Did you ever have an encounter with somebody who changed the entire course of your life? For good or for worse; isn’t even the question, but did someone impact you so much that it completely changed your thought process.
For me, this man was Mr. Rajeev, a visionary who aimed at making the world a better place with his ‘the world needs this’ ideas.
Skill development, I must say was among the least significant things I learnt from him. In fact, there were so many things that it is hard for me to put them all together in one article. Having worked with him, for about a year and a half, I can clearly see myself grown into someone with great leadership skills that are going to stay for the rest of my life.
I’ll pen down some of the most important things I’ve acquired from him.
Attitude is the key
I have always been a confident guy because I had excelled all life long, in things I’ve been doing. I carried this confidence when I entered his office for my interview. I had my resume all gulped up and had the answers for why I was the perfect fit for this job and I knew really well what the company did.
But things went a little differently. He already knew that I could do this job via my resume (which I believe is really impressive) and was least interested in knowing about my degrees, my past work experience and everything I was prepared for.
He only intended to know what kind of a person I really am. His questions were so that my answers would derive whether I was a quitter or was I ready for new challenges thrown at me. He cared less about how many skills I had and more about how much more I was willing to acquire. He believed that his premises only needed team members who were willing to go the difficult-fruitful road.
His belief was that learned abilities could definitely boost short-term goals, but it was the drive and fidelity that won on the longer roads.
Team is family
Most companies would talk of employees as job titles. A person is less of a human being to them, and more of a robot who has been delegated a set of responsibilities. They fail to understand that these ‘job titles’ have feelings and some passion that drives them.
Where my boss went right was that he understood that people have good and bad days. He had a rapport with each member of the company and made them feel home. Mr. Rajeev was the guide to oblivion for everyone in the company. He always addressed the team as his family and this helped him better understand our capabilities and competency. This is an opportunity that many bosses reject; an opportunity to know their workforce personally. It was a masterstroke by the means of which he was able to match our responsibilities with our strengths. This is what took many mediocre in the team to great heights.
The solution is what matters
It is best to downplay the faults and talk about what could strengthen it. He didn’t just walk around and point out mistakes. Instead, he took the time to get to the root of what caused the problem and identified ways of solving it. Had he done it otherwise, he would have stripped us of our confidence and turned us into robots who never experimented and learned.
Living the dream
He was passionate about his dream and showed immense enthusiasm in even the little things that most would avoid. His enthusiasm kept long projects feel like planned yesterday. Passion is what keeps the desire to improvise alive and he hammered this passion deep in our roots.
As Seth Godin said. “When you see the world as it is. But insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.”
Humans will improvise
Robots won’t but Humans will. He would push me off the ledge each day with an assignment I never thought I could do. He would put his faith in me and tell me that his dream was so distant without my efforts. I probably knew that this wasn’t true but he made me believe that I was so much important and this, in turn, helped me improvise and turn out a winner in all situations.
When work isn’t fun, it’s a chore.
Work needs to be fun. Though we spent a significant amount of time working and discussing plans, there were patches where we would enjoy a game of table tennis. My boss would often cook for his this family and would take out time to interact with each of us and talk about what our vision of the company was.
This gave each member the motivation to work this dream and not feel like working while doing so.
Rectification comes later. Acceptance needs priority
One of the most important things I gained during the course with my boss, was that one really needs to accept the outcomes of his actions. He assigned us responsibilities and gave us the authority to exercise our duties as per will. He would often say that responsibility is a gift that he can only give a number of times.
But responsibility demands that we take complete ownership of the outcomes of our actions. One can not downplay his/her failures and only talk about the successes they have had. The right approach would be to accept the gap and learn from it.
It’s been a few years since I left him and his company, but his teachings have become the core of whatever I am today.
Are you a job seeker who is looking for job. Are you somebody who aims to improve his relations with the people, then this article is for you.
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