When you really need it, it’s OK to be sad!

Emotions, as Google will tell you “a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” Or Wiki will say “is any relatively brief conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity and a high degree of pleasure or displeasure”. There are days when these emotions are high, and days when they are low.

Would it be alright, if you ask a person to behave exactly or more likely in a similar manner at all times, irrespective of the emotional state he/she is going through? My first reaction would be, maybe not! Then again, I can think of people who would preach or counsel about trying to keep emotions away at work.

Seldom, it is possible to separate emotions from work. In reality, people who preach this are no good at it themselves. What they’re good at is, be-fooling themselves and others in believing they can keep the matters of heart and mind on two different paths. Alright, let me not be so blunt. There might be around 1% (or more) of the population who are able to achieve that.

According to a survey result posted on BBC News, it was found that almost two fifths (38% of the 2,000 participants) had been treated negatively because of their problems.

Of those:

§ Nearly one in five (19%) lost their job

§ Over half (54%) lost contact with a loved one

§ And 55% stopped socialising or going out

Organisations/NGO are holding and proposing more events like Time to Change where they can help people. Sue Baker, director of such operation, said: “Progress is being made in improving attitudes and reducing discrimination in some key areas of life but too many of us are still being made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” ~ Helen Keller

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Different emotions for different times, different surroundings, and all other factors which could impact us.

There are times when we all can become captives of our emotions and have no control over the situation. The best thing to remember is, we all need bit of support and love to overcome a situation. The more we show our support to others, the better we place ourselves to get it back when we need it the most. Nobody would like to be sad or let the work get affected. But if we know, we aren’t going to be let down by people around us or if we have people who understand one another emotionally, then we can be emotional.

It’s like a particle state, which once achieved would come back to its original state. Once we let our emotions take control of us, we would remain in that state for some time, but will come back to our normal selves eventually. If you’re really happy you can’t carry on laughing for long, and similarly when you’re sad you can’t keep crying forever. So it’s alright to not be in control of things, but only till a time when it’s not affecting you or people around you to a great extent and you know when to say enough and get up on your feet. When you really need it, it’s OK to be sad!

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What We Learn After Being Trumped

When it comes to politics or political affairs, I generally tend to take a more neutral stand. Why? Well, you know how politics is – the government in charge is always right and the opposition is always left (wrong). While from an outsider’s view, no one would be right. Holistically, it’s a group of morons arguing on issues which are not relevant only to divert the attention from the issues which need focus. The tricky bit is for the common man who gets twisted in between.

Often, people in politics are marred by controversies, allegations, and linked to all the bad things you could think of. Majority of times, these hold true. So it becomes very hard for a person like me, who acts on logic, reasoning, and educated decision. Then again, I’ve found myself witnessing situations which would defy all odds. Take for example the current political situation in the US. There was so much noise about the behaviour and policies which the elected president depicted. He was bold, rude, unethical, and what not? Yet, he managed to conjure the magic on people to cast vote for him.

There he is! Sitting in that oval office and making some of the most bizarre policies and carrying out orders, the repercussions for which could be unparalleled in times to come. What baffles me is reaction of people who are out on streets marching and protesting about the steps taken by the new president, in his words to protect the country. Surely, you knew this was coming! Then why in god’s name would you elect him in the first place. It’s only been a week since he has taken oath, and there are talks about impeachment doing the rounds. Seriously?! Like insanely seriously?! Don’t you have any other work than playing this election game? Can you spare the funds, the energy, the time, and everything which goes in to making fool of people; all over again?

It’s a new world for him and things have been bit hasty and bleary, but you ought to give the new president some chance, at least that’s what his party and supporters would tell. Or else take a stand and fight for your rights, well you can try as you will. Either ways, please wake up before it’s too late and start making some informed decisions. If you let these politicians get to you, play you, and manipulate you (mind you which they are awesome at) then you don’t get to complain. Moreover, you can’t win any war alone, so you need to learn to be selfless and caring and really mean what you stand for.

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


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From Deprived Desire to Un-Desired Happiness

Three quarters of the year had gone by already and it almost seemed like a déjà vu. All the hard work done on a project was unrewarded and on trying to get a reasonable justification, well haven’t you heard – never challenge a decision made by your superiors. A rather nasty habit of mine, I challenge people when something is not right, be it related to anything, and in this case it was my growth at stake! While I had given so much proof of all the work and achievements and improvements and what not, how could I’ve let it go without getting the reason for not been rewarded, yet again.

