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PRATIBHA WHO?

Posted: June 19, 2007 in India, Politics, Thoughts

As the presidential election drama unfolds, here is a very good article which makes you think about the ground realities behind all this.

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PRATIBHA WHO?

– The criterion for president is not just loyalty, but future loyalty

Writing On The Wall – Ashok. V. Desai

I did not read the headlines carefully enough. What registered in my mind was that some Patil was chosen as presidential candidate by the Congress and supported by the Bahujan Samaj Party, and that their combined numbers would ensure her election. I could not place the name immediately. Then I remembered that Parvati Patil was a fellow student of Harry Potter. That made her famous enough; and now she must be close to adulthood, so it should be all right. But she had a sister, Padma, who would be equally eligible; which of the two had the Congress chosen?

I looked again, and found it was Pratibha Patil. Good, I thought. We Indians boast of being a democracy. We tell everyone that even a tiffin carrier could become president of India; it is great if we have chosen a really unknown Indian.

But why this preference for obscurity, when we have so many illustrious Indians? There is Amitabh Bachchan, the consummate actor who has the right word for every occasion. There is his daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai — sorry, Bachchan — whose eyes would bewitch the whole world. If you are on the other side, there is Shah Rukh Khan, who would display to the nation his patented technology of breaking hearts. And if you want a more international figure, there is Shilpa Shetty, whom the British think of as delectable Miss India.

There is Amartya Sen, the Nobel laureate who can write three speeches in one flight and make each sound different. There is Ram Guha, who can make history as interesting as fiction; his president’s XI that would beat all the world’s cricket teams. If you are on the other side, there is Arundhati Roy, the bad-tempered beauty who has put her literary talent at the service of the goddess of environment. And if you prefer an achiever to a wordsmith, there is Ela Bhatt, who brought a livelihood to poor housebound women.

There is Ratan Tata, the industrialist that the largest number of Indians admire. If you admire size, you can choose Lakshmi Mittal, who controls the world’s largest steel production capacity. Then there is Azim Premji, who turned a vegetable oil factory into India’s biggest software factory. Or there is Sunil Mittal, who defeated every obstructive or greedy telecommunications minister and created a business in ten years as big as what took the Ambanis forty years to develop. And if you like showmanship, none could be better than Vijay Mallya. President’s parties would be adorned by fountains of Scotch; and Abdul Kalam’s herb garden would be replaced by a race course.

There is Vishwanathan Anand, who two months ago became the world’s champion chess player. He would probably not accept presidency while he is at the peak of his career; nor Sania, who is still going up the ladder. Sachin Tendulkar just might, if he accepts the emerging opinion that he is past his peak. I would prefer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, provided he grows his hair long again. But both may decline, since there is more glory in playing cricket before 30 million viewers than in giving the Independence Day speech to 300 schoolchildren and 500 policemen. So maybe we should go down to Kapil Dev, the best living Indian cricketer. Then there are artists: Husain the grand painter, Susmit Sen, leader of Indian Ocean band, and Salman Rushdie, the writer with the beautiful wife.

If the president were elected by direct vote of the Indian people, I bet that any of the 21 people I have named would get more votes than Pratibha Patil. How did the Congress decision-makers reject all of them and settle on her?

The answer could be that much as the prime minister keeps exhorting Indians to achieve excellence, excellence was the last thing they were looking for. Let alone excellence, they did not even want outstanding achievement. Politicians do everything to defeat merit; reservations are standing testimony to their distaste for it.

But more likely, it is a matter of caste. The candidate had to be a politician. It was reported last year, when Sourav Ganguly was ejected from the cricket team, that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had offered him a seat in the upper house of parliament. But that was to be a reward, not for being a good cricketer, but for being a victimized Bengali. And it was intended to make a politician out of Sourav. But even in the depths of his misfortune, he refused to convert to politics. In any case, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) would never put up Sourav for presidency; he has achieved too much to qualify.

