So it was another training that the company asked me to attend. This one was called ‘Team building’ and I was sent off in a bus with 22 other strangers to a Place called Doddaballapur which is around 70 kms from Bangalore city. My first thought was ‘Team building’ with 22 strangers? all from different teams?.
Pegasus Leaning Institute. You can read about them here.
Now coming back to the topic ‘People’. Why people? they are the most important aspect of a team, a company or anything for that matter. People can be employees, customers anyone !
Now, what did the training teach me?
1. All managers are not leaders. :- I found that most real life managers were not instant leaders in many of the activities we did at the training. Either they were laid back or were not comfortable with the situation. This point here is that people behave differently (or their true nature comes out) when put in an uncomfortable situation. If they are natural leaders it comes out even if they don’t play that role in real life.
2. Follow the lead or lead your followers :- In any situation we have two options, either you would just follow someone else’s lead or your instincts kick in and you lead the rest of the pack.
3. Accepting the leader :- Majority of the people around are not leaders, we tend to accept a person and follow his/her lead when we are either lost or is confident that the leader would guide the way.
With the gyan done, let’s go into sights and sounds of Bangalore these days or Bengaluru, Bengaloroo, Bangaloru whatever. It’s strange that the State government changed the name, but did not specify on the spelling. Strange indeed. Even government departments haven’t got the spell check done.
It’s a saree, no its an Anarkali controversy. What? sorry for my ignorance in Indian fashion, what’s an Anarkali?
I was doing this management talk on facebook and thought I should share it on my blog as well.
Management talk (Ready Reckoner)
Don’t say ‘I was able to get new projects’ . Say ‘I gained traction in the new engagement’
Don’t say ‘Team completed the work. Say ‘The team rallied around the goals’
Don’t say ‘Team did a good job’. Say ‘The team maintained the momentum’
Don’t say “You DO IT” Say “Take ownership and drive things”
Don’t say “I DON’T know” Say “Interesting ! I haven’t explored it yet.”
Don’t say “I am lost I have no clue what to do” Say “I am facing roadblocks”
Don’t say ‘You should talk to XYZ’ say ‘You should connect with XYZ’
Don’t say ‘I am would be on leave’ say ‘I would be on FTO – Flexible Time OFF’
Don’t say ‘I mess up things around here say ‘I manage things’ 🙂
Don’t say this is not my job, say its not part of the charter.
Keep saying ‘Hard work is a reward in itself’ every time you give away an award with no monetary benefit. 🙂