Living life as if you did not exist ! …

Living life as if you did not exist !

Yesterday my sister called me over the phone and asked me ‘How are you?…How is life?’, the answer was immediate and spontaneous ‘Living life as if I did not live’. Everyone around me, including me is in a rat race to make a mark in life. To achieve something memorable before bidding good bye. Every management book teaches us about vision, mission and goal setting and we try to live our lives like that – sorry at least me. So after a tough 15 day training spree, I am back to my HQ at Varapuzha – and just learning to live life – as if I did not live – I did not exist – a life of seclusion – till I get busy again :-). It is a wonderful feeling !


Get together of 1976 batch Rajagiri 10th standard students !

I am really delighted and eagerly awaiting the get together of the 1976 batch of Rajagiri high school, 10th standard. All of us are nearing 50s. Some of us are no more with us. When Sunil antony sent me our old class photos, it took me back to the old school days. I may not recognize most of them when I meet them in a fortnights time, or my childhood memories will give way for life’s reality and I fear that moment because it may overwrite the old beautiful school day memories. People have changed – a reality of life !

When we meet again after a couple of decades, will I see…

Arun – the fast bowler
The John K – The athletic champion
Sunil OG – the ever enthusiastic
Unni – equally good at studies as well as cricket
Mathachan – friend of all
Ashok – the great designer who sketched automobiles always
The other Ashok – who was a poet
Ramkumar – Cricketer…bundle of ebergy who joined the navy
Kuruvilla – Daring and dashing
There was one from Palarivattom – who had beautiful handwriting

At the same time, I know that I will never meet Ramkumar and Doni !

Professional ethics of lousy managers

Professional ethics of lousy managers

1) They do not take responsibility for anything
2) Always blame others for all the problems
3) Take credit for all the good things thats happening
4) They are born pessimists
5) They always use the word ‘BUT’, and follows it up with ‘why things will not work’
6) They are against experimenting anything new
7) They use the word ‘they’, very often
8) They always think that their teams are incapable of doing things
9) They think that the team has to be managed, where as in reality they are terribly dependent on the team
10) They are mentally and physically burnt out
11) They do not like themselves even (forget about liking others)
12) They spend long hours in the office and expects others to follow them
13) They are not in Love
14) Work do not inspire them, and at the same time they fake ‘inspiration’ in front of the stakeholders
15) They do not thank any one
16) They are not grateful to anyone
17) While shaking hands they do not look into other’s eyes, instead they look at the carpet or at someone else or at the ceiling
18) They always try to be in the good books of their boss, at the cost of their team
19) They will never use the word ‘I’, instead they will use the word ‘We’ always. May be because they do not have the capability to do anything individually
20) While recruiting people, they always look for people who can be very ‘obedient’ and ‘Yes Sir’ kind of people
21) They always walk in for meetings late (as usual they have enough justifications like traffic jams, family problems, car service etc). Through this they demonstrate lot of lack of respect for other’s time
22) They always try to confront the people who disagree with them, rather than confronting the issues
23) They deny the existence of politics within organizations and play it nicely
24) They are always in a contract negotiation mode rather than customer collaboration mode, while dealing with customers
25) They see performers as threats

Please feel free to add the rest through your comments 🙂