September 27th, 2006

Management Students and established companies

In any company of any worthwhile pedigree you will find the long timers, the extreme long timers - those who have ben there with the company for more than 10 yrs. Call it dedication, loyalty whatever. THey have worked hard enough and are smart enough. Just that they never felt te need to strive to move towards the top, and the company never did so too.
Then you have another breed. The people near or at the top management level. They are also long timers - either in the company for a long time with a drive to move ahead to the top, or having shifted to a number of places and finally coming to the present place.

The rest of the mass is an indiscriminate pool of more or less talented, but mostly well trained in the groove people who have ben working for 5-8 years, in 2/3 companies. They know exactly what tey are doing, becase that is approximately all that they have ever done. In different measures, in different companies.

Where then, do the management talents (as I am calling them) fit in? They are the odd ones out. HAving come from outside the system they have an insight, yet being new, this may not be taken seriously. They are young, and with no prior experienc (or even one of 3/4 yrs) are bound to be not taken so seriously by the old timers.
Top management may well listen to them, afterall they are the ones who decided on hiring them. However, it is with a pinch of salt. With anticipation the crowd waits for them to shut up and settle down. Into the systems of the company. Outside their bright ideas. And basically get into the same routine of the system. Specialize in something and become a part of the indiscriminae lot, with a few more job changes and a little more drive.

10 years down the line ou will see these management students becoming the VPs of ther respective divisions in a certain company, and if they are true to themseleves, they will agree that their job is not much different from the guy who did the same thing 15 yrs ago with 15 yrs experience. All that they could manage is to reach that post in a shorter time. That they dont run the business any differently. That really, their being or not being there actually makes very little differnce - only a little inconvinience. And most of these guys dont want anything more than that. They dont want to be any different from the present crowd. Just a mor or less steady job in which they can til happily. They are needed. They are the new generation of the middle level. They plod on to the top. All credit though to them, they are the steady backbone of the company.

Then who is the top management? Family? Freinds? Mostly. However, there are few who rise there by simply using their insight. These are some people who switch from type of work to type of work. have a good insight,ainly because o the variation in all they do. they fight against all odds. They emerge winners, as in they do not reach a level of incompetence with muc ease. They move horizontally and vertically.
At a B school everyone is coached to become a part of the last category of men. however, Human beings being what they are, this remains still the minority it is.

So what has changed? Same type of people do the same type of jobs no matter what their backgroumnds. Technology notwithstanding, way of working remains the same. people fall into systems and then the system changes become only superficial. With all this hy[pe of education and specific education and training, there is not an iota of difference. Speed of things may have increased but eventually it is still the boss-subordinate team that drives all that is there in the company. It is still the person who is doing the work that becomes the decider of what he wants to do as a next step.
In their haste to endorse the latest, companies forget the importance of each of these special kinds of people. That the so called dead wood is not really dead. They were made dead by the companis fixatin on the flitty indiscriminate mid yr grp people...mostly.
Groups of people chasing their personal dreams, or jst cruising along looking a comfortable life with a little respect. That is all that most pople eventually look for. Comfortable may vary person to person, but the basics always remain the same. So where does the rest all really fit in?
Climb the Summit

Reactions & Ramlings

So now two of my dedicated (and oldest) blog readers have told me in no uncertain terms that my posts have become monotonous, boring and totally lacking my typical style. That I have become the indiscriminate blogspot blogger, else something like an EMO blogger...nothing more than my typical life to write about - what I did when etc etc. and not a bit about the wierd wanderings of my mind that I used to write about earlier. Well, what can I say. I guess environment makes a difference. Left to myself I could do that, but now with a much more depressing work env (when I was looking out in my prev co) what do you expect? A will to write, but nothing particularly interesting can come out of that.
Flights of fancy are not brought on at will.

And SO I end up writing what I feel like. For afteral, it may be nice if someone reads my posts, but its all about me writing fo myself, as this post no doubt is. Its about writing, getting tings off my head, and for myself.

Garba has started and I felt the heat again last night as I went back to CEPT for the dance. To the uninitiated, else to a future travelling European, it would almost seem like a mass movement to reach a trance like stage. It is a trance. Tired you may become but its almost a compulsio to conitnue with the faster beats. Well, I wrote about it enough last yr, now I look forward to the coming days.

Which reminds me of my CEPT frnd last night. The guy couldnt stop raving about this Bong girl he likes. I have heard this raving on bong women from so many places I think I need to re look at bong women. I wonder why Bong men cannot be equally interesting? It would make the life of most bong women (including me) much simpler to say the least! [It is the unanimous opinion of all I know (including my family) that Bong men in general are a hopeless breed, fit to be made extinct]. Meanwhile my standard piece of advice to men all around who like bong women, dont fret that this one said no, just pack ur bags n go to Calcutta. I assure you there is no lack of Bong Women there. Oh! and please let me know how 'great' they are after reaching there. And to the ladies, well babes, you cant do much about it now that you are already born a non bong, you can just try to cope up by following my footsteps if you can.
[To the uninitiated - Bongs are Bengalis, born but not necessarily bred in the Eastern region of India caled West Bengal, by quirk of fate (im talking of the name of the place here, not bengalis). It has been noticed that they (bong women) have a tendency to be rude, rather strongly opinionated, sometimes well kept, more often rather plump, strong languaged, well read, intelligent, and with a tendency to hit other people (men) and swear (any language) rather hard. They also like fish and food and sweets. Of course, there are normal women also around, and all above qualities may not be found in a single specimen in all cases, but because of the weaker personalities of such people, they dont come to the limelite so often. Goodness knows what these others rave about in them. But I guess I shouldnt mind ;) - This of course was a dispassionate note on the basis of my batchmates in school/college, with no personal involvement at all.]

What else, well after much movement, finally my house shifting hs come to a tragic pause. Start button needs to be pressed soon.

bah

and again, for the second time in my two jobs i get informed by my boss that he would have preferred not iring a female, had told HR that specifically. Though reasons here are slightly different tey are still irritating, bugging and demeaning.
I mean WTF do u mean by that eitherway? apparently women cant stay back late.methinks me will leave early everyday justy to support that belief.
And also act ditzy.

ah..and what about wearing clothes like Bridget Jones?
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