Friday, July 24, 2009

Managers are born, not trained...........


Here is an excerpt from a group discussion on Managers are born, not trained. Though I wasn’t there as a member participating in it, but as a silent spectator. I was extremely moved by the way each person in the group played their parts. I would like to pen in all the points I scribbled due course of the discussion, though the words by the speakers mentioned below are not exact but I see to it that all the points are covered. Here it goes.( I prefer to pen it down as a conversation itselves so that its easy for the readers to understand and its easy for penning in too:))

Speaker 1- (after a good morning and intro). Well friends, the topic of today’s discussion is ”managers are born and not trained” and I completely agree to the topic. As a matter of fact , all of us sitting here do have some managerial traits and some among us have honed up the traits so that they become better managers than their counterparts. Moreover we also learn from our parents friends and relatives, some stuffs related to how manage certain things in life hence I feel that managers are born. Thank you

Speaker 2- I tend to disagree with my previous speaker. If according to him managers are born, then why are many management institutions running from the length and breadth of the country to produce some of the finest managers? Management is both science as well as an art. It is the art of managing things in a scientific manner. A manager needs to be groomed and later he specializes a particular stream which makes him an expert, so in my opinion one has to undergo training to evolve as a good manager. Thank you

Speaker 3- well, I feel that managers are really born; the qualities and attributes for a good manager are genetic. These inherent qualities come to the fore when the concerned person is exposed to the actual work scenario. Management basically means managing the people or the so called sub-ordinates who work under a particular manger thereby getting the work done at right time and in right orientation.If we take a look at some of the leading India corporates like the tatas, the birlas, the ambanis and the singhanias, we infer that none of them had any professional degrees or attended any formal management courses, yet all of them made a niche for themselves in Indian business. Similarly, general electric and ford motors did not boast of management cadre to begin with. Same is the case with the Japanese giant Sony. They have reached the present position without the professional assistance of managers. All the aforementioned are pointers to the fact that managers are born and not trained. Thank you

Speaker 4- I appreciate the arguments given by my previous speaker, which are true not doubt. But today the entire scenario has changed and the world has become more competitive, so today all the above mentioned eminent tycoons are facing stiff competitions from the market. This is an era of specialisation and keeping in view that all of us have managerial skills, one has to accept the fact, that is only after a formal training from the reputed institutes, we are able to find put in which particular stream, one can give his/her best. For instance a person can have very strong interaction with most of the people he meets but then can his communication skill make him a good negotiator?? If yes, then he can be a good human resource manager or a marketing manager. A professional training can help a person to choose the better option, which comes with honing of the managerial skills and discovering more about ones attitude and aptitude, hence in today’s context managers have to be trained. Thank you.

Speaker 5 (the last one)- No doubt, management is the in-thing today and I agree to my previous speaker that a training is a need to groom an individual to become a result-oriented manager, but at the same time the individual should have the qualities in him to become a manger, as the saying goes “ you cant convert a donkey to a race horse”. So it is important that the individual should have it in him to become a manager. Thank you.


Well, this was what all it was about. I think I have traversed through out its length and breadth and the information provided are the best recollected from my memory and from my notepad. Last but not the least along with the above I would like to pen in my views on the same here. Its as follows.

Speaker 6 (yours truly)- if we look at our mothers, we can see the epitome of good mangers is sans any management training. They look after our house, maintain the monthly budget and also see to it that the house runs smoothly. This fact will point that it is not essential that managers have to be trained or professional managers are trained managers. All of us have managerial qualities from a very early stage in life like managing our studies and at the same time managing out extra curricular activities and to a certain extent managing the amount of money we have in our hands, be it pocket money or the sum we earned. We also manage our folks indirectly by making them agree to our wishes and desires and at times manage our girl friends with sophistication (;-)). So why cant we manage our job without a professional qualification and of late we can see people with management qualification cannot manage a decent job for themselves. Whereas people with ordinary qual. Reach great heights just because of their managerial skills which they sharpen with each tide. As a matter of fact, with the exception of the premier institutes of management in the country , no other institutes are able to inculcate managerial qualities in an individual. As also management is quite practical unlike the theoretical aspects that are taught in various management institutes, so all said and done, an individual is a born manager and no amount of training can mould him into an exceptional manager………………

The above mentioned is what I have always felt regarding the case, but there are more pros and cons.
I hope you had a wonderful time going through the above and your valuable comments and suggestions are welcome, as this is a matter of generic opinion……….










