Here's an inspirational story for all our team/program leaders:
Working 12 to 18 hours a day was not uncommon for scientists at the rocket launching station, Thumba. A group of such scientists were frustrated due to the work pressure and meeting their boss' demands; however, they were loyal to him.
On a particular day, a scientist picked up enough courage to go up to his boss and say, "Sir, I have promised my children that I will take them to the exhibition this evening. Therefore, I have to leave the office at 5:30 pm. Can I leave early today, Sir?"
His boss replied, "Alright. You may leave early today."
The scientist was happy for having received the permission and went on to continue his work. He stayed on to work after lunch, and, as always, got so engrossed in his work that that he peered at his watch only when he thought he was done. Unfortunately, it was past 08:15 pm.
With a jolt, he remembered his promise to his children. He looked for his boss who was not in his office. Having told him just that morning, he wrapped up work and hurried home.
As he drove home, he felt very guilty for letting his children down. He reached home. The children were not at home while his wife was busy reading. He felt that initiating any conversation with her would only add fuel to fire and stayed momentarily quiet.
Looking up at him, his wife asked, "Do you want something hot to drink or have dinner right away?"
The man could only ask, "Where are the children?"
His wife said,"Don't you now? Your boss came here at 5.15 PM and took the children to the exhibition you promised to take them to".
He was surprised. But, it did not take him too long to guess what happened.
The boss who granted him permission observed him working very seriously well past 5.00 p.m. He thought to himself that the scientist will not leave the work until it is done, but if he has promised his children a visit to exhibition, then they deserve it. So, he took the lead in taking them to the exhibition himself.
The boss does not have to do it everytime. But once it is done, loyalty is established.
No wonder, all scientists at Thumba continue to work under this boss in spite of the great pressure.
By the way , can you hazard a guess who this boss could be??