loved to have one. In fact I would love to be a contrarian in any group or team that I am part of. A contrarian or a divergent view makes you think and if it comes from a person with experience and/or expertise, you value the contrarian view even more. Sometimes just the fact that someone presented a different view, in itself is very interesting, and very much required. 

We have in our advisory board of ShikshaDaan Foundation one such contrarian. We invited the person to join us with the purpose and clarity of his differing views. Almost with one different view in every meeting that we have had in the last six quarterly meetings. 

Contrary to what most may think, contrarian views matter. It makes you think. They make a huge difference. Here is an interesting article on the subject:

Do You Have a Contrarian on Your Team?