– Culture –

In my last post I said that a foundation of a company is built by people, so if you have the right people which means you  have a solid base. Yes 1st step crossed but post that how do you ensure the rest of the building is built and your company grows and my answer to that is ‘Culture’. Culture of  a company/team is what will take those different ingredients and make the most appetizing meal out of it.

With the Olympics on I want to touch on India’s sporting culture by sharing a story of a Sporting Hero of India. I don’t know how many of you know of Santhi Soundarajan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santhi_Soundarajan) but she was (she is not dead but i’l tell u why I write ‘was’ here) a Silver medal winner in 800 m at the Doha Asiads in 2006. Now to why ‘she was’ because she failed a gender test and was stripped of all her laurels at international and national level. Presently, she works as a daily wager at a brick kiln earning Rs. 200/day. Some of you might say well she failed the test din’t she but for a medal starved country like ours don’t you think more should have been done for our sporting hero. If you still have doubts whether or not, let’s compare this to a story of another middle distance runner but from South Africa. A Gold medal winner at the Berlin World Championship 2009, Caster Semenya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caster_Semenya) failed a gender test and was stripped of her medal. Unlike what happened to Santhi, the South African authorities and citizens came out in support of Semenya so that she could regain her standing and dignity in world sports. Result: the IAAF revoked her ban and this year at the Olympics, she was the flag bearer for the rainbow nation at the opening ceremony in London. There are thousands of stories like these which tell us about plight of Indian sporting heroes and I only hope they find the strength and courage to carve a successful life for themselves.

Moving on to culture of a company, it’s only the two of us directors who comprise “Phaze Experience” at present and we have developed a culture for us in the last 8-9 months. In terms of working culture we as a company thrive on challenges and pushing ourselves beyond our capabilities to service clients. At times with help from friends and other organisations but that’s another thing about us we are very open to collaboration and working with different people to deliver a quality product. As people we believe in hard work and we realize that there nothing like a free lunch. If you have to do well you will have to slog it out. Having said all this we also realize that fun is an extremely important part of any culture and that’s why you would find post working hours a lot of friends are welcomed to our office ( we do need some time of each other after the whole day btw). And invariably you will find the smell of pizza, fizz of coke, the sound of music (so cliche) and chatter fill our small cabin that we call office.

Mannan Abrol

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