Had some long meetings yesterday (for Christian organization). Being a part of a professional world, where vision is taught but is well calculated with high possibility ratio, I am used to do feasibility studies before approving any plan. Yesterday was extremely different, when our team met for another small election as our treasurer was leaving for a new responsibility. New treasurer was elected and new auditors were appointed too, resolution were passed for changing the signatories at different banks. All happened in quick time and then came the bigger plans.
With a 5 digit bank balance, we were making plans for a multi 8 digit projects. I looked at the team members, all were full of faith as they have seen impossible becoming possible (sometimes on the very last day). After the meeting I started comparing the two worlds, its extremely different and different processes altogether. I am blessed to play similar roles at both levels, its truly learning experience. Here are some comparisons:-
- Recruitment: Even with limited budget the recruitment is carefully drafted. Recruitment happens across the states on India, our representatives travel to the state for interviews. Even after selection during probation period they are made to stay with the recruiter for a month to observe them closely. Different values are inculcated during probation period. Different assignments are given. I was quite surprised when I was explained the process. Sometimes the recruitment takes 4 years too, where a passionate candidate is taught at different Bible colleges. People are extremely imp for any organization and this one is very particular about that.
- Commitment over compensation: High attrition rate? Whats that? We have people working for years with very low compensation. They are very committed but sometimes I feel very bad for the little compensation they get.
- Everyone a visionary – At professional space we all struggle to pass the mission (forget about visions), here everyone is so much in the line of vision that the work/missions becomes simpler.
- Organized – If you ever feel high tech companies are better organized, change your thinking. Here every single day is documented, every single penny audited, weekly targets, monthly targets, quarterly reviews. Most of the work is done using excels and some part of it on tally.
There is so much to write about these two extreme worlds but I will give it a halt here as I am expecting some calls. I am so lucky to be associated with these two worlds, both adding different dimensions to your thinking.