Axee | Jan 20, 2009
I have rebuilt them, defined them, refined them, to the extent they deserved, or may be more, out of inherent kindness in the beginning, in the mid nineties.
Not off late.
As in the mid nineties, I had stepped out of the IAF, an Officer and a Gentleman, and always thought that the other party is truthful too, trustworthy, well meaning, humane. In 9 out of 10 cases none were.
They ultimately used me…as I allowed myself to be used, that’s my long drawn final conclusion.
I blame myself, not them, as I made few, but too many incorrect choices.
Commitment, passion, integrity, loyalty, discipline, moral Responsibility, mission, vision, leadership, etc. – all of these basic ingredients for building an organization, were advocated to have been taken care of, by all of them in principle…but to my chagrin, none ever did.
They were mere words used to showcase the window of opportunity offered to me, to set them either right and/or upright, thanks to my organizational exposure, experience etc. Not to forget the best training/honing in the world, as a leader. As a combat pilot.
A living, walking talking, working, example of the “plan, brief, execute, debrief, WIN” approach, that makes us what we are, all over the world. True well meaning executioners, situational leaders, and gentlemen who know how to command respect and never demand it.
Men of right stuff, who hire the right stuff, and groom to bloom them in times to come, as the best stuff.
Through devotion, passion, compassion.
Commitment, passion, integrity, loyalty, discipline, moral Responsibility, mission, vision, leadership, etc to me now, when I get to look back, I kind of realize that those words were akin to bedecked mannequins, posing in the windows of retail shops to attract vary/unwary customers. In true line and spirit of the ever famous selling adage…whatever is seen is sold.
One of my initial tickles talks extensively about values.
The importance I attach and attached to that coveted set of human trait was spelt out over there.
In the end I always get to focus on values and never to monetary gains.
But the corporate world is all about money…minus values.
That’s for certain.
So I guess I am/was trying to fit squares into circles.
As it’s all about gain, gain, gain…and inherent human pain.
My attempts to build in values into the business plan always went waste.
As the owner(s) of the business(es) was/were always in a haste.
To taste…money…money…money….nothing else.
None of the entrepreneurs, whether first generation or second generation, valued values.
In the end all of them did use the word or words “we are businessmen” or “this is business”.
Ringing in my ears like hollow bells.
For sure when it recovers…recovered thanks to my efforts.
Your business when I got invited…incited…into it.
Our business…in the in=between phases.
That pattern, and those words, became my milestones to watch and ward for, what would come next.
In other words, I got partially corporatized too.
Only to that extent.
So that I would not get to repeat the mistakes in the past, and make millionaires out of them.
I would rather live a paltry life than give in, to capitalism, as such.
In the recent times we have seen the end result of that path with USA and the rest of the world now reeling under recession.
Thanks to the managers…who I aptly call damagers…who get to manage companies and hold key posts either due to their personal relationships with the owners, friendship, or fancy MBA degrees.
Ideally termed as henchmen of the short-sighted CEOs and Managing Directors alias Damaging Directors.
These MDs and CEOs use every rule in the book to flaunt their incomes, lifestyles, from the companies’ funds, as they get to control them.
They always get to remark…”Look I pay you more than I take home.”
Kids would swallow that pill…not me, ever.
As perks and expenses, they carry forward bills for any thing and everything they spend, into the company accounts.
Do they ever dirty their hands themselves? No never.
They don’t have to too. No, as they are pedestalized.
As though it’s their birthright.
Do they reward and recognize intelligence? No never.
As they are scared stiff of losing everything to that intelligent guy if he rises up.
Do they have respect for rules and regulations?
No never…as money can buy anything and every thing.
Including pedigreed, greedy, fancy degree holders.
Not to forget the in-vogue certifications too…that help shine the awning of the business house, to attract more gullible talent, and unwary customers.
Value based professionals with in-built experience…never.
Do they have a vision? On paper… yes!!! But in spirit…its zilch.
Do they have missions? Not really.
Do they set realistic goals? Seldom as goal setting is a useless exercise for the all knowing CEO/MD with self acclaimed experience of donkey’s years, built into the business plan too.
Do they have tactical and strategical plans in place…never!
It’s always play by the ear stuff…and more of “build as you get along”.
Do they hire to retain, grow, and not use and throw? No they don’t.
They invariably hire to fire.
Or get to make the employee what I now call “resign by design”
Use and throw….in any which way they can…as money can get them another resource.
Do they have a healthy respect for standard operating procedures?
Whats that? Ha…ha…ha.
Do they know how to find the right man for the right job…yes, they do as long as it’s one of their friend’s relatives, a novice all obliging youngster, with a gift of the gab, apple polisher, or a mole of long standing.
Do they know whether they are coming or going…yes they do as long as the money is coming!
But who am I to ask all this?
Who gave me the authority?
How dare I?
That’s the stance they took…will take too, as and when things are in place and traction has either happened or made to happen after I slog at it, passionately.
How stupid of me.
The last time I did help somebody in such a grief… he went ahead and made 10 billion dollars.
Covertly or overtly…but he did.
As hind sight I know where and at what stage he would have fallen on his face but for my contribution to stabilize it for its worth then.
I peeled off from that business plan at the right time as values meant nothing…money every thing.
I regretted too, initially, as I lost out on an opportunity to rake in too.
Not for long…as what I was prophetic about its downfall, while leaving them, it came true too, within the time lines assigned.
That business plan was closed down in times to come.
My values saved me…so what I missed out on the moolah!
That’s me speaking as hindsight now.
I moved my cheese well in time.
Minus the larger pain that would have resulted had I continued to build it on their set of values.
The next couple of business plans were a cake walk for me…as I had by now learnt how to read the message on the wall pretty well and early too…and stop dead in my tracks of growing it when things were not in alignment to what was initially decided.
I would warn them…and wait for the change to happen.
It would not…so there I was moving my cheese once again.
Minus the greater pain as an end result.
As hind sight and after a lot of introspection I am convinced and have not and will not ever…join them, as is spelt out in a very corporate adage “when you can’t win then join them.”
What for…for a few dollars more?
The secret of success is known to both the successful and the unsuccessful.
Yes I know I can never make money…as my value-based tale is too long to carry and wield in a modern corporate environment.
I am made to earn money…work hard and slog…pay check to pay check.
With my values inbuilt…and move ahead, till I either reach that set of the best professionals who do too.
As the best work for the best.
Either that…or, if I ever decide to make money…like the one man I admire, I will too…like…Mr Warren Buffet did.
I would too.
As he is an ideal Idol.
Arun alias Axee is an ex-combat pilot turned executive life coach. He is actively involved with Brian Tracy in a novel learning initiative, iLearningGlobal.biz/axee. Contact him at email@example.com.
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