Covering my tracks carefully and doing everything one could ask for, while supporting my case, I was hoping for better results. What was to follow, only time could have known? From the beginning, I kept all the seniors and important stakeholders in loop and made my intensions and aspirations clear. Never let my work getting impacted because of little hold ups in what I wanted to achieve. In fact, stretched myself to deliver more. For the first time, in a very long time, I could see words of praise coming around. The appreciations, not only from internal stakeholders and team but from the clients as well, kept coming; at times they were verbal while at others they were written.

Content with I’ve achieved till this point, I was constantly having discussions with my supervisors and hoping my case getting stronger by the day. I remember speaking to my supervisor for putting my name up for consideration. Like all others in the past, he was reluctant to do it for various reasons but he agreed to do it in the end. That was literally THE first step. Unless, my name was there in the list of nominees I has no chance of being considered. By all means, it was a long shot considering the time I had spent with the current supervisor on the project.

While I was contemplating the ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments, I received a communication from the manager on the project (at the time) saying the clients have shared their satisfaction on achieving the work with great professionalism and they were giving out more work to the organisation because of the work we have done and the way I have led the team. And they would like me to continue on the project and lead the team for the next project as well.

This was the silver lining I had been waiting all along, I thought to myself. I felt really proud of the work I had done, felt really thankful to the people who made it possible, and managers who gave me the platform where I could get recognised and be rewarded. Everything was going in my favour, at least that’s what I thought. A month later, the results were announced and to my dismay I had not been promoted. I couldn’t stop thinking about the possible reason for it. Oh well, there is always a reason or two up your manager’s sleeves. Even though I had client appreciation, it was overlooked because the complexity of the project was low. For the other things I did, there was less supportive evidence. And the project which I delivered and got more work, well that’s something expected from everyone – nothing unusual.

At this moment, I snapped! I just didn’t know whether to exhibit anger or be normal. I just went numb! Hours later, when my bogged down mind came to its senses, I realised there was nothing much I could’ve done and there is nothing much which I could do now. The sensible approach would be to keep my head high and embrace myself with all the happiness I could, rather looking for reasons to be dejected and depressed. Reflecting back, I think I’m in much better state than I would have been, had I let the feeling of rage or anger get the better of me. When the going gets tough there is nothing much you can do, but smiling in the face of adversity is a characteristic of a strong person: a professional; and that’s what we are!


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With History By My Side, I’m Better Prepared To Win

The team had met a couple of times, earlier that week, and they’re in the middle of another discussion. Ben, a team lead on the project, was wondering when the meeting would get over so he could leave office and go out for a beer or two with his friends; after all it was Friday! While Ben was busy pondering, he heard something in a low voice “when can we have the plan?” which he dismissed thinking it’s just an imagination. Then, almost like a shout, “Ben! When can we have the plan?” asked (Mike) the project manager. Trying not to fumble and seem attentive, he replied “you will have the draft within two days.”

As Ben was stepping out of the meeting room, with one part of him just wanting to go out and have fun, he kept thinking “did he commit too early?” or “was there enough information available with him to proceed?” He had prepared a plan once before, so he was pretty new to this and still learning. In that moment, all he could muster was to check previously available plan or talk to people he knew who have worked on similar plans before.

We all have come across a similar situation at some point in time or come across them on daily basis. Think about the financial institutions which make forecast for the month or year. The trading firms which work solely on the data available with them through various sources. Or a sports commentator providing you with vital stats, dating back 30 or 50 years. It doesn’t matter which industry you work in, there will always be a need for historic data. How you use that data is entirely based on your need and scope of work.

Past can tell a lot about future to come, or at least prepare us for what to expect. But it can’t predict everything, since we don’t live in an ideal world.

With time the situation changes, the actors, the policies, and almost everything changes. But to be available to compare scenarios or data you need evidence, evidence of something which has happened within the conditions desired by you, and evidence can only be achieved from past and not from future.

You can’t be perfect or plan for actuals while preparing a work plan. It’s a plan based on your understanding or things, previous experience of working under similar situation, and an assumption of how things would shape up. The historic data comes in to play by enabling you to enact a similar situation with previously used set of inputs with a more likely outcome. It acts like a teacher, a simulator; only the data set is available from other projects with known results. The only thing you have to do is pick the parameters which best suit your need or project, cater in the risks and mitigation, and you have a plan which you can work upon. You are better prepared for executing a scenario when you have outcomes available from previous executions than planning for something afresh. In former case, you would know of the conditions and values used previously and how closely they would match to your current work, rather than shooting in the dark.