But lack of achievement cannot be a qualification. Almost every politician would qualify if it were, and it would be impossible to choose a candidate. Even the Congress insists on some qualifications in presidential candidates. The foremost qualification is loyalty. So many people have left the Congress over the years; the Bharatiya Janata Party would be a shadow of itself if all ex-Congressmen left it. And if you are a Congressman, you do not have to leave the party to be disloyal. Since the present Congress is Congress (Indira), any flirtation with Congress (Organization) forty years ago would have disqualified Pratibha Patil. Congress (O) was at least a separate party; even if she had flirted with Narasimha Rao her future would have been blighted. The loyalty required is not loyalty to the party, but to the dynasty of the party.

But even the number of dynasty loyalists is too large; a further criterion of choice was needed. It goes beyond past loyalty; it amounts to future loyalty. After he is made president, the candidate must not develop a conscience and disobey the party’s orders. This is difficult to ensure, for the president can no longer be disciplined for disloyalty to the party. He could be impeached. But disloyalty would not be sufficient grounds for that; something more serious like moral turpitude would be necessary. How can one guarantee that a president would do one’s bidding?

The Congress does so by choosing a candidate who has never taken a decision on his own, even when given a chance to do so. Pratibha Patil was not just a Congress loyalist; she was a Chavan loyalist. That meant that as long as he was alive, she took his advice and did his bidding, even when she was a minister. And when he died, she transferred her obedience to the next dynasty loyalist in Maharashtra. Unshakeable resolution never to act independently was the final qualification that made her the chosen candidate.

So I am afraid Pratibha Patil will be a rather colourless president; forty years’ habit is difficult to break. This is no cause for disappointment, for most previous presidents were no different. Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, Giani Zail Singh and Shankar Dayal Sharma had the same qualifications as Pratibha Patil. Their tenures were so forgettable that Pratibha Patil cannot do worse. She has a wonderful job; expectations are so low that she can only surprise us. She may have been waiting patiently for forty years to get this chance of surprising the whole nation. Let us wait for the surprise, but do not hold your breath.

As written by Ashok. V. Desai (The Telegraph article)

Bheja Fry

Posted: April 27, 2007 in Movies, Thoughts

Bheja Fry- Offical movie website

 

Official Movie Website>>

Cast: Sarika (Sheetal), Rajat Kapoor (Ranjeet Thandani, Vinay Pathak (Bharat Bhusahn), Ranvir Shorey (Asif, the income tax-officer), Milind Soman (Anant Ghoshal) and Bhairavi Goswami (Suman Rao) Director: Sagar Bellary

Bheja Fry is an awesome movie. I just loved watching it. It’s a movie for everyone. I am very sure everyone who watches this movie will laugh his heart out.

 

It’s the story of a group of smug urbanites who invite an idiot for dinner every week, laughing up the evening at his expense. Of course, the idiot turns the tables.

 

Bheja Fry is actually a remake of a French movie Le Diner De Cons (The Dinner Game).

 

Here is the synopsis of the movie:

Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat Kapoor), a bored, arrogant music company executive hurts his back the night he has found a prize catch for a weekly bring- your-idiot talent dinner hosted by his friends and him. He ends up spending the evening with this idiot, Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak) who tries to help him get his wife (Sarika) back who left him earlier that day. The result is utter chaos let loose by the idiot, who cannot do a single thing without messing it up further.

The plot turns around to be a series of mini disasters that leave Ranjeet’s comfortable life in ruins.

 

The main protagonist of the movie is Vinay Pathak who plays the role of Bharat Bhushan, a roly-poly officer with the Income Tax department. His innocence and his obsession for singing gets him trapped in Ranjeet Thadani’s house. He shares his pain through Hindi songs and a scrap book which contains memoirs of his childhood. He relentlessly tries to be of some help to Ranjeet Thadani, only to make matters worse on every front. A likeable, warm little fellow, he is undeniably a big time goof up.

 

I won’t revile reveal much of the movie and spoil your fun. But I do suggest that you make it a point to watch this wonderful movie. This is what a comedy movie should be like- no heavy dialogs, no vulgar slang, no provocative scenes. Just plain ol’ situational comedy. Just perfect to tickle your funny bone a little.

 

BTW, a point worth mentioning- That the movie is not a long boring one. It’s just around 1 hour 45 minutes long.

 

Other reviews:

Indian Express Review

Times of India Review

Rediff Review

Happy Birthday to me!

Posted: April 13, 2007 in Birthday, Thoughts

11th April, 2007 – I was just checking the news to see if something good happened on that day. This is what I found!

