CityVP Manjit en Renaissance Learning Journey of a beBee Brand Ambassador • making beBee the Hub of my Learning Journey 17/11/2016 · 3 min de lectura · 1,0K

The 4P's of a 21st Century Existence

The 4P's of a 21st Century Existence

The preamble for this individual observation begins with what I began writing at LinkedIn :

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4ps-21st-century-existence-cityvp-manjit

Much of our existence today is still geared to the Power of Three, lives that live out in a constancy of triangulations and in terms of triads, they do say things come in three's.

The 2016 Presidential Election result can be easily triangulated into three acts :

1: The hubris of Hilary Clinton not to listen to her husband Bill, when Bill Clinton was RIGHT

2: The ability of Donald Trump to sell his message through a new vehicle called social media

3: The Republican RNC ground game that used data analytical tech vs. the paper system

Just like that the history of the world changes but the world goes on even if it changes and life returns back to who we are individually.  I cannot live in a media bubble of paranoia or a digital gratification of novelty or the money making machine that is called the 24 hour news cycle.

I want to get back to fundamental basics of my life and here I can talk about the 4P's of my own individual existence - because they explain why I am here at BeBee and they inform me about the direction of the remaining runway of life.

The fourth P of the traditional 4P's of marketing is place.  The place that I love most is called HOME and not my "home page".   The 4P's are not a triad, they are four points.  The 4P's of my Individual Existence are very different from the 4P's of marketing.

The first two make beBee a relevant collaboration, the last two could one day end my participation here - for if those last two P's are not respected, then the first two do not matter.

Those 4P's of a 21st Century Existence are :

PROFESSIONAL

PERSONAL

PRACTICAL

PRIVATE

It just happens that the core DNA of affinity networking as is unfolding at beBee is the Professional and the Personal.  The difference with my particular affinity is that the professional is a learning journey and not a career, and the personal is also a learning journey not a broadcast.   The professional and personal define the world-wide web in my life as one huge learning laboratory and not as a branding machine or a soapbox of a life presented to the world.

If the Professional and Personal are 100% are an online learning lab experience, the practical and the private are 100% an offline action learning experience.

The 4P's of a 21st Century ExistenceThe Guardian you-tube link "The Power of Privacy" does not possess the novelty value of a David Blain spitting out frogs from his mouth, or shooting a bullet to his mouth, but the preference for learning or entertainment is each individual's personal choice.  This is personal affinity how it plays out in any kind of media whether it is traditional or online.

All media whether it is the smart TV in one's home or a mobile or computer access is a stream of personal information.  I have no problem with that flow of personal information because Mark Zuckerberg is correct on two counts, that privacy is no longer the norm, and as technology accelerates the digital footprint we create becomes a more refined prediction tool as to our needs, wants, behaviour, lifestyle and ways. 

Privacy for me is simply home - that final part of traditional 4P marketing - PLACE.  Place means something entirely different to a marketer.  When that place has no digital extensions, there privacy exists - and I am aware of this truly offline experience.  This appreciation of privacy is the mirror to the personal in the online learning journey.

The Practical is the conversion of the professional learning journey - again, if I don't want my work life to be online then that is my right.  It will cost me a lot in terms of connections, but if my privacy values home as my PLACE - then less is considerably more.

The irony is that professional and personal affinities don't stop people from wanting to make everything professional and personal - leaving less space for the practical and private.  We live in a modern age that leverages the former at the expense of the latter. 

Even Bill Clinton has the right to lose his wag and throw his phone towards the river and that was on a discussion site called Youth Debates.  Sites like Youth Debates are the molecules of a new future but whether they lead to a learning renaissance is anyone's guess.  Much of the material for learning is available today online, but much of the marketing machine is already ahead of that learning, or else why would there be such interest in "content marketing"?

Mark Zuckerberg makes a lot of money, good for him - and Donald Trump becomes the next President of the United States, good for him.  None of that stops my own learning and development and neither of these people are the actual people who will invade my privacy and ruin my life practice - that will be the doing of people whose heads are pointed to a triangular hierarchy which says that authority sits on top and not freedom is thinking out of the box.

16th November 2016 - 9:27pm


Sara Jacobovici 19/11/2016 · #7

#6 I am impressed @CityVP Manjit at your ability to navigate in different environments and "waters". Your comment here (as on LinkedIn) is very insightful. Your concluding statement is powerful indeed, "Your internal map takes you into the lives of people, whereas a generalist would and may could never view or dive into such finer private detail." The first thing that came to mind for me and is consistent with the map metaphor is boundaries. As difficult and challenging as it is, in my clinical work it is something that is clear and doable. Online/offline boundaries is a whole new form of challenge for me. Still working on it.

