IR: Bell the cat inside the bag!


Due to our own specific physical constructions, developed through the combinations of about 69 natural elements in varied proportions, the genesis of five broader approaches reconcile with the five natural orientations we are living with.

What purpose can a cat solve while sitting inside the bag? Peace for self, fright for mouse, or might for handler? Think over! Each one has its perspective for the same situation. There may be a compatibility issue with five possible approaches by each party—cat, mouse and handler. The cat is the focal driver, the mouse is the subject, and the handler is the manager.

Our diversified mental orientations are created by our varied natural configurations. Our mind is a coherent energy composition of our constituent atoms. Due to our own specific physical constructions, developed through the combinations of about 69 natural elements in varied proportions, the genesis of five broader approaches reconcile with the five natural orientations we are living with.

The speckled prominence of five categories of various natural components—energy, gases, vacuum, solids and liquids—is the reason for our individual physical and mental variants. These elements behave as per their own specific formation, chemistry and orientation. Thus, the cumulative and resultant behaviour of these elements in our body influences our mental approaches.

Type one
This group represents an overly energetic composition of all the three parties, where the cat, which is full of energy, lauds and exhausts, the mouse over-reacts and runs away, and the handler gets tired of rushing around. This group represents muscular prominence in its construction, so its members are more aggressive and reactive. Their facial outline resembles a quadrilateral.

Type two
This group represents an excessively spontaneous and lively approach, where the cat with its light-mindedness becomes unsteady. The mouse casually enjoys nearby, and the handler roams around carefree.

This group represents gaseous prominence in their construction, so is more light-minded and peripatetic. Their facial outline is oval.

Type three
This group is endowed with excessive mental capabilities. The cat thinks the way out profoundly, the mouse roams around worriedly, and the handler is seriously fretful of the next course of action. This group represents brainy prominence in its construction, so the members are more discerning. Their facial outline resembles an inverted ‘matka’ with a broader forehead.

Type four
This group represents an excessively consistent or rigid composition, where the cat is hopping constantly on the same way out, the mouse keeps watching the cat’s action, and the handler collects all possible means to keep the cat intact, as it is. This group represents metallic prominence in their construction, so is more stable and unwavering. Their facial outline is square.

Type five
This group represents a fluid composition, where the cat shows purgative but uncertain behaviour, the mouse cools or reacts as per the cat’s movements, and the handler waits lazily to react in response to the prevailing situation. This group represents watery prominence in its construction, so is more accommodative, yet spurting. The facial outline in this case is round.

We don’t see a conclusive way forward through any of the above sanctified combinations with their identical, reactive or habitual response situations. To pursue a suitable match, most of us get trapped in such wonted loops to waste our time, at the cost of progress. A bit of innovative tweaking in the managerial approach may change the scenario preemptively. The purpose should be to solve the issue with a win-win approach, not to establish our own behaviour as the matching or ‘only’ right behaviour. A cohesive group with different strengths and weaknesses can work better than an identical group.

A success story is not built with either all active, all passive, or all neutral players. There must be a mix of all three, because at every stratum, each of these players is ingrained with positive, negative and neutral attitudes, which get triggered variedly in each specific suitable environment. In changed scenarios, the cat, mouse or handler may be anyone, or any concerned party—management, executives, unions, workers, government agencies, and so on. To get ahead, the knowledge of physiognomy may enable us to try many other suitable permutations and combinations. For example, in the above scenario –

The energetic type one cat lauds and exhausts, type four mouse keeps a constant watch on the cat’s actions, and type five handler waits lazily to react or respond to the prevailing situation. This scenario may cultivate a frequent cool.

Type two cat, with its light-mindedness, finds quick excuses and withdraws easily, type one mouse overacts and goes away, and type four handler tries all possible means to keep the cat intact as it is. This situation may develop a calm.

Type three cat thinks the way out profoundly, type two mouse casually enjoys around, and type one handler gets tired of rushing around. This situation may develop a way out.

Type four cat consistently hopps on a way out, type five mouse cools or reacts as per the cat’s movements, and type three handler seriously frets over the next course of action. This situation may develop into an eventual resolution.

Type five cat shows uncertainty of behaviour, type three mouse roves around thoughtfully, and type two handler roams around unworried. This situation develops hope.

These were just some of the examples. Many more suitable combinations can be tried for better results. Physiognomy is a very interesting subject that makes us understand the behaviour of persons through their own specific natural composition, which can be understood by their physical appearance. This is a natural science, which is as understandable as a well-rounded ball, which can roll easily.

However, a square one cannot roll but is very stable. It is so influencing that even Gandhi Ji, in his autobiography, vouched for its use in dealing with people.

As an IR professional, let us never try IR as a game. The players who see it as a game, obviously try to win it by hook or by crook. Obviously therefore, they try to define the final ‘win’ before starting the game. Can there be a unilateral final win in any mutually sustainable relationship? Perhaps ‘No’! On the other hand, IR is not a personal relationship either, simply because no emotional concession is sustainable in the commercial scenario. Thus, for perpetual viability, it has to be a truthful business relationship with human interactions.

Let us be open-minded with tamed behaviours to establish progressive IR!

(The author is plant HR Head, Hero Motocorp)


  1. What nonsense is this? Face reading? Physiognomy? Has this writer heard of something called science, and what is a professional publication doing publishing this rubbish anyway?

    And what exactly is the connection being made with IR?

    I would suggest to HR Katha that you don’t destroy your professional reputation in this manner. As for Hero Motocorp, I shall be watching the state of their Industrial Relations with a great deal of curiosity in the coming days.

  2. Thanks Mr.Sameer for reacting in your way. Like a criticism, let us be open to other natural sciences. Let us believe that if Gandhi Ji mentioned positively about this science of physiognomy in his autobiography, he must have got something worthwhile about this natural science. So far as IR in my Plant is concerned, it may be a learning for the open minded learners. Welcome!

  3. Thank you Mr Singh. My response is that the word ‘science’ implies a deonstrated, repeatable mode of cause and effect. Physiognomy fails the test of science. It belongs to the realm of people like Adolf Hitler, who sought to use it to justify his actions against particular groups of people. It’s unfortunate that Gandhiji allied unwittingly with Hitler in this, but I would also like to believe that he would have admitted an error. Finally, please let me know how your trade union leaders react when told that their facial structure determines the way in which you deal with them. Would be most interested.

  4. Thanks Sameer Ji,
    Unless we know the subject we cannot know its implications. Hitler used in his own way, and Gandhi Ji used it in his own way. Both were dealing with the people. Any concept, any science, can be used like a pistol, either for the self defence to prevent a crime, or to do a crime. Physiognomy is a pure physio-natural science of cause & effect that says that everything behaves the way it is created. That is simple physics, water can flow, air can fly, solid rod remain more stable than these two. That is the nature of elements and their combinations. Each one of we the human beings is made up of about 59 natural elements in varied proportions. That is why we individually are physically different to each other, so our mentality. So far as dealing with the people or union leaders are concerned, you deal with your own concepts and ways you understand them. You never go to explain them the reason of your way of dealing.

  5. Ridiculous arguments. You are trying to demonstrate cause and effect in that the shape of your head determines your behaviour. Unless your head is disfigured as a result of an accident which has also affected your mental development, this cannot be the case.
    I suggest you try and speak with someone more conversant with the concept of science than you are.
    As for HR Katha, I am blocking their email id forthwith.

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