There is a very popular story in Indian Mythology called Vikram aur Vetaal. Vikramaditya was a very powerful , popular and just King. The legend says that the King, in order to fulfil a vow, had to carry a corpse (betaal) on his shoulder to another plac - in absolute silence. Enroute, the Betaal would narrate a story and pose a question to the King . If the king knew the answer , he had to reply. Else ,his head would be split into a thousand pieces.
I present this series of episodes based on real life scenarios. At the end of the incident, there will be a question which you will have to answer. This is the second in the series . The first one is : The Curious Case of the Unwilling Emailer.
The Dilemma : Final Decision
In the wonderful land of Boogle, there was a wise and just king named Barry Sage. He had a few reliable and efficient managers who helped him in the day-to-day running of the empire. Boogle prospered under the patronage of Barry and his team of managers. The people of Boogle were happy and satisfied with their work and the amount of money which they earned. The citizens were constantly innovating and improving their work as well as their life and the King gave huge rewards for the innovations which were implemented and added value to Boogle.
One day, Barry, the King was not feeling well. He consulted the royal physician and after examining Barry, the doctor was grave. He said " O King ! I have given you medicines, but it is my duty to inform you that your days are numbered. You will live not more than 4 weeks".
The king was very brave and did not worry much about his impending death. Being a wise king, he was more worried about his kingdom Boogle. He wanted a good successor, who could look after his dear land. He thought deeply. He had five managers but he had two stars amongst them. John and Eric. Both of them were equally efficient and capable. He was in a dilemma. Who should get the throne after him ? He thought day and night but could not come to a conclusion. At last he called Steve, his 70 year old mentor. Steve was loved and respected by all the people of Boogle for his wisdom and loving demeanor.
"Steve, please guide me . Who is the right person to sit on the throne ? John or Eric ?"
Steve smiled and looked at the King. "O King ! Give me some details about them".
"Both of them are intelligent, tough, determined and have vision. John is technically very sound , Eric is a very good negotiator . Both of them have good listening and decision making abilities. They are very trustworthy and can deal very well with ambiguity. Both of them have a strong drive to achieve. They go along well with the people and can get things done on time. I am really very confused"
Steve said "Ok. I will ask you a couple of questions. This will help me in making the decision"
"Who can assess himself realistically and can laugh at themselves?"
"Who is optimistic , even at the face of failure ?"
"Both of them are optimistic but Eric sometimes loses heart when he fails. But he collects himself up very soon and tries harder to succeed which he normally does"
"Have you ever seen them cry or get emotional ? "
Barry was silent for a while.
"I have never seen Eric crying. I have seen him go through very tough situation, but he had never cried. He has very steely nerves, I have never seen Eric get emotional. On the other hand, I have seen John cry twice. Once when his subordinate lost his arm while fighting in a battle and another instance was when a lady working in his team implemented a innovative idea which saved the kingdom from environmental damage. He cried because he was able to motivate her to succeed - she had thought she was not capable of anything, but John had confidence in her. I think John is a bit soft ............. So, is the decision made ?" Barry asked.
"Yes, the decision is made. John is the correct choice !"
Dear readers, can you tell me why Steve chose John for the role of the King , aka CEO ?