An interesting, yet important, thing to note is that any plan is merely an outline to how you and your team would work or should work. Wouldn’t they all love to stick to it as closely as possible? Yeah, we all do! However, we need to be open and flexible and dynamic in our approach. Just when you think everything is working fine or going by the plan – Boom! Something JUST happens! That’s the reason why every plan should have enough space for any variation to kick in and not disturb your project’s eco-system.

Past is a good way to plan for future, however it should not force you to bend it rather mend it for good.” ~ P.R.

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Get Rid of All Those Taxes Already!

“WATCH OUT!!”… There is a loud screeching of the tyres. And then, “BAM”… Somebody hit from behind. How often do you find yourself in similar situation while driving on Indian roads? You try to avoid sudden jerks because the road is not level, poorly constructed speed breakers, or the craters formed on the road due to rain or poor construction; but in vain. Thousands of accidents happen resulting in deaths or altercations. Despite all the complaints and statistics available with the government, no action is taken. After a long wait and lot of protest, a temporary patch is done: which stays for few days or weeks. This is just the basic introduction about roads, one of the necessities which every city and its residents have, should have.

We are living in a country where basic infrastructure is at its bare minimum; slightly more in metros perhaps. However, we pay a huge sum of our hard earned money as taxes, desperately hoping that situation will change at some point in time and like all other developed countries we’ll be able to reap the benefits of our investment. If claims by independent analysts are to be believed, named amongst few of the wealthiest governments, Indian government can function without collecting taxes for few years.

In spite of everything, we pay salary taxes based on the tax slab. Then there is tax on everything else. In fact there is a tax on savings, if it goes beyond mere 10k a year. What are you hoping to achieve with that? In a typical (middle class – working) household, a major chunk of monthly income goes into loan repayment; I would say about 60%. Then, nearly 20% or more goes in to house expenses. Of course, there are other expenses which will always come up, no matter what. Ideally, you are left with 5-10% of your monthly as savings. Not to mention that you have to pay for your insurance and other investments from this amount, so that you can save taxes. And this is when you don’t have kids. Effectively, you are burnt out and left with almost nothing.

All this without anything in return seems a complete loss. I would’ve been able to understand if, at least, the government was providing a better roadways, global connectivity, health care, education, and so many other things which countries even less well off (financially) than ours enjoy. It’ll be nothing short of a miracle if I see all this within this lifetime.

Anyway, my point is not to create a sudden awakening, rather a question if we can have a no tax system or a single tax system. A system where you need to pay taxes just once, maybe an income tax, and then don’t pay for any other service or utility. The people who are providing there services or utilities should be liable to taxes at their end and not transfer the burden to consumers. Government can’t provide all the facilities to billions of people, but can help them in individual wealth creation and help them to lead a healthy life. Arguably, there are lot of wealthy people here and they will continue to find ways to beat the system. But who will think about the vast majority who can’t be classified as high net worth individuals.

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein


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I Went To Learn Football, Instead I Learnt …

From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered – we few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me. …” ~ William ShakespeareHenry V

A group of people who come together for a common cause becomes a group, a band, a gang, or a team. Every member of the team has his unique capability and has a role to play, even if it to stay at the side lines and boost the morale of others. Every member gets involved and can be rated individually but the end result or the performance is collectively measured.

Since my childhood days, I was actively involved in sports and played various sports. Football was one of my favourite sport. At the time, I didn’t know much about it or the different leagues which were played around the world. The only names I knew were the likes of Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Beckham, and other famous players. The football world cup was the sporting event we all waited for and watched with all the enthusiasm. While playing football at my school, all we did was run behind the ball without any plan or formation. Gradually, I started understanding the game, the positions, the tactics, and other related fundamentals.

Playing and following the game for quite some time now made me realise it was not just about learning the game, it was about learning important lessons before you could learn the game.

Importance of a Good Coach – It takes a lot of practice, learning, and experience. A person who has been there and seen it all knows the nitty-gritty of the game. And, no one can coach you better but a person who has seen the highs and lows. Moreover, not every coach is or can be good. Nonetheless, the significance of a good coach is nonpareil.

