A Map-man’s Confession!

One of my favorite sayings is… “Map is not the territory”.                    


My work has two aspects – ‘to reach more people’ and then ‘reach more to people’. To simplify, I might be speaking to a large audience, training a select group, and then discuss at length with one individual, all in the same day. Thus, I require to shift from one mode to another – extrovert to ambivert to introvert. Well! It’s tough, but every bit worth it.

While most people think that out of all these roles, my favorite role should be the first – that of an orator, to be honest, I derive more fulfillment from the last two roles.  The reason is that here I get more opportunity to bring the change that I talk about in the first role. And here’s where I find one of the most peculiar human-behaviors at play…

…When I talk to a person about how something has to be done in enough details, I see a series of emotions appearing on his or her face – realization, hope, relief, stimulation and then even satisfaction. When they leave, it seems as if their circumstances have changed and they’ve got what they are looking for. But Alas! They forget…‘map is not the territory’.

Yes! It is one thing to know a path and visualize it, and entirely other to… walk it!


In other words, someone else can only bring change to you…only you can bring it in you.

About Sandeep Atre

Sandeep Atre, PhD: Dr. Sandeep Atre is the Founder-Director of Socialigence – an organization that specializes in the development of ‘Social Intelligence’ through its focused online-courses and customized workshops on ‘observing nonverbal behavior and understanding emotions for greater interpersonal effectiveness and self-management’. (www.socialigence.net) He is also one of the Founder-Directors of CH EdgeMakers - a leading ‘Coaching and Training’ group of Central India. In his career of close to one and a half decade, he has trained thousands of students, and professionals of more than fifty organizations and institutions. He has authored two books “Understanding Emotions Logically – A layman’s guide to the foundations of Social Intelligence” and “Observing Nonverbal Behavior – An exhaustive guide to the essential skill of Social Intelligence” and has also been a noted blogger for last many years. He has also featured at various prestigious platforms as a ‘Management Speaker’ and ‘Motivational Orator’ and has also served on various advisory and editorial boards. He has earned repute for his value-additive innovation and holistic methodology in his domain.
This entry was posted in A Person's Musings, A Trainer's Diary, An Entrepreneur's Journey. Bookmark the permalink.