Interaction with Upper Management
The topic we picked up today was "what makes a world-class team?". While I feel that there were times when we got a little side-tracked, it was an interesting exercise in thought. I mean, the one thing which I have observed is that the higher you go, the more the propensity to using slogans and catchwords, buzzwords, etc. as opposed to clearly defined statements. Well, while we did start out a little with a lot of buzzwords ("bolvachan" is what I think the typical Puneri would put it :-D) I found to my satisfaction that the more we talked, it became increasingly clear that we had begun to narrow down and focus our thoughts on what exactly makes up a World Class Organisation.
Well, one of the items of discussion that came up were Personal Growth. I personally regretted the term used, to me, it represents a BROAD range of topics. When I talk about "personal growth" I could be referring to anything from, say, increased monetary compensation, to increased responsibilities at work, to being asked to undertake new activities which require a steep learning curve, I mean, it could be how tall I grew in the last three months!!! You see... very general.
Well, the point of the meeting was that once we came up with these "pointers to being a World Class Team" we'd have to spend time grading ourselves on each "pointer". Well, when the time came for "personal growth", I found myself (to the surprise of quite a few colleagues of mine, and myself as well, to be honest) raising my hand and expressing the opinion that we have some way to go.
I find it increasingly clear that I was justified in having reservations about the usage of the term "personal growth". The reason there was surprise expressed by my peers is because (and this is my opinion of what they think) the general consensus is that I have consistently been getting important and challenging stuff to do at the workplace.
You know what the worst part is? They are absolutely right. And what's even worse (if such a term could be applied) is that when I expressed the opinion that "personal growth" was lacking, was that I wasn't disputing the "consensus" at all. Yes, I have had a LOT of really good work to do here. At the risk of sounding petty, I had more... monetary concerns.
If I may belabor the point, while I understand that the level of responsibility you are given, and the opportunity to work with new technologies and increasing your knowledge of your field are, in itself, an indication of your progress within the company, a consistent approach to compensation would definitely go a LONG way towards ensuring an employee's loyalty. To me, money isn't the yardstick by which I judge success, however, money is a very good spur to higher achievements! I mean, wouldn't the expectation of a high salary be just what you need to find the enthusiasm to come to the office every day? I do know that its what keeps ME going. Plus, a guy needs to get beyond starvation wages at some point in his career, doesn't he :-p ?
I'll try my best to share some more experiences of the time spent this week. Watch this space.