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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Common fallacies while serving the nation

Look around within the working environment and one shall find many who never really started or have given up at the slightest pretext. It is such attitude that is indeed the biggest drag in the forward march of organizations and also the nation.

The staff is bad : How common and how unfortunate is the oft heard rant of the senior blokes that if they had better men with them, they would have delivered. I am good and they are bad, I am honest and the rest are not, I am committed and others are not and more often than not – no one else is bothered about the organization. Sadly these are words uttered by the mediocres who aspire for positions, get them and yet never become worthy of them. Over thirty five years of service has convinced me that the root cause behind non deliverance is inadequate bureaucratic leadership.

There is no support : If I had enough support I would have done it. Unfortunately this penchant of relying heavily on support from the superiors has been carried to a ridiculous extent by almost all and sundry. The guy who seeks support from those above him actually rarely supports those who look upto him. It is almost akin to the hostel experience – I was ragged so I will rag, I was not looked after so why should I and so on and so forth. The go-getters however go ahead and do it nevertheless.

People are corrupt – Very often we paint with one black brush those who we work for and also work with. The widespread extent of corruption is indeed undenied yet the only way one can help clean this rut is neither by complaining nor castigating others but by being a crusader for the cause and at the same time carrying an unwavering focus on the objective to be achieved.

Inadequate funds – The failure to realize that money is the least of the issues unfortunately never dawns on most of us who start their careers with and also end up with almost a regular banter about inadequacy of funds, for want of which they believe they have been failing to deliver. Look around and witness the creation of empires literally from scratch by budding entrepreneurs of the yesteryears and even today. They never cribbed and in the process created wealth. That initiative is the first step to generate wealth rarely gets appreciated.

The boss is bad : This is rarely true and but not as often as it is made out to be. The presence of a few rotten apples cannot be wished away yet the realization that if one is a good boss, he also gets one, rarely gets appreciated.

Life is not fair : Having been treated in an unfair manner remains the biggest grouse of almost all blokes thronging the environment. It however rarely matters to them whether they have been fair or not in their dealing with all those who fall within their sphere of influence. And fairness after all is a matter of perception, often perceived wrongly.  

The eternal pessimist : And one often bumps into many of them. That being fiercely optimist is often the only way to turnaround a really bad situation is often never believed and therefore rarely practiced. Like optimism builds itself many times over and in the process converts an impossible scenario into a possible one, pessimism attracts negativity at a much faster rate and often converts an already won battle into a lost one.

And lastly the misplaced notion that a position is merely for self-perpetuation and not a means to achieve an objective, a noble one at that, is so widespread that it is not at all funny. Almost everyone aspires for top slots, but unfortunately only for the power and pelf that goes with it, and the transient nature of these gains is appreciated only when they end, as all good times do but by then it is too late. Performing what the position expects from the incumbent is the only thing that has the power to give a lasting experience.



  1. Sir you could add one more of such false grouse, at least in Railway situation, the finance department does not let me work.

  2. Sir you could add one more of such false grouse, at least in Railway situation, the finance department does not let me work.

  3. The greatest assent that can empower an organization to prosperity is leadership. The word is often misused particularly in business and politics. Leaders are not those who reign merely because of position but only through example and direction. Sir, I do agree that the easiest thing is to say i could have done a lot if not for others, or because there was not enough money. In a perishable assent like an airline, every moment a flight leaves, the seats unsold or the cargo space not occupied has perished. So how can one make it work? It is through seeing the future both through experience and with support from technology. Technology is now there for that but are the right people there who understand the market because the market is always in a flux. The only way through optimal and productive communication and both vertical and lateral. Unless that knowledge is there no amount of technology will help.

  4. at the end of the day to get work done, how do you suggest we work with people who have these attitudes? can you give some examples of motivating people?

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  6. Dear Lohaniji,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. But as a common citizen , i have come across very few officers and politicians who hold their work higher than self interest. Its my prayer that many hearts burning with the desire to serve the motherland continue to find inspiration in your footsteps!
    Warm regards
    Ajit Hazari

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  8. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Moody-pilot-puts-200-in-peril-but-Air-India-backs-him/articleshow/53970838.cms Please look into this pilot, this is a bomb waiting to go off.