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Identify the Foundation Stones!

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It is not the beauty of the building you should look at; it is the foundation that will stand the test of time.” These golden words of David Allan Coe bring forward a hidden success mantra for companies who strive for sustainability and survivability in the era of change, transformation and competition. It is a common fact that a foundation stone cannot come out to the front and introduce itself as the one who supports in holding the entire building on it. Beneath any beautiful structure that earns accolades from the world for its beauty and performance laid those unseen heroes who agree to remain at the below-stage – unsung.

Identify the foundation stones: Foundation stones are not the ones who laid the foundation of a company. These are the lots who perform the jobs on which the company joyrides. They are the real technocrats managing or carrying out the core jobs themselves. They are the company’s actual intellectual property. Mostly the higher management shall have to take extra pain in reaching out to such people as they are not the yes ministers.

Foundation stones are non-visible: These intellectual lots are non-visible to an amateur’s eye. You really require a vision that can see the unseen, below the obvious. These lots hold the entire burden on to them and rarely pass anything to the higher ups. That makes them non-visible to the management and the judgmental world. One should understand that if in an organization, things are also moving right and fast, there must be some able, laborious and efficient mind there. One need not always think of bottlenecks alone, remaining bottle is also worth attention. Troubleshooters are like patch-makers. Most of these solve issues with alternative methods and make the building look patchy.

Foundation stones work below-stage: The biggest irony about the people who are the foundation stones is that they prefer to remain unsung. They never show off the potential and abilities. Mostly they are introverts with the belief that the actions speak louder than words. This makes short-sighted management fail to identify the hidden treasure that makes the building valuable. Though one need not dig the foundation to locate them below stage, their work and steady output identifies them broadly.

Never mistreat the foundation stones: Most of the time, the glamour friendly management underestimates the value, importance and abilities of these foundation stones. As natural, any damage to these people can shake the entire building, if it is intentional but unwarranted. No foundation stone will peep out of the base and announce the contribution it made to help the building stand tall!

Replace displaced foundation stones: As in a building, the stones cannot be just taken out of a building’s foundation. If at all there is a need to displace these people, the void must be plugged in with an alternate. It is observed that taking out such people from a live project or office to populate them in other so-called critical assignments can cause both the terminals suffer. Neither we should pull out many people nor leave the emptiness unattended.

Listen to them: People who are the foundation stones say what they feel is right for the company or a project. They do not manipulate the data to present a rosy picture to the audience. Listen to them and try to get the feel of the real issues. It is mostly possible that these people themselves will give the solution for the problems that may at some point of time cause the trouble in the execution of the project.  However they do not readily give the advice or the suggestions. Once taken into confidence they can provide the much sought tool that can easily remove the likely hurdles in the path to success.

Timely water the foundation stones: Recognition is what everyone wants. People working for the companies sacrificing their personal interests and holding the building erect also need to be recognized timely and suitably. A small token of appreciation enables the foundation to remain strong enough to continue supporting the building standing on it further. Applause, accolades, rewards etc. are mainly targeted to the people who are at the fore-front and are visible to the world, leaving a sense of ignorance to the people who really toil hard put up the show well.

They enjoy others success: The people who form the foundation stones of a company enjoy each and every milestones achieved by the company or the project even if someone else is credited for the same as they know their contribution in making it a success. Till the party lasts, the arrow points on someone else but once the party is over, the arrow turns back to them.

 It is natural. In the game of soccer, the forwards get more chances to score the goals to keep the count ticking but with the able support of those who remain in their positions performing their tasks. The backstage artists for movies, dramas etc. toil hard to present the stars with the aura they shine with. Generals fight the war but only with the confidence they have on their foundation stones, the real strength of their battalion. Identify and reward these foundation stones, the company will do wonders, always.

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The power of acknowledgement

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There were days when people used to send letter by registered post to make sure it reaches the destination. To get the confirmation for the delivery, a white colour tag was generally attached to the registered letter. The tag termed as ‘acknowledgement card’ was the proof of delivery of the letter to the receiver and the sender used to wait for the acknowledgement to come back to him. Most of the letters especially those sent to government offices were tagged with this card as people feared that the department or the people concerned may misplace or ignore the post. Continue reading

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The handicapped CEOs

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The topic surely attracts attention as to what the article contains? But this article is not about the differently-abled people occupying the top posts, it is about the CEOs and the chairmen who are handicapped. However, they may be handicapped because of their character or their personality traits or due to internal or external compulsions, whatsoever. This is applicable to all companies/ parties/ ministries/ institutions etc. This is the reason why these entities at some point of time feel the kickbacks due to their disabilities. Here are some of the types: Continue reading

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A cashless day out

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Like others, I also thought that the life without cash would be hell. Seeing the queue outside the banks and the horrifying deaths of many people in the queue had made the thinking environment quite conservative. So I thought let me have a day our without cash and see, how much troubles are there on the path of cashless life? Though living in a city like Bangalore, one may not have much of the trouble with his daily chores without cash, I thought it was worth trying the outing with family in this politically biased atmosphere. Continue reading

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Online shopping fiasco

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This is to share the experience I had after shopping at HomeShop18 for the first time. I had ordered a Roti maker for my old parents residing in Orai, UP, in India. Since I stay away with my wife and kid in Bangalore, India, I found HomeShop18, the best alternative for fulfilling the needs of my parents as it has the reach to almost every nook and corner of the country. Continue reading

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The rich and the powerful – 1

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I was reading the news of someone becoming the richest person in the world, someone becoming the most powerful person in the world. I wondered what exactly that mean? I was not even convinced on the parameters by which they were considered rich or the powerful. We treat God, the Almighty, not because He keeps acquiring the wealth or the power. It is because He has the power to give, the power to protect, the power to make things happen. Continue reading

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Resignation? – take it easy

A resignation is a paper submitted by the employee to the employer that says, ‘You are not fit for me’. The reasons behind the move may vary, the text may be different, but the message is common, I quit! In the world of professionals, the salary is pocketed in one side and the resignation is kept in the other. In between lays the job satisfaction which has few other parameters associated with it that vary from person to person. So, are the resignations a sticky affair? Continue reading

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The pay cheque circus

presentation1Though theoretically the salaried class strives for job satisfaction throughout its career, the candid fact is that it is the pay cheque that plays the pivotal role in deciding the job engagement and its future. Orthodox organizations design their pay slabs and fit in the talent according to their capabilities and experience however professional companies hire the talent and fix the salaries according to the competence levels of the hired personnel. It is always strategically mentioned that, ‘Sky is the limit’ for an extra ordinary candidates and the remuneration shall be best among the industries. This clearly reveals the acknowledged adhesiveness of a pay cheque between an employee and the organization. Continue reading

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The power of EXIT INTERVIEWS

exitThe exit interviews are a powerful tool for the company to assess itself for the type of work environment it provides to the employees from the employees point of view, its policies, financial and personal benefits etc. which are the key ingredients of the popular term referred to as the employee satisfaction. They are the mirrors to an organisation provided they are conducted with the positive spirit and the results compiled and projected to the higher or the top management. These unbiased inputs can decide the fate of the organisation and if taken casually will take away the opportunity of being ready for the threat perception that exists, if any. Continue reading