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This document is essentially created to understand the different behaviours of Indian Bosses in different situations. There are thousands of international corporations operating in India and more than a million Indian expats working around the world in managerial positions. Sooner or later, there can be a situation where you start reporting to one. So, it is important to understand “Do’s and Don’ts” with your Indian Boss. This document helps you to understand the key cultural and behavioural aspects of typical Indian Bosses.

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SAUDI HARMONY

6 Ways to Manage Your Indian BossA Concept NoteUpendra Kartik Peri

2012

75201, Riyadh, 11578, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Contents1. Why this document ............................................................................................ 3 2. Why Indian Boss are Different ........................................................................... 4 3. The 6 Ways ........................................................................................................ 6 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Indian Boss Loves Hierarchy............................................................................ 7 Ask About Family ............................................................................................ 8 Greet during Festivals ................................................................................... 10 Never Hit on Face ......................................................................................... 11 Say, I am sorry ........................................................................................... 13 Have Casual Meetings ................................................................................... 15

4. Conclusion ....................................................................................................... 16 5. About the Author ............................................................................................. 17 6. References ....................................................................................................... 18

1. Why this documentThis document is essentially created to understand the different behaviours of Indian Bosses in different situations.

There are thousands of international corporations operating in India and more than a million Indian expats working around the world in managerial positions.

Sooner or later, there can be a situation where you start reporting to one. So, it is important to understand Dos and Donts with your Indian Boss.

This document helps you to understand the key cultural and behavioural aspects of typical Indian Bosses.

This document is based on experiences of the Author and not to criticise, separate or hurt any feeling, beliefs or facts. Any contradictions with the opinions expressed in this document are not entertained. 1000+ international corporations operating in India and more than a million Indian expats working around the world in managerial positions

2. Why Indian Boss are DifferentIndian Bosses are different because they come from a much diversified place, like India. It is a diversified country with many cultures, languages, religions and

climatic conditions.

Some basic facts about India: Political Diversity It is a sub continent with 28 states and 6 union territories. Linguistic Diversity There are 1,652 different languages. Cultural Diversity There are 18 cultures like Punjabi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Karnataka, Gujarati, Rajasthani and so on. There are more than 100 festivals that a typical Indian celebrates. It is land for Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and many more religions. Geographical Diversity India is geographically much diversified. There are cold Himalayan Mountains, Rajasthani Deserts, 100+ Rivers, plateaus and plains. There are worlds highest rainfall and no rainfall areas. So, India is a diversified place. Indian Bosses are different as India is diversified. It is diversified in languages, cultures, festivals, Gods, food habits and climatic conditions. So, dont treat all your Indian Bosses same way.

Yes, dont expect all Indian Bosses to be same. They speak different languages,

celebrate different festivals, live differently and even eat differently. Using same tricks on everyone may bounce back.

Gather basic information about your Boss like

which part of India he belongs to (North or

South), which language he speaks, which religion he belongs to, how many members in his family, who are they etc., and then start moving your pawns. Now you are ready to learn the DOs and DONTs with Indian Bosses.

Know your Boss whereabouts. That is the first step for a better relationship between you and your Indian Boss.

3. The 6 WaysThere are six ways proposed in this document to manage your Indian Boss effectively. These methods are tested and successfully proved with many Indian Bosses.

You may ask me why am I so confident about these techniques or DOs and DONTs. As I am one such Indian Boss and over a decade I worked under 20+ such Indian Bosses.

The below explained 6 ways can be your first step to establish a great relationship between you and your Indian Boss. The 6 ways to manage your Indian Boss:

This can result in many positive changes in your career like a Promotion or increment in your pay during the next cycle, or spotlight focus in your department or in organization. 1. Indian Bosses love hierarchy 2. Ask about family 3.Know your Boss Greet during festivals whereabouts. That is 4. Never hit on a the first step for face better relationship 5. Say I you sorry between am and 6. Have casual your Indian Boss. meetings

3.1 Indian Boss Loves HierarchyIndian Bosses seriously love Hierarchy; it is in the blood and gene. You cant change it. Starting from the ancient ages of Maharajas it was followed orthodoxly. The system is simple, King make rules and people follow. The legacy continued by Moghals and British. They made rules that were honoured by followers and by people. So never directly interact with your Super Boss or Skip-level Boss without the notice of your Boss. Typical Indian Boss never likes it. Even he says it is Okay for him dont do it. Inform your Indian Boss even you are late by 10 minutes to work or you want to leave office early. This creates trust on you.

They

like

OBEDIENT

subordinates. So when ever your Boss proposes a

concept dont argue with him immediately. If you have a better ideas propose them during a casual coffee meet. Make him feel that you are serving his idea in a new bottle. Do call your Indian Boss SIR. He may say he doesnt like it or it is against company culture. But ask me, he loves it. Call him Sir whenever possible outside the company or office time for better results.

Hierarchy is the key to an Indian Boss; never miss (or mess with) it.

3.2 Ask About FamilyIndians love to speak about their family. They love to speak about their kids and their achievements, their

parents health and so on.

So Indian Bosses also love the same. During a casual chat with your Indian Boss try to find about his kids, spouse and parents. This will help to interact with him quickly. Speak to him during lunchtime, tea break, smoke break, in elevator or in parking about his family.

(Note: Exceptions are possible especially with Indian expats settle abroad for a long time. They may be highly reluctant speaking about their family.)

Find his expressions and emotions while you are speaking to him regarding the particular family member. If he excited speaking about someone that is his HOT BUTTON. Speak about him/her as much as possible.

If he is interested speaking about his 9 year old Daughter or Son, you can try the following questions:

How is her dance class going? How well she did her project report? Have he got his favourite play stuff? How did he do in school baseball or cricket match?

Family is the most important part of your Indian Boss. Be nice to his family so he can be nice to you.

If your Indian Boss is interested speaking about his parents, you can try the following questions:

How the operation did go? How is his mothers health? Is his father walking fine now?

Your Indian Boss may even like if you gifting play stuff during the occasions like his childs birthday. Or pay a visit to his parent(s) when in hospital.

Speaking about your Indian Boss kids or asking about his parents health may be the hot button. 90% of the Indian Bosses community likes it.

3.3 Greet during FestivalsDo remember Indians celebrate about 100 festivals in a year that come in all seasons. These festivals or occasions change according to the region and religion of your Indian Boss.

As hinted in earlier pages it is important to know to which part of India your Indian Boss belongs. If he is travelling back to visit his family to celebrate a festival, call and wish him during that time. This surely strengthens the relationship between your Indian Boss and you.

If he is celebrating festival or any other occasions try

visiting his home with family (preferably with spouse).

Plan the home visit only after due intimation of time and availability. Try to know more about the occasion or Google it for better understanding so that you dont mess up after calling or going there.

Sweets play an important role in all Indian occasions and festivals. Once you are aware of the occasion try carrying sweets that match the occasion. With careful planning, little study you become the Blue-eyed boy of your Indian Boss.

Festivals are a part of Indian lifestyle. So greet your Indian Boss during relevant festivals without fail.

3.4 Never Hit on FaceIndian Bosses are very reluctant attack. to During a direct official

meetings, conferences or gathering NEVER argue or criticize your Indian Boss. Indian Bosses seldom bounce back on you but they will surely wait for an opportunity.

If you dont accept with his opinion approach him during Coffee or Lunch break and explain him your view in a polite and gentle way making him feel that you are actually not arguing his point but showing the new dimension of it.

Never do the gestures that show that your Indian Boss is wrong. Thes