I stoog first in MBA Entrance Exam plus GD plus Interview and got University Merit Scholarship of Rs 20,000, a princely sum those days. My whole MBA Program including Hostel and Mess Fee cost me 13,750 for the period 1984 Dec -1987 April.1/n
I did not get the expected marks in Sem 1. My HOD was a Syndicate Member and our Dept was inside the Campus

He saw my disappointment and checked my exam papers discretely

He called me and told that my answers were like a Science Answer sheet - crisp and to the point 2/n
This, he told, wont work in MBA

He told me to elaborate and from then on I followed his advice and wrote as many pages as I could (why writing long threads come naturally to me🤗)

I did very well in subsequent exams.

Lesson learnt 3/n
Much later when I wrote M Phil at the age of 44, my MBA students asked me how much will I score😀

I promptly said 68. They were flabbergasted and asked how can I assess so accurately.

I toldI wrote 34 sides and 34 x 2= 68

They didnt know what to say

I scored 69😀 4/n
My point is you should know how the system works and leverage it

When I joined HPCL, I had an office cum residence in Coimbatore. RO was in Cochin. Pre computer days

I will send proposals which will be lost in the mountain of papers in Managers room 5/n
Nothing moved.

I will call up previous day and travel early morning to Cochin, move from table to table and get my papers cleared by evening

But there was another issue. How to pick out my proposals from the paper mountains 6/n
I found a way out. Everyone used Sunlit Bond Paper which was pale yellow in color while I used Crystal Bond which was sparkling white, which stood out in the pile. Simple but effective

Once my RM asked me about a proposal. I told I sent 35 days ago to Manager 7/n
What happened? He asked

"Sir, it is on the way"

"What? Does it take 35 days to reach from Coimbatore to Cochin?"

"No. It takes 34 days to move from Managers table next cabin to yours"

He smiled and asked me to fetch for his approval

Lesson : Sit in front & get things done8/n
When I was a franchisee of NIIT in Thanjavur we were using UNIX and SYBASE.

We didnt have HW support locally and had a guy in Chennai who was working in a Company

If my UNIX or SYBASE crashes by Faculty (most were from Chennai) will take the overnight bus 9/n
And knock at the door of the HW Engineer at 6 am. He will habd over HDD

This Engineer was notorious for not keeping his word

He will tell my Faculty to collect at 8pm so that he can catch the night bus back 10/n
My Fac will go to his house

At 5 pm the Engineer will finish his office and go to fetch his bike

My Faculty will be leaning on the bike waiting. Because he knows the Engineer will move on to attend another service call.

The Engineer had no choice but to go with my Fac 11/n
To the house and fix the SW by 8 pm😀

Every Regional Meeting of NIIT complains galore about delay in getting certificates, but we never had issues

Our Faculty will take all requests, sit in front of them for 2 days and come back with all Certificates 12/n
Likewise I took pains to understand how Twitter works. I know their rules and abide by it. I dont try to change them. I leverage and use it for the benefit of many in my small way n/n

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