This story was forwarded to me by one of my friends and I am unaware of the source of this story / article .. whatever !

However, its interesting one and here is how it goes ..

 


 

Some, rather most organizations reject his CV today because he has changed jobs frequently (10 in 14 years). My friend, the ‘job hopper’

(referred here as Mr. JH), does not mind it…. well he does not need to mind it at all. Having worked full-time with 10 employer companies in just 14 years gives Mr. JH the relaxing edge that most of the ‘company loyal’ employees are struggling for today. Today, Mr. JH too is laid off like some other 14-15 year experienced guys – the difference being the latter have just worked in 2-3 organizations in the same number of years. Here are the excerpts of an interview with Mr. JH:

Q: Why have you changed 10 jobs in 14 years?

A: To get financially sound and stable before getting laid off the second time.

Q: So you knew you would be laid off in the year 2009?

A: Well I was laid off first in the year 2002 due to the first global economic slowdown. I had not got a full-time job before January 2003 when the economy started looking up; so I had struggled for almost a year without job and with compromises.

Q: Which number of job was that?

A: That was my third job.

Q: So from Jan 2003 to Jan 2009, in 6 years, you have changed 8 jobs to make the count as 10 jobs in 14 years?

A: I had no other option. In my first 8 years of professional life, I had worked only for 2 organizations thinking that jobs are deserved after lot of hard work and one should stay with an employer company to justify the saying ‘employer loyalty’. But I was an idiot.

Q: Why do you say so?

A: My salary in the first 8 years went up only marginally. I could not save enough and also, I had thought that I had a ‘permanent’ job, so I need not worry about ‘what will I do if I lose my job’. I could never imagine losing a job because of economic slowdown and not because of my performance. That was January 2002.

Q: Can you brief on what happened between January 2003 and 2009.

A: Well, I had learnt my lessons of being ‘company loyal’ and not ‘money earning and saving loyal’. But then you can save enough only when you earn enough. So I shifted my loyalty towards money making and saving – I changed 8 jobs in 6 years assuring all my interviewers about my stability.

Q: So you lied to your interviewers; you had already planned to change the job for which you were being interviewed on a particular day?

A: Yes, you can change jobs only when the market is up and companies are hiring. You tell me – can I get a job now because of the slowdown? No.

So one should change jobs for higher salaries only when the market is up because that is the only time when companies hire and can afford the expected salaries.

Q: What have you gained by doing such things?

A: That’s the question I was waiting for. In Jan 2003, I had a fixed salary (without variables) of say Rs. X p.a. In January 2009, my salary was 8X. So assuming my salary was Rs.3 lakh p.a. in Jan 2003, my last drawn salary in Jan 2009 was Rs.24 lakh p.a. (without variable). I never bothered about variable as I had no intention to stay for 1 year and go through the appraisal process to wait for the company to give me a hike.

Q: So you decided on your own hike?

A: Yes, in 2003, I could see the slowdown coming again in future like it had happened in 2001-02. Though I was not sure by when the next slowdown would come, I was pretty sure I wanted a ‘debt-free’ life before being laid off again. So I planned my hike targets on a yearly basis without waiting for the year to complete.

Q: So are you debt-free now?

A: Yes, I earned so much by virtue of job changes for money and spent so little that today I have a loan free 2 BR flat (1200 sq. feet) plus a loan free big car without bothering about any EMIs. I am laid off too but I do not complain at all. If I have laid off companies for money, it is OK if a company lays me off because of lack of money.

Q: Who is complaining?

A: All those guys who are not getting a job to pay their EMIs off are complaining. They had made fun of me saying I am a job hopper and do not have any company loyalty. Now I ask them what they gained by their company loyalty; they too are laid off like me and pass comments to me – why will you bother about us, you are already debt-free. They were still in the bracket of 12-14 lakh p.a. when they were laid off.

Q: What is your advice to professionals?

A: Like Narayan Murthy had said – love your job and not your company because you never know when your company will stop loving you. In the same lines, love yourself and your family needs more than the company’s needs. Companies can keep coming and going; family will always remain the same. Make money for yourself first and simultaneously make money for the company, not the other way around.

Q: What is your biggest pain point with companies?

