Sunday, September 9, 2012

Need of values inside an organization

Values within an "Organization". After 4.5 years of work I realize how important this factor, or rather X factor contributes to employee satisfaction. I'm not trying to preach my current employer ( this is purely fiction). 

When I look back I see myself a small kid who has been left alone to cross a national highway ( Indian NH) with continuos movement of traffic. From the Kid's eyes you will think since all the car are driven by humans I have a very good chance of crossing over. But, that's only a fairy tale. You realize this only when you stand right in front of the traffic. 
Corporate life is also something very similar in nature. All the people whom you work with are in constant race with each other. Is there any harm ? Competition is good right ? Absolutely correct. 

The issue comes, when people behind those wheels don't observe traffic rules. They don't have any values and hence the chaos. Possible reason : Well it could be that the folks driving are from distant place and don't belong to the nearby community. They however, can still create havoc. 

Now let's take this example to our corporate lifestyle. We all know the corporate ethics and work culture. But still we somehow don't live up to it. Possible reason, maybe we think it's not my company after all. That's exactly the difference of Values. If we for a moment think it's my company everyone will go that extra mile to help each other. 

I consider start-ups will not have this problem. They have committed people working for a common cause. The moment a startup expands exponentially -> It needs more people who will work for it. Now, all the new people coming from nearby places/organization is what dilutes the commitment/excitement. 

What's the solution ? 

Have values which binds everyone. 
The most difficult part however, is not to define the values but to preach it internally so that every person who comes in understands and observes it. Until he observes it, he can't preach or practice them.
I see loads of B-school in India don't have this as a elective. Probably, we are too profound with the concept of JUGAAD. Probably, an inclusion of Values through JUGAAD will solve the moment of hour. 

Unfortunately, most the companies/organization observes the above 2 :
1) Define Values
2) Preach Values

What however, I haven't seen much is rewarding/praising someone who actually follows them. 
How about a call from CEO to a junior floor assistant, who worked 4 extra shifts to get the work done?
He might have took his time and enjoyed his weekend with his friends. But the junior floor assistant thought instead. It's the reward/praise that will bind him to this practice and attract more folks. 

Saturday, August 8, 2009


After writing my first Blog, I think lets make it count also.

Well, the story goes like this...It's like some odd 40 Min's flight to Amritsar. The place I wanted to go anytime in life, not because I like travelling. It's more of the reason of spending time in places which are so rich in our culture. However, being on a Business trip doesn't always solve your problem either. It was a morning flight with an evening flight. Simply no luck on my 1st visit.

Next time when the trip came along, I decided it is this time I have to count my trip. So be it.
Then came the work usual, which not only exhausted me but also made me feel like I'm not in Amritsar but in some world where there is plenty of work. However, this time I badly wanted to see places people from across the globe come to. So I hired a cab from Hotel and booked him with me for the entire day.

It was a different experience and a weired one to roam around a city you don't know alone. But I guess this is where I got lucky with. And the cabbie proved worth a person to spend some time with. It took him 50 minutes to make me reach a place I really wanted to see since my childhood days. I don't know about others, but I wanted a Glimpse of Wagah Border like anything.

I still remember in DD News the way it was shown as a symbol of division between 2 Nations separated in the lines of religion. We had to park the cab around 1 k.m before the border from where all the people walk to the place. It was around 5:15 p.m and the sheer enthusiasm in the people dragged me in like anything. By the time you step outside the cab I sensed something which was very different.

The walk to the place was a great one. the moment I saw the division between 'India' & 'Pakistan' I felt I'm a Indian. I still remember in my childhood days I visited 'Indo-China' border. But this feeling was different. This was the time I as a civilian visited a Border area with my country flag waving opposite to neighbouring country. May be this is when I can recall a dialogue from one of my favorite movie 'Lakshya'.

After quite of the people assembled and there are more to come, BSF personnel started shouting ' Bahart Mata Ki Jai' and so did all the Indians. The best part was following it. After we started, I guess it was 'Pakistan's' turn to greet us with their slogan 'Pakistan Jindabad'. It was sounding so weired. I mean we all have shouted for our departments in colleges our colleges in other colleges, but shouting our nations name in front of the guards of the nation is something even makes a civilian proud of.

But I don't know why, I knew there was something else coming. something which I have seen in my childhood days, and what was to evident. We started shouting slogans upon each other. This was the time when Pakistan start ' Jinaah ke Jai' and we responded ' Hindustan Jindabad'.

Then a 'simple' thought came to my mind, as to why is this thing even happening to us. I could have been born in an era where this would not even be imagined. But here I'm sitting along with hundreds of Indian without 'Pakistanis' to support a nation without 'Pakistan'.

There were places near by, which weren't so old, depicting free movement of people along the border pre-partition era. But now are we here, where the abandoned markets and building speaks volumes for themselves.....

I do hope to see that side of the world one day in my life, who know I would be able to append that side of the story too....but as it is 'I'm Indian'

Blog here I come...

Well, its almost ages I have come back to the blogging world. I still remember it was 2006 when I opened my BlogPost account. It is now I came to know its now changed to "Blogger" with Google taking over it ( As usual).

I wanted to start writing whatever I experience and the thoughts I came across. I guess after ready a very fascinating Blog of my colleague I thought so be it, and here I'm.

I hope I'll write something which not only makes me feel good, but can share my experiences with all. Do post in your comments...