By Pradipta K Mohapatra
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He took the call and curtly responded, ‘This is not the time to call’ and hung up. I was surprised at his tone but said nothing. Later in the conversation, I asked him who was on the call and ‘My mother’ was his indifferent response. ’ I asked. ‘Almost seventy. I tell her not to call me in office. She doesn’t listen. I don’t take calls from home, when I am in the office’ was his response. I soon came to know that he did not even take calls from his eight-year-old daughter, leave alone from his wife.
I did most of the talking in this meeting, a bad start for a coach. He hardly looked at me throughout the session and, at the end, I had that uncomfortable question of whether I could ever reach out or be of any help to John. The organization had recently done a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) profiling for their top management and John emerged an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgement), a type that I could easily relate with having seen him. I needed more inputs about John and we agreed on a 360-degree assessment.
The euphoria of getting a job immediately upon graduation did not last long. Within three months, Sunny felt choked by the routine confines of an EDP department of a leading manufacturing company and decided to quit the job to the utter dismay of his father. Without a job, he was holed up in his house. Later he had to borrow `5,000 from his father to pay as bond for a trainee position in a computer hardware start-up. As Sunny recalls, this was a period of excitement and great learning. He worked day and night, at times even without a break for days together.
Are you ready for the corner office?: Insights from 25 executive coaching experiences by Pradipta K Mohapatra