Thursday, July 23, 2009

A wonderful experience that led to house arrest !!:((

I love rain. More than that, I love getting drenched in the rain. Its been a common scenario since I was a child. And on the other hand the people at my home hate it.Whenever they see me soaked , they start their usual routine of advices and reprimanding. I just hate it (used to), but no use. Have told a 100 times to folks that whatever they say/do, they can’t stop me from getting soaked in the rain as I do love it. Am I sounding “kiddish”?? well if it is, then I don’t give it a damn.(sorry for being rudeJ).

After my dad got transferred to some other place, there was a great relief for me regarding the above mentioned stuff. I get back home fully drenched on rainy days, mom screams, but I never care. But that’s not the case with dad. Though he is not a person from army, navy (or whatever be it) when it comes to strictness one would surely doubt that.

Last Friday I went to college with my buddy shivraj on his activa. Usually it would be the other way round, but due to the presence of dad in town that day I had to persuade shiv to take his bike so that we go to college. Situated around 15 kms from our place, the road to my college is completely guarded by plush greeneries. The most disadvantageous factor is that you don’t find much of a shelter to rest in case it starts raining.

It was around 7.30 in the morning. After my usual schedule, I called up shiv and fixed the meeting time and place. The sun was at its high. When I started to leave home dad asked me some stuffs, I would like to put the conversation in as-it-was condition:-

Dad- Suraj, are you ready?? Where should I drop you?? Did you call shiv??
( see how concerned he is!! He’s asking all these to a boy of 20.. I hate it)
Me- yeah I called him. He will be waiting near the bridge by 7.50. I will go by my selves.
Dad- I will drop you.
Me- No need. I told you I guess , that I will go by my selves.
Dad-(Angry)- don’t you understand what I say. Just come along with me. No more conversations.
Me- ( I knew this would happen, just not to worsen the situation I replied-) ok. As u say.( I was annoyed too.. it’s just because I hate people being overprotective and conservative!. My parents are one of such sorts, I have tried changing them but my views and conversations regarding the above mentioned were considered futile:(()
(got out of home.. me riding pillion to dad)
Dad- It seems it would rain heavily today. Have you got the rain jacket or umbrella with you?.
Me-( he knew that I don’t carry all these) No!! I don’t think It will rain. Even if it does I am happy to get soaked. I love rains.
Dad- (very angrily) I know you love rain. But once you are down with fever means its me who end up burning my pockets and time to drive you to-fro doctors place.
Me- I don’t fear fever. It can be bothered.
Dad- This is the problem with the younger generations. No matter how many times we plead to them not to do something, they seem totally unperturbed.
Me- ( was just listening all those patiently)(screamed) Would you please stop it??
( felt sorry for it laterL)
Dad- have this cap of mine.( he took it out from the front pouch of the bike)
Me- I don’t need it.
Dad- you will son. Listen to me. Its not going to make up much of a space in your bag.
Me-(just to avoid one more round of firing, took it and kept it on my bag. I was sure that I wont be using it no matter what.) Thanks.

He dropped me where shiv was waiting and we started off to college from the meeting place. Reached college about 15 minutes as this guy would swirl past you no matter which bike he rides. Being a “speed”/”velocity” lover I dint stop him going over an 80 km/hr in his bike. We reached college safe and sound.

