18 Harsh truths about Corporate Life

18 Harsh truths about Corporate Life

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I have been working since 2012 and have learnt some very intresting truths about worklife. These truth are like the universal truth of the workplace and eternally valid. Ignoring them would lead to your downfall. Orginally posted on Mens XP, here are 18 harsh truths about work life that you always need to remember.

1. The more efficient you are at your work, the more you will be burdened with it.

Coz you are the expert, unless you make someone as good as ( or better ) as you

2. Nobody cares about your individual progress in the corporate world. All that matters is what you contribute to the company.

They are paying you for a reason. Give them a good one.

3. There will come a time when you will take up a job just for the money and nothing else.

You need money to fulfill your wishes.

4. Desk jobs kill creativity.

They do

5. Very often, you will be held accountable for tasks that weren’t even your responsibility in the first place.

Yeah that kind of shit happens and becomes a part of your life. Get used to it

6. You will be dealing with a dozen tasks other than what you were initially hired for. Your scope of work will only keep increasing.

Welcome to real world, baby. Its much worse than you had imagined.

7. You will be constantly made to believe you need the company more than it needs you, and that, is not always true.

Because you need that money. Dont think your company is going to miss you no matter how good you were. The company never stops  and niether should you

8. Meetings are a waste of time

If you really want to make a meeting, keep it to the point

9. If you’re sluggish, you’ll be ridiculed by your boss. If you’re proactive, you’ll be hated by your colleagues.

Sure about the first one, not so sure about the second one.

10. Your needs as an employee would go completely ignored, sometimes. You won’t get what you really deserve until you raise your voice and put your foot down.

11. You will be made to work with uninspired people and it will be the most difficult task ever. Your team-mates would neither be of any help, nor would they make it possible for you take everything in your own hands, and it will kill your passion.

12. People around will constantly pull you down with their cynicism solely because they hate your guts.

13. Nobody is going to appreciate you staying in extra hours every single day but the one time you leave a little early, hell will break lose.

15. Office politics is definitely not a myth.

16. There will be times when undeserving people will get credit for the work you do, simply because they are higher up on the corporate ladder.

17. Half of your time will be spent in sending out unnecessary mails that will never even be read to countless people who want to feel important, before you can actually start working.

18. You will end up doing everything yourself.

 

Story of the Shark

Story of the Shark

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This is a story that my manager forwarded to me. Very inspiring

The Story:

If you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium in which it lives.

Sharks can be six inches long yet fully mature. However, if you turn them loose in the ocean, they grow to their normal size.

The same is true of potential leaders. Some are put into an organization when they are still small, and the confining environment ensures that they stay small and underdeveloped.

Only leaders can control the environment of their organization.

Some leaders are confined to aquariums.

Leaders need to be turned loose in the ocean so they can grow to their normal size.

If you are in charge of leaders in your organization, let them grow and develop. If you are a leader, purpose to grow to your fullest potential in the ocean instead of in an aquarium.

According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia: “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.”

Description of a Shark in an Aquarium

  1. Some sharks are comfortable in the aquarium. If permitted to leave, they wouldn’t. After all, they have a place to stay, food to eat, and not be responsible or accountable for very much. Some sharks convince other sharks why they all should stay in the aquarium.
  2. Some sharks are so brainwashed they feel they cannot function outside of the aquarium. They choose to stay in the aquarium because they fear going into the ocean.
  3. The shark who leaves is in the minority. Only one out of ten would find the courage to go into the ocean where it belongs.
  4. The shark remains in the aquarium because it is comfortable there. It can’t see beyond the walls of the aquarium. Oceans are so deep and so wide that most sharks prefer being in a smaller container where it is warm and fuzzy. The shark enjoys being contained in a limited space with limited opportunities because it has not experienced anything different. The aquarium life is all it knows.
  5. The shark who leaves the aquarium is talked about and ostracized and referred to as a traitor.
  6. The shark who wants to leave but doesn’t leave will always wonder what it would be like to be in the ocean. It will never be satisfied in the aquarium.
  7. Some sharks will talk about leaving and get real close to leaving, but they never leave. They rationalize why they should stay. When they get bitten by one of the other fish, they talk about leaving again, and the cycle continues.
  8. Some sharks will have their belongings packed, but when an extra worm is dangled in front of them, they change their mind about leaving.
  9. The worst case scenario of all is the shark who disputes the truth that it was meant to grow in the ocean. It denies that staying in an aquarium will keep it only 6 inches long. It tries to disprove the fact that sharks will grow only to a size proportionate to its environment. This shark becomes angry wiith the shark who leaves.
  10. The shark who leaves without looking back will be the one who grows to its fullest potential and fulfill its God-given purpose where it belongs . . . in the ocean.

If you are a shark in an aquarium, go to the ocean where you belong.

If you are a leader who keeps other leaders in an aquarium, set them free so they can grow and do what they were created to do.

Being an Introvert

Being an Introvert

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Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.

Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to “recharge.”When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly introspective.

Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has conversations. However, those conversations are generally about ideas and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial matters of social small talk.

Introverts make up about 60% of the gifted population but only about 25-40% of the general population and even fewer extreme cases of introversion. This leads to a lot of misunderstandings, since society doesn’t have very much experience with these people.
Common misconceptions about Introverts and the real facts about them

(original topic by Carl Kingdom)

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

My friend Diana Haught explains more on the psych of the introvert

  • It is NOT “good for us” to go out and socialize. It drains us. We have to withdraw and recharge. We hate crowds especially crowds with loud music and drunks. Good for us is a quiet evening with a friend or two with maybe some wine or hot cocoa. Not being a People Person isn’t the same as not liking people – we just like our people in smallish doses.
  • We don’t sit around waiting for your phone call. We don’t like being interrupted by the phone. We like you a lot but not that way.
  • We generally don’t confront. We are not confrontational people.
  • Most of us, if abandoned on an island somewhere, wouldn’t notice the lack of people as long as the plumbing and electricity worked (can’t read in the dark) and we had books and a computer and a food supply. Well, we’d notice eventually, but it would take a while.
  • Extroverts are dogs. We are cats.
  • We write things down. We write in general. Words are the world and the universe. We live many lives and they are all in our heads.
  • Very few introverts will know what color is in Fashion this season, although we can usually tell you more than you want to know about the science of color. Style for us means comfortable – preferably with no itchy tags. Sometimes we like to dress up in costumes though.
  • An introvert can consider you their bestest friend for years and never see you at all. It’s ok, we write (email really) don’t we?
  • Introverts have a hard time knowing what to do with themselves when made the center of attention in a group.
  • We are not sitting around secretly wishing we had company. We have a cat familiar or two and it’s all good.
  • Our answer to “Don’t you get bored being home all day?” Is “NO.” Being bored while being alone is not something we relate to.
  • Introverts love you. You just might not know it.

Sure, anyone who knows me would say, “Duh! Why did it take you so long to realize you’re an Introvert?” It’s not that simple. The problem is that labeling someone as an Introvert is a very shallow assessment, full of common misconceptions. It’s more complex than that. So before you go ahead and judge anyone and label them with whatever comes to that small brain of yours, make sure you get to know that person a little bit and talk to them yourself before drawing final conclusions