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The Perfect Boss

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

There were about 70 scientists working on a very hectic project. All of them were really frustrated due to the pressure of work and the demands of their boss but everyone was loyal to him and did not think of quitting their job.

One day, one scientist came to his boss and told him, “Sir, I have promised my children that I will take them to the exhibition going on in our township so I want to leave the office at 5:30 pm.”

His boss replied, “OK, You’re permitted to leave the office early today.”

The Scientist started working. He continued his work after lunch. As usual, he got involved to such an extent that he looked at his watch only when he felt he was close to completion. The time was 8.30 PM.

Suddenly he remembered the promise he had made to his children.

He looked for his boss but he was not there. Having told him in the morning himself, he closed everything and left for home. Deep within himself, he was feeling guilty for having disappointed his children. He reached home. The children were not there.

His wife alone was sitting in the hall and reading magazines. The situation was explosive; any talk would boomerang on him. His wife asked him, “Would you like to have coffee or shall I straight away serve dinner if you are hungry?”

The man replied, “If you would like to have coffee, I too will have but what about the children?”

Hi wife replied, “You don’t know? Your boss came here at 5.15 PM and has taken the children to the exhibition.”

What had really happened was … The boss who granted him permission was observing him working seriously at 5.00 PM. He thought to himself, this person will not leave the work, but if he has promised his children they should enjoy the visit to exhibition. So he took the lead in taking them to exhibition.

The boss does not have to do it every time. But once it is done, loyalty is established. That is why all the scientists at Thumba continued to work under their boss even though the stress was tremendous.

By the way, can you hazard a guess as to who the boss was?

He was none other than the mastermind behind India ‘s successful nuclear weapons and missiles program – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India.

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Devan
    September 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Great story… never read something like this…


  2. Jennifer
    September 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Whilst I appreciate what the boss did, I dont think it was fair to the kids, there is always a difference!

  3. September 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    @ Devan – Thanks bro, its surely is a great story 🙂

    @ Jennifer – I agree that its not fair to the kids, but at least they went to exhibition with a great leader and with tender nature person (I think they might have enjoyed more then the 1st option they had), That’s what i heard about Dr. Abdul Kalam, He had ability to make anyone laugh and make comfortable around him. Seeing things in a positive way, may help us to see more options in life 🙂

  4. September 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Only he could have done it. Not very many people are like him. Jennifer has a point that Dad cannot be substituted, but look differently – atleast here is a boss who tried to balance things, while ensuring that the work is not compromised.

  5. Amisha
    September 28, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Great story & I like what Rajiv said seeing things in a positiv way,may help us to see more options in life.Very nice &thanks.

  6. September 28, 2010 at 8:55 am

    @ Shammi – Fully agree, that is what i tried to explain to Jennifer too 🙂

    @ Amisha Babhi – Thank you Babhi 🙂

  7. Rui Melo
    September 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

    5 Estrelas…. Este é o modelo que tento atingir. O espírito e a letra são algo que diverge mas que somados….

  8. September 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

    @ Rui Melo – Obrigado, esse tambem é o meu modelo que tento seguir 🙂

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