 

Oopsi! Lets not go there again 🙂

 

The reason I did that was because I turned 25 years old on 11th April, 2007.

 

It was a very memorable day all through. At the stroke of midnight I started getting calls from a lot of friends to wish me on my birthday. As this was happening, I realized that my cute little sister was standing at the doorstep with a cake and a candle on it 🙂 You can imagine the smile on my face to see something like that. That was really sweet of her.

 

Cake No.1

 

It gets better as it goes! I cut the cake and my sister gives me the gifts she had bought. A cute bouquet of exotic flowers which just broadened the smile that was already on my face 🙂 She follows it up with another set of gifts, couple of movies I was searching for from a long time. She had found the DVDs of Million Dollar Baby and Dil Chahta Hai!

 

Flowers for my Bday

Bday Gifts

 

Found a vase for those lovely flowers:

Flowers in the vase!

 

Thank you so much Pujha. Love ya a lot 🙂

 

I wake up in the morning and I am having my breakfast when I get my second big surprise. My close friends Balaji, Swaroop and Srinivas arrived with a cake for me 🙂

 

Cake No.2

 

Thank you guys. You really made my day!

 

The rest of the day at work was really amazing too. On an average, I got a phone call / a SMS / a mail at least once every 15 minutes! At the end of the day my sent messages folder on my outlook and my phone were filled up with Thank You messages. My Orkut scrapbook was not different either. Almost 40-50 people remembered to wish me there as well 🙂

 

It was really amazing and touching to see so many people taking time out to wish me on my birthday. Thank you so much everyone. That really meant a lot to me!

 

I really thought I was through with all surprises for the day. Well I was totally wrong. Guess what? I had another party on the bus way back home! Route 203 is what I ply on – my company bus. I feel really lucky to have chosen this route. Reason- The bus is full of really sweet, enthusiastic and energetic people. We all make it a point to have a gala time till we reach home everyday (A fun way to keep away the Bangalore Traffic blues).

 

Everyone on the bus had teamed up to get me a cake 🙂 Yes! My third in the day 🙂 Am I lucky or what.

 

The cake on the bus…

 

Cake No.3

 

Thank you everyone on 203. Thank you so much 🙂

 

I finally reached home and ended the absolutely wonderful day with a warm dinner with my parents and sister. Did have some yummy food at dinner!

 

Dinner - Starters

Dinner

And who says birthdays are just another day with nothing special happening… In fact I just discovered that a person celebrates something called Unbithday on any of the 364 or 365 days in which it is not the person’s birthday. So what are you waiting for? Keep wishing me all year through.

 

Happy Unbirthday to you too…


World Cup 2007 gets underway today. I really wish and pray along with millions of Indians that Rahul Dravid kisses the World Cup on April 28th.

All the best India…


Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unraveled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: –
So many times do I love again…

Its February 14th again and as everyone say, love is in the air. The day where there are flowers, cards, wishes, kisses, gifts, dates and also the day when the color red rules. It’s just that kind of a day when many people prefer getting their pretty red dresses out of the closet. It’s a day when people prefer expressing your deepest emotions to their someone special.

If you are wondering how it all started, how February 14 got symbolically linked with love and sharing… Take a look at what Wikipedia says…

Saint Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day is on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, candy, or donations to charities, often anonymously. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished… more>>

But often there has been this raging debate among many people. On one side, there are a set of people who prefer symbolizing “love and sharing” to the February 14th. On the other side, we have people who feel the Valentines Day is just another over-hyped event.

It’s a busy world out there. People are always on the move. Work and money has taken the highest priorities in life. 24 hours a day seem to be less for most people. Even people staying together often get to meet each other once a week if they are lucky. In such a busy world, it’s really hard to find time to spend some quality time with people you love the most. If you are just this kind of a person, you would want one day that you can totally set aside for your loved ones. February 14th is just that kind of a day when you would want to celebrate your love for each other. Many who fall into this category would be the part of the sect of people who prefer symbolizing love and sharing on the February 14th.

The other sect of people who believe Valentines Day is just another over-hyped event would argue to say “if you are in love with someone, you would make it a point to set aside time for your loved ones”. They believe that expressing your love and feeling just on this  day does not make much sense. It would all depend on your conscious effort to make time for each other. When you are in love, you are in love all the time and not just this day.

