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Balanced Professional Networks More Important Than Individual Talent in Terms of Decision Making

"Resolving that conflict frees up mental energy to make better decisions and perform at a higher level"

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Researchers found that workers gravitate toward a state of balance in their relationships and performance improves when there is a high level of balance. Pixabay

Researchers have found that balanced professional networks are more important than individual talent when it comes to high-risk decision making.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, is the first longitudinal study to prove several key tenets of structural balance theory (SBT), which consists of four primary rules for relationships among individuals– a friend of a friend is a friend, a friend of an enemy is an enemy, an enemy of an enemy is a friend and an enemy of a friend is an enemy.

Through a two-year study of day traders, the researchers found that workers gravitate toward a state of balance in their relationships and performance improves when there is a high level of balance.

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They found that the traders with the highest level of balance in their networks also made the best trades, regardless of the objective level of talent of any individual trader. Pixabay

“This data shows that companies reap the benefits when conflict among employees is reduced, there are certain types of conflict that can’t resolve themselves. This work can help managers identify those conflicts and actively step in to resolve them, ultimately leading to better performance,” said Brian Uzzi, Professor at Northwestern University in the US.

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For the study, researchers analysed day traders’ instant messages from 2007 to 2009 to determine the relationships among traders and compared those relationships to performance data for individual traders, controlling for factors, including market volatility and work days.

They found that the traders with the highest level of balance in their networks also made the best trades, regardless of the objective level of talent of any individual trader. “We suspect that conflict in networks monopolizes some portion of workers’ mental energy,” Uzzi said. “Resolving that conflict frees up mental energy to make better decisions and perform at a higher level,” Uzzi added. (IANS)

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I Find a Lot of Independent Music These Days: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Better market for independent music now, says Kavita Krishnamurthy

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Kavita Krishnamurthy feels that the independent music scene in India has become "very, very good" now. Wikimedia Commons

BY SIDDHI JAIN 

Kavita Krishnamurthy, who has lent her voice for some of India’s most adored songs, feels that the independent music scene in India has become “very, very good” now.

“Earlier, any singer who had to make a headway as a light music singer, they had to make a breakthrough through films, only then they really got heard.

“Now through YouTube, Facebook and different ways of promoting your own songs, I find a lot of independent music, rock bands, jazz musicians, world musicians, have all come about in India, and have a better market in India than during my times,” the 61-year-old Padma Shri recipient told IANSlife.

Having sung for plenty of films in the past few decades, Krishnamurthy has lent her voice to actresses like Nutan, Helen, Shabana, Sridevi, and Kajol, to Karishma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee. She began her recording career in 1971.

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Kavita Krishnamurthy feels that now through YouTube, Facebook and different ways of promoting your own songs, she found a lot of independent music. Pixabay

Some of the films she sang for include ‘Mr. India’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘1942: A Love Story’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’, ‘Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Devdas’.

Asked how Bollywood playback singing has changed over the course of her long career, she said that when she started out as a playback singer, she found most of her songs to be essentially Indian.

“They were based a lot on folk, a little bit sometimes raga-based, but more geet-kind of songs. Pronounciation of Hindi words also had to have a certain amount of clarity. The poets played a very important role.

“It could have been a classical-based song, a happy, sad or romantic duet, sometimes a bhajan in a movie. Also, we’d be recorded with the musicians most of the time, if we made a mistake we had to redo the whole song,” she said.

She added that it was never line-by-line, but half- or quarter-song was sung together. “It’s only after 2000, that you could do a line or half a phrase. Technically, things changed a lot.”

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Cut to the present day, and the acclaimed singer finds quite a lot of western-based numbers, Sufi songs, and item numbers. “Trends have changed and there are more rhythm-oriented and guitar-based songs than there were in the past.”

Kavita Krishnamurthy performed at the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2020 in the national capital on Saturday. (IANS)