Mr.Gopalakrishnan succeeds Mr.Ratan Tata as Chairman of Tata Sons Ltd.,
> the holding company for many of the Tata Bluechips like Tata Steel,
> Motors,Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Voltas, etc., Possibly he is the
> non-Tata person to head the Tata Empire. The below article written by him is really
> interesting !
The grass isn't always greener on the other side !! Move from one job to another, but only for the right reasons.
> It's yet another day at office. As I logged on to the marketing and
> advertising sites for the latest updates, as usual, I found the
> dominated by 'who's moving from one company to another after a short
> stint', and I wondered,why are so many people leaving one job for
> Is it passe now to work with just one company for a sufficiently long
> Whenever I ask this question to people who leave a company, the
> get are: "Oh, I am getting a 200% hike in salary"; "Well, I am jumping
> three levels in my designation"; "Well, they are going to send me
> in six months".
> Then, I look around at all the people who are considered successful
> and who have reached the top - be it a media agency, an advertising
> or a company. I find that most of these
> people are the ones who have stuck to the company, ground their heels
> worked their way to the top. And, as I look around for people who
> their jobs constantly, I find they have stagnated at some level , in
> In this absolutely ruthless, dynamic and competitive environment,
> are still no short-cuts to success or to making money. The only thing
> continues to pay, as earlier, is loyalty and hard work. Yes, it pays!
> Sometimes, immediately, sometimes after a lot of time. But, it does
> Does this mean that one should stick to an organisation and wait for
> golden moment? Of course not. After a long stint, there always comes a
> time for moving in most organisations, but it is important to move for
> right reasons, rather than superficial ones, like money, designation
> overseas trip.
> Remember, no company recruits for charity.
> More often than not, when you are offered an unseemly hike in salary
> designation that is disproportionate to what that company offers it
> current employees, there is always an unseen bait attached.
> The result? You will, in the long-term, have reached exactly the same
> levels or maybe lower levels than what you would have in your current
> A lot of people leave an organisation because they are "unhappy". What
> this so-called-unhappiness? I have been working for donkey's years and
> there has never been a day when I am not unhappy about something in my
> work environment-boss, rude colleague, fussy clients etc.
> Unhappiness in a workplace, to a large extent, is transient.
> If you look hard enough, there is always something to be unhappy
> But, more importantly, do I come to work to be "happy" in the truest
> sense?If I think hard, the answer is "No".
> Happiness is something you find with family, friends,may be a close
> of colleagues who have become friends.
> What you come to work for is to earn, build a reputation, satisfy your
> ambitions, be appreciated for your work ethics, face challenges and
> the job done.
> So, the next time you are tempted to move, ask yourself why are you
> and what are you moving into?
> Some questions are:
> * Am I ready and capable of handling the new responsibility? If
> could be the possible reasons my current company has not offered me
> same responsibility?
> * Who are the people who currently handle this responsibility in the
> current and new company? Am I as good as the best among them?
> * As the new job offer has a different profile, why have I not given
> current company the option to offer me this profile?
> * Why is the new company offering me the job? Do they want me for my
> skills, or is there an ulterior motive?
> An honest answer to these will eventually decide where you go in your
> career- to the top of the pile in the long term (at the cost of
> blips) or to become another average employee who gets lost with time
in the wilderness?
"DESERVE BEFORE YOU DESIRE" - Dr. Gopalkrishnan, Chairman TATA Sons.