There’s a buzz around the office of a multinational company regarding the new BOSS.
The new person’s charismatic profile has already captivated the attention of all, making them all eager to work under the new administrator.
However, is the entirety same as speculated or is there something more to it? Is the new boss exactly the way they all imagined?
Read ahead and join the ride along with the company’s employees. A ride of breaking the stereotypes around the “Boss”.
Disclaimer: It’s a 6 minute read.
Hustle about the news
“Do you have any idea about who is going to be the next CEO of the company?”
“Only information I have about the person is that he was earlier positioned as the CEO of a telecom association”
replied Raj curtly to the query of Mohan.
Raj and Mohan have been working for this MNC, “Pastime” which manufactures favoured sports wear, for about 15 years.
Raj’s crooked nose; rough patchy skin; dark-narrowed eyes, scanning everyone’s work were just appropriate for his job of being an executive manager. He was tagged ‘loutish’ by every one except the female colleagues and his acquaintance Mohan, who was the general manager.
The impassive man used to be passive around the working ladies, he believed that they were the key to set equality. Mohan admired Raj for his this attitude.
“Today is a big day, i am retiring as the CEO, it’s an emotional day, but am elated to announce that the company is going to have a new, meticulous, highly skilled leader to handle my position, the candidate is awarded with Padma Shri; has done MBA from Harvard University; at the age of 28, was the youngest billionaire; also mentioned amongst the top 10 businessmen of the world by Forbes magazine in 2013 edition…”
“Is this man real or a fictional character, so many achievements at such an early age”,
”He must be the gene found once in an epoch”,
“Looking forward to work under his histrionic intelligence.”
While, Mr. Duggal was giving the introductory speech for the future head, on his day of official farewell, every one was amused by the qualities of the successor.
“I know you all are looking forward to work with Ms Seema Shergil , who is also known as ‘The man in the men’s world’, she is an inspiration not only for the females , but also for the males living in the society, ‘She is the Man’, her work is…”
She is the man
“She is the man”, the words were a thunder-clap to the ears of coterie. They could not hear anything beyond it, all the words by Duggal sir were fading into oblivion.
The people were same, but the words and ideology was different now.
“How can a woman make decisions regarding sports wear?
What does she know about it?”;
“How can a woman be the man in the men’s world?”;
“Now a double X chromosome is going to rule us? Don’t you know the second X chromosome is the ruler of insanity?”
“What are you saying pals, what about being a Padma Shri, youngest billionaire title, her excellence in work, did you forget all that?”, enunciated an assertive voice.
Everyone looked at the direction of the tone, and there was standing Raj, and behind him was Mohan who was uttering these words.
Mohan was a silent man, who never whispered a word from his thick yet soft lips. His red-flushed cheeks, deep dark brown eyes, his placid smile, lean, tall body, made him look like a sensitive person, but he never used to speak anything except work. He was considered to be the assistant of Raj, always giving nod to his words, although both were positioned professionally at equal levels.
He, taking a stand today was a revelation.
”Can’t we just respect her for her work? I feel privileged to work under her. I am sure there is a lot to learn.”
“C’mon are you out of your senses? Let’s face it, their species can not handle pressure with ease.” said an unexpected tone, that of Raj.
The day was the day of revelations, unprecedented spin of events, happening progressively with the turn of each page. The leaves of the book were bringing out unanticipated discoveries.
“Raj, after hearing what you said, i guess, i reckon you wrongly.”;
“I am just saying the truth”;
“This is the truth? Then what about you admiring working women?”;
“I do admire them, but not as my boss”;
“No, this is life”;
” I can understand it lucidly; equality, empowerment, all these were and are just terms for you, words mentioned in the dictionary, words which seem good to speak about in public.”
“Yes! This is it, you got me right” said Raj aggressively.
All this while, Mr. Duggal, unaware of the exchange of conversations amidst his introductory speech, was now going to introduce Ms Shergil to the horde.