Coming Together as a Team – A coach will do everything in his capacity to train you, give apt feedback, present opportunities to you, and make pertinent strategies. But, the end result lies in the way the team plays individually and collectively. Every member should understand the basic of a team play; supporting each other, looking out for potential threats, covering the weak links in the team, and working towards common goal. One can only grow if the team grows. After all, there is no “I” in the team rather “am” which means I’m part of the team too.  Things don’t change overnight, consistency and persistence will lead you forward, one step at a time.

Need for Creativity & the Burning Desire – One idea may have worked for a team. It may work couple more times, however it’ll not work forever. Failure to bring in creativity would eventually bring downfall. Whether it’s the coaching methods or the individual player’s style of playing – both need to be flexible to learn new ways and open to change when required.  Ever wonder why a team has an unbeatable run? It’s because every person on the team has the passion to go for the kill, the itch to succeed, and give a performance better than previous day. If you are not hungry for more, you may sit out than giving a mediocre performance. Once you start something, prepare yourself to see it out till the end, no matter what challenges yous face or if your personal aspirations are not met along the way. Always remember, best transfers happen at the end of the season. If you get the gist of it!

Nothing Works Without Planning – The formation in any game is as important as deploying personnel for a battle. If the analysis of opponents’ behaviour and playing pattern is not done, a plan of play is not put on the board, or the right formation is not prepared then you leave your team exposed. Every situation forces you to be dynamic and keep you on your toes. Who plays where, how the play should be made, when to be on the offensive and when to defend, and similar things need to be planned well in advance. Like any other work, for instance software development, planning is the first stage before any play (execution) is made.

Every Player has the Potential to be a Star – Every person has a role, a designation, and skills to perform with in the team. While it is important to be good at what you are responsible for, it does not hamper you from honing new skill. You may have a liking towards one role, but you don’t know your true potential till you try something else and are able to compare with. Never be shy to learn. There are defenders in every team, but not everyone plays for best teams. They all have a distinguishing factor than the rest of the lot.

Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” ~ Heraclitus

Nothing is Over Till the Whistle Goes Off – Ever seen Manchester United play on their home turf? How Sir Alex used to tap his watch and the playing time was extended. Likewise, there are many teams who have made a difference in those closing seconds. Similarly, nothing is over till the clock is ticking. Don’t lose hope if things are not going your way, it’s a matter of time before things will turn around. Every bit of effort you put in will be rewarded. Often, we work very hard throughout but become complacent towards the end. Your approach and your attitude in those crucial moments towards the end make all the difference between winning and losing.

It’s not just about the game, some things don’t change and remain applicable to everything you do in life. Hope there was a learning for you in this too!

It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.” ~ Douglas MacArthur


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My Digital Transformation: Information Technology to Idea Technology

Closing my eyes and thinking of the time when, while watching a movie, there used to be a lengthy slot booked for advertisements, every 15 minutes or so. Households were switching to colour TVs, while most of population still had old Black and White TVs. It was late 80s or early 90s, and there were limited products in the market. The marketing trends were restricted to printed papers, or TV ads. The word of mouth was a commonly used and most trusted medium. Technology was still in its yearling stage, and large conglomerates were dallying with the idea of globalization. The notion of internet, or digital world was yet to be conceived.

Over a decade in making, the capabilities of computer technology started spreading its wings. With the nascence of the internet, the organisations started to have a horizon shift. Globalisation, market expansion, localised offerings were no more a distant dream. These term took a leap from the dictionaries and existed in real time. There was a rush to explore ways to reach people, make your presence visible to them, and eventually generate revenue. With online presence people were able to generate business, but then retaining customers, and recurring transactions were becoming a challenge.

The blending of idea and technology, became a game changer. The transformation of Information Technology to Idea Technology, created a freeway for businesses to think out of the box, and travel beyond imagination. E-commerce was the talk of every town. The printing jobs got replaced with creative art executives. The marketing was being done on internet and other information channels. The ideas which existed on paper were being digitised and spread out.

So why was this important for me? How did it bring about my digital transformation?

Well… Like any other business, it was an opportunity for people like me to make a presence and connect with the outside world; without actually having to visit and meet each and every one of them in person. The e-mail application, social networking sites, professional networking sites, and other sites where I could provide my details and get people to know me were my business cards. I could share them out in the open and connect with intended people, just with few strokes on the keyboard and clicks of the mouse. A decade back or so, I did not even have a mobile phone, and today I have my profile created on various platforms. My photograph, along with my details (dependent on how much I’ve provided) were there to be viewed by countless people wanting to know me, or about me.

