Oops…my mistake!

Rupert went against all! It was his decision. And he didn’t listen even to his experienced staff members. He was blinded by his personal opinions and overconfidence. “After all I have brought up this company for so long. My decisions are always mine.”, he thought and went on to sign the contract. There was disappointment and worry on David’s face now. He was the senior most manager and loved the company as his own. But the decision didn’t surprise him, Rupert has been doing this for years now. He never consulted anyone. Few months later, everyone gathered in the newsroom. It was 30th April, 2016. There was intense tension as they saw their company stocks crashing at a lightening speed. Rupert stood at front, shocked but not panicky. He looked down and gazed at the floor for long, as if he was trying to come to terms with what has just happened. David saw that Rupert took out a pencil and a diary, and wrote something on it. He wondered if Rupert will ever realize his mistake. Days passed by and it was again a major decision day. However everyone as usual knew that they would only be called for briefing the decision being made by Rupert.

David was sitting in his cabin wondering about the contract. His phone rang and his secretary informed him that he was being called at the conference room. It felt weird as Rupert always called the management in his room for conveying the decision. As he reached there, he saw every head of the department was sitting there. Rupert entered and sat on his chair beside David. Greeting everyone with a smile, he said, “I would like to hear everyone’s opinions on this contract. Florence, you can start”. Everyone was surprised but was feeling immensely happy and looked at Rupert with respect as never before. David looked at Rupert as if he was mesmerized by him. As took his gaze down and he saw a open diary page. Rupert has written,

‘Date: 30th April, 2016:

My Mistake: Autonomous Decision

Learning: To consult everybody from now, on important decisions’

mistake

 

A difficult decision!

She was walking for quite a long time now. Lost in herself, unaware of the surroundings. Rosa had decided to explore the nearby forest today, but her mind was engulfed by the wild storm of statements, each one contradictory. She had to convey her final decision by tomorrow morning. It was a big opportunity for her but the company was in New York. It meant shifting not only to other country but altogether to a new continent, where there was no one she could call her own. She was afraid. It was going to be a huge change. It was not until her sandal broke that she realized she had forgotten to put on her shoes for the walk. The path was full of stones and mud. She looked around and found that the forest was really dense there. She removed her sandals and began to walk. It was getting difficult for her now. She stopped and was thinking that should she return back or not, when she heard a slow sound of flowing water. The musical sound drew her towards it and she resumed her walk again.

Stones were now beginning to make their mark on her feet but she continued whatsoever. After a long walk, the darkness started reducing and she saw an opening from the trees. A crystal blue floor caught her attention. She paced faster and when she reached there she was awestruck. A small waterfall had emerged out of the cracks of mountains giving way to the a fast flowing stream. The water was beautifully blue. There were numerous flowers of such amazing colors that her heart felt astonishment and happiness at the same time. She sat down at a rock there and put her feet in the flowing water. It was only when she looked down at her feet, she realised that blood was flowing from many places. The path has pricked and injured them. But she didn’t care, for if she would have gone back, she wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience this heaven. She was feeling a sense of achievement and pride. She was now ready with her decision. Rosa was going to say ‘YES’ tomorrow!

Difficult

Innovation, a necessity?

Rupert was sitting on a huge comfortable recliner in his magnificent room at the office. A 85 inch TV which happened to be showcasing the Business News till few months back 24/7 was now showing an old comedy film. A knock on the door and Florence entered with a file in her hand. She was 2 years old to the office but had quickly rose up the role of Chief Technical Officer. She said loudly trying to catch her CEO’s attention “Rupert, I need to talk to you on some important stuff. Our research department has come up with some fabulous idea of upgrades on our app.” Rupert looked at her disinterestedly and then looked back at the TV screen. An old comedy film was going on. Florence remembered how the same TV screen used to flash Business News all throughout the day. Rupert took his own time, a long one… to open his mouth and said, “What is the need for upgrades now, the app is already topping the charts. We will look into the innovation part some other time!” Florence was disappointed and she also felt an anger inside her triggered. Months went by and the sales dropped, however Rupert was not very keen on the reinvention as still the sales were enough for him. The blind aura of success had taken over him.

That day Rupert sat beside Florence while she was looking down at papers of Bankruptcy the company has filed. He seemed lost even in the noisy environment of Press Conference settling in. Florence muttered to him with a slight rage and immense disappointed looks, “You should have given acceptance of new upgrades to our app when I came for it”. Rupert looked at her suddenly. His eyes sparkling and gradually widening. He gave a slight smile. His face was now acquired by confidence from an unknown resource. He looked enlightened. Florence was taken aback by his weird expression. He took the mike closer to him and said “I might have failed this venture of my life but I have learnt a magic formula from it. ‘Always keep innovating!’”. There was a smile slowly widening on Florence’ face too.

Innovation