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Saturday, October 06, 2007

MY OLDEST FRIEND

He is my oldest friend. I can address him as my friend as he always likes to call me his friend. But, he is one of those people, whom I genuinely like to address as “Sir”. He is one of the oldest alums of IIT kharagpur and is presently one of the most respected names in the maritime world. I met him for the first time after I graduated from IIT. And after that, he has been my guide and mentor. I love to drop at his office, whenever I get a chance and today morning I got one such chance. And I got this chance after a span of almost four years.

I stayed in his office for little more than an hour. We talked about a number of issues - both professional and personal. And as usual, he stressed the importance of two necessary skills in life – one is “relationship management” and the other is “money management”. Just “money-management” will not be enough to live a happy life. Similarly, it might not be very practical to limit to “relationship management” only.

During this one-hour stay, I also met some other people, who had almost disappeared from my memory lane.

A great Saturday morning….

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Relationship management is extremely important for career advancement and overall social well-being. Could you give a few hints or write about the specifics of the advice he gave you on this matter? Thanks.

SABYASACHI said...

Well...what i could understand from his style of advice is something like this (for relationship management)

(1) Differentiate between various kind of relations - personal, professional etc...

(2) Learn to put the borderline for each of these relations...for instance how will u like your professional relations to affect personal relations....

(3) Professional relationship should be as wide as possible...its good to know as many people as possible....even as acquaintances....meet as many people as possible...and network

(4) Personal relations should be handled very carefully....otherwise life can be devastated...