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Meet the new boss

25 August 2019
 

Do you realize, that one word is increasingly vanishing from the corporate lingo

 

The word 'sir' has almost disappeared from our dictionary, thanks to the new work environment which has given us the freedom to address everyone on first name basis. This freedom is just a small part of the vast change that has swept offices, where relations have become more informal, the environment more relaxed, even as the work pressure, deadlines and expectations have increased tenfold.

 

"The hierarchy is still there but it is not so air tight. Today subordinates don't address their bosses as 'Sir' or 'Madam'. It has become very informal with the subordinates addressing their bosses with their first name. Also the bosses have become approachable now. But this depends on person to person. Some people are still stuck with that old subordinate and boss hierarchy."

 

Free Map of India in Hard Copy

25 August 2019

This is for all the tourist who are planning to visit India or Indians who are planning a vacation in some part of India. MOI is offering a free map of India, which represents substantial details of various physical, political, geographical, and local etc. aspects of the country in high resolution.

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A Leader Should Know How to Manage Failure

25 August 2019
Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam : 'A Leader Should Know How to Manage Failure'


IndiaKnowledge@Wharton : Could you give an example, from your own experience, of how leaders should manage failure?


Kalam: Let me tell you about my experience. In 1973 I became the project director of India's satellite launch vehicle program, commonly called the SLV-3. Our goal was to put India's "Rohini" satellite into orbit by 1980. I was given funds and human resources -- but was told clearly that by 1980 we had to launch the satellite into space. Thousands of people worked together in scientific and technical teams towards that goal.


By 1979 -- I think the month was August -- we thought we were ready. As the project director, I went to the control center for the launch. At four minutes before the satellite launch, the computer began to go through the checklist of items that needed to be checked. One minute later, the computer program put the launch on hold; the display showed that some control components were not in order. My experts -- I had four or five of them with me -- told me not to worry; they had done their calculations and there was enough reserve fuel. So I bypassed the computer, switched to manual mode, and launched the rocket. In the first stage, everything worked fine. In the second stage, a problem developed. Instead of the satellite going into orbit, the whole rocket system plunged into the Bay of Bengal. It was a big failure.


That day, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, Prof. Satish Dhawan, had called a press conference. The launch was at 7:00 am, and the press conference -- where journalists from around the world were present -- was at 7:45 am at ISRO's satellite launch range in Sriharikota [in Andhra Pradesh in southern India]. Prof. Dhawan, the leader of the organization, conducted the press conference himself. He took responsibility for the failure -- he said that the team had worked very hard, but that it needed more technological support. He assured the media that in another year, the team would definitely succeed. Now, I was the project director, and it was my failure, but instead, he took responsibility for the failure as chairman of the organization.


The next year, in July 1980, we tried again to launch the satellite -- and this time we succeeded. The whole nation was jubilant. Again, there was a press conference. Prof. Dhawan called me aside and told me, "You conduct the press conference today."


I learned a very important lesson that day. When failure occurred, the leader of the organization owned that failure. When success came, he gave it to his team. The best management lesson I have learned did not come to me from reading a book; it came from that experience.


What a wonderful leader!
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