Coming out as being gay in public is an important milestone for most – but in India, you would never know what to expect. Comic artist Navin Noronha pretty much nails the experience as he narrates his own story of what happened when he told his friends about his sexual orientation.
“Navin, you are not gay, you are normal,” was the first reaction. To which, the comedian wondered, “What did you expect, should I ride a unicorn?” This leads to the next question, “How gay are you?”, which is met with a similarly fantastic answer: “I’m so gay I did engineering on purpose.” To be part of a college that would predominantly have male students, naturally. The audience is in splits.
What comes after the news sinks in, and the friends are almost over the initial shock? Women want to make you their “best friend” and take you shopping – eye roll – while men ask nervously if you would try to flirt with them. But when you say no, “because you are not my type”, they get indignant, laughs Noronha.
Now that you’ve reached the top, how often do you say, “Thank You”?
What kind of a leader are you?
How do you define success? The typical picture of success is a large bank balance, expensive material possessions and fame. But for some, success is happiness that comes from fulfilling a childhood dream or attaining a sense of purpose. For those, success is not about the volume of an applause or the weight of a gold medal, but about showing gratitude and sharing success with the people without whom the journey would be incomplete. Here are a few ways you can share your success with others:
While it sounds simple and formulaic, a genuine, emphatic and honest speech can make everyone feel like they are a part of a winning team. For a personal touch, acknowledge the team’s efforts by mentioning each one of them by name and thanking them for their unique contributions. Hearing their own name makes people feel proud and honoured.
Realise the success should be passed on
Instead of basking in the glory of their own achievements, good leaders encourage, motivate and inspire others to achieve success. A good leader should acknowledge his own mistakes, share his experience and knowledge and cultivate an environment where every milestone is an accomplishment for everyone in the team. Talk about challenges, the personal and professional struggles that you had to overcome. Sharing setbacks helps others to relate to you and helps them overcome struggles they may be facing.
Nothing beats shaking-off the deadlines, work-pressure and fatigue by celebrating success together. Enjoying a job well done together as a team brings about a spirit of camaraderie. A catered lunch, evening drinks or a weekend off-site, the important thing is to enjoy the win with people who have gone through the same struggle.
Keep it flexible
The last thing you want is for work celebrations to become monotonous and repetitive. Not all milestones have to be celebrated in a grand manner, some can just be acknowledged with gestures such as personal Thank You notes or writing a recommendation on LinkedIn.
Make success more meaningful
Go beyond numbers, sales targets and profits and add meaning to the achievement. Reminding everyone of the larger purpose inspires people. It’s easy to lose interest when you do something in a routine fashion. Giving a larger meaning to success makes people feel more involved and energized.
Great leaders are those who share their victories with others. They acknowledge that the path to success is collaborative. Great leaders don’t stand in front of their team, but are found working amongst them. This video is an ode to such leaders who epitomise the Chivas culture and know how to Win The Right Way. Follow Chivas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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