During this week end , I attended an exclusive dinner with some of my erstwhile colleagues from the  US based Software Development  Company where I worked for close to 10 years   and a birthday  party for the grand child of one such colleague . On both these occasions , I met and exchanged ideas with old friends who are all still with the IT Industry or with academia in senior positions and doing well . The common thread of our conversations with nostalgia was the great culture and team work which was the hall mark of our company where we all worked from mid 90’s to 2006 . Many of us felt that we sadly miss this great culture now .

After my 30 plus years of Army career , I got an offer  from a US based Software Company at Hyderabad to join them as a General Manager  in charge of their support functions .  While my Army Experience  in managing people and equipments came very handy , I learned most of the specifics of the new role on the job and the team of senior managers were really great and supportive .

During my 9 plus years with this organization , we went through  five acquisitions  – all happening in the US  – but the impact was faced in the off shore arm in India as well . We could generally hold on and and grow thanks to the visionary leadership in India and because of the great culture and team work displayed by the senior team both in the US and in India.

The Corporate experience commencing from preparations to meet the Y2K Challenge , competency development for freshers and middle level managers , managing interfaces , building out world class infrastructure , branding the company at Hyderabad , quality journey culminating in CMM Level 5 , expansion within India and due diligence expertise gained during acquisitions  and  forays to new territories in Europe , Australia  , the Dot Com boom followed by the crash  all helped me learn a lot . I graduated to a Head of Operations role and later to an all India role as Head of Knowledge and Learning before I left the organization to start my own venture in Training and Consultancy .

I often narrate the story of my five T shirts which I earned during the mergers and acquisitions while with this company to the participants who attend my training programs  and give them useful lessons which I gained  from such an experience .

We lived our experiences once again during the last two days and many moments of triumph and occasional pain still linger . Great times indeed .

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