The ‘idea’ behind it was simple – paint the (digital) canvas showcasing my interests, my experience, and my story. Create a leaflet, or a banner which could be distributed inter-state, intra-national, or internationally (of course within the bounds of the digital space). I wanted to link up with long lost friends, with people I’ve met, with colleagues, with recruiters, and just about everyone. I wanted to present ‘me’ as a brand, market it, and get to be cognised. In an essence, I transformed myself to become globalised. After all, I mean business!

Perhaps, ending on a humorous note,

Steuart Henderson Britt once said, “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does.”

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Can Fireworks Lighten Up Political Campaign?

Throughout the year there are numerous festivals which are celebrated across India. One of the reasons for it is India being a secular nation and every religion has its own set of occasions to be celebrated, while the other – we just want to make a reason to celebrate. It’s not the number but the grandiose affair we tend to make it. And, what festival would be complete without food buffet, grand decoration, and FIREWORKS!

Although, the concept of fireworks was introduced in around 200B.C. by Chinese people. What started off as a practice to thwart evil spirits, became an expression over the years. Earlier fireworks, or crackers – due to the crackling noise made by burning chemicals and paper, only emitted orange light. It was only when the Italians brought some compositional changes to make it more sparkly and induced colours. The tradition of bursting crackers during any celebration was introduced and later popularised when King Henry VII had a firework show during his marriage.

While this had no relation to any events which happened according to Hindu mythology, yet people have a strange way of linking everything to some religious aspect to make it more sell-able. As did by Nadar brothers during early half of 20th century. Their experience with match stick industry and the presence of their factories across India, gave them a perfect platform to launch something new on a large scale. This was a business opportunity, exploited well by the Nadar brothers; who started selling crackers while relating them to religious events. The chemicals used to make fireworks were definitely not available during the Ram Rajya or Treta Yug or any other era, prominent in any mythology.

While bursting crackers has long become a tradition, the after effects of it has been alarming. The fireworks industry has had trouble with child labour, occupational hazards, environmental impact, health issues, and not to forget the garbage. Well the list goes on! But, who needs the list when only one issue can be used to fuel the political campaign. Almost always, I admire how every politician is capable of blowing any smallest issue out of proportion, while loathing the fact that we have such people running the country.

Yes people do have the right to enjoy the festival the way they want, yes the people have right to have a healthy life, and yes to so many other things. It’s highly debatable and there are people for and against the argument. And politicians are taking advantage of such sentiments to fuel their own motives. Amidst all this, the issues which have larger impact are left out and never discussed.

  • Is the pollution only caused by crackers?
  • What about the crops which are burnt all across the fields in surrounding states?
  • Why take time to ban the crackers?
  • Why ban Chinese crackers while allowing trading of other items?
  • Why not ban imports from China at all?

It’s not so easy! It would be a political disaster and bad for economy! It can lead to unrest in the longer run!

When it comes to another nation, people do tend to give some thought. But, when it comes to raising their voice against ruling party then they seem to lose their mind. Why can’t everyone work together and find solution which benefits everyone. Why do you forget that you’re a human first and any environmental impact will affect you too? It’s not like the smog will stay away from you because you are a politician or you have Z-cover security!

Are you not in public office to serve the people? Then why can’t you work upon solutions which improve the lives of people who voted you to the office, in the first place. Picking up a burning issue and making media appearances would only earn your ratings, but your inability to actually resolve the issue will have a long lasting impact on the lives of others. So next time you go out making your political agenda and acting all crazy, think about yourself and your own family; after all they are also susceptible to environmental change.

In an essence,

  1. If you are planning to ban fireworks then DO IT NOW! There will never be a right or wrong time for it since there will be some festival going on always, and some section of community will be against it.
  2. You can’t educate the farmers, let’s accept that. But, you can guide them and empower them with new tools, machinery, and ways of farming which will be beneficial for everyone. It’s not like farming waste is not disposed off in other parts of the world. They don’t resort to burning and creating pollution. LEARN FROM THEM!
  3. Don’t be afraid of making change. You’re in power and you ought to do what is right for the people. DON’T POLITICISE EVERY ISSUE!


