Sunday, January 11, 2009

Christianity and Rome

"Christianity didn't conquer Rome, Rome took over Christianity" - this is what MegaCorp is beginning to feel like.

The initial mandate from the CxO folks was to run [the division I work in] like a startup and damn the corporate bureaucracy. In the last few weeks, however the walls have been closing in and I feel more and more like I am in a division in a large and slow moving company.

Today is my birthday and I took some time off to think about what is important in life. Some of the key factors I came up with was working with good people and systems. The former holds good in MegaCorp (surprisingly enough) but the latter is very classical dysfunctional corporat-ey. Tomorrow (Monday) I'm having a discussion with the powers that be and if certain things aren't fixable, I'm going back to my startup-y/ consulting y life style, where I can focus on providing customer value and pursuing technical excellence.

5 comments:

sunayana said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Ravi said...

Sunayana,
Thanks!
At my age, a birthday is just a marker of one more year going by without too much significant achievement.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Ravi, belated birthday wishes.

Cheers,
Ananth

Venkatesh said...

Belated wishes ., how did the fixing session at Megacorp go. Interestingly, we share a birthday.

Ravi said...

@Venkatesh,
at MegaCorp, the matter is "under discussion".


Conveying logic to middle management is never a very optimistic endeavor!

Still, Karmanyeva .... :-)