Leadership: Roll Up Your Sleeves
One of Mr. Ratan N Tata's first assignments was the stewardship of the ailing electronics company in the Tata portfolio - Nelco.
Story goes that a team of senior managers from Nelco was driving to Nasik along with RNT. Halfway into the journey, the car had a flat tyre, and as the driver pulled up, the occupants - including Mr. Tata - got off for a comfort break, leaving the driver to replace the tyre.
Some of the managers welcomed the forced break, as it allowed them a much-needed chance to light up a cigarette. Some used the opportunity to stretch, and smile, and share a joke. And then, one of them suddenly noticed that Mr. Tata was not to be seen, and wondered aloud where Ratan Tata might have vanished.
Was he behind some bush?
Had he wandered off inside the roadside dhaba for a quick cup of tea?
Or was he mingle with some passer-bys, listening to their stories?
None of these, in fact while his colleagues were taking a break, Ratan Tata was busy helping the driver change tyres. Sleeves rolled up, tie swatted away over the shoulder, the hands expertly working the jack and the spanner, bouncing the spare tyre to check if the tyre pressure was ok. Droplets of sweat on the brow, and a smile on the face.
In that moment, the managers accompanying Ratan Tata got a master class in leadership they haven't forgotten.
And that's a moment that the driver of that car probably hasn't forgotten either.
Questions to ask:
· When was the last time I rolled up my sleeves to do a task much below my hierarchy?
· Do I wait for the big opportunity to showcase my leadership?
· Is that big opportunity ever going to come?
· Am I trying to manage upwards so much that I've lost the feel of the field?
Ideas for action:
· Humility is the essence of success. Be humble and even teach your children to be so.
· To reach the top and remain there, always start from the bottom, else your days at the top will not last long..
· Practice leadership in small things instead of waiting for the big crisis or a major product launch.
· Seek to find opportunities to lead in everyday moments.
· Build your leadership skills one baby step at a time.
· When ones hands get dirty - The mind remains clean !!!
"Carry a heart that never hates, carry a smile that never fade & carry a touch that never hurts."
Life Is a Gift
Today before you say an unkind word -
Think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food -
Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife -
Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today before you complain about life -
Think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before whining about the distance you drive -
Think of someone who walks the same distance with his feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job -
Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down -
Put a smile on your face and think:
you're alive and still around.
ઉનાળાની બપોરે એક દિવસ જંગલમાં સિંહ પોતાની ગુફા પાસે આળસ ખાતા ખાતા બેઠો હતો. ત્યાંથી શિયાળ નીકળ્યું.
શિયાળ : જરા કહેશો કેટલા વાગ્યા મરી ઘડિયાળ તૂટી ગઈ છે.
સિંહ : અરે મને આપને, હું તેને હમણાં જ ઠીક કરી દવ છું.
શિયાળ : અરે રેવાદે ! ઘડિયાળની અંદર બહુ કોમ્પ્લેક્ષ હોય બધું, તારા પંજા પડશે તો સાવ ભુક્કા જ કરી નાખશે.
સિંહ : પણ મને આપ તો ખરા!
શિયાળ : ખોટે ખોટી રેવાદે, મુરખને પણ ખબર પડી જાય કે સિંહ ક્યારેય ઘડિયાળ ઠીક ના કરી શકે.
સિંહ : અરે ના ના! એવું નથી સિંહ પણ કરી શકે લાવ દે મને. સિંહ તેની ગુફામાં ગયો અને થોડીવારમાં દોડતો દોડતો પાછો આવ્યો, શિયાળે જોયું તો ઘડિયાળ એકદમ પરફેક્ટ હતી. શિયાળતો ખુશ થઇ ગયો, સિંહ પોતાની આવડતનું અભિમાન કરતા કરતા ફરી આળસ ખાવા લાગ્યો. થોડીવાર બાદ ત્યાં એક ભાલુ આવ્યો.
ભાલુ : આજે રાત્રે હું તારી ઘરે ટી.વી. જોવા આવીશ કારણકે મારું ટી.વી. ખોટવાઈ ગયેલ છે.
સિંહ : અરે મને આપી દે હું ઠીક કરી દવ.
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સિંહ : કઈ વાંધો નહિ. ટ્રાય કરવા તો આપ. સિંહ તેની ગુફામાં ગયો, થોડીવાર માં દોડતો દોડતો પાછો આવ્યો, ઠીક થઇ ગયેલ ટી.વી. પાછુ ભાલુંને આપ્યું. ભાલુ તો જોતો જ રહી ગયો કે આ કેમ થયું ! તે ખુશ થતા થતા ઘરે ગયો.
રહસ્ય : સિંહ ની ગુફામાં એક ખૂણામાં એક ડઝન જેટલા નાના અને બુદ્ધિશાળી સસલા ૨૪*૭ આ જ કામ કરતા. જયારે બીજા એક ખૂણામાં એક સિંહ બેસીને ધ્યાન રાખતો.
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