It was around 3.00 in the evening. The sun was shining as it was in the morning. Everything changed all of a sudden. By around 3.45pm it started to rain. A question popped up in my mind on how am I going to reach home without getting drenched. I would have ignored this question, but since dad would be there at home, I had to ponder on that . Still around 45 minutes were left for the classes to get over. I thought the drizzling would stop by then. It dint. It was 4.30 and classes were over.

Shiv and me decided, no matter what we are getting back home fully soaked. As per our decision we started off from college in the heavy rain. We could have waited for a couple of minutes but we dint.

Amidst plush greeneries, heavy downpour, we kept driving back home. It was a very nice experience, ”kiddu” to be precise. I loved it as I was subjecting myselves to such a rain after a very long time. We got into a bakery near our meeting place just to dry ourselves. Shiv had something to eat, and I had one “veg puffs” and 2 bottles of cool drinks. (drinks during rain is an owesome experience u know?heh).

After spending some time there, I got back home. Dad was sitting in the verandah, his posture and attitude was clearly reflecting that he was waiting for me to get back home. By the time I got back, my dress was completely dry. Dad asked me whether I got soaked or not? I blatantly lied to him that I dint.

The rest of the day went on peacefully. I started feeling a bit uncomfortable with my throat the next day.( it was due to the drenching+ 2 bottles of cool drinks) I kept quiet as I dint want anyone to know about this. I went to the nearby med shop and bought my selves some throat lozenges, expecting things to go off well.

The case was worse the next morning. I was down with very high fever and throat infection. And I had to go and let out things to dad so that I can consult with a doctor. And as I expected I got a round of harsh scolding from dad and he took me to the doctor then.

I was diagnosed with severe throat infection and was advised 650mg antibiotics three times a day for five days. Today is the second day of medication. I felt I could get up today, that’s why I am here now.

One thing that is pretty sure is “house arrest sucks”. Till now I was confined to the 4 walls of my room doing nothing other than sleeping like a log.I just realize now that if at all I had atleast used that cap which dad gave me, I would have extricated being bedridden for 3 days. Now that I lost many a attendance at college(as if I care..lols) and above all, there would be a new member in my bag from now onwards, a rainjacket.(:(()..

I feel I am making this a boring sort of a game, so its high time I bid a good bye and get back to my bed and take some rest.

Hoping to get well soon…………………………………………………………:):)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Last post: june 13,2009
Next post: july 21,2009

Well, folks this in turn provides for the basic fact that I am a procrastinator..( don’t be annoyed as the aforementioned is the only word used in my posts.. its just cz its an attempt to adumbrate the traits in me or in other ways the inferences from the so called “The process of learning and figuring out myselves”..) The time span from june 13- july 19 (i.e) around 1 month and 8 days weren’t a hectic slot in my life.. I used to do nothing during most of my leisure time other than “ sleeping like a log”.. And some useful things done in due course were:-
*Going to college(sigh) daily, not cz of fear of attendance shortage but the new semester (i।e) started off with some kinda funda in class which is been mentioned later in the post.
*Read some good books viz.
The great Indian novel by Dr।Shashi Tharoor, Ignited minds (APJ),Wings of fire(Dr।APJ), The Da vinci code ,The alchemist and so on।
*Started worrying about my future। It all started as a result of my stint at T.I.M.E trivandrum for couple of days as a student( I still am though).
*Started routine cleaning of my stuffs such as ma room(as a result of blatant request by mom),dads car and bike(which are been in use by me currentlyJ) .
The things done at college were(are):-
**Started playing cricket in class room( not the real one though.. it’s a nice experience u knoe/? Making balls outta paper and a portion of desk as bat... It used to be a common stuff at school but the same at college reminded me of ma school days.
**Started playing cards.. I never used to play cards before.. The basic reason behind that was my grandma who never allowed me to play cards. Being an orthodox conservative Brahmin old lady she got some jinx with cards and never allowed her children and grandchildren (now) to play cards. Though both the aforementioned used to do except me, now that I am also on the race. :D

As of now these are things which make up routine stuffs and new additions to these rouines (under construction) will be furnished in consequent posts........ :):)