Out Of Office

Every time I go out and meet present or future customers or business partners, I keep telling myself I need to do it a lot more. Somehow, the comfort of the office lulls us all into a false sense of confidence and makes us complacent. As senior management building out blue ocean businesses, it is we who have to go out with the sales team and lead the way in opening up new opportunities for them to close. In new verticals, it is a vision for the future and a passion of execution that potential customers need to see as they entrust part of their budgets to emerging players like us.I used to do it a lot when I was building IndiaWorld. At that time, we had to go explain the concept of the Internet and its immense potential. As I was presenting recently about mobiles and the promise of Invertising, a flash of memories from more than a decade ago came by. It is still as exciting to convince semi- or non-believers about a future that is unfolding in front of them but is as yet invisible to them. To borrow a phrase from GE, I have to bring good things to light.

I just have to do this OOO (out of office) thing a lot more. It also brings out the best in me, and gets the brain cells whirring away on new business ideas. Sitting in that corner cubicle, I atrophy. For the first three years of Abhishek’s life, I had promised Bhavana that I will be around for as much time as possible and travel as little as possible. That phase is now over. Abhishek is reasonably independent, and even though I’d love to spend every minute with him, I know the business needs me more as we have to build the next Big Company in the digital space. And to make that happen, we need lots of Customers. And that means lots of OOO for me.

Expressway Driving

Coming back from Pune recently, I could not but help thinking about the driving skills of some of us. I would have thought that after many years of having the Expressway around, we would have learnt that slow-moving vehicles need to stay on the left. So, it comes us something of a shocker to see an amazing number of cars chugging along on an empty freeway in the right lane. And to top it all, even after honking and flashing lights to some of them, they refuse to move over to the right left. The result is that a reasonably fast-moving car has to weave in and out from the right lane to the middle lane and back, when the problem could so easily have been avoided with some sensible and thoughtful driving.

Overall, driving to Pune and coming back this time was much more of a pleasurable experience. For one, the Baner road has been broadened considerably (thanks to, my cousin informed me, the recently held Youth Commonwealth Games). The flyovers also helped keep the average speed in the city high. Or maybe it was just that we picked the two lightest traffic days (at Diwali) to travel to Pune!