Marshall Goldsmith and Feed forward

“For a moment, try to let go of the past. Race car drivers are taught, “Look at the road ahead.””

-Marshall Goldsmith

Famous executive coach Marshall Goldsmith came up with FeedForward Tool is to provide you with suggestions for the future and to help you achieve a positive change in the behaviours selected by you.

Instead of rehashing a past that cannot be changed , Jon Katzenbach and Marshall Goldsmith coined “feedforward” to encourage spending time creating a future.

You can change the future. You can’t change the past. The Marshall Goldsmith FeedForward Tool helps you to envision and focus on a positive future, not a failed past. Athletes are often trained using feedforward.

Successful people like getting ideas that are aimed at helping them achieve their goals. They tend to resist negative judgment. Successful people tend to have a very positive self-image

When you use The Marshall Goldsmith FeedForward Tool, think about its suggestions for the future and think about the ideas presented. Try not to critique suggestions or to bring up the past.

To read more about feedforward, please click here to download ebook on feedforward by Marshall Goldsmith


Jacob Tannenbaum, Kapos and Jam Saheb of Navanagar

“He was God. He was the man, that if you looked at him close, you would be dead.”

Survivor Leon Zelig on Kapo

Nazis wanted to eliminated Jews in areas conquered by them. Most common way of doing it was to send Jews to concentration camp, make them work to death and if they didn’t die they were killed by bullets, hanging or poison gas.

In some camps the Nazis decided to outsource work of supervising Jews to prisoners with criminal background. These Jewish collaborators of Nazis were called Kapos. They were as cruel as Nazis when it came to supervising the Jewish prisoners. There were many reasons for becoming Kapos, primary being  to save self and get some concessions from Nazis in form of food, clothes, better living conditions etc.

But if a Kapo lost his status, then he was reduced to mere prisoner and in most cases, they were killed by inmates whom he had tortured.

”What needs to be said generally is that one must make a distinction between those who volunteered for the SS or the Gestapo and those who thought they would save their lives by cooperating. You can’t say Patty Hearst played the same role as her kidnappers. The same is true of any kapo.”

-Rabbi Marvin Hier

One such Kapo was Jacob Tannenbaum. He was as ruthless as Nazis with prisoners.

So how to present day Jews views Kapos? Not all hate them, some feel that Kapos were forced to behave that way. Like other inmates of camp, they too were victims.

”There is a critical difference between the Barbies of the world – the victimizers – and the Tannenbaums, as sad and tragic and despicable as they were. They were victims. They were people who succumbed to unbelievable stress.”

-Henry Siegman, the executive director of the American Jewish Congress

There is an interesting film of Kapos called “Kapo”, an Italian film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo.

Thousands of miles away from concentration camp, Maharaja of Jamnagar in India decided to help Polish orphans who were in concentration camp and later were captured by Red Army of USSR. Red Army was no better than Nazis when it came to treatment of Polish orphans.

“When we arrived at the camp, the Maharaja gave a party but he did not know what we children liked to eat. Oh! The spicy Indian food, which despite being hungry, we didn’t like to eat at all. Bapu saw this & said don’t worry, I will fix this and he brought seven young cooks from Goa…. When we won(the football match), the Maharaja rose up from his arm chair, stood smiling & clapping, almost as if it mattered to him that the match had ended in a victory for these newcomers from a distant country, than from his own countrymen”

– Mr Wieslaw Stypula (Polish Survivor).

Maharaja (Jam) Digvijaysinhji of Jamnagar decided to adopt these Polish orphans and told them that from now on he was their “Bapu” or father. There were treated very well by Jam Saheb. Most of the Polish victims were not Jews but Roman Catholic, which shows that ill-treatment was not reserved for Jews, Nazis ill-treated other too.

“Bapu told the Britishers – this is not state money but my money. I have adopted these children and I am paying from my personal account”

– Princess Hershad Kumari, daughter of Jam Saheb

Jam Saheb started camp for them at Balachadi. There is novel on these Poles in Indian camps by Anuradha Bhattacharjee called “The Second Homeland”





Kapil Sharma, Dark Triad and Leo Tolstoy

Russian author Leo Tolstoy wrote novel called “ Imp and Curst”. It is about an honest hardworking farmer, whose soul the devil wants to corrupt. Finally the devil manages to do that by making him drink alcohol ( vodka). Vodka brought out the supressed evils within humans.

