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Amit was a very brilliant student. He loved challenges and was always ready for new challenges. His lateral thinking skills were excellent and he hated to do things in the same manner every time and solve the problems by using traditional step-by-step logic. He completed his PGDM from a reputed institute. Amit joined XYZ project at ABC Ltd. Delhi in December after successfully completing his training at Bangalore. He was always appreciated for his “out of the box thinking” by his trainers. He always wanted to go back to Delhi, his hometown and live with his parents and when he got a transfer to Delhi he didn’t waste a single moment in saying yes to the new project and heading towards Delhi. Many of his friends were also moving out from Bangalore at the same time which only made his decision easier. He felt that the XYZ project offered better career prospects as it was a new project and he was offered to work on the current technologies that were in demand in the market. He was sure he would excel in his new position at ABC Ltd, just as he had done as a trainee. He joined as Assistant Systems Manager with a handsome pay hike for becoming a confirmed employee of the company. The company also had international operations and there was more than a slim chance that he would be sent to USA or UK on a project. Knowing that this would give him a lot of exposure, besides looking good on his resume, he was quite excited about the new job. I joined Ashish Bansal's six-member team in the company. He had met Ashish during the interview sessions, and was looking forward to working under him. His team members seemed warm and friendly, and comfortable with their work. He introduced myself to the team members and got to know more about each of them. Wanting to know more about his boss, he casually asked one of his team members about Ashish. She said, "Ashish does not interfere with our work. In fact, you could even say that he tries to ignore us as much as he can." He was surprised by the comment but decided that Ashish was probably leaving them alone to do their work without any guidance, in order to allow them to realize their full potential. In training, he had worked under Sudhir Reddy and had looked up to him as a guide and mentor - always guiding, but never interfering. Sudhir had let him make his own mistakes and learn from them. He had always encouraged individual ideas, and let the team discover the flaws, if any, through discussion and experience. He rarely held an individual member of his team responsible if the team as a whole failed to deliver - for him the responsibility for any failure was collective. Amit wanted to believe that Ashish too was the non-interfering type. If that was the case, surely his non-interference would only help Amit to grow. In his first week at work, he found the atmosphere at the office a bit dull. However, he was quite excited. The team had been assigned a new project and was facing a few glitches with the new software. He thought about the problem till late in the night and had come up with several possible solutions as always. Amit could not wait to discuss them with the team and Ashish. He smiled to himself when he thought of how Ashish would react when he told him that he had come up with several possible solutions to the problem. He was sure that Ashish would be happy with him having put in so much effort into the project, right from day one. He was daydreaming about all the praise that he was going to get when Ashish walked into the office. He waited for him to go into his workplace, and after five minutes, called him up, asking to see him. Ashish asked him to come in after ten minutes. When he went in, Ashish looked at Amit blankly and asked, "Yes?" Not sure whether he had recognized him, Amit introduced himself. He said, "Ok, but why did you want to meet me?" He started to tell him about the problems they were having with the software....
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