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What Tinwalla de Stanchart Learned About Business Strategy From Wildlife Photography

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We live in a world of instant gratification, expecting everything to come to us instantly. However, my interest in wildlife photography has really helped me re-learn the lost art of patience. While we are fully immersed in a ‘right now’ culture, unflappable Mother Nature continues to offer unique and impressive moments to those who are willing to wait patiently.

My interest in wildlife photography started about 15 years ago when my friend took me to a tiger census activity in Ranthambore. I had volunteered for the activity as it seemed quite exciting, but I didn’t know what to expect.

When we arrived, they gave us a pen and paper and asked us to sit for 24 hours in a small machan near a water well. It is one of the few bodies of water where predators and prey could gather to drink water on a hot summer day.

The temperature was 46 degrees, and when I started, I wasn’t sure how long it would last. However, as the day wore on, my enthusiasm kept me going. It was a sensation unlike any he had ever experienced before. And I almost felt like I could feel the thrill of adventure brushing against my skin.

My senses were fully fired as I struggled to hear the slightest whisper and scan my surroundings for the slightest movement as anticipation continued to build up inside me.

Despite waiting for the tiger to come to drink water, I couldn’t help but be in awe when I finally saw the powerful creature. I don’t think I’ve seen anything so magnificent, and the image of mastery coupled with grace blew me away.

From then on there was no going back. Since then, I have visited all the tiger reserves in India, including the Sundarbans, on both the Indian and Bangladeshi sides.

The tiger is the apex predator that combines its raw power and strength with the same amount of intelligence and grace. This is probably what makes it one of the most remarkable animals in the world.

In fact, for most tourists, being able to spot a tiger is often the only criteria for a safari’s success. My endless fascination with the incredible species has often led me to reflect on the behavior of the mighty beast and how I can draw some important leadership and life lessons from the great creature.

Tigers never attack their prey at first sight

A tiger does a lot of planning and homework, sometimes for hours before launching its final attack. He carefully stalks the prey, considering various factors and scenarios before he finally takes decisive action.

There is an important lesson to be learned here. People often feel like they need to take immediate action or present a point of view. But doing so is a mistake if you are not prepared. It is important to start thinking ahead of time about how you will react to a situation before it happens.

Also, good planning and a solid strategy is the foundation of any activity or project you undertake. It is critical in any phase of your business, helping you better understand challenges while defining specific goals and courses of action.

Sun Tzu said it best in The Art of War: “Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be in danger.

Tigers are ferocious predators, capable of taking down prey that is twice their size. While most animals prey on animals that are smaller than themselves, a tiger often targets large prey such as bears, rhinos, and crocodiles.

They can do it first by patiently learning enough about their competitors to find the exploitable gap.

Similarly, when dealing with competitors, I think it is important not to be afraid to interact with Goliath and explore what his competitors are missing and what their weaknesses are.

Just because your competitor is bigger doesn’t mean they can dictate how you act and behave. Instead of playing your game, disrupt the space by creating a modified situation that takes advantage of your strengths and exploits your weaknesses.

Tigers are versatile

Tigers can live in a variety of forests and grasslands. They can live in temperatures ranging from -35 degrees Celsius in Russia to 48 degrees Celsius in India and can adapt to annual rainfall from 600mm to 8000mm.

Also in terms of leadership, versatile leadership, consisting of a wide repertoire of skills and behaviors appropriately applied to changing circumstances, is important to have engaged employees and help teams adapt to unexpected changes. If you can’t tackle different problems in different ways, you will find yourself at a distinct disadvantage in today’s business environment.

Tigers can adapt, improvise, and think quickly

Tigers normally go for the neck of their prey, but modify their tactics when necessary.

When attacking a crocodile, a tiger will not bite the crocodile as it is covered in armored skin. Instead, it will try to blind the crocodile with its claws and then flip the crocodile over so that it can cut off its soft belly.

Also, when hunting bears, tigers have been known to mimic bear prey to lure unsuspecting bears to their jaws.

This concept is also summed up in the United States Marines slogan “Improvise, Adapt, and Outperform.” This mindset allows the Marines to deal with any physical, mental, or spiritual difficulty.

Life is unpredictable and there are many opportunities for disappointment and difficulties to arise. This is why we all need to get comfortable with discomfort by trying new things and challenging our mind and body in different ways.

As my fascination with the mighty cat and the lessons I could learn from it increased, so did my passion to work for the cause of human and wildlife coexistence and to avoid conflict, one of the greatest threats to anyone. kind of wildlife.

I use my photography as a means of raising awareness and clearing up misconceptions as I work with the forest department to take mitigation measures to avoid undesirable consequences.

My recommendation for any budding wildlife photographer or nature buff would be to plan a visit to Kanha and Bandhavgarh national parks. They can offer some of the best tiger sightings, along with some heavenly and diverse landscapes.

—The author is the COO of Standard Chartered India and South Asia. Read other articles in the Game Theory series here.


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