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Mr. Gopalakrishnan succeeds Mr. Ratan Tata as Chairman of Tata Sons Ltd., the holding company for many of the Tata Bluechips like Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Voltas, etc., Possibly he is the first non-Tata person to head the Tata Empire.

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Subject: Job Hopping -Interesting article by Dr.Gopalkrishnan, Chairman, Tata Sons 8)

The grass isn't always greener on the other side!! :P

Move from one job to another, but only for the right reasons. It's yet another day at office. As I logged on to the marketing and advertising sites for the latest updates, as usual, I found the headlines dominated by 'who's moving from one company to another after a short stint', and I wondered, why are so many people leaving one job for another? Is it pass now to work with just one company for a sufficiently long period?

Whenever I ask this question to people who leave a company, the answers I get are: "Oh, I am getting a 200% hike in salary" :D ; "Well, I am jumping three levels in my designation" :D ; "Well, they are going to send me abroad in six months". :)

Then, I look around at all the people who are considered successful today and who have reached the top - be it a media agency, an advertising agency or a company. I find that most of these people are the ones who have stuck to the company, ground their heels and worked their way to the top. And, as I look around for people who changed their jobs constantly, I find they have stagnated at some level, in obscurity!

In this absolutely ruthless, dynamic and competitive environment, there are still no short-cuts to success or to making money. The only thing that continues to pay, as earlier, is loyalty and hard work. Yes, it pays!

Sometimes, immediately, sometimes after a lot of time. But, it does pay. Does this mean that one should stick to an organization and wait for that golden moment? Of course not. After a long stint, there always comes a time for moving in most organizations, but it is important to move for the right reasons, rather than superficial ones, like money, designation or an overseas trip.

Remember, no company recruits for charity. More often than not, when you are offered an unseemly hike in salary or designation that is disproportionate to what that company offers it current employees, there is always an unseen bait attached.

The result? You will, in the long-term, have reached exactly the same levels or maybe lower levels than what you would have in your current company.

A lot of people leave an organization because they are "unhappy". What is this so-called-unhappiness? I have been working for donkey's years and there has never been a day when I am not unhappy about something in my work environment-boss, rude colleague, fussy clients etc.

Unhappiness in a workplace, to a large extent, is transient. If you look hard enough, there is always something to be unhappy about. But, more importantly, do I come to work to be "happy" in the truest sense?

If I think hard, the answer is "No". Happiness is something you find with family, friends, may be a close circle of colleagues who have become friends.

What you come to work for is to earn, build a reputation, satisfy your ambitions, be appreciated for your work ethics, face challenges and get the job done.

So, the next time you are tempted to move, ask yourself why you moving and what are are you moving into.

Some questions are: 8) 8)

* Am I ready and capable of handling the new responsibility? If yes, what could be the possible reasons my current company has not offered me the same responsibility?

* Who are the people who currently handle this responsibility in the current and new company? Am I as good as the best among them?

* As the new job offer has a different profile, why have I not given the current company the option to offer me this profile?

* Why is the new company offering me the job? Do they want me for my skills, or is there an ulterior motive? 8) 8)

An honest answer to these will eventually decide where you go in your career- to the top of the pile in the long term (at the cost of short-term blips) or to become another average employee who gets lost with time in the wilderness?

"DESERVE BEFORE YOU DESIRE" - Dr. Gopalkrishnan, Chairman TATA Sons.

Dear All,
It is a good topic to read but some basic questions still pop in my mind.May be I am wrong or right.
What if Dr.Gopalkrishnan would have continued in only one company like say Tata Tea or Tata Chemicals till date.Still Would he be today at Tata Sons or where? He has also done Job Hopping in diffrent companies manufacturing diffrent products under the same umbrella.That is the reasons why he is been selected to suceed the great visionary Mr.Ratan Tata.Not many are lucky like him to get similar exposure in the same group.That is the reason why adventrous young people are Job hopping or taking a chance.In fact I can say that Job hopping increases Risk Taking ability of the individual.He becomes more daring in his/her approach while attending a problem.
After all the Good Old Proverb says," Rolling Stone does not gather Moss".
The above are my individual thoughts.
With Best Regards,
Ashish.

Many times after changing jobs, people realize that the problem was with themselves and not the jobs. However in certain other extreme cases, it maybe justified:-
Thomas Carlyle,” The person who has found his vocation in life is a blessed human being. Let him ask for no other blessedness.”
Benjamin Franklin," There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond and to know one self"
Job hopping is also justified in the case of autocratic bosses.

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