‘You have hit on a first-rate drink, and have quite made up for your blunder about the bread. But now tell me how this drink is made. You must first have put in fox’s blood: that was what made the peasants sly as foxes. Then, I suppose, you added wolf’s blood: that is what made them fierce like wolves. And you must have finished off with swine’s blood, to make them behave like swine.’

‘No,’ said the imp, ‘that was not the way I did it… when he began to turn God’s good gifts into spirits for his own pleasure — the fox’s, wolf’s and swine’s blood in him all came out. If only he goes on drinking, he will always be a beast!’

–          Leo Tolstoy, The  Imp and Crust

There is concept of Dark Triad in personality psychology. Some people have three elements in their personality-  Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy.

Narcissism is about having egoism and sense of pride about self. Machiavellianism is about manipulating emotions of others, while Psychopathy is about selfishness and lack of remorse.

Recently comedian Kapil Sharma while travelling with his team in aircraft drank a lot. The alcohol brought out the dark triad within him. He started abusing his team for eating before he did. Abuse got worse and soon he started beating his team member Sunil Grover with shoe.

Paji @WhoSunilGrover sry if I hurt u unintentionally.u knw vry well how much I luv u. M also upset .love n regards always:)

Tweet by Kapil Sharma

Later Kapil sent a tweet which showed no remorse for his behaviour. Key members of his team left. Some like Kiku Sharda sided with Kapil. Though Kiku was also abused by Kapil, he denied such incident and called Kapil a “sweet guy”.

Veer Savarkar, Muslim League and Historians

Vinayak Savarkar, a Maharashtrian brahmin, was born in year 1883. He went to England to study law. There he got involved in patriotic activities, his admirer Mandanlal Dhingra shot dead a British official, he closely worked with Madam Bhikaji Cama. When he was arrested by British police, he made bold attempt to escape from ship SS Morea through one of its portholes but was rearrested.

He was then sent to Cellular Jail in Andamans. Treatment given to prisoners was terrible, many committed suicide. Savarkar tried to maintain his sanity by writing poems.

Savarkar did not wish to rot in prison, so he decided to send mercy petitions to government to release him. He was released from prison on condition that he will keep away from politics.

“Strange as it may seem, Mr. Savarkar and Mr. Jinnah instead of being opposed to each other on the two nations issue, are in complete agreement about it”


Savarkar got drawn towards Hinduism. He was soon recognised as Hindu leader (though he was an atheist) and became head of Hindu Mahasabha. He was also a master politician and social reformer. He did not hesitate to form governments with Muslim leaders in Bengal, Sindh and NWFP.

He helped Bengal leader AK Fazlul Haq also known as Sher e Bangla to form government in Bengal, when Congress refused to support him. Hindu Mahasabha leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was part of government. S P Mukherjee became minister for industry in independent India.

After fall of government of Allah Bux Soomro in Sindh (in which Congress actively participated), a government was formed with support of League and Hindu Mahasabha under Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah.

In NWFP during regimes of Khan brothers and Aurangzeb Khan, the Mahasabha member Mehr Chand Khanna was minister. Mehr Chand Khanna later became housing minister in independent India.

Politics of pre-independence India was mix of national level parties like Congress and Muslim League and powerful regional parties like Krishak Praja Party of Fazlul Haq, Unionist Party of Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan, Justice party of intermediate castes of South India etc. Hindu Mahasabha and Communists too had their pockets of influence.

“I am Punjabi first then a Muslim”

-Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan

It is difficult to define what is patriotism ex. Quit India was launched by Congress, but League, Mahasahbha and Communists opposed it as it was seen as Congress show with no benefit to them. Each leader from Gandhi to Nehru to Jinnah to Ambedkar had his point of view on Indian polity.

Labels like “nationalist”, “secular”, “communalist” are invention of Congress/left dominated historians to support continuation of Congress Party rule in India.

After independence, Congress party ruled India for many years. Gradually freedom fighters were classified into secular nationalist and communalist. Those who sided with Nehru were secular and leftists, those who opposed him were labelled as rightists and communalists ex. those against Quit India were labelled as anti-national (not anti-Congress)

Post-independence communists decided to support Nehru, so job of writing history of India was given to leftist historian Prof Saiyad Nurul Hassan. What leftists wrote became standard history of India. History of Congress was history of India. Subtle became blatant when it was declared that Indira was India. Congress become certifying body for patriotism. Diversity of Indian political views were curbed.  Regional dynamics were forgotten. Savarkar was reduced to Mahasabha leader who was involved in assassination of Gandhi (not proved in court)

There is a need to write history based on facts not on ideology of political party. It will help if a panel of historians from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh write history of India together.