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A trip with a CEO

In Business, People Management on August 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm

While on a flight from Bangalore to Mumbai, I met a young CEO. His name is Aaditya and he was sitting next to me. He looked cool, calm and comfortable whereas I looked like an excited puppy sticking to the window. Aaditya flipped few pages of a business magazine and than pointed towards a book in my hand. With a slight smile, I gave him the book. Aaditya absorbed himself reading the back cover and than the preface. After sometime he lifted his head and with a slight smile asked me: “So, you want to become a CEO”. Puzzled with his query, I answered: “Yyeah…. at some point of time”. I aligned my posture to reflect what I uttered. I asked Aadtiya about his job role and came to know that he owns a company. He started with a few friends. The company is doing well and consistently growing. Our conversation soon became serious. From technology trends to lifestyle, we shared our views. Noticing the right time to learn from Aadtiya, I fired a couple of queries. Read the rest of this entry »


The story of corporate culture

In Corporate Culture on August 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm

In one of the company, where I worked few years back, corporate culture had a different meaning. The terms like Motivation, Collaboration, Innovation, Governance etc. all had theoretical meanings and were often published in the company journals. In reality, these terms even had no distant connection with the company’s culture and values. The company is a mid-sized company and develops software products for a particular segment. The company is driven by kith and kins of the senior management.

When I joined the company, I was introduced to the team members. While I introduced myself, I felt a bit of disappointment to see the disinterest among the team members. Few did a formal handshake, whereas, few members were so lazy that I had to hold their hand tight else it would slip from my hand. It was like you picked a hand Read the rest of this entry »