Over this weekend I have learnt some lessons in humility from two people in very senior positions in the corporate world
One is the BD head, VP or something of my company.
There was this calender depiciting the various dance forms of India in her cabin and when I had gone to her for some work a couple of months ago, I saw it and admired it. I told her that after the year gets over, I wanted the calender from her. She looked and me and asked me why? I said, I just liked it a lot, and may be could do something with the pictures in it.
She smiled and asked me to take it with me. I refused saying its fine and honestly that was the only calender I could see in her room.
She insisted and I refused and came out.
Yesterday morning when I got to my desk, I saw the calender lying in my desk. I must admit I was plesantly surprised.
She wasnt there when I went to thank her, but she came to me later to tell me that the calender looked better at my desk than her cabin 🙂
I thanked her profusely. She told me that she got another set of calender on Saturday, and then remembered that I had liked this one, so she just kept it at my desk before going home!
Isnt that wonderful!
The second one was on Sunday when we had gone to my relative’s place. My cousin and I and R went out to get samosas and when we came back, there was this guy, his wife nad the guy’s mother at my relative’s place. They had come to meet them and were enroute to their place.
I went inside saying hello and then went into the kitchen to keep the samosas and was totally astonished to see that R was playing and had bonded with the guy so easily. The whole time they were around, R was just following him like a puppy, insisting that he play with her.
The guy was awesome with her. So awesome that honestly, the only other person who I have seen bond with kids instantly is my Appa..and of course, the Pied Piper of Hamelin 🙂
It was amazing, he taught her how to climb on him, made himself search for her while she was holding onto his t shirt right behind her..in short, I was a fan of that guy.
After they went, we discovered, the guy is infact, the Managing Director of a BIG FMGC firm.
I must admit, I was pretty shocked. He was so so unassuming that its difficult to believe that. His mom made me promise that we would stop by at their house enroute to Goa, etc etc…
Two people at high places in the corporate world, but their humility is pretty awe inspiring.
Lessons you learn in life come from all corners eh?
PS – The guy told R that she could go with him to his house. R agreed within seconds and refused to stay back. I had to cajole R and promise her that we would visit him soon. Only then she let them go 🙂