Friday, August 18, 2017

Office Diplomacy

                                           A boss is a boss is a boss

The west offers two basic schools of thoughts on coping with the nonstate armed groups. The first, enemycentric approach suggests that such engagement is not fundamentally different from conventional warfare, in which the main effort is to neutralize armed units by locating and engaging them. “A war is a war is a war”, as a U.S officer once said.

The second approach is population centric, focused on gaining the support of the civilian population, a tactic known as “winning hearts and minds”, to deprive insurgents of their main source of support.

Interestingly, similar things happen in different offices – government and private. When a boss deals with another boss, he prefers enemycentric approach. They know that they cannot defeat each other as both are India and China and Dalai Lama recently rightly said in his inaugural lecture in the TISS that India and China cannot defeat each other.

They know that they are enemies still they wait time to pass until and unless one of them successfully gains support of the third power and launch direct attack like Germany did in London in midnight during World War II. The result of the joint attack in office comes out as transfer, suspension, force leave or demotion. So, ultimately complete neutralization of a Boss without any diplomatic tactic.

The second approach, which is population centric, is exercised by a Boss when he deals with a casual or contractual staff or non-permanent staff in any nature.

In this case, the boss is the Boss, he is neither a colleague nor a friend. He is the Boss is the Boss is the Boss. Very cautiously he recognizes his target. Always remember, All bosses except legends want to make a difference and that’s the reason why Private Boss and Government Boss are different. A private boss especially in Corporate or Private Firm has rich experience, which makes him a Boss and he doesn't need to do much to differentiate himself from rest of the bosses because his experience and gesture already differentiate him from rest of the bosses.

For example, an editor of a Newspaper generally has around ten years experience in reporting. On the other hand, in a government media, your editor may be a former engineer with an IT company.

So, let's understand how population centric attack is launched! Like India isolates Naxals from rest of tribal community, the boss does the same. For example, he'll say, "Why all issues occur with you only", "all people have problems but why your face is shaken always", "Why you're coming late even X,Y and Z come from L,M and N place but they never come late, etc". Very smartly he'll establish that how you're different from others and how you're alone irrespective of the fact that you're not alone at all and your issues are not exceptional.

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States had rightly said, "People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads and the boss drives."

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