Leave takings

Rob is an ace project manager but is saddled with an issue of continuous infrequent leave taking by his resources..

He visits a project management conference and wants to understand by eminent speaker Joy about his view..

Joy ‘do they listen to you?’

Rob ‘No.. and they threaten an exit if I ask them to not take leaves’

Joy ‘please bring sense of belonging in your team.. let them own the project as their baby and declare incentives right upfront and show them a road map.. career roadmap is important for seniors and juniors too’

Rob is silent… as the conference proceedings continue

Rob realizes that he has been giving unnecessary pressure to his staff’

Next day

Rob ‘dear all.. all leave approved.. no force.. no compulsion.. just try to complete project before end of month’

10 days later he is finding team working late hours

Rob wonders how this miracle happened

3 days before the month ends.. Manager Sana walks in

Sana ‘Sir.. project is ready.. the lead has taken leave today.. but we can have demo’

Rob ‘I trust you.. you please show demo to client’

Sana ‘thanks Sir.. am on leave tomorrow but don’t worry.. demo will be good. I assure you’

Rob smiles

At evening

Rob is sipping his wine

Rob ‘is this the reason my wife too left me.. did I try to pressure her too much ?’


I told you so

Mary ‘I told you so.. don’t join that company’

Sarah ‘they were paying me well.. attractive incentive.. never knew they would just shut down their operations’

Mary ‘many a time an entrepreneur makes projections assuming the investor funds would suffice.. but with no traction.. no revenues..¬† investors begin pressurizing for either exit or CEO change.. so’

Sarah ‘am now stranded.. EMI and so on’

Mary¬† ‘never take loans in your 1st two years of career.. as you are yet to settle’

Sarah ‘how I recover?’

Mary ‘in case you have too many liabilities, then better you seek another employment’

3 months later

Sarah ‘I left the MNC.. too much work pressure.. could not cope with it’

Mary smiles

Mary ‘you do not wish to be subordinated’

Sarah ‘possible..’

Mary ‘think of small business.. I will sponsor you upto US$10000’

Sarah ‘thinking to start an ethnic fashion online website’

Mary ‘great.. move ahead’

Sarah ‘sometimes we just loose focus and never realize what we actually wish to do.. ‘

Mary ‘hence you need coach, mentors else one wrong decision and career gets hampered’

Sarah ‘provided the mentor is confident of self and has experiences to guide others’

Mary smiles.. and gives Sarah a cup of coffee in a mug neatly written ‘I told you so’

Sarah ‘why you have this written in your mug’

Mary ‘it reminds me and cautions me on each decision of mine.. ‘