So this happened, there were about 70 scientists working on a very hectic project. All of them were really frustrated due to the pressure of work and the demands of their boss but everyone was loyal to him and did not think of quitting the job.
One day, one scientist came to his boss and told him, “Sir, I have promised to my children that I will take them to the exhibition going on in our township. So I want to leave the office at 5:30 pm.” His boss replied, “OK, You’re permitted to leave the office early today”. The Scientist started working. He continued his work after lunch. As usual, he got involved to such an extent that he looked at his watch when he felt he was close to completion, the time was 8:30 PM. Suddenly he remembered the promise he had given to his children.
He looked for his boss, he was not there. Deep within himself, he was feeling guilty for having disappointed his children. He reached home. Children were not there. His wife was sitting alone in the hall.
His wife asked him “Would you like to have coffee or shall I straight away serve dinner if you are hungry. The man replied, “If you would like to have coffee, I too will have but what about Children?”.Wife replied “You don’t know?, Your manager came here at 5:15 PM and has taken the children to the exhibition “.
What had really happened was, the boss who granted him permission was observing him working seriously at 5:00 PM. He thought to himself, this person will not leave the work, but if he has promised his children they should enjoy the visit to the exhibition. So he took the lead in taking them to the exhibition. There was no need to do it. But as such acts were done, loyalty was established.
That’s why all the scientists at Thumba continued to work under their boss even under stress.
By the way, can you guess who the boss was?
He was none other than Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.