TASK NO. 2: THE MIRINDARIFIC TASK
Observance of the Law and Strategy
1. Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal
The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your team mates feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose.
The task at hand was one that required local knowledge. This allowed me to direct how the task was to be executed whether I was Team Leader or not from the location of the Mirindarific Promotion to delivering the final presentation normally done by the Team Leader.
2. Control The Dynamic
People are constantly struggling to control you – getting you to act in their interests, keeping the dynamic on their terms. The only way to get the upper hand is to make your play for control more intelligent and insidious. Instead of trying to dominate the other side’s every move, work to define the nature of the relationship itself. Shift the conflict to terrain of your choice, altering the pace and stakes to suit you. Maneuver to control your opponents’ minds, pushing their emotional buttons, and compelling them to make mistakes. If necessary, let them feel they are in control in order to get them to lower their guard. If you control the overall direction and framing of the battle, anything they do will play into your hands.
Daphne and I being the only two Ugandans on team Ka-ching gave us a lot of responsibility in determining the direction of the task at a planning level. Having different opinions on the location for our promotion yielded some contention between the two of us. The Team Leader eventually made an executive decision to go with my suggestion. This disrupted Daphne’s flow on the task and emotionally compelling her to making more mistakes during the execution of the task resulting in her eviction.
3. Conceal your Intentions
Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.
The more the team relied on me to do the presentations, the more it would eventually play out in my favour. My Task 1 team mates currently on team Ka-ching had full confidence in my presentation skills. Gaston my team leader from Rwanda for whom English is a second or maybe third language couldn’t take the risk of taking a fall for not closing the win because of a shoddy presentation and voilà, the role fell into my laps.
Transgression of the Law and Strategy
1. Amidst The Turmoil Of Events, Do Not Lose Your Presence Of Mind
In the heat of the battle, the mind tends to lose its balance. Too many things confront you at the same time-unexpected setbacks, doubts and criticisms from your own allies let alone opponents. There’s a danger of responding emotionally, with fear, depression, or frustration. It is vital to keep your presence of mind, maintaining your mental powers whatever the circumstances. You must actively resist the emotional pull of the moment – staying decisive, confident, and aggressive no matter what hits you. Make the mind tougher by exposing it to adversity. Learn to detach yourself from the chaos of the battlefield. Let others lose their heads; your presence of mind will steer you clear of their influence and keep you on course.
There is a German word that sums it all, Fingerspitzengefühl literally meaning “finger tip feel” In German, it describes a great situational awareness, and the ability to respond most appropriately and tactfully. It can be applied to describe a superior ability respond to an escalated situation.
The entire Team Versatile caught themselves flat footed when their plan took a nose dive. It started with Lucy recommending The Old taxi Park as an ideal venue for the promotion. The inescapable bumper-to-bumper traffic, hoards of people hurriedly making their way from one place to another in the sweltering heat and the downtown bureaucracy of where-do-I-eat was bound to leave them dead in the water before they even started let alone come up with a plan B since their entire plan depended on the presence of the promotional material and truck. Despite the Almighty sending them a message from the heavens to roll with the punches and arrive at a plan B, they didn’t. Had they lost their presence of mind?
Team Umoja on the other hand on realizing that one of the venues was out of bounds quickly moved onto Plan B.
Team Ka-ching, the winners of this task from the very start had a fool proof plan that worked whether their promotional materials and truck arrived or not.
2. Court Attention at all Costs
Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, and more mysterious than the bland and timid masses.
Fadhili was my roommate for while he was on the show and my team mate on the first task. He is a reserved, pious and artistic fellow. He was predominantly on the sidelines and contributed only when he genuinely believed it was relevant unlike most that just blabbered on. This however made him come off as an introvert and faded into the background of the more extroverted personalities. This he paid for dearly when Team Versatile saw him as a scapegoat voting him the weakest link and in a last stroke Piper serving him up for eviction in the boardroom which by now was inevitable.
3. Think as you like but Behave like others
If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.
The second victim to the transgression of this law after Elisha was Zablon. He is a product designer and consumed by Pan-African ideals. His eclectic tastes and personality was enough to set him apart from the mainstream only to find him isolated and exposed to those looking for an easy fall guy.
1. Create A Threatening Presence
The best way to fight off aggressors is to keep them from attacking you in the first place. To accomplish this you much create the impression of being more powerful than you are. Build up a reputation: Fighting you is not worth it. You take your enemies with you when you lose. Create this reputation and make it credible with a few impressive acts. Uncertainty is sometimes better than overt threat: if your opponents are never sure what messing with you will cost, they will not want to find out. Play on people’s natural fears and anxieties to make them think twice.
2. Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted.The more you are relied on, the more power and freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.
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