Which ever sect you belong to, my advice to you all would be – lighten up and enjoy the fun

Valentines day is not just for those “smug” couples. As Veronica explains…

For all those singles who are complaining about the “smug” couples and how the holiday makes them feel like social outcasts, you are looking at this the wrong way. I’ve had many more Valentine’s Days as a single than as half a couple, and they can still be fun. Get a large group of single/divorced/separated friends together to go out to lunch or dinner. Have one or more (or many more) bottles of wine. Have dessert – lots of dessert. Valentine’s Day is only depressing if you give up or are too lazy to try to make it fun. Besides, it is all the Valentine’s Days we spend as singles that make us enjoy those with a partner all the more.

For other comments on this online debate which happened a few days back – BBC Online debate

Take away love and our earth is a tomb. ~Robert Browning

PS: Interesting read – BBC – India’s fascination with Valentine’s Day

Cloud No. 9

Posted: September 25, 2006 in Thoughts

Many people in the recent past have asked me why do we use Cloud No. 9 to indicate happiness.

Well … I guess Herez the answer…

The popular etymology references the 1896 edition of the International Cloud Atlas which defined ten types of cloud. The ninth cloud was the cumulo-nimbus rising to a height of 10 km, which is the highest a cloud can be. There is, however, no good evidence for this.

The 1960 print of the Dictionary of American Slang (Wentworth & Flexner) includes “cloud seven”, the usage of which seems to predate “cloud nine” by a few years. Other etymolgies reference Buddhist or Christian lore, and even Dante’s Divine Comedy, but again there are no reasons to prefer these versions.

What the dictonary says:

Cloud Nine: (idiomatic) a state of happiness, elation or bliss; often used in the phrase on cloud nine.

Usage:

He was on cloud nine for days after she agreed to marry him.

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Management Lessons

Posted: September 1, 2006 in Thoughts

Story # 1

It’s a fine sunny day in the forest and a lion is sitting outside his cave, lying lazily in the sun. Along comes a fox, out on a walk.

Fox: “Do you know the time, because my watch is broken”

Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix the watch for you”

Fox: “Hmm… But it’s a very complicated mechanism, and your big claws will only destroy it even more”

Lion: “Oh no, give it to me, and it will be fixed”

Fox: “That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that lazy lions with great claws cannot fix complicated watches”

Lion: “Sure they do, give it to me and it will be fixed”

The lion disappears into his cave, and after a while he comes back with the watch which is running perfectly. The fox is impressed, and the lion continues to lie lazily in the sun, looking very pleased with himself.

Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the lazy lion in the sun.

Wolf:
“Can I come and watch TV tonight with you, because mine is broken”

Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix your TV for you”
Wolf: “You don’t expect me to believe such rubbish, do you? There is no way that a lazy lion with big claws can fix a complicated TV”

Lion: “No problem. Do you want to try it?”

The lion goes into his cave, and after a while comes back with a perfectly fixed TV. The wolf goes away happily and amazed.

Scene :

Inside the lion’s cave. In one corner are half a dozen small and intelligent looking rabbits who are busily doing very complicated work with very detailed instruments. In the other corner lies a huge lion looking very pleased with himself.

Moral :
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY A MANAGER IS FAMOUS; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.

Management Lesson
In the context of the working world :
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY SOMEONE UNDESERVED IS PROMOTED; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.


Story # 2

It’s a fine sunny day in the forest and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter.. Along comes a fox, out for a walk.

Fox: “What are you working on?”
Rabbit: “My thesis.”
Fox: “Hmm… What is it about?”
Rabbit: “Oh, I’m writing about how rabbits eat foxes.”

Fox: “That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat foxes!”

Rabbit: “Come with me and I’ll show you!”

They both disappear into the rabbit’s burrow. After few minutes, gnawing on a fox bone, the rabbit returns to his typewriter and resumes typing.

Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.

Wolf: “What’s that you are writing?”
Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.”

Wolf: “you don’t expect to get such rubbish published, do you?”

Rabbit: “No problem. Do you want to see why?”

The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing.

Finally a bear comes along and asks, “What are you doing?

Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat bears.”

