Naked mole rat... a message for HR
Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Naked mole rats are otherwise called as ‘sand puppy’ or desert mole rats, belong tothe group - rodents, live subterranean (underground) life. They live in burrows thatextent up to several kilometers. They are unique both from the biological as well asfrom the behavioural end. Among vertebrates (animals with back bone) and moreso with mammals, the naked mole rats only exhibits ‘eusociality’ like many insectspecies like wasps, termites, ants, honey bees etc.Social organization and the division of labor in the society of naked mole rats aredefined unambiguously. The single prominent breeding queen who is supported bylarge number of workers and soldiers are found in their colony. A few male are alsopresent in the colony for the purpose of reproduction.The breeding or reproductive queen is the one occupying the top position in thehierarchy. Among the soldiers and workers, there are several females, but aresexually sterile. As long as these females can remain ‘quiescent sexually’ can livepeacefully in the colony. If they show any further growth towards sexual maturityby secreting the sex hormones, are evicted or forced to recede from suchdevelopment.If the queen dies, many females gallop to fierce fight to occupy the top position.Many may loose the battle and become worker or soldier again and the winnerindeed becomes the new queen of the colony.The well evolved social setup and division of labor seen in the colony of naked molerats definitely reveal the true and genuine existence of such leadership in mostcorporate. Such leadership is more pronounced in ‘single man corporate’ as mostlythey lack vision and value.While appreciating such orderly social hierarchy of naked mole rats, the corporatepeople should introspect as which position they hold in the corporate.The queen mole rat ensures that all other females in the colony remain as eitherworker or soldier and never ever should attain sexual maturity in other words, theleadership quality. Many corporate leaders appreciate their subordinates mainly toensure that they remain as what they are, forever. Only when the subordinateremain as subordinate in all sense, these bosses can remain as what they are.The bosses in most corporate used to say that unless they ‘interfere’ and ‘interject’in the activity of their subordinates every then and there, their subordinates mightnot even perform. Indirectly these bosses are communicating nothing but theirsubordinates’ worth only to remain as ‘subordinates’.Never be a part of such system. Introspect whether your corporate follow and beproud of such working style or culture. If so, search another job immediately.Remember, you are not born to live and die as an employee. Discover the hiddentalents, leadership capabilities and purpose in you.
Although the social hierarchy of naked mole rats is amazing, but never love to be amember in such colony, where you will have to remain ‘quiescent’ and ‘inert’throughout, despite having all talents.Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., ChennaiLearn more from the following management books1. Jungle wisdom for corporate management – lessons from the universityof nature by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S Ranganathan2. Nature – The Entrepreneur by Dr S Ranganathan