Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Snake and Ladder

Some of us were sitting and discussing company policies the other day, and shared a good laugh just thinking about some of those. I mean there is nothing funny about these godforsaken pain-in-the-butt policies, but sometimes you get a laugh out on the worst of things. Now recently there was a new policy introduced in my organization which has introduced new levels in your promotion ladder. So if you were about to go from Level 2 to Level 3, you will actually be going to Level 2.5, and you are supposed to feel happy that you got a promotion. So basically if you are eyeing 3 for some time, now you get a promotion, and you still have not reached 3. And promotions do not happen everyday right. So you are farther away from your next goal than you were, and its still a promotion, congratulations you lucky one! :)

So this got me thinking a little. What if I was one of the policy makers! How could I contribute to this policy repository with one new master policy that my people would be proud of! And after some serious work I have come up with my proposal. This new policy is called the Snake and Ladder Policy. And the punch line is – Fortune and Fortune 500 favor the brave! So this policy comprises of a normal a-step-a-time ladder (which technically is no ladder, just a step) and a real ladder (which means you could jump multiple levels at a time if you were in a right place at the right time). So progress is assured, but the progress can also be exponential. Now the only twist to this tale is, and you should never look at this as a twist but always as a challenge, that there are also snakes in between. Some small harmless ones that may throw you down a few steps, or a few venomous vipers (remember the snake at 98) that can slide you down really low. But then as they say – if it ain’t rough, it ain’t right! So rough that this journey may sound, several attempts and you will be back soon in the 90s, running again for the ultimate destination.

Fortune favors the brave. So support this policy if you believe in yourself. If you are not supporting this, you are not trusting in your abilities which just prove that you do not look promising for any elevation at all.

Special note for only some special people:
  1. No ladder takes you beyond 89.
  2. There are 6 snakes deployed between 90 and 95, one at each step. So whoever crossed over has crossed over, no one can make it past 89 in the future at all.
  3. There are some ladders that originate from outside the board that have the ability to take you past 95. This is not a common knowledge and cannot be used by anyone within the system.
I think this policy is going to be one phenomenal one and will appeal to all policy makers across corporate world. So if you want me to work on it with you, please let me know and I will work on it with you. I will charge in dollars though. After all this is brilliant, isn’t it! Be the first one to implement… GO! 

Dirty Thirty

So one more year wiser. And an inch from the worst birthday ever. Life is divided into two parts, before thirty and after thirty. Last year of the golden period before I cross over to the next part never to come back. I was talking to a colleague here, and he said well 40s are the new 30s and 30s the new 20s. I said I wanted to believe him and felt a little better. 

Now a few days back I was talking to a friend and I asked what she was doing. She said she was listening to some niiiice old songs. The immediate song that played in my head was yeh raatein yeh mausam nadi ka kinaara.., a beautiful black and white song, while I waited for her answer. And then she went ahead and answered my question -  I was listening to DDLJ songs.

DDLJ!! OLD?? So I do not believe my colleague any more. Old age is here already! :( 

And if someone wants to say age is just a number, and you should stay young at heart, my reply would be, No, age is NOT just a number. It is till you are in your 20s, but post that, it is NOT. You can not NOT care about age. It is touchy. It is old. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wise men say...

Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.” ~ Andrew Warhola (as read on Paulo Coelho’s blog)

The more I think about this line, the more real it sounds. The journey to achieve a dream or attaining something almost impossible is sweeter than the sweet final outcome of having achieved it. The quest is intoxicating, once reached, is very gratifying, but what next? 

And please believe me I do not make references to myself too much in my blog unless I explicitly state it. These are just thoughts and not my reality. This was thought provoking and the debate in my head is out in this post. The debate perhaps will still continue some more.