For a good professional life…

“A good professional life does not come by default”…

Something each of realised pretty soon after joining a company? Yes I guess… Why is that so? Quite obviously, despite all the jargons of “Having a common goal…” etc, it is to be realised that there are conflicting interests of multiple people and then of people vs the organisation itself. Its a matter of fact which we cant escape from. At least in todays’ Capitalistic settings…

While Capitalism has been the fuel for “Growth” as humanity’s recent progress is termed, it certainly is also the root cause of all conflicts at office we see… The solution, at least in our own hands is not to move to a Socialistic system or any other system. But to understand a few simple facts and find peace…

I focus on the IT Sector… (as thats the only one i know). Others though I hope can find similar patterns in your industry too…

Realise our potentials and limitations and accordingly Choose the Industry and position to settle in correctly.

When I say the above, what I mean is that we need to choose which segment of the IT sector we should settle down in. It is not about the first few years. The first few years are high energy years with lot of enthu and we can make many things work which over time are found Unsustainable…

We need to clearly understand that industry settings work more or less as below. I know i am making a generalisation which is not always true but it helps us get a little focus and thats the sole purpose of classifying as below. (No offence meant… Pls excuse…)

High Talent – Research and Development, Product Design, Entrepreneurship etc

Medium Talent – Lead positions in Service Sector

Average Talent – Engineer / Senior engineer roles in the Service Sector

I know it is a very delicate issue that most of us would like not to spek about. But there is no point beating around the bush and trying to fool ourselves about our position in the above ladder. If we wish for more than what we have worked to get to, we are going to be creating a mess around us…

While I do the classification as above, I fully recognise that TALENT is one thing we can BUILD, at least in the sense that it is percieved in the industry. Its a combination of our knowledge, skills and attitude to work. Once we recognise our current position, we need to draw up long term plans for moving into a position we can settle in. When I say settle, i mean get to a position which is sustainable and comfortable, one that meets our own just demands and also that of the organisation.

If we notice ourselves itching for freedom to execute things as we like, there is no point sitting long in the service sector. Its going to drain us. On the other hand, if we notice ourselves looking for instructions and being content, lets realise that we are FINE in the service sector. No work is bad per se. But certainly, each kind of work has it’s own value and the salary we get is very much based on what our work leads to and how much that product or service is in saleable. Thats a fact and the sooner we agree, the better. If we can stretch ourselves and get to higher and higher pay positions, gr8…… But certainly it comes at the price of stretching ourselves. Its good to set ourselves goals higher than what we currently think we can as history has demonstrated not once but innumerable times that WILL POWER can take one higher than one could ever imagine. While the above is true, there certainly is a point beyond which our attempts fail given the current conditions, conditions in personal life and circumstances in society and position of industry. At these times, we would not do ourselves any good by stretching. We need to priorotize and accept current conditions and settle down..

To summarise, I mention some quick thoughts.

Key decisions:

First things first:

1. To stay in the current industry or not? (Service Sector Vs R&D Sector as said above)

Once our industry choice is done:

2. To stay in the current organisation or not?

Fairness and Transperency in policies and performance management is the key to this question. As long as you realise that there is no politics or backstabbing thats happening and you would get your due, it makes sense to stay and fix the small issues that would always exist. While the grass does look greener on other side, lets be sure there are troubles there too. Our leaders and managers can assess us quite well as long as they wish to and are dedicated to it just as we always know how well they handle the team or company. We cant fool around for long and neither can they fool around for long.

Performance management becomes much simpler when both parties recognise this and also the position of both in the particular industry settings. If the service sector pays less, its simply because they cant survive by paying high. Its for us to choose where we wish to settle. There is no point bullying around and making lives of all difficult. After all, the manager / leader is doing his / her job too. 5% here or there does not matter much. Such errors would always exist in any system. If the organisation does not agree with us and we have other good options, cool…… But cribbing while being in is no good for anyone, not even you.

Our global choices of industry and organisation have the biggest effects and there is not much to gain by negotiating hard inside. The organisation is doing us no favour and neither are we doing them any favour. So, with the people with who we work, lets be cool…

I know i have digressed quite a bit and not made a strong case… Just some thoughts i have put up… Do feel free to comment / correct. Have a nice time… Our peace is more valuable than a few bucks…

Jai Hind !!!

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