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What a Boss should be...
Scientists at the Rocket launching station in Thumba, were in the habit of
working for nearly 12 to 18 hours a day.
There were about Seventy such scientists working on a project. All the
scientists were really frustrated due to the pressure of work and the demands of
their boss but everyone was loyal to him and did not think of quitting the job.
One day, one scientist came to his boss and told him - Sir, I have promised to
my children that I will take them to the exhibition going on in our township. So
I want to leave the office at 5 30 pm.
His boss replied - O K, , You are permitted to leave the office early today.
The Scientist started working. He continued his work after lunch. As usual he
got involved to such an extent that he looked at his watch when he felt he was
close to completion. The time was 8.30 p.m
Suddenly he remembered of the promise he had given to his children. He looked
for his boss,,He was not there. Having told him in the morning itself, he closed
everything and left for home.
Deep within himself, he was feeling guilty for having disappointed his children.
He reached home. Children were not there. His wife alone was sitting in the hall
and reading magazines. The situation was explosive, any talk would boomerang on
His wife asked him - Would you like to have coffee or shall I straight away
serve dinner if you are hungry.
The man replied - If you would like to have coffee, I too will have but what
about Children ??
Wife replied- You don't know - Your manager came at 5 15 p.m and has taken the
children to the exhibition.
What had really happened was The boss who granted him permission was observing
him working seriously at 5.00 p.m. He thought to himself, this person will not
leave the work, but if he has promised his children they should enjoy the visit
to exhibition. So he took the lead in taking them to the exhibition.
The boss does not have to do it every time. But once it is done, loyalty is
That is why all the scientists at Thumba continued to work under their boss even
though the stress was tremendous.
By the way , can you hazard a guess as to who the boss was ????
He was A P J Abdul Kalam .
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