Today, I write this post with a special message. This is a wonderful lesson that I learned from one of our senior managers Alex from US. Occasion was that of an all hands meeting for quality engineering group. This meeting was just more than any other all hands as our Bangalore team head count reached 150+. To mark this, we had ordered for a big cake. The first and the 150th yahoo were invited to cut the cake. While cutting the cake, a bit of cream fell on the ground. I was just watching how the cake was being cut. In the mean while, Alex moved closer to a table to grab a couple of tissues. For a moment I thought he is taking tissues to assist himself with the cake, but I was wrong! He politely started to clean the floor which was dirted with the cream that was dropped while cutting the cake! Wow, I was dumb folded for a while. It was a kind of surprise for me. A senior manager is down to earth and grabbed an opportunity to clean the floor while I was so busy in watching others cutting the cake.
This is something I can relate to the cultural barrier. We Indians are a kind of laid back when it comes to make our minds to access the situation and act. Alex taught me a great learning today. I will not hesitate in future to behave down to earth and act accordingly.
To add a bit more on today’s event, I was recognized with the spot award by Yahoo! for my contributions at work. It was a happy moment for sure. For the very first time, I was the sole camera person for the event! That too with my newly bought Canon Powershot SD630 clicked few pictures during the all hands meet, infact Raghav (my manager) pointed at me and addressed as ‘our cameraman’ is the next spot award winner!… Special moments are always memorable, this added a bit more of flavor to it.