Jan 28, 2012

A 30 Second Speech by Bryan Dyson

Speech by Coca Cola CEO
Got this on a FB post.. Nothing new, has been going around for a couple of years, always crops up now and then, you have people sharing a like, a Share, a comment, very good, so true, excellent, wonderful thoughts, and all the blah blah blah that comes along with it...

Is it bad? Is it wrong? No. What has been stated is so very true, and there have been a number of such thought provoking speeches over the years that we have read and will probably continue to read. The Dhirubai Ambani's, the Narayanan Murthy's, the Lee Iacoca's and all.. I totally agree, there has to be a balance of all, but at what stage?

Does this appy to a person starting his career? Can a fresher out of college go with this attitude? Can a person who has not had a job for months, think this way, that he will work efficiently and will leave on time. Who guarantees no retrenchments? Who gurarantees a Job? Who assures that what will be considered will be the efficiency of the work, not the fact that people have done their job and left on time.

In this world of man eat man, where even dog does not eat a dog, can this be said to be true all across. May be yes, once you reach a point in life, a certain destination, a certain goal, but the fact is, that you cannot have this 100% applied.. Bryan Dyson may have stated what he might have followed after becoming a CEO, however has he mentioned any of the hard nights that he might have gone through to reach that post?

I am just reminded of Ratan Tata's comment when he wanted to have a meeting in Jaguar after taking over.. The fact that people were not available after office hours, was an upsetting factor. The fact that people did not consider long travelling visitors who came to meet, was upsetting.. And by no means, is Ratan Tata a small grocery owner.. Who does one follow..

For me.. It is your call.. You know best, when to stop.. Work will never finish, however one should know where the line draws. No doubt what Dyson says is true, and certainly there has to be a balance, and every one has their own markers.


  1. I don't think we can do that. My husband works for one of the biggest, infact biggest Financial Organisation in the world in NYC. He reaches at 8 and can't leave at 5. His office timings are 9 to 5. Putting more hours is considered as a parameter of your seriousness towards your project. We want to but our bosses don't seem to agree...

    How about your boss?

  2. It is more a matter of Discipline I guess. Maybe because I am my own boss I am able to do it...or maybe I have adhered to strict rules. I move out of the office at 5 pm, no matter what. Not only that I shut myself completely off from office work. Over the years, my clients, my associates, they have all adjusted to my timings, so much so that they know I am at the the office at 8.30 sharp, and my office phone starts ringing by around then. I believe if one maintains a regular routine, the people around you will also work to the same routine and the work is done at the same pace. People know when you are available for sure...and work accordingly.

  3. Saru... I totally agree.. Have been working for nearly 15 years and there is a day where I am to leave at 5 PM.. The only time I do, is if there is a family emergency, or I have a prior committment. Else, leaving on time is an impossiblity.

    Jayant, probably yes, however it would depend, if you are the owner or not.. As you are, you may have the option to leave, however does it apply to your employees? I agree a routine once set, people get used to, however it is that getting used to in a corporate world that is a big change management. These days, you are expected to be around 7/24/365 unfortunately

  4. I am yet a student (basically wondering if I'll ever get a job :D).
    But,it was indeed a nice read and yeah so very true :
    Everyone will have to decide their own markers!