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Friday, October 16, 2015

OCTOBER 16 IS BOSS's DAY



Western culture fascinates me on one metric. They celebrate each day with some social significance. May be the secret behind is this.  Live each day deliberately.

A week back, when I was nearly run out of stuff to write,  an aimless Google Search landed  me to a place which I did not actually remember, but it flashed  me this fact : October, 16 is  Boss's Day.  When I quickly checked with Wikipedia, it retrieves back with the following input :

Boss's Day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 (or the nearest working day) in the United States, Canada and Lithuania. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. This day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee.

Who is boss? He or she who commands you in professional life. From daily wage earner to CEO of a company to a person who rules a country, all do have a boss directly or indirectly.  I think the biggest boss is the circumstance.

In everybody's personal life, his or her will is the ultimate boss.  That's why in Hindi there is an adage: Me apni marji ka raja hun!  Anyone who wish to be his/her own boss, can become so.  India's No.1 Blogger Harsh Agarwal with his blog Shout Me Loud proved this to the world that a blogger could survive on his blogging.  He is preceded by his veteran and IITian Amit Agarwal who earned the reputation of India's first professional blogger.

There is no dividing line between a boss and employee.  It is very much interchangeable in personal life according to the situation.  The hallmark of a boss is the degree of responsibility.

One of the essential qualities of real boss is, he/she should never create a feeling of divisiveness. They should think in a coherent way and achieve the goals in a team spirit. This is the secret behind any blue chip company.

Boss is a leader in disguise.  Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in his own words narrated an incident in his life that when a rocket system under his stewardship was plunged into the Bay of Bengal, the press conference that followed by was faced by his boss Prof Dhawan (Chairman, ISRO) who took the entire blame of the failure on himself.  But the following year, in 1980 when SLV-3 was successfully launched, the same Dhawan put the then Project Director Kalam (former President of India) to the forefront of the Press and asked him to handle.

This is a very rare  leadership quality and every boss must imbibe this quality so that the unwanted dirt is not sling on bosses which we usually do daily  in a casual manner.

I am not a big boss in my life.  But I try to keep the people working under me in good cheers and offer the fruits of benefits first to them and take only the left over.  It is simply a kind of ethical behaviour but not aimed to please somebody.  

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