Bear: “Well that’s absurd ! ”

Rabbit: “Come into my home and I’ll show you”

Scene :
As they enter the burrow, the rabbit introduces the bear to the lion.

Moral:
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW SILLY YOUR THESIS TOPIC IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHOM YOU HAVE AS A SUPERVISOR.

Management Lesson
In the context of the working world:
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BAD YOUR PERFORMANCE IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER YOUR BOSS LIKES YOU OR NOT

How to Bag that job!

Posted: August 29, 2006 in Interviews, Thoughts

This was an article in “Mumbai Mirror” of Times of India

In today’s competitive world, finding a job that is suitable to your needs is not very easy. Even if such a job should come along, there is no guarantee that you’re the only person applying for the post. To ensure you don’t miss out on the perfect opportunity, you need to present yourself to the prospective employer in a way that would impress them enough to employ you, instead of any of the other applicants.

According to V Venkat, Director for Rank & File (job consultants) Fort, The search for the ideal job should necessarily start with clarity of personal and professional objectives and goals.

The objectives have to be achievable and should be based on a critical introspection of ones own qualities, qualifications, expertise and employability.

THE RESUME

The first point of contact with a potential employer is the resume; a complete and well-structured resume will elicit a positive response as long as the position applied for is consistent with your qualifications and experience. After you send your resume and get the much-awaited interview, that’s when the actual communication begins.

According to Venkat, the contents of a good resume should essentially reflect the skill sets and the expertise the candidate brings to the table. The features of a good resume include:

  • A covering letter with the relevant skills and experience highlighted would help to focus the evaluators attention to the candidates specific worth to the company
  • Concise and non-repetitive: Similar job responsibilities in present and past companies should be clubbed together
  • There should be structured and chronological sequencing of information
  • The resume should be non-cluttered, pleasing to read and allowing for easy access to required information. Fonts and sizes should be consistent
  • Complete information relating to date of birth, education, tenure in each company and gaps in experience should be specified
  • Highlight key skills which are essential to the job requirements
  • Present salary and expected salary (preferable but not essential, as giving an unjustifiable or unreasonable figure could possibly disqualify the candidate) and notice period should be mentioned
  • Personal information relating to height, weight and caste are unnecessary in the resume.

PRE INTERVIEW

Before you go for the interview it is imperative that you gather as much information about the company where you wish to work. Good preparation in terms of understanding the potential employers business and the job requirements is most essential. For example, one candidate being considered for a senior managerial position in sales, which required setting up a franchisee network, actually took the initiative of meeting some of the company’s existing franchisees before his interview to enable him to understand the business. He got the job, says Venkat. So, if you apply to a company, ensure you know what is required of you and how the company operates.

THE INTERVIEW

The obvious and oft-repeated advice for an interview is to be relaxed, dress well and express positive (but not arrogant) body language. Two copies of the resume, salary details and testimonials (if specifically asked for) plus a notepad are mandatory, advises Venkat.

It is also important to know your resume well as candidates have been known to falter and utter inconsistent explanations during the interview. Presence of mind, self confidence and honesty could sometimes help one out of a potentially bad or hopeless situation. However, trying to lie or blustering your way out will most certainly ensure your disqualification.

However well prepared you might be, there is always a chance that during an interview you might fumble. So weigh your pros and cons before the meeting. Potential landmines that often surface during an interview are frequent job hops, reasons for seeking a change from present employment, inability to justify information provided in the resume, salary expectation inconsistent with experience and performance during the interview, name dropping and references. Carefully cover each of these topics and think about how you’re going to handle such questions before the interview, says Venkat.

POST INTERVIEW

After an interview, whether or not you get the job, keep in touch with the person who interviewed you and always keep things amicable. If you leave a good impression, there is always a chance you might be called back.

According to Sarita Sharma, deputy general manager, Eureka Forbes, Medical Fraternity Channel, There are three important things that one should do when looking for a job. Firstly, express yourself in a very positive manner and always add creative inputs to the conversation while at an interview. Individuals must do enough homework about the job before applying. Secondly, approach the employer with an

Attitude that shows you are flexible and open to learning. Lastly, many people only look at the monetary advantage of work. However, before applying for a job, you need to make sure it suits your intellectual requirements as well, or you might want to leave as soon as you join, wasting both your employers time and yours.

