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  • I was a new trainee at a big IT company. I was reporting to the head of the company - a tall, well built gentleman with a every ready smile on his face. Whatever I had learnt in the University seemed useless in this place. Each day was a struggle but I was learning new things and that kept me motivated and excited about the work.

    One evening my manager called me and asked me to help him with some printouts. This was a 50 page report that we had recently worked on. He told me to take the printouts, put it in one of the standard folder and give it to him before i left for the day.

    The printer - well, humm... how should I say this.... I had never operated the fancy printer that we had in that office. I am bit 'slow' when it comes to stuff like that. I really need some hand holding to make things work. I looked for help but sadly that day the office assistant was not around and most of my colleagues had left for the day. I decided to use some of the 'common sense' thing and get this job done. I gave a few prints...and then some....the paper got stuck, the alignment was messed at times, and so the struggle continued. After about an hour or two I managed to complete the task and had the report ready.

    I went to my manager's cabin and kept the report on his desk and was about to leave when he asked me ,'What happened Beena, you look upset.' I told him the truth. I had wasted over 200 pages to create a 50 page report as I didn't know how to work with that printer! I apologized.

    He said,'Now let's look at it this way - you created a 50 page report and 200 rough pages for us to use for rough work. How does that sound to you?' and he laughed out loud.

    He was my first manager and most of the things I learnt about my work came from working with him. But the most important lesson I learnt from him is that in every darkness, there is a ray of light. You just need to look hard enough to find that ray of light!

    I am in touch with him even though I moved from that company ages ago. He is one of the nicest people I have had the good fortune to know in my life.

    Thank you G Sir.

    (Picture courtsey: Leo Koivulehto on Flickr )
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