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Leadership as a Service (LaaS): The New _aaS

Long before I joined my peers at client site, there was this guy who had written a big mail complaining about the processes, management, and what not – or that’s how the story goes. Anyway, no one actually knew what happened or, perhaps, they were afraid to share the details, but it created room for assumptions, gossips, and a BAD name for the vendor organisation. How? Well … while he was leaving the (vendor) organisation he sent that mail to the clients instead. In spite repeated efforts to re-gain the trust and make thing better, the scar never disappeared. There was an evident shift in attitude, perception, and dealings by client.

Even if the person was not dealing with the clients directly, it would have been a matter of just sending the email. Of course, the person would not have got a job with either, but the damage was a multitude for the vendor organisation. It was a bad example set by the employee, however it was a bigger failure on part of the leadership – who created such circumstances where the person had to go to such extremes. In times like today: where we are selling software as a service (SaaS), IT as a service (ITaaS), or almost anything as a service (XaaS); should we not be promoting leadership as a service (LaaS)?

Every organisation has large number of people in leadership role, but not everyone is capable to lead: it’s not everyone’s cuppa. To be a good leader, one needs to be considerate of other’s needs before his own. To guide others to do the right thing, one must do the right thing. A great leader, who understands the philosophy and set of practices of the leadership, offering his service to others can be related to being a servant leader. Unlike traditional leaders, one at the top who exercised all the powers, servant leaders share powers with other, perform their duties while nurturing other leaders. After all, the servant leader is a servant first. He is paid like others and works under the same set of rules and policies which are applicable to other employees.

According to Skip Prichard, a servant leader should possess certain qualities or attributes which stands him out from any other manager or leader. A person offering Leadership as a Service, should be humble in nature and respectful to other, irrespective of career stage other are at. Only then can you be receptive to diverse opinions and think from a wider perception. Being mindful of other’s needs before his own, the servant leader should be able to encourage others, mentor them – to become better leaders, and create an environment of trust all around. Another way to develop the respect and trust is to involve others in decision making and convincing them on the best approach, rather than ordering them. Once this trust is developed, the person should (wherever possible) help others with personal life issues, apart from professional ones.

Leadership can be offered as a service while being in an official capacity, as a professional coach, an independent mentor, or any other way. However, the journey from just a leader to a great leader (or a servant leader) is a hard one – it takes lot of practice, self-control, and an act of selflessness. It’s like becoming a monk or a pope, giving back to the community. You may or may not earn a lot of money, but surely will be rewarded with loads of goodwill and following.

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” ~ Dolly Parton


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Knowledgeable or Experienced

Albert Camus once said, “You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.”

Our nervous system is wired to relate experience with the time spent by an individual on that topic or situation. While, it may hold true most of the time, but it does not always. We are all unique in our own ways and we undergo different situations. The way we deal with a situation varies with factors within our control and out of our control. Of course, over time, we learn the basics, we learn to deal with external forces, we may even be able to mitigate the risk (by planning well in advance); nonetheless, we become more knowledgeable about the situation. Then again, there may arise a situation which is alien to us. Or not!

I have come across people who have worked on a particular type of work for long,

  • Case 1: A person works on a type of work and continues to do so for years, without learning other aspects.
  • Case 2: A person has worked on similar projects, but still needs guidance every time he starts a new work.
  • Case 3: A person has worked on multiple projects, but lacks management skills.
  • Case 4: A person is good at management (getting things done), but doesn’t have good knowledge about the processes or the work or the people skills.

Arguably, they all have knowledge to perform their duties and have spent more time than others but are they really experienced? Rather, will they be successful in the long run? I have always related experience with skills, maturity, and understanding of the topic. Knowledge will tell me how to work, while the experience will tell me – how to complete a work efficiently, what all could go wrong, help me tailor the approaches, and how to deal with both, people and work.

Imagine a scenario where you have been following a checklist to perform a task, you are confident of performing it again. However, there are external factors (like moving to a new environment, or permissions to access the relevant information, or any such condition) which holds you up. Your experience will tell you to be patient, careful, and try a different approach (which is not mentioned in the checklist). On top of it, experience will tell you whom to contact or how to deal with the situation, in case of failure. Knowledge can make you proud or arrogant, while experience will make humble and respectful.

It is not about the time we have spent on a particular thing, it is about what we have learnt while working on it. It’s not only the piece of work we do, it’s the way we do and with whom we do it. Most of all, experience tell you what not to do!

It’s our ability to deal with the unexpected that makes us experienced. ~ PR

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