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Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Paradigm Shift

A Paradigm Shift

One evening a scholar was addressing the participants on the concept of work  culture. One of the participants asked the following question :

"I am a senior manager of Materials Department and I joined an organization  25 years ago as an Engineer Trainee and over the last 25 years I have gone  through every experience in the organization.

During the initial part of my career, the job was very challenging and  interesting.

However, all those exciting days are gone since I do not find my joy any  more interesting because there is nothing new in my job. I am now feeling  bored because I am doing a routine job.

However, Sir, I am living in the same house for over forty years, I am the  son for the same parents for over forty five years, I am the father for the  same children for the past ten years and the husband for the same lady for  the past twenty years !( the toughest job!)

In these personal roles I do not feel bored Please tell me why I am bored of  the routine in the office and not in the house? 

The response from Scholar was very interesting and convincing. He asked the 
executive the question:

"Please tell me for whom does your Mother cook ?"

The executive replied that obviously the mother cooks for others.

Then the Scholar said that the mother "Serves" others and because of this 
 service mindedness, she is not feeling tired or bored. But in an office,we  "Work" and not "Serve". Anything we consider, as service will not make us  feel bored. That is difference between Serving and Working.

He asked the executive to consider his work as service and not merely a work  !! This was a very interesting analysis!! Whenever you put a larger context  around your work and see a broader meaning for your work, you will take  interest in your work and it will make a very big difference in your 
internal energy.

Attitude Matters !!!

If you think you are working for the organization you will get frustrated. If you feel you are doing a service and getting some service charges you  will feel happy. After all -doing what you like is freedom But liking what you do is happiness!

It is just a paradigm shift that is required!

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