This isn’t going to be easy and I know Vlad is going to say he told me so. I’m not a person to duck issues and I’m no Ostrich to stick my head in the sand. There’s been discussion on Mini Microsoft on Microsoft India which started from a remark on another thread and whilst some is borne out of straight intolerance and prejudice, taken as a whole it can’t be easily dismissed. You can read the post yourself and make up your own mind.
My thoughts are that any organisation needs leadership and needs to get the best people it can and develop them. There is no compromise in this and no shortcuts to this process. You have to instil the culture of people taking the initiative and driving things forward. There is nothing inherent in the Indian culture that means they can’t do it, it’s just that there’s a lot of them! As with any large group, the probability of getting someone less able is higher. I’ve just been through a recruitment process to get a new developer for our team in India and we found a good person. I’ve led software teams in the UK and to be honest it is no different, within the team there’s always a range of capabilities. Some people I’ve worked with have talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk, so just because your vocal and outwardly confident doesn’t mean you can deliver.
Why should this matter to me? There are a couple of reasons which are, as a business we’re (as in Ardent ISys) trying to engage with Microsoft India and Suresh Ramani ( the Indian SBSC PAL) is trying to build a Community in India and engage with Microsoft India on the IT Pro side.
Let’s hope things can improve if the Mini Microsoft post is to be believed. I also know that peel back any thin veneer of any organisation and you’ll find something yucky and I won’t mention Enron – oh sorry did it!!
… let the beatings by Vlad begin