What the rear view mirror missed….
Goof up! I forgot to mention two important ‘Datta’!!
My friend NS Iyer was very prompt in pointing this out, and thank you so much, sir, the story would not be complete without them. Yes, there are tow more Datta who have influenced my life.
A trainer friend Y Dattatreya met me when he had kicked his job. I was also looking out for a good trainer to hold some team intervention programs. Datta has studied TA [Transactional Analysis] in great depth. His knowledge of TA and his counselling skills left a deep mark on my mind. Datta soon became my counsellor as well, and I suspect that at a later date the converse was also true!
I gained a new friend at Tata Institute of Social Science about ten years ago. Dr. RC Datta and I shared a passion for Industrial Relations. We discussed strikes, lock outs, decisions of various courts and their impact. We had a lot of common views. But there was a difference. I was a practising manager while Dr. Datta was a researcher and professor. Dr. Datta covered certain research areas that others covered much later. He studied Mumbai’s Dabbawala years before the Management Gurus showcased it as a six sigma operation. What distinguishes Dr. Datta is that he values experiencing more than any other researcher I know. When writing about BPO work, he actually attended a night shift in a BPO and witnessed what was happening!
Dr. Datta recommended and was instrumental in my appointment as TISCO Chair Professor at TISS. We worked together on some projects and it was a great learning for me. I feel that all practising managers must take two years off to work at research institutions; there everything is analysed carefully, all statements are weighed and debated, and it is a great learning experience. This friendship continues although he has moved to Coca Cola University.
So five persons impacted my life deeply. They bore the name of the Lord Dattatreya. I have learnt so much from these five gentlemen. I am ever grateful to them. And to the Lord who arranged them to play important role in my life!
so nice of you to remember all those who influnced your life
It occurs to me that one of the signs of a person happy with his career, is when he looks back as retirement approaches, and thinks of all those who have postively affected him throughout, in many thoughtdful and innovative ways. One has to be lucky to have so many people on one’s list. Very informative post. Enjoyed it.
But I didnt know this. There is actually a University called Coca Cola University ? Hmm.
Thanks a ton.
Thanks a ton,
Coca Coal University is their ‘extended’ training function that caters to the need of bottlers as well. It also ‘cans’ some standard programs for use everywhere.
Your observations are insightful and go to the root of the matter as always,
this is immensely interesting. and obviously it was more than a coincidence. this world is so full of mysteries…inexplicable but cannot be rejected…
just as a matter of curiosity, hve u been to shirdi or r u in some way sai baba’s devotee because he too is an avatar of dattatreyaji.
I agree with Suranga. A man who has had a happy career (which might seem like a contradiction in terms in these hard times) will look back so positively.
Thanks sir for the acknowledgment.
Amazing that in these troubled times you remember & express your gratitude to those who have influenced you!
And thanks for your comment on one of my poems. I hope you'll have the time to look at the older posts.