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S Venkateshwaran On Dysfunctional Organization Cultures And Falling Corporate Empires

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A reader of Mission Sharing Knowledge S Venkateshwaran had this to say on one of our previous articles. Since we thought the comment to be really relevant, we have published it in its entirety. 

Dysfunctionality tends to occur in those organization more often than not, where the Boss is either a self made person who thinks that he / she knows how to run the business, or has an aggressive approach to business more out of the need to over achieve. I have worked in an organization where the Boss was so stern that he would keep pushing people in all directions. Every day would start off with meetings in which all the heads had to participate.

This would go on for an hour (discussing the activities of the previous night in terms of production targets etc.), followed usually by two or three in depth meeting with selected departments and finally followed by end of day meeting to review what was supposed to be done in the day. At the end of it all, he would rave and rant because work did not happen. To ensure this, he would make all the Heads stay back late.

The irony was he wanted a strong HR team that would “fearlessly” tell him when he was wrong. Quite obviously, when that happened, the poor guy was out of work the next week. Highly emotional, and rigid, the person would shower abuses which would put a rickshaw driver to shame.

The only group of people who were able to work with him, were, not surprisingly, those who could flatter and live up as his ego alters, who also used the same technique of imposing themselves on the poor “lower the line” persons. Not surprisingly, attrition was very high; but this did not affect him, even though others in the company knew the reality but choose to keep quiet.

Based on my observations, some of the traits of a dysfunctional Manager I would think are:

Tells you to do something you don’t want to do, but blames you when it goes wrong.
Says He / She wants you to take responsibility, and then publicly overrides your decisions.
Loves to be in front when there is a big audience otherwise will send sub juniors to attend a customer.
Intimidates with aggressive words and posture, knowing that you will never confront but becomes a pacifier when confronted. .
Handles meetings as though he is the only speaker.
Revels in the invention of creative curses for just the right occasion.
Verbally approves new requisitions, later denies doing it.
Gets too personal in his berating.
Ride you mercilessly while pet employees can do no wrong.
Always right: when confronted with mistakes, blames them on someone else.
Fiercely protective of pet projects.
Highly compulsive and obsessive about minute details.
Displays a good understanding of the “Good Cop” and “Bad Cop” routines and generally practices it.

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No Pay…No Holiday…I Am a Housewife!!!

A full-time housewife and mom, Gurulakshmi Iyer-Hait believes that its easier to face corporate competition than take on the onus of becoming a homemaker. 

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I work. I work  24/7 without any pay. I can’t afford to take offs too. Yes, you guessed it right. I am a housewife. Bored, did I hear that? Where is the time to get bored? With a growing toddler and a husband (no less than a toddler), my hands are always full.

Till I had a kid, I’ve worked and have always believed that housewives have ample amount of time. They can pursue so many hobbies, do so many things. In fact as kids, we always took our mom, who has been a home maker throughout, for granted. We always thought she has so much time to do our work too. However, today, I realize how unreasonable we were….Life at home is definitely not limited to watching family sagas or reality shows in TV.

KRAs here aren’t defined by my manager though. And I must say they aren’t also limited to my potential and capability.

full-time-housewifeMy morning starts at 6. If there is a slight delay because of some fairy tale dreams, hubby dear has to manage with corn flakes or muesli for his breakfast. My entire timetable depends on my kid’s and my husband’s schedule, on the basis of whether is a working day or an off for them. If one of them get delayed, the whole day’s routine goes for a toss. Oh, above all things, I have realized that delegating and getting office work done from your subordinates is much easier than getting your household work done from the maids. However, over the time, you really get used to their whims and fancies!

And then you have your extended family to satiate. You are a house wife and you are expected to welcome more number of guests, more frequently. You are always available for hospitality! It is something that full time home makers might be habituated though. And then your maid decides to bunk on such days with your house full of guests. And I tell you, no production issues or office tension can compete with this particular stress.

Of course, I do get my time for rejuvenation. Once my kid is off to school, the next couple of hours are mine when I sit back with a cup of tea and read up on the current affairs or just decide to chat on with a friend. But then there are sometimes so many other impromptu chores to be done too during that time. While all the household chores get done, the bigger responsibility lies in molding the growing up kid. That’s an achievement that can’t be appraised or rewarded by any boss!!

While I run around behind my toddler, I must also admit I don’t have any guilt pangs of not being to work in the corporate. I now have a bigger target to work on and that too without a boss. After all, I am a house wife by choice!!

How to Stay Happy Despite All Odds in Office?

Happiness is a wonderful gift, free for anyone willing to accept it!

Happiness

How many of you have pondered over work-life balance? How many times in a day do you remind yourself to manage time better? Yet, terms such as ‘time management’ and ‘work-life balance’ continue to remain merely terminologies in your life, as unachievable as ever! However, leading a happy personal and career life is not completely impossible. As Shiv Khera very famously said, ‘winners don’t do different things; they do things differently’; so, do you have to do a few things differently in order to achieve this goal.

prioritize1.      Try to do one thing at a time

‘Prioritize’ is the word you should always keep in mind. While social media handles are useful, they can be extremely distracting. Try completing the tasks at hand prior to logging into your social media profiles. Alternatively, visit your profiles after having completed a task. This will give you a sense of achievement and you can derive some strength from this achievement to tackle the bigger and more complex tasks.

2.      Keep at least half a day in a week only for yourself

Do_Nothing_DayKeep some think-time. It might seem inconsequential at a superficial level; however, once you start practicing it, you are bound to understand its value. Do nothing of consequence in these few hours. The deluge of information nowadays are bogging down people in ways that are unknown to them. During these hours, try to resist the urge to seek more information. Turn out the noise – yes, your cellphone is part of your noisy world. So you may consider keeping yourself aloof from it.

network3.      Network offline

While hanging out on G+ and chatting on FB is a great thing, try and build offline relationships. Social media is definitely a good place to keep in touch, but real relations are built only in a personal space. Try and find the time to meet up one-on-one. Catching up with old friends can give you unparalleled happiness.

4.      Forgive yourself

It’s a good habit to take yourself seriously, but you must refrain from judging yourself too harshly. Keep your expectations realistic. You become your own enemy when you take yourself too seriously. Let go of some expectations and you will see that things are falling into place.

meditate5.      Practice deep breathing

Whenever you are too overwhelmed with emotions, take a deep breath. Additionally, for all the fast trackers, yoga and meditation for 15-20 minutes is a must in order to achieve wonders. Of course, if you can extend the time limit to 30 minutes, nothing like it. But make it a point to start your day with a few exercises.