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Never Work With A Powerless Boss…

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Indecisive Leader 2In my earlier blog on what I learnt from my Great Bosses, I wrote about a lot many things these leaders did in their daily lives, which helped me and other team-mates do better in our work and careers thereafter.

One quite important attribute I wish to add to the list – great bosses are those who are decisive in nature and do not try to please everyone. They carefully consider all the aspects and then reach a thoughtful decision. And it is not that they do so in an autocratic manner – they partner, communicate and collaborate extensively before a decision is arrived at. And once a decision is taken or a path is chosen, they do not waver, in a vain want of everyone’s alignment at every step of implementation. I understand that a supervisor who changes his or her mind often and shoves his team in myriad directions based on new feedback at the drop of a hat, and never seems convinced of the appropriate direction, will make his team uncertain about every decision and hence, would adversely impact their action-orientation and productivity. By asking them to begin, then review & restart, and change direction, such weak managers alienate their team-mates… and in the process, they often end up killing the zeal of many.

When I say that one should never work for a powerless boss, I absolutely do not refer to the word ‘power’ in the strict sense of the word. In fact, I strongly believe a powerful boss is one who is decisive and has the caliber and maturity to stand for a decision taken, without being irresolute – wavering between conflicting positions or courses of action – often trying to please everyone, including his own boss. A powerful boss will be respected amongst his seniors and peers for his ability to charter courses and guide his team, and will earn his team the same respect. A powerful boss will be mature enough not to avoid reasonable conflict when necessary during the execution phase; he would rather treat such conflict as positive and ensure everyone stays on course.

Working for a weak boss will only make you weaker by the day… you will keep running in circles to get your work done and please everyone; and I must say, during the same time, another decisive and powerful supervisor will take his team ahead…

This is what I think. I would be keen to know your observations and experiences. Are you working for a weak boss or a decisive one?

When will we not have religion rule our politics?

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It is election time in the largest democracy of the world – India. INDIA – A land, where “…we are all drunk on change”, as I read Sir Mark Tully quoting an Indian sage.

Indian Politics and ReligionI am baffled, though. Every time I switch on the TV, I hear terms like – Hindu, Muslim, Dalit, Sikh, Jat, Yadav… And everyone uses these terms – whether it is the proclaimed Dealer-of-Hope, change-specialist Narendra Modi, or the Ray-of-Hope for Congress – Rahul Gandhi. Sonia, Priyanka, Rajnath, Arun Jaitley, even AK – everyone without an exception does that. National Leaders or the regional ones – Mulayam, Mamata and Maya alike!

Quite evidently, no one is wooing just an Indian!

If we are so drunk on change as a nation, and this is claimed to be the most crucial elections this country has ever witnessed, I wonder when will a time come when I will switch on the television and NOT hear these divisive terms, and our country, society and polity will only be concerned and talking about us just as citizens, just as Indians!

In my lifetime? Not sure…and yet, hopeful.


Image-credit: indianmuslimobserver.com

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