Many leaders, including technology visionaries, often use soundbites to make a point. Unfortunately, many of them could be misleading, if you don’t get past the soundbite.
Leaders face tremendous challenges when they take the helms of an existing organization. They don’t have the luxury of a clean slate. Even in a well-run organization, there is room for improvement, and opportunity for the new leader to make a mark. In some cases, the leaders come into situations that might look hopeless and the hurdles insurmountable. In some others, the incoming leader doesn’t even know the enormity of it all until they start revealing themselves over a period of time.
Working from home is a hot topic. Just because some companies are asking their employees to switch from being a remote worker to onsite, all of a sudden working from home is not good for business anymore.
In the last few months, I started providing guidance, and start mentor relationships with a number of young women with technical education.
All these young women have three wonderful qualities in common.
Wikipedia explains “ritual” thus: “A ritual ‘is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence’. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized but not defined by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance.”
I was a director of engineering in Consilium in the 1990’s when my manager told me something that I did not want to hear. In the annual performance review, under Opportunity for Improvement, he said:
“Patience – In past years Shantha was quick to show displeasure with those who did not meet her high standards, including herself. Shantha has made excellent progress in controlling her feelings but at times allows her frustration to get the better of her.”
The year was 1971. I had just graduated with a degree in engineering – one of only 8 women in a class of hundreds of students from one of the oldest colleges in India. It was also the year in which Helen Reddy’s first recording of “I am Woman” was made.