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This time we’re even more happy to offer it to you, because the author is a regular reader of and participant in Write Tribe activities.
A Dance With The Corporate Ton: Reflections of a Worker Ant
“What is someone like her doing in advertising?”
This was the question asked by a puzzled Britisher who was the Managing Director of a leading multinational company in India after he met her for the first time. It was a question that she sensed in the air around her right through her career.
She worked her way up from the position of Room Service Order Taker in a luxury hotel to senior management positions in the fields of Advertising and Marketing in India. But she always sensed that she did not quite fit into the corporate mould.
A Dance with the Corporate Ton (a phrase that plays on the haut or London ton) is a no holds barred chronicle of a woman’s professional saga in India.
As a manager eyeing the corporate ladder of success, have you ever felt that people who are to the manor born have a home advantage? En route your climb to achieving your career goals, have you ever felt that you need to be much more than just talented, hard-working, committed and honest? Did you feel the need to change your personality to project a perceived corporate persona? If the answers to these questions are yes, then chances are you might find your own career stories reflected in this book.
The author, Lata Subramanian, will take you on a career journey that will make you relive the excitement of your first job; the exhilaration of career breakthroughs; the highs and lows of corporate life; and your search for personal meaning. Along the way, she will also make you smile a lot as her career autobiography is full of humour, satire, anecdotes and interesting historical references to aristocratic behaviour.
She is a voracious reader and loves to write. Her love for writing led her to accept the post of Managing Editor, The Smart Manager; a position she held between 2008 and 2010 when she was in Publishing. She is now a hobbyist writer and blogger, publishing posts regularly on her blog, Lata Wonders.
Lata has just hung up her boots, retiring from corporate life to blog and maybe write a book or two. The last position she held in the corporate world was CMO, Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited – a leading Leisure Hospitality and Vacation Ownership company in India.
Lata’s favourite description of herself is that she is a student of life and herself. That lifelong interest has led to her first book A Dance with the Corporate Ton: Reflections of a Worker Ant.
Measures of Success
“Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories”. – George R. R. Martin
What Martin said is true. After all we are the central protagonist in our own life stories – comic, tragic or otherwise.
But the heroic figure the world has historically presented to young, impressionable minds has largely fallen into three categories.
One category is filled with the Gods, prophets and spiritual leaders whose teachings prescribe the route to a kingdom of heaven in an afterlife.
The second is sparsely populated with people who have fought for social causes such as freedom, human rights, and a better quality of life.
The third category is the richest with tales replete of conquerors who went onto build mighty empires. This category is rich with the legends of people ranging from Alexander the Great and Napoleon to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.
It is the last category of corporate empire heroes that has held sway in worshipping minds in the last decade of the twentieth century and the first two decades of the twenty-first.
Yes, we are all heroes in our own lives. I think it is also true that we choose a script we want to see play out for ourselves.
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