I was watching the Filmfare awards a few days back. I was quite surprised when, Shahrukh Khan, was awarded the Best Actor for his role in My Name is Khan. And then something struck me, I realized that since he has become so influential, people are just showering him with such awards and other talented actors such as Ajay Devgan who gave four super hits in the same year was not given any appropriate accolade.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m not going to give you reviews about movies but just consider a few examples from our film industry and compare it with any organization. Where on one hand you have a child-like influential personality (an employee) in comparison to another employee who may or may not be a star but does perform his roles, duties and responsibilities in the best possible way. Actually he may be a dark horse who might win the race someday but is not at all influential or is not the ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ of the organization.
Similar situations take place in organizations too, where we have people who do personal branding and present themselves everywhere as a Brand. On the other hand there are a set of people who simply work, are smart workers, but do not know how to sell their charisma or just lack the charm.
There are people who influence even the senior management, the Karan Johars/ Farhan Akhtars, of the company who just love these SRKs so much that they start riding on the same boat, be it business decision or decision about investments; they just cannot seem to think beyond their Charmers.
These guys love to talk so much that they can spend time in restrooms, talk for hours and forget to reach to the actual destination. The love for spotlight makes them the star of any event or project even when they have not done much quality work but with their persuasiveness they can even sell the White House to the President. The sweet talk goons can be utilized for selling anything. Their networking skills are also very strong which makes them a favorite amongst people, but they have crimped relationships as relationship management is not their forte.
Whereas, the Ajay Devgans of the companies perform without much attention and spotlight and are endowed with a feeling of security and sincerity in the organizations, if you bank upon them you would never regret as the results will be more than what was asked for. The lack of persuasive nature makes them in less demand but once their potential is known there is no looking back as the targets, deadlines, and objectives are constantly accomplished with the best use of efforts and resources. They don’t like to be schmoozed, have fewer friends (read Prakash Jha), and prefer to work when work is there and can also be good listeners.
What do you think? Who would make a more popular employee – Shah Rukh Khan or Ajay Devgan? The profit comes from both but in different ways; one likes to sell himself and his talks, on the contrary, the other one renders profits through his work and not words, and takes the center stage just once in a year that too without being in the spotlight for the audiences.
I have seen both kinds of people flourish with their own styles, but the SRK of the Companies work mostly for monetary benefits and exclusively for their own self as they are selfish too, on the other hand, the Devgans are more passionate about their work, compete with themselves and are not into worldly ways of monetized incentives but find their awards in gestures like- a pat on the back, work life balance and other non-monetary stuff.
Creating influence through persuasion and charisma does not last too long as the talks get less lustrous with time. However, the work of one man can win accolades to any limits as the passion and security they bestow lasts forever.
Would really like to read the experiences of fellow HR professionals who have come across these two types of Employees? What makes them successful? What is lacking in them?
Let us hear from all of you…..
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