Lesson No 1 : With a motivated team, anything is possible
Lesson No2 : It is team work that matters more than individual performances.
Lesson No3 : Having no track record helps, becuase you dont know your limitations
Lesson No4 : If you do not have lot of experience, you will not be bothered about the trackrecord of other’s. More specifically – the halo effect
Lesson No5 : Inspite of the current level of things happening in a team, there is still room for improvement. 20 years before a score of 300 was a good score in test cricket, where people fight it out for 5 days. Then the limited overs, one day cricket happened, and the teams started surpassing the 300 mark very easily within half day. Now in 20:20 cricket, teams are scoring 200 plus very easily. So nothing is impossible.
Lesson No 6 : If you enjoy what you are doing, wins will automatically follow
I am just relaxing at my ancestoral home in Kerala. Slowing down a bit, to gain momentum later. It is just fun, just walking amidst the greenery here and the light showers. Life style is back to routine and has a big positive effect on my health. I feel good generally, doing some very meaningful stuff, instead of just getting busier every day. This evening I met the roadside vendor selling roasted peanuts. I bought two packets of freshly roasted peanuts from him for 4 rupees. It was really hot and fresh, when he gave me those packets. I am seeing him there from my childhood. I just asked him ‘Chetta, since how many years you are doing this work?’ and his reply was ’40 years’. His lifestyle is the same and I am sure that he is not very rich. I just whispered within me ‘Dear, if you had saved 100 rupees a day ( 3 dollars), from the age of 22, You would have been a very rich man today !
Yesterday I was at Dubai – the peak summer days, and today I am at Kerala, where it is raining still and is at 25 degrees. During the last 15 days I spent at the UAE, I trained 3 batches of students on project management, and was a great experience. I had participants who are financial analysts, franchise development managers, software developers, construction project managers, IT project managers, Software architects, Quality detaprtment people. Overall it was great fun (challenge) as a trainer, to make the project management concepts appealing to them. Some were managing teams, while the others are typical individual contributers. Some are certification oriented, where as others are implementation focused. Some are paying from their pockets to attend the program, while others are sponsored by their respective organizations. Some gets put off, when I compare project teams to rugby teams and twenty cricket teams, where as others gets thrilled with it. Some can digest the concept of self organizing teams, where as others see it as a threat to their positions. Some people want to hear new things, where as others want to hear oly those things they practice. I had talking chickens as well as pigs in the workshops. Some participants were really motivating. Some wanted spoon feeding as bulleted slides, where as others wanted abstract case studies, exercises and dialogues.
A world of abstracts, contradictions and cultural conflicts 🙂 where a manager / trainer has to survive ! I am enjoying it as well as trying to learn from it as well. A big thank you to all my workshop participants !