Beyond the cloud…
Hilariously narrated by Alexy Jacob, an experience where he encounters the grace of God in a difficult challenge at work.
It was the time “cloud computing” was starting to gaining momentum in Software industry, and the time I had already missed an opportunity to work abroad as the project was put on hold. One day, the head of the Cloud Computing division in my office told me about one of his projects that was being escalated by the customer, and asked whether I would be willing to travel immediately to Belgium to complete its implementation. Although he reassured me that the team here will support me wholeheartedly, I replied that I had very limited knowledge in cloud computing and might not be the right person for the job. Enter our senior manager, who just happened to pass by! As is the wont with us managers, he started a motivational speech wherein he categorically and unequivocally concluded that as “Alexy has already managed similarly escalated projects in the past, he would easily manage this project as well” – so there you go, easy as a pie, you see !!!
In truth, I can’t blame our senior manager fully – as I myself have used this technique before, of motivating people before sending them on very difficult projects. As if this was not bad enough, I was later told about the head of the project in Belgium (let us call him ‘Raja’) – a man who was ‘famously infamous’ for his aggressive ways. ‘Hold on guys, I have had a change of mind’ – well, too late Alexy, the company has already started Visa processing and you can’t change your travel plans now.