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What's better than a mere peer review?

Specializing is important. But specializing while being ignorant of the context kills.

Seen a specialist edit a user manual to death? She got bogged down with relatively less important things like grammar. She didn't check the manual's usefulness in the context of the user interface.

Seen a specialist usability-test a user interface (UI) to death? He was sweating the relatively smaller stuff (like which way the Accountant's face was turned when she was selecting the Estimate option). He didn't check the UI's value in the context of the business process.

Or seen a specialist drawing beautiful pictures of processes using powerful new software tools? She didn't check the processes in the context of the enterprise.

Checking your work with an expert within your discipline might get you a pat on the back. But that's no guarantee your work will have a positive overall impact.

Specialization that ignores the context creates wasteful silos. So ... step out. Look aro…

Giving away: they practice what they preach

Seth Godin is among those who've been encouraging the rest of us to be generous (being generous is a common theme in his book, Tribes). Seth himself gives away a piece of business insight every single day of the week. Tim Grahl is an expert who advices authors on how they could build their own tribes. His clientele includes Wall-Street Journal and New York Times bestselling authors. He too advices authors to provide free content for their tribes. And leads by example by giving away a lot of his own quality information. His recent giveaway is a comprehensive list of book marketing tactics. Tim's website is at http://outthinkgroup.com/.

Insider trading is not wrong here?

"Many (in India) may not even see insider trading as wrong – we see it as a privilege of being in a position of status or power ... insider trading is rampant among the high and mighty." says IIT alum and best-selling author Chetan Bhagat.

Writing in The Times of India, Chetan goes on to share similar examples of poor values in the areas of life, business, and government – and shows they are in conflict with Western values.

Chetan applauds some recent positive initiatives in India and ends with a suggestion: "We need to define a set of new values and propagate them in our social circles."

Read Chetan's article in The Times of India