”The wait is over, you all must be excited to meet her, the exceptional expert, the leader, the connoisseur, the man, your new CEO, welcome with applause, Ms Seema Shergil. ”
The Kalpana auditorium was echoing with conditioned applaud.
From the penumbra of the curtains enclosing the entrance to the stage, stepped forward a unique soul.
She was not pretty as princess, but was beautiful, her confident face depicted her assured, assertive nature. There was something about her that swayed her critics. It was not the way she looked, but the glow reflecting on her face, charm of knowing what she is doing and is going to do.
The light on her face reminded the saying by Buddha, “To succeed, you have to make the light of yourself, and one day you will glow.”
“Now, i know the feeling of meeting a prodigy.” said someone from the crowd.
“Let’s see what she wish to say” spoke Raj
Changing perception. Winning minds
“Good evening to all. No need of felicitating me with bouquet, garlands or bow in honor. I am here as your acquaintance and not as your boss. We are a team. I thank you for accepting me as part of this group. You and i together can make ‘Pastime’ to reach the pinnacle of success, as dreamt by Duggal sir.”
“Her words are spell-bounding”;
“She nailed it”;
”Surely, she is the man”, perspectives were changed again.
“I told you Raj, working under her is going to be great”;
“It’s too early to comment, Mohan”,
“No one is perfect”, articulated Raj
To this, Raj’s secretary, Mohina replied,”Sir, but her saree is crisply ironed, each pleat is finely made, hair nicely groomed, posture is firmly erect yet her body is flexible, she is perfect.
In support, Mohan said, “It is believed, the way a person dress, is the way a person thinks. You also believe in this, don’t you? You told me about this belief a year aback, just repeating your words.”
“Ah! Don’t smirk” urged Raj
Meanwhile, Ms Shergil was done with her speech and had shown her desire to have an interrogatory session.
”… feel free to ask me anything, we need to work together, border of hesitation must be broken.”
Mohina, who was already leading the fan club of the new CEO, catechized, “Ma’am, how do you manage to work effectively yet effortlessly?”
“That’s flattering! In reply to your question, i would like to share my key to success i.e. loving what you do, or do what you love. I followed my dream and money, fame, success followed me. This love, passion for my job makes me work effectively. Though efforts are put in, but, the lure to learn more in my field makes it seem effortless.”
Applauses were real now, as real as the applauses bestowed at the time of victory of Indian cricket team in the world cup.
Raj’s mind was now sure about the efficiency of the lady, but his heart was not ready to give up.
He gave a situation to her, “Ma’am, you have an unprecedented mind, am sure you would be able to give solution to this situation; If our rival companies sell their products at half rate than ours and we can not lower our prices to such an extent as it would cause us heavy loss, what will you do to make sure that we do not lose our position in the market without suffering any loss at the profit-rate.”
“There isn’t any solution in which market value and our profit value sustains. Raj is doing this on purpose.” argued a colleague.
“I know, she has the answer, i am sure about it.” said Mohan.
The hall was buttoned up, to hear her response.
She smiled, “This is easy. All i need is the best advertisement campaign. Marketing sells. In addition, our manufacturing cost is higher than other organizations, this implies that we don’t compromise in quality. All we need to do is make people realize this. Our institution has a brand value, many other co-operations wish to share an assignment with us, we will talk to such organizations and make a deal of promoting their name with our own, for this they would invest and we could offer deals to the consumers, deals like ‘buy a Pastime sweat shirt and get Yacoo’s lawn tennis racket free’. Such offers are always lucrative. Some people would buy our product for the first time because of gluttony of the deal, and later they would be lured to buy only our products in order to have the best quality. This way neither the market value would be lost, nor there would be any compromise with profit-rate.”
Raj was stunned. His heart also surrendered to the beauty of brain.
1200 people at the venue and there was tranquility. Everyone was dazed by her wit. The moment was serene, as if, it started snowing and snow absorbed the sound waves.
In this deadly silence, filled with expressions, Mohan broke the quietness and applauded with pride.
And soon the hall was radiating cheers and laurels, not only honoring the adept lady but also announcing the bright future of the company.