A: When a company does well, its CEO etc will address the entire company saying, ‘well done guys, it is YOUR company, keep up the hard work, I am with you.” But when the slowdown happens and the company does not do so well, the same CEO etc will say, “It is MY company and to save the company, I have to take tough decisions including asking people to go.”

So think about your financial stability first; when you get laid off, your kids will complain to you and not your boss.

So the season of football culminated at Rome and Barcelona would proudly carry the tag of “European Champions” until someone else wins next time.

Looks like I did actually tempt the fate by writing my previous post.

As a United fan, I must admit, I have been hurt, distraught, gutted and disappointed to lose the final on the grandest stage of all. But I have to be brave and admit that the better team has won the battle over 90 minutes of football play. Barcelona were much better team, looked more confident on and off the ball and played some fantastic football along the way.

One defeat today does not make this team any lesser.

We still are a great team, but just a shame, it was not our day today.

This is definitely not the end of the world and when they would reflect on the season campaign they would be proud of themselves on what they have achieved over that period. Hopefully the defeat in this final would spur us to more glory along the way in future.

We have played most matches than any other European club in the season and won three trophies along the way. Been to semi final of one and to the final of other tournament.  By no means its a disappointing season for sure!

Unfortunately it ended in a sour taste with us being soundly beaten by Barcelona. Although I am a United fan, for some reason, I do not find it hard to digest that the better team have won today. Barcelona has been in scintillating form throughout the year and they also have completed the first Spanish treble and have achieved their share of history !

What next for United now?

I just hope to have a stable summer period for United now. Hopefully we could get Tevez on our rolls by next season and could try and emulate Barca model with our own Fab 4 of Roony, Ronaldo, Tevez & Berbatov.

We would come back better for sure next year. I just hope this defeat would inspire this team to perform better next year and coming years.

Can we start the next season of Champions League tomorrow please !!

Team work is an important aspect of high performing and successful teams and its all the more important to to achieve it consistently.

In my new project since I took over, I have been trying to instil the feeling of one team as a one large family. Prior to me taking over the project has been consisting of several teams bound by scope, processes & and more notably (in my view) the excuses!

Thus when I took over the project, one of the challenges that was put in front of me was to break the moulds and recede the boundaries to create a more cohesive unit and turn that unit into a high performing team.

I have taken the challenge and have started working towards it. How much success I would get, would really be visible in coming months but few visible differences have started to come along the way and most notably people have started to notice the difference in the team.  Hopefully this is a good sign for coming times.

One of the very old videos that used to be on “Doordarshan” is very apt to display the power of togetherness & team work which I would like to embed here in my post.

 

Ek chidiya – Team work and togetherness !

 

The video was apparently created in 1985 when the colour television was relatively new in India.

The video is in Hindi language and it simply tells you how powerful the teamwork could be if all the team members have same heart beat !

HeartQuotes website mentions a very good collection of quotes on Team Work and few of my favourite quotes are as follows.

 

It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.

Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.

Henry Ford
Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.

 

For more such quotes, visit the reference site at HeartQuotes.

For some genuine, or rather perceived genuine reasons, I have been busy not to keep my blog up to date with the information in recent time. However, as usual, life never stops and things move along with time so quite a few things have happened since I actually posted something meaningful on my blog.

Anyways, coming back to the topic. Manchester United are in Finals at Rome and obviously as a United fan, I just can not wait for Wednesday to come calling.

Probably being nervous is a reflection of being a true fan of the club and so am I before the biggest game of the season for us. There is a history to be made on the day and I just wish, United would edge Barcelona for the Champions League medal so all my three years in UK would just be perfect. Its been wonderful to have witnessed a great team perform so well domestically and on world stages. Its truly been a privilege to me so far. Obviously when I am in India, I would keep on following, but the atmosphere just would not be the same as in the UK !

While the world is all praising Barcelona for their flair, style and football brand, for some reason my (rather nervous) mind says United will be a clear winner on the day and (putting rather bravely) by about 2 goals margin! Now do not ask me how I arrived at this logic and where in the world I had the courage to write, not only think of this victory.  Its just a guess and gut feeling based on the way United’s history has been in the European league finals. 

Honestly, by writing this, I just hope not to have tempted the fate !

I am anticipating a great game of football tomorrow and hopefully we would, as I wished earlier, win 2-0 or 3-1 on the night.

Far too much of asking? You decide !