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April 13, 2009

Old is gold as it was told. But sometimes new is the need of the hour.

 

My old was not as gold, as I came to know after seeing the new, more efficient and energetic, focused and trained to get the best results out.  Of me…

 

I am talking about my new boss.

 

It’s been a week since we have been introduced and I haven’t had the time to blog and comment properly. My old boss got tired of the famous Super-boss and decided to quit afterall, and entered the new boss.

 

He’s young and dynamic and he seems more efficient than the previous one. I like his working style already. We have been brainstorming for the past week to improve the sales and we have come up with quite a few ideas. It feels good to talk to some one who knows what he is doing and is ready to share that. I’ve learnt more in this week than in the last one year.

 

He’s just as old as me but has much more experience and knowledge.

 

All this makes me think of how the world has changed. More and more young people are taking the managerial posts in the corporate world.

 

Till a few years ago the old and experienced were the ones relied upon with the management posts and it took them years of hard work to get there. Now it is so easy for a 25year old to imagine him/herself leading a team. Not only is it possible, it is as if expected of him/her. This has also lead to a new phrase ‘The quarter life crisis’ which arises when they compel themselves to perform to the extent where it becomes difficult to handle.

 

The young managers get the education, and the fresh blood has new ideas to progress. They land in the good posts just as they leave the college premises. These young managers are more accessible for the juniors as they are almost of the same age. And with the first name basis address there seems no difference between the boss and the subordinates.

 

In middle of all this are we forgetting one thing.

 

Has the importance of learning with experience lost its glory?

 

There used to be a time when boss was BOSS. He/she was respected for where he/she is because they had put in so much effort to get there. Years dedicated in the growth of the organization get them to a level where they are an inspiration to the followers. But now, the managers are like one of us. No special treatment as they just got their immediately and instantly because of their education.

 

It is good to see so many young people taking up challenging positions in an office but will the ideas and warm blood suffice to handle tough situations that need experience that comes with age..?

They are great for the sales, marketing and operations, but are they equally good for the decision making which needs maturity and foresight? They may be fast acting but is it in the right direction?

 

I have nothing against the young managers. I feel it is great that in today’s world the youth is getting to live their dreams earlier than when our predecessors did. It is just a thought that crossed my mind. I would love to be one too. Not pressurizing myself. Taking it slow and steady.

 

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. Apar permalink
    April 13, 2009 1:14 pm

    True that the work force is getting younger. Good post as usual. My point, personally is, because of this, people like me or friends of my age group are considered old when we definitely are not!
    Don’t quite like that particular change though!!! 😦 Lots of repercussions due to this attitude!!

    yes the age limit is slipping down so even a 30yr old seems old.

  2. April 13, 2009 4:29 pm

    I think these days regardless of seniority, the preference is given to skill, and ability to produce significant results; so a person occupying any such managerial positions is subject to constant pressure and uncertainty on how long s/he can hold the post. Managers are constantly shuffled based on year-year performance. Positions that make or break the company are of course reserved for those with insight, experience and total commitment to the company, and education/age are not the only qualities that are considered.

    These changes have been causing a lot of ego bruises in places like India, where seniority has always been respected – both in work and family.

    definitely skills are required to perform. they are there because of that only.

    and these days the people who are job hopping are not only doing it for money. it is also because the situations get difficult to handle. so many pressures at a young age.

  3. April 13, 2009 5:05 pm

    In India the moment one starts questioning age it becomes a huge problem…the new gen y after the previous X as it was called is even more rebellious and questions everything…age be damned!:)
    which is a good thing but it sure does rub ppl the wrong way..I have seen

    age is not equal to maturity and wisdom and neithe ris youth equal to mistakes and stupidity…both can do any of those things…

    I think more than senority thee days preference is given to any innovative thinking…someone who is aware of the latest trends in the field and is up to date with the latest technology and knowledge…when it comes to that usually the young ones are far far ahead and yet in many instances some ‘old’ ones do give the youth a run for their money! 😀

    totally agree the y gen is like ‘a cat on a tin roof’ too hot to handle.

    “age is not equal to maturity and wisdom and neither is youth equal to mistakes and stupidity…both can do any of those things…” absolutely no doubt there. but with age there cetainly comes a kind of maturity which is due to different experiences in life. i was mentioning to that.

    innovative thinking is needed and that is working greatly in selected fields. my question was only regarding the decision making posts. is the corporate world ready to give the power to the youth. and if yes is that a good thing..?

