Monday, December 5, 2011

Will our Indian Organizations change???

I heard a very humorous and amusing definition of a ‘leader’ which I really can’t stop myself from sharing with everyone!!!… And yeah, before going ahead let me give you a brief about the person who quoted the definition… He is somebody who himself is a leader and in fact, is at a very good position with an esteemed firm! And which means he should be somebody who should be an idol for everyone.

Anyways, lets get back to the definition :D…Well, according to him “A true leader is the one who comes early and leaves late from office”… Feel like laughing at this conventional thinking? Everybody in that meeting, where this was declared felt the same but obviously, had to control themselves for the sake of their jobs!! And had to clap and applause to show the great speaker that how great he and his thoughts actually are!
But I really don’t know when are Indian firms going to change this old and stupid philosophy and thinking which have completely rotted off and has become so decayed that it literally has started stinking! But still, these people don’t want to leave this aged opinion… and that’s how they have created a kind of generation gap!

I mean is it the mistake of the new generation that they are smart, they have the capability to finish off their work in the given time, they believe in enjoying life other than office, job is not the ONLY priority for them? Is it their mistake that they hate to sit in office just for showing off to their boss that they are hard working??
No, none of the above is a crime or is wrong then why does a person’s capability is not judged by the quality of his work but on the quantity of hours he sits in office?

This kind of thinking of the leaders at work simply kills the enthusiasm of youngsters, it simply mitigates the energy and the passion which the freshers brings with them to the firm!
On the contrary, if you look at the working style of foreign firms, its completely reversed… People have an independence to come and leave whenever they want to. The only condition is they should just finish off the work allotted to them or for which they are responsible for. This kind of work environment not only makes a person feel independent but also accountable! I have really seen a huge difference in the people worked in the former and later work environment!

Second problem with our organizations is that management or seniors do not want to listen to juniors because according to them they lack experience. This thought is so bizarre! These firms run on few old and rotten assumptions and one of them is “Experience brings knowledge and the capability of taking right decisions” I know it is correct to a great extent but it doesn’t mean that people with less experience lack in these 2 things… Does it???

I would want to end this topic not on my conclusion this time but on the things said by a great man Mr. Abdul Kalam in his autobiography “Wings of Fire”
On Organization  (pg 25)::

What makes life in Indian Organizations difficult is the widespread prevalence of this very contemptuous pride. It stops us from listening to our juniors, subordinates and people down the line. You cannot expect a person to deliver results if you humiliate him, nor can you expect him to be creative if you abuse him or despise him. The line between firmness and harshness, between strong leadership and bullying, between discipline and vindictiveness is very fine, but it has to be drawn. Unfortunately, the only line prominently drawn in our country today is between the ‘heroes’ and the ‘zeros’. On one side are a few hundred ‘heroes’ keeping nine hundred and fifty million people down on the other side. This situation has to be changed.

On Leadership Competencies and Staffing (pg 78)

What makes a productive Leader ? In my opinion, a productive leader must be very competent in staffing. He should continually introduce new blood into the organization. He must be adept at dealing with problems and new concepts. The problems encountered by an R&D Organization typically involve trade-offs among a wide variety of known and unknown parameters. Skill in handling these complex entities is important in achieving high productivity. The leader must be capable of instilling enthusiasm in his team. He should give appropriate credit where it is due; praise publicly, but criticize privately.

I hope the leaders in our Indian Firms understand the above said and try to bring in the change which is really due from a long time now…

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