Eight years of corporate life was quit 5 years back! And back then - everyone I loved and everyone I hated had a similar question running on top of their minds. “How will Kennedi survive with one wife, 2 kids, and without a high paying job on hand?” Well the truth is I am still alive and rocking and so is my family. Not being part of the corporate world doesn’t mean that gyaan cannot flow through me… here it is….
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With just 3 years of experience and at the age of 25, I used to make more money than my neighbour who at the age of 45 used to make after some 15-20 years of experience in a nationalised bank. This of course doesn’t make me more intelligent or smarter than him, but it is just that the industry (dot com) I chose was new, which demanded more youngsters who possessed the latest Internet skills.
Gone are the days of loyalties
Long long ago…may be 20 years back, people used to love flaunting about their loyalties towards the companies they worked for. For them their years of services in a particular firm were like medals on their chest. The more the years one spent in one firm, more the merrier he or she was. The rule of life was get a secured job (mostly a government job), get married, buy a house on instalment, have children, compromise on all personal happiness, ignore family, slog your butt off at work, watch one movie a month, retire with a flower garland, and spend rest of the life thinking did I waste my life?
I was a major flop in the corporate world. Though I never bothered about the money I used to make, as no money could solve all the problems of our lives, still I used to get a lot jealous, when I saw people with less talent, less educational qualification, less potential and less experience being awarded with promotions and more salaries. Of course the first vital reason was being good to your boss and second was to know, “how good are you at bargaining salaries!”
“Education is the manifestation of perfection already present in a man”, said Swami Vivekanand. What does this tongue twisting sentence actually mean? Take for example a rock, and think what could an artist do to it? He will just knock off the unessential parts, and would bring out a beautiful statue that was hidden so far in that nonsensical rock. That is exactly what education has to do to any human being. But the present education system tries only to dump on you all that crappy information, which most of the time proves useless. And how could a mere 2 years of theory classes, and mugging up of past case studies help a MBA to be good manager. To prove your worth you need to get on to the field and compete with the ‘Gujjus’ and the ‘Annachis’, who are born with business knack, and who quit their studies early to handle ‘successful’ businesses. BTW what makes you call yourself a ‘MASTER’ in Business Administration if you could not even open a small ‘potti’ kadai (pan beedi stall), and succeed in running it efficiently!
I always had high regards for the MBAs from normal Business schools and also from God’s own institutions like that of IIMs A, B, C, & D until I met few of them during my Corporate life. There are both pluses and minuses in them. The pluses are – they are damn good at dressing up (usually would wear branded clothes and shoes), they carry themselves really well (with an attitude that is), they have excellent communication skills (you will never know when you are taken for a ride), they are impressive at promising huge targets (which are never met logically), they don’t have stage fears (they lie the way they want) and they are very good at presentation skills (Microsoft power point to be precise). And the minuses are, rather I would say they have only one minus point – most of them have huge butts as they carry their brains there!
Let me sound like a Vice President of a corporate company for while. Here it goes-
After its (askenni.com) inception in the year 2004, there has been a steady growth in the page views & also its popularity. Existing clients continue to stay with us in spite of steady competition from across the globe. This shows our perseverance, our honestly towards our services, and the kindness with which we deal with our clients. There has been no cash burn in the past year, and profits have increased to a very large extent. With the media (business world) giving us the right coverage at the right time, we with conviction can say that we surely are moving in the right direction.
Why do you think Indians were termed coolies by the British people? Simply because we loved to work really hard, and were always grateful at the peanuts that their thrown to us. Old habits die hard, and the situation still remains the same. The only difference being the foreigners don’t rule us anymore, it is our in-house Corporate now. I read somewhere recently that Japan has chosen to invest in India and not in China. Indians were really happy for the same. I had only one question on my mind. Why has India not developed so much so to choose between Japan and China to invest her money, when more or else all the 3 countries were at the same position economically after the 2nd World War?
My friend/client from Bangalore working for Mindtree Consulting called me yesterday evening. He was a bit panicky over the phone. He said he spoke to Mr Anil, 36, and found that both his kidney had failed recently, and his father donated a kidney to him. He is on bed rest. No work till February 2006 - suggested the docs it seems. And according to my friend, the best results of kidney transplant can make the patient survive only for 5-6 years.
By the way who is Mr Anil?
Research say 90 per cent of competent employees throw away their job just because they don’t have a good relationship with their IMMEDIATE boss. The company would be great, the colleagues would be friendly, but then end of the day if you aren’t happy with the person whom you interact on an everyday basis – job & life could get unpleasant.