  4. April 13, 2009 9:39 pm

    personally, i prefer working with bosses closer to my age because i feel i can relate to their ideas and vision better. also, they are more aggressive, more open to unusual ideas and dare to take risks.

    older bosses are more formal, more rooted in ideas that have worked in their experience but they do treat their employees better.

    i haven’t been working long enough though, i suspect! 😀

    exactly what i have written in the post. i like the young boss too.. 😉 i mean with some one just your age you can share ideas freely.

    old bosses who have rooted ideas.. well.. they do make stable and longlasting decisions after a lot of measuring the pros and cons. and they foresee problems whcih we might not. which is needed for growth.

    ‘the fast and the furious’ bosses are great to work with and i am sure they will be greater when older. 😉

  5. April 14, 2009 5:07 am

    Agree with you…these days younger manager are predominant..But mainly in IT and Sales field…rest others are still working under age old managers….
    As sulz said you can easily understand young manager thinking and vice versa….
    Anyways its good for us too…we can also expect soon to be Managers 🙂

    ya its good for us.. *fingers crossed*

  6. April 14, 2009 5:37 am

    Yes…the bosses are getting young these days. Or why else will somone like me also be a boss of someone!!

    hey..good for you.. 🙂

    is this an old snap of your’s you look too young to be a boss 🙂

  7. April 14, 2009 8:20 am

    Well, performance n caliber still holds good regardless of the industry n age 🙂

    true.. the basic ingredients of a good boss.

  8. April 14, 2009 9:17 am

    Old or young, there days MBAs from top schools make you young bosses.

    land directly from the college premises into the leather chair.

    but one more thing we are missing here, being a manager has lost its weight as it used to have. it seems like everyone is one.

  9. April 14, 2009 2:18 pm

    well, yes… I agree there are extremely talented individuals taking up management roles and yes, although they may be superb, it really takes them some years under the sun to earn the respect that a 50 year old could have earned on the first day. It’s got to do with our outlook. Thats it!
    Also, all young leaders are not directionless, yes, some are… but there are old horses who are just as inefficient and slow!
    Decision making is an interesting dimension. I agree with you that older people tend to make informed decisions, but that’s where experience counts!

    i would never call a young person directionless.. especially when i consider myself young 😉

    jokes apart as you said a 50yr old gains respect not only because he is old but coz he has a good 25years of experience.

  10. April 14, 2009 5:30 pm

    Your doubts are justified but then how does maturity come in? Not with age, I believe it comes with the kind of situations we have face and a high profile job surely gives you enuff situations 🙂

    yes maturity is not just ageing chronologically. we have seen many oldies acting in an immature way.

    it is just that if a young person faces too many problems and challenges in his job then isn’t he ageing quickly due to that…? he’s getting all sorts of medical (physical and mental) problems in youth itself which is not good in any way.

  11. April 14, 2009 9:07 pm

    According to me, the experienced and elder lot should be placed in the strategy and decision making units and the younger ones in the aggresive departments like marketing, sales, etc.

    absolutely agree with you. young managers do great in these fields and are much better than the old ones.

  12. April 15, 2009 12:42 am

    i tend to prefer older bosses..actly most of my bosses have been fairly senior.. young blood aspect is great , but i think experience compensates for lack of lot of other aspects.. i have seen fairly old guys still cracking at sales.. its all about the attitude..

    Attitude is very important..i too have seen old guys doing great at sales with all that experience and contacts they have built in all these years. 🙂

  13. April 15, 2009 6:01 am

    well they can be some mature minds in new shoes as well 😛

    i know.. and you are one great example of that.. 🙂

    i mean it.

  14. April 15, 2009 9:16 am

    @Oorja
    No…its one of my latest pics (3 months old).
    🙂 May be I am lucky to be a boss now…

    and you are lucky that you look quite young too.. 🙂

  15. Chirag Chamoli permalink
    April 15, 2009 9:35 am

    Oorja, yes in most good companies, this is the case, meritocracy rule all. But still you’ll find traces of nepotism and mediocrity all across the Indian workforce. I guess that is the next barrier.

    when put like that i think meritocricy is much better to deal with than the nepotism & mediocrity because atleast you know that the former are deserving.

