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Raj B Thakuri


Managing the Rain

I am a manager. I manage. People, Projects, Schedules, Logistics. For over three years now. Boy, do I know a lot about management.

Ahem. Not quite.

Management happened to me like rain happens to a man without an umbrella. You either run for cover or get drenched to the bone. I am susceptible to cold so I ran for cover. Sometimes there was no cover so I had to make one. Sometimes there were others who followed. So I had to build bigger shelters, more room and even consult with the weatherman to make sure that we were all in when it poured. And pretty soon I found myself managing stuff.

That is the entire truth of it.

Pretty simple, huh?

Again, not quite.

While I ‘manage’ to make ends meet, there are things that I am learning. A little about you, a lot about myself and something about everything in-between. Things like all men (and women) are not created equal. That many heads are not always better than one. That it is not wrong to forgive but absolutely fatal to forget. That there are more good people in the world than given credit for. That leaders are not always born. That intentions are not enough and paper beats rock. And trust is still king.

But I am signing off now as I have a lot of stuff to ‘manage’. And if you would really like to hear more about management (which I seriously doubt) drop some comments down below and maybe, just maybe, I will come around with few more of brilliant insights into this murky world of management. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a good thing.


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  13. True. Law, behaviour, Goal, Mission, and vision helps a company management to leap forward in emerging societies.Take example of google, Infosys, Microsoft, and oracle which teach us how to retain old employees who have contributed too much and to hire new ones who have new creativity, power and potential for upcoming new projects and investments.
    Srijana karki seems resembled name to me after so many years. Thanks for commenting. Please post your own views by being a registered blogger.

  14. After getting Green Card, will the company pay handsomely to those Nepalese: say In one year, they should save 10 million nepali equivalent rupees to really worth being in US from that company.

  15. Pilgrim Asia quit Nepal because they had no management in Nepal and they had some tax issue with Government of Nepal. You can check tax office and find detail about it. This is public information.

    But, the company did a good job bringing many Nepalese programmers to Florida.

    The however underpaid Nepalese Engineers while they were waiting for Green Card.

  16. Hey Anant, you did good job in selling your enterprise which had got some fame at that time. Where is your Pilgraims now? is it functioning, the best software house at that time? has it been out of Nepal? What’s current status? What’s your current holdings as such like Ashoka? If you consider elaborating management perspectives now and then, it would be a lesson to other Managers as well who aim higher.

  17. Sometimes it just takes luck and trust to start exploring your management skills into deep. Sometimes you become manager from your will and other times you’d enjoy. Sometimes by courage and other times by filling the gap.

    I feel sometimes lucky just to dream as a manager (during 92, becoming your own boss – with a little investment). We started Ashoka(Application Software House Kathmandu) and later in 95 -sold to Pilgraim Softare in the US. It was just a rain earlier and as a passion but when it pours(you can’t tell how much) – it just takes a little more bold steps to decide with what you have vs. what is needed for the circumstances. NOT to let your fellowmen down is the true managers capability. They don’t take task, don;t commit but when committed – they keep their promise.

    I think now the world had changed and so is the communication channels – and true managers are those who can manage people remotely. Management is wireless, telephathy where you gain and trust from the sub-ordinates and a bright manager always prepares a counterpart to replace his job- so that he can aim higher for good !

  18. Thank you for all you comments but remember:

    “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” — Stephen R. Covey


  19. Well Said,” Let us hope that the day will never come when the firm hands get tired and everyone gets drenched “,that allows us to assume the responsibility where the Umbrella has so many handles that each person underneath it empowers it to be straightened up even in fierce storms. As every force acts like a torque towards the center of umberella, the umbrella will not fall from its locus and will remain in its place for ever. The approach that we do not need an Umbrella on the eventuality that there is always SunShine is some positive atttitude the author has coined for best environment that is always smooth and trustworthy.Finally, the visionary umbrella would become transparent when the glory of light prevades the existing cloud,rainfall,and the worst storm. We carry umbrella not only to be saved from drenching but also to wait for that light to penetrate us,:is what the author should have quoted in the parlance.

  20. Hey Raj, you have outlined the abstract thing into words. I hope the day will come when the rain stops and the Sun shines. The glory of light penetrates the heart and mind of the one who is holding the umbrella and all who are sheltering beneath. Let us hope that the day will never come when the firm hands get tired and everyone gets drenched.

  21. Hey Raj, you have outlined the abstract thing into words. I hope the day will come when the rain stops and the Sun shines. The glory of light penetrates the heart and mind of the one who is holding the umbrella and all who are sheltering beneath. Let us hope that the day will never come when the firm hands get tired and everyone gets drenched.

  22. Yep Anjana, even with the great umbrella of management – sometimes you end up with a splash.

    Rudra – spoken like a true Zen master.

  23. Managers use Umbrella and let their comrades ruin in rain: Yes, I used to think ……..
    Did you use to implement that as well?? Just kidding.

  24. Managers use Umbrella and let their comrades ruin in rain: Yes, I used to think. But,This article has opened my eyes. I have got the light I needed the most. I have got salvation, purity, and consciousness that will help me out to become a true follower of management.I had never realized it is so, tough to manage, and protect team from rain anyhow without/with the umbrella. Clearly, my conscience has now emerged from the gloomy shadow of management that I had been misunderstanding. The Logical fact should be cherised by all, on what a manager is and what really are the duties on shouldering the tasks that lay ahead before and after the manager. Weatherman’s forecasting really helps the rain management as the author has shought help of the WM, as long as the WM does not belong to Nepal’s Meterological/Cloud/Wind section which is almost 0-50% correct even with the Satellite/and physical realtime Statistics. It would be another management to get weather report from such WM that I have indicated in the previous line.

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