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Friday, May 29, 2009

Thorough professionalism?

What does a person do when he feels down and out?
There are probably a hundred things or even more:
  • Hum a song
  • Listen to music
  • Confide in others
  • Write a diary
  • Start self introspection
  • Pretend to be happy and forget everything
  • Dance
  • Watch television
  • Resort to vodka or rum
  • Play video games
  • Poke nose in others' affairs
  • Sleep
  • Pretend to sleep
  • Immerse in work
  • Immerse in a pool
  • Go golfing
  • Or may be a picnic
  • Start a new hobby
  • Play cricket
  • Think philosophically
  • Curse whoever is at sight
  • Pat dogs or cats
  • Feed birds
  • Get involved in photography
  • Catch a movie
  • etc etc etc....................
What do I do? I simply blog! :D
Yes, today is another day when I am feeling down and out. Trying to cope with it and find out what is the reason behind it. Oh.. forget it! I know, don't I? Pretension is not exactly necessary here. Let life be as it is!

But yes, being morally correct and impartial takes its toll, as it is taking on me at the moment. Being a thorough professional in one's work life is not very easy. There are always a few people who would not like the progress you make and there would be others who had forever been endowed with praise. And they find it difficult to take in when there's a flak waiting for them. Now now, how can one praise someone always! Flaws have to be pointed out. Come on! Everyone has flaws, even I have. So what the heck!

Once I decide I am gonna be impartial and true to my conscience, it hardly matters who is a friend and who is a foe. For a true professional, friendship and professionalism are two separate levels and never should both of these intermingle! Alas! Few people in the industry understand this.

I shall end this post with the following example:
Raju and Mahesh are friends since the school days. As destiny would have it, they find themselves in the same industry as well. By luck or my chance (or Luck by chance), Raju get placed up higher up in the hierarchy and has Mahesh working in his team. Now there is a certain incident that gets escalated and Raju has the tough task of making this clear to Mahesh. He does it, but that results in their friendship getting affected. Now, sample two scenarios here:
Case 1: Mahesh takes it deep in his heart and that affects their friendship. Even Raju feels, it's time to play the tough task master. Here personal and professional standpoints get intermingled and results in a strife.

Case 2: Mahesh understands it from a professional standpoint, but does not let this impact their personal terms. Still, they hang out together in pubs and catch a movie together on weekends. But while at work, Mahesh is now extra cautious, so as not to make the same mistake repeatedly. Even Raju can breathe a sigh of relief, now that everything is in place as before.

Tell me friends, which case do you like more and why?
I would go with Case 2. As they say, "Never mingle professional and personal relations".

Hello! Is someone listening? (or reading this?)

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