Extracting the best

I was transferred from training to operational area in Nhava. Before my joining I got feedback about my staff. Regarding Bangera I was told, ‘He was lazy and suffering from diabetes. He was a person who talks more work less.’ Later on, I found that prior to Nhava he had been working in one of the Off-shore installations. He was full of creative and innovative ideas which acted as negative traits for his working life. ‘Labeling’ is our national character. A person passed out from IIT, IIM or St. Xavier is supposed to be ‘brilliant’. Originality is the quality of CEO only. Such dictums are acting as negative force that pulls the organization in backward direction. Bangera was the victim of the ‘culture’ of the organization that demanded ‘perform as per the expectations of management; don’t try to contribute beyond the role assigned.’ Similar, peer pressure I faced while working in Mental Hospital, Agra.

The fact is, each position in the organization is run by some activity. Likewise, each person performs some activity better than 10,000 employees. In case, we have quantified both the activities i.e. activity of the position and activity of the organization and with the help of application of statistics, we will have a total picture of the organization.

Exercise of ‘will-power’ is dangerous when someone is trapped in a vicious circle of psychosomatic disease like cancer

I requested for a lecture in KDMIPE, ONGC, Dehradun which was approved. During a presentation on “Role of Heart in Creating Future” I came to know that Shri D. Ray, E.D. (KDMIPE) underwent a surgical operation for his cancer. It was a normal feature for senior and successful executives. I knew him but the relationship was not such that I should have gone to his residence to see him. What disturbed me was, ‘Shri Ray was walking through stairs with the same tempo which he used to demonstrate before sickness.’ In fact, he wanted to show to his staff that he became perfectly all right after surgery. This he was demonstrating by exerting his ‘will-power’ while walking to his office at first floor through the stairs. An exercise of ‘will-power’ is dangerous when someone is trapped in a vicious circle of psychosomatic disease like cancer.

Had Mr. Ray accepted the reality of his fragile body and taken care of his ‘survival needs’ he might not have expired soon after one month of his surgery. In fact, use of ‘will-power’ has always been very critical when someone is trapped in a vicious circle.

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