It has been a while since I have been back to my blog and I have been feeling that i am missing my whole point of why I started this – to leave back a legacy a story that my kid can read and know her dad more.
Last year I have been busy a project that I was working on during my tenure for Sapient Nitro. I joined Sapient Nitro back in Nov 2012 and by April 2013, I
was already working for one of the most well known Sports Giant in USA ~ NASCAR. Yeah you heard me right – I was (one of) the Architect on the project and was responsible for delivery from India team. It was a long project and needed me to step up big time. It took a lot for me to get back to what I was several years before. Once I was in the grove it was plain and simple fun for me.
After spending 12 months on the project, I can proudly announce my success looking at the following 3 dimensions
Delivering a new platform NASCAR.com which is viewed by millions of people when their races are one;
I was nominated and then won the Distinguished Technologist Award in Sapient. This award is given to a selected few every year and I was selected as the one of the technologists who made a difference;
Got promoted as Sr. Manager Technology and it felt great because i had just joined as Manager Tech and in a year’s time I had proven myself yet again
Morale is the enthusiasm of a person at a particular time. I relate this to the workplace and I know this is the only thing that gets someone going. Last Thursday, there was a full team meeting at my workplace and somethings happened that make me think how do we make everyone on the team happy?
One of the leaders of the team went beyond to recognize a team member of a track of just 2 people. I felt good about it, as she was on my team and was getting recognized for all the good work. I could clearly see my efforts being paid off. But, what I failed to look into that the other team member was getting ignored. She has done all that is needed to do to make the project a success. For me she has been a very key member of the team and without her on the team, I would not have delivered the great work. In my mind this was clear, but she was looking for some appreciation from other folks as well. When I put myself in her shoes, I find how right is she? When I was at her place a couple of years back that is exactly how I was structuring my thoughts.
Very interestingly, I start to think about my whole team and see how can I make them a success in their own worlds. Success to everyone would mean differently. For this member it is a simple recognition by a leader, an acknowledgment by someone other than just me. For others it can be monitory and for someone else it can be something else. Just to be able to understand every one’s dreams and give them the right recognition when they do a good job is a difficult task.
Morale, now becomes a vital factor in their growth. How they think/feel/perform is directly proportionate to how I would handle their expectations. I think it all boils down to keep them self-motivated. To give them new challenges that they can take to the next level. The fact that I need to keep my every team member motivated, is a motivation for me.
Also comes to mind some of my favorite movies from – “Remember the Titans”, “Miracle”, “We are Marshall” come to mind and how the teams who had struggled to deliver anything became the best. It was not just about the coach who led these team; but it was more about the players in the team and how they brought it all together.
“It doesn’t matter what other people think of you. All that matters is what you think of you. We lose so much energy worrying about the opinions of others, wanting to be liked. Leadership and personal mastery is about rising above social approval – to self approval.”
“It is other people’s opinion and what they think of us is probably just a mirror for us. If people are the true mirrors, where is the harm in taking a peak every now and then, to see how flawless we have become, to see how good looking we have grown. Every morning we look for self-approval but we need a mirror to tell us that; and we do not ignore that. Similarly, should we disregard the other mirror of people for giving us this truth? There are times when it will give us an idea on how to correct our appearance so we can shine on (feedback) and there will be other times, when we know we are shining but we still need confirmation that we do indeed shine (recognitions).”
So long as you are living by your values, running your own race and living your dreams, who cares what anyone else thinks/says about you? It should always be about doing what’s right.
I always look into the mirror and do what I find is right for me.