  16. April 15, 2009 4:36 pm

    i have gone into hibernation ! so sorry for the delay in commenting. in fact i have not even read this post and i am putting up my comment. hope to return back soon ! i guess boredom is taking its toll on me

    i was wondering where you were.. take your own time.. 🙂

  17. April 16, 2009 12:13 am

    Age doesn’t matter as long as no EGO exists. I have seen why-should-I-listen-to-him kind of attitude in the subordinates when the Boss is younger to him or of his own age.

    Experience is essential, but that should not be used as a reason to put off the young talent. I feel our Indian politics would be much better if we avoid relying on the term experience…

    Nice blog !

    yes in politics we could use some of the (good) yougsters.

    thanks.. welcome here.. 🙂

  18. April 16, 2009 6:39 pm

    There is no difference between the boss and the employees nowadays.. one reason is fresh minds… other is this boom.. which required large workforce which is not available… so the companies started to give position to educationally qualified people than experienced people 🙂 and its yielded profit until now… cool post oorja 🙂

    thanks.. yes the workforce demand can only be fulfilled by hiring more and more youngsters..

  19. April 16, 2009 8:28 pm

    At the end of the day, the company wants profits.
    When I came to UK, I was surprised to see people working on the same application from the last 20 years!!! I guess, time has changed and if we have to move ahead, we have to change too.

    right. we have to welcome change and have more faith in the youth of this country.

  20. Pal permalink
    April 21, 2009 2:11 pm

    I completely understand!! I was a manager (only role-wise not grade-wise or salary-wise 😦 () at the age of 23 and I had a TOUGH time convincing people that I was capable too! Now having taken a career break due to maternity, I am sure that if/when I go back to work, I will find people much much younger than me occupying top positions, and I will be critical of them!!

    Its tough both on the boss and the rest. But life does come around a full circle!!

    -http://writerzblock.wordpress.com/

    at 23 it would have been really hard. no one would take you very seriously. were you managing people younger or older than you..?
    i am 25 and still being treated as a kid as i am the youngest one in my office. thought others are just a couple of years older than me.

  21. April 27, 2009 1:01 pm

    Young or old , I think it is the competence that matters at the end of the day.. At the end of the day – it really depends on the individual.. I have seen young MBAs who fasttrack – because they are that good!! And I have seen senior people handling thier roles exceedingly well – just because they are that good.. And have also seen young and old people succeed and fail equally 🙂

    As for everybody being managers.. I think at the end of the day, it boils down to the responsibility that you hold.. I started managing teams quite early in my career.. The fact that I look younger than my age was an added impediment -but once you are past the initial appreance bit – nobody cares about age or anything – beyond your performance…

    that is true. performance overshadows age. success depends on the individual and his/her capabilities.

    i myself feel that if given an opportunity i can handle more responsibilities.

  22. May 1, 2009 1:49 pm

    i must say mam,you R just talented to choose such a good title.well,i am also among today’s youth and i feel,today we are getting exposure before time.seeing world and analyzing it before we reach the working age may develop a quick decision making ability.its just an opinion but really keen to discuss with you on this topic…

    no need to call me mam.. here we are all equal.

    today’s youth is born with a lot of privileges and they get max exposure in earlier years. also they are born with a higher IQ than the previous generation that gives them the edge. and soon comes the maturity too.

    so it is true that this generation is very much capable to doing of everything earlier than the predecessors. and there is nothing wrong with it.

    my post was regarding the learning and maturty that comes with age. which is also useful. as the more people you meet the more ‘world’ you come to know about. as the people make the world not just the books and net.

    you are always welcome to discuss anything. i’ll put in my views. 🙂

  23. May 10, 2009 5:51 pm

    In my profession too, nowadays the lecturers are quite young but the head of dept r old so there are problems usually.

    yes many a times the toppers who just pass out are offered jobs in their own colleges too so they become lectures just as they finish their studies. good they start early in life. they have their own HOD’s, under whom they studied as their new bosses.

  24. May 19, 2009 7:58 pm

    I’m completely lost! I’ve no idea what it’s like to be in the corporate world. Though personally I feel experience is at least as much about how much one analyzes the situations they’ve been in as it’s about the number of situations (and number of times) they’ve been in.

    TC.

    In corporate offices you rarely are confronted with same problem more than twice before you master it.. you get a new set of problems everytime.. so.. past experiences may not give you a right solution it is more about giving you the right direction for the new solution.

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