 

– An article by Sophia French

Why employees leave organisations?

Posted: August 25, 2006 in Life, Tech, Thoughts

Every company normally faces one common problem of high employee turnout atio. People are leaving the company for better pay, better profile or simply for just one reason’ pak gaya ‘. This article might just throw some light on the matter……

Early this year, Arun, an old friend who is a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer. He had heard a lot about the CEO of this company, charismatic man often quoted in the business press for his visionary attitude. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office, and the very best technology, even a canteen that served superb food. Twice Arun was sent abroad for training. “My learning curve is the sharpest it’s ever been,” he said soon after he joined. “It’s a real high working with such cutting edge technology.” Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Arun walked out of the job. He has no other offer in hand but he said he couldn’t take it anymore. Nor, apparently, could several other people in his department who have also quit recently.

The CEO is distressed about the high employee turnover. He’s distressed about the money he’s spent in training them. He’s distressed because he can’t figure out what happened. Why did this talented employee leave despite a top salary? Arun quit for the same reason that drives many good people away. The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called First Break All The Rules.

It came up with this surprising finding:

If you’re losing good people, look to their immediate supervisor. More than any other single reason, he is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he’s the reason why they quit, taking their knowledge, experience and contacts with them. Often, straight to the competition. “People leave managers not companies,” write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. “So much money has been thrown at the challenge of keeping good people – in the form of better pay, better perks and better training – when, in the end, turnover is mostly manager issue.” If you have a turnover problem, look first to your managers. Are they driving people away? Beyond a point, an employee’s primary need has less to do with money, and more to do with how he’s treated and how valued he feels. Much of this depends directly on the immediate manager. And yet, bad bosses seem to happen to good people everywhere.. A Fortune magazine survey some years ago found that nearly 75 per cent of employees have suffered at the hands of difficult superiors. You can leave one job to find – you guessed it, another wolf in a pin-stripe suit in the next one. Of all the workplace stressors, a bad boss is possibly the worst, directly impacting the emotional health and productivity of employees. HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find public humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave, but a thought has been planted.. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he starts looking for another job. When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information.

Dev says: “If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don’t have your heart and soul in the job.” Different managers can stress out employees in different ways – by being too controlling, too suspicious, too pushy, too critical, but they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents. When this goes on too long, an employee will quit – often over seemingly trivial issue. It isn’t the 100th blow that knocks a good man down. It’s the 99 that went before. And while it’s true that people leave jobs for all kinds of reasons- for better opportunities or for circumstantial reasons, many who leave would have stayed – had it not been for one man constantly telling them, as Arun’s boss did: “You are dispensable. I can find dozens like you.” While it seems like there are plenty of other fish especially in today’s waters, consider for a moment the cost of losing a talented employee.There’s the cost of finding a replacement. The cost of training the replacement. The cost of not having someone to do the job in the meantime. The loss of clients and contacts the person had with the industry. The loss of morale in co-workers. The loss of trade secrets this person may now share with others. Plus, of course, the loss of the company’s reputation. Every person who leaves a corporation then becomes its ambassador, for better or for worse. We all know of large IT companies that people would love to join and large television companies few want to go near. In both cases, former employees have left to tell their tales.

“Any company trying to compete must figure out a way to engage the mind of every employee,” Jack Welch of GE once said. Much of a company’s value lies “between the ears of its employees”. If it’s bleeding talent, it’s bleeding value. Unfortunately, many senior executives busy travelling the world, signing new deals and developing a vision for the company, have little idea of what may be going on at home.That deep within an organization that otherwise does all the right things, one man could be driving its best people away.

– As said by Azim Premji

Personality Test

Posted: August 25, 2006 in Me, Thoughts

I took this Personality Test and this is the result I got!

Extroverted (E) 56.25% Introverted (I) 43.75%
Sensing (S) 52.78% Intuitive (N) 47.22%
Feeling (F) 57.58% Thinking (T) 42.42%
Perceiving (P) 53.57% Judging (J) 46.43%

Your type is: ESFP

ESFP – “Entertainer”. Radiates attractive warmth and optimism. Smooth, witty, charming, clever. Fun to be with. Very generous. 8.5% of the total population.

WOOOHOOOO!!