It seemed to be a dull evening as I gazed out of the window to see the evening semblance. Sun was setting ferociously in the sky, spreading its orange hues all over. But that day, Orange didn’t seem a pretty festive colour to me, rather that ferociousness strained me all over. Chirping of birds was no longer heard as they started flying to reach their home back in time. City chaos reflected packed bags to reach home. A Tea stall outside the office premises began shutting down post a day’s business.
But what had happened to me? Why did I not want to return back home? Why heading back & confronting tomorrow to my team could be a “Black day”? I expected tomorrow to be a murky day, a beholder to some crushed dreams & crippled hopes. I wanted this sun to never set & wanted to hear the birds warble. Thinking that the city chaos would come to an end, my apprehensions grew more and more with every tick of the clock in my cabin.
How did that happen?
After all, all the discussions had failed to give any proper solution. The deadline was not going to be extended now. We were mammoth some 3years back in the budding Social media market. Even after getting a 4th round of funding from investors last year, we had failed to bring back the revenues on a YoY basis. From past 2 years we were literally bleeding. We 3 friends started this company which rocked the charts for initial 3 years and then was taken over by a strong European firm with presence in 5-6 countries. The future looked bright enough and it was a huge celebration:) .
But how did it slip all of a sudden? Who was to blame for it? Just we employees? Or the management who took over post merger? Or the wrong decisions of marketing & product strategy which prompted to make significant investments but no return in the Asia pacific market?
Complete team, ranging from young geeks to mid aged office helpers, had witnessed the struggle. From senior management to the guards had seen QoQ changes & numerous cost saving initiatives. But the strategy to overcome just failed. It seemed as in “We were destined to confront this callous day”.
I wanted to object to the Bitterness…
Just an hour back, we had received a final letter cutting the “Resource budgets” from our European parent. It was a 50% cut and instructed that nearly 50% of the employees had to be terminated tomorrow with immediate notice. No severance packages could be thought off under those circumstances.
Tears rolled out of my eyes to see the name of one of my team member in that list who was on leave due to sudden attack. How could I break this news to him? Had the destiny turned me that selfish? Was me being CEO of my Indian arm a bane? The economy was as such getting saturated. There seemed to be very few jobs in the market. The pain continuously gripped me, when I finally took a decision to stand against it, no matter what.
The Clock started ticking…
Immediately, I called an urgent meeting of all of my employees. My Indian culture had taught me to be transparent enough. I threw across the complete crisis to my employees and started to discuss on the quick fix instead of termination.
“We are all a family and family doesn’t abandons anyone”.
“We can eat less on our part, but will always give food to the needy”.
“Let’s hold hands firmly in the time of impasse”
“Didn’t we study crisis management? It’s time to apply in real life”
“Let’s have justice to each & every employee of this group”
“It will be a united game, if one is asked to move, we all will back & resign”
It’s so rightly said in Rigveda “Whole world is my family”.
These were some of the thunders roaring in the meeting room. As the moon popped out, it gave us all a sense of calmness & more harmony amongst all 100 employees of the “Family”. Family values had won that day. It reflected that “a personal touch” still exists in the world of professionalism.
Together, as a team, as an Indian Team, we worked out a solution with cuts in salaries, on a case to case basis. We worked for hours judging the package basis the experiences & need factor. Numerous cost initiatives were taken. Senior management prompted to abandon the extra benefits given to them. They wanted to come on the same level as the other colleagues.
And it was all so voluntarily, so gladly just to let none go back home empty handed. The given budget by the parent team was touched. The room was booming with the claps. We had finally got an explicit key to the big Lock of future. I was ecstatic to return home & passionately awaited for the morning to discuss it out with our parent group.
It was a beautiful morning, with no clouds in the sky. Perfect morning gives rise to a perfect day. Indeed the meeting with the European parent was successful. It was not just successful, but we got an outstanding ovation for imparting a sense if strength, ownership & morale. After all these were the Indian sentiments of working together as a “Family” which had won the hearts of all. It was soon announced to apply the same practise across other offices globally as well.
The determination to be together wins; The strength to love all triumphs; Tenacity to support & help those in need scores above all! That’s what the “Profession is not about” but this is what “Indian Profession is all about”! This is what was taught to us “Unity in Diversity” & yes we Indians stood for it! Proud to be Indian by thought, by words. All hands join to make a heart, a broken chain can never form it. Think from Heart, react from Mind!
As quoted in Vedas “If a householder moulds himself according to the circumstances just like the nature moulds herself according to seasons and perform his “Karma”, then only shall he acquire happiness”. Indeed we had acquired subtle happiness!
And this is what this lovely Lufthansa TVC has got to say with India’s growing global influence & the adaptability of Indian culture & ethos. It sums up saying #MoreIndianThanYouThink. And it stands so firm, we are & will be more Indian by our values. Our values have made us stand strong against the storms encountered.
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