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CityVP Manjit 19/11/2016 · #6

#1 Hi @Sara Jacobovici the great thing is I can split my observation of your comment between LinkedIn and here at beBee due to the differing contexts of each half of my buzz, thus showing the same comment can be viewed from many different angles.

Whereas I observed on from your "On/Off" comment at LinkedIn, here I am focusing on your "Internal Map" and in line with what I said, that internal map has a unique territory that applies far more greatly to professionals in your line of work. That difference applies to why I split Private and Practical from Professional and Personal i.e. that which appears online and that which does not.

In your case the practice (or practical) involves a high private side. In this case this privacy is based on discretion. It is also a part of who you are as a person, what would feel appropriate and not appropriate for you, will be different for others. Intelligent sensitivity not only fits into the practice but it speaks to what private is. Privacy does not just include the things you know, but the things you do not want to be exposed to.

A highly developed nervous system will not be able to handle the emotional bandwidth of suffering and cruelty that is a part of this world. Caregivers are exposed to that to a greater visceral level than other professions and you are very intelligent in making sure that your emotional bandwidth is not overloaded - so privacy is not just about information but also the health of our own mind, spirit and body. That is testimony also to the detail and experience that constantly informs your internal map. Your internal map takes you into the lives of people, whereas a generalist would and may could never view or dive into such finer private detail.

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Ali Anani 17/11/2016 · #5

#4 @CityVP Manjit- I agree "ey are not because it is the tougher road to be practical about leadership and how it reaches a human being that we personally touch, and this mind, heart and will is not a formula or a prescription, it is a practice". This may be the reason why we have few great leaders. I wish this idea of yours would be discussed on a large scale

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CityVP Manjit 17/11/2016 · #4

#2 Dear Ali Anani, when we push Leadership through this lens, what do we find in actuality? I find leadership thrives most in the practical and private. For sure we can espouse/profess theories of leadership and we can have our personal opinion about leadership - but leadership is foremost a practice, and its value happens in private interactions.

Some may make a professional case study of those interactions and even if society constantly tries to define leadership, the absolute value of leadership is how it is delivered. If we as a society actually delivered on leadership, the trust ratings and the engagement ratings would be phenomenal. They are not because it is the tougher road to be practical about leadership and how it reaches a human being that we personally touch, and this mind, heart and will is not a formula or a prescription, it is a practice.

Why not spend more time on the practice rather than the professional dance of storytelling. For sure we inspire people but inspiration is no guarantee of action. This goes back to the act that is professional and personal, and the reality that is practical and private. The idea that we one hand does not know what the other is doing means there is a place where authenticity does exist - and that authenticity is expressed as the practice of leadership as a private act and not as a performance art.

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Harvey Lloyd 17/11/2016 · #3

We were in some economic mess a long time ago and an author coined the phrase, "You are an economy of one" This statement had a profound effect and follows your 4P. We can create our own economy both professional and personal.

But we have to choose to do so. The 4P approach is a great starting point of creation.

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Ali Anani 17/11/2016 · #2

@CityVP Manjit- your 4-Ps are sure joy to think about. I paused for a while reading this part of your buzz Just like that the history of the world changes but the world goes on even if it changes and life returns back to who we are individually. I cannot live in a media bubble of paranoia or a digital gratification of novelty or the money making machine that is called the 24 hour news cycle". Like an atom decides who we are, rightly you wrote life returns back to who we are individually. I simply agree and your 4-Ps are consistent with this notion. Shared

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Sara Jacobovici 17/11/2016 · #1

Your article has a number of threads to choose from that inspires a discussion. I am choosing the following one: "When that place has no digital extensions, there privacy exists - and I am aware of this truly offline experience." This is a real eye-opener @CityVP Manjit. You have taken a concept which can be defined by its external physical realities as it applies to the world today and challenged me to look at its impact on my internal map. A strong image that comes to mind is in relation to "switching off". Technological devices are dependent on a power source to be "on or off"; so are we. The difference is that in between being on or off, we have experiences (these, too, can be argued to be places). Your use of the word "aware" is key. Awareness based on digitally acquired information and/or data provides a limited form or type of experience. Awareness based by the human's sensory system provides an unlimited potential of forming different types of experience. We can choice to have that "truly offline experience" because we have the capacity (sadly, I have to add for now) to navigate from that online experience to the offline experience; we can still make choices of where and how to be. We have more than a "power on or off" button.

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