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October 2022

My own Body Turned Against me
My own Body Turned Against me 635 454 ramgi@user

It was about 11 years ago, that my body was rebooted.

Back then, I had been suffering from an autoimmune disorder (CIDP) that crippled me and brought me to near-total paralysis of the entire body for over 8 years. Standard medications didn’t work for me and the steroids had extensive side-effects such as cataract in the eyes, brittle bones, bone death in both hips, weight gain of over 16 kilos etc. My doctors had no clue on what to do beyond the standard medication.

Luckily, I knew that the buck stops with me — always.

I tried ayurveda, yoga, diet control and finally after extensive research, Dr. Richard Burt’s clinical trial in Chicago. The cost would wipe out most of our family savings. But with the ever-present-support of my wife, Jayashri Ramamurti, I had little hesitation in going for it. There was a probability of death during the treatment, and a probability that it may not work. But along with end-to-end ownership, risk-taking was the other quality that my parents had inculcated in me.

The treatment was my rebirth. After the treatment, with over 6 months of intense physiotherapy and exercising, I recovered over 90% of my muscles.

This picture was taken approximately 11 years back, when my stem cells were injected into my body to reboot my immune system. My life was also rebooted then. I went on to reinvent my life as a bestselling author, tech co-founder, and a much-sought-after keynote speaker. There are scores, if not hundreds of people who have supported me on this journey. My heartfelt gratitude to all of you. I wouldn’t have achieved anything without all of you.

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I got promoted and then put on the Sidelines
I got promoted and then put on the Sidelines 635 454 ramgi@user

Imagine being recruited to handle a team of 800 people, handling a Billion-dollar revenue and then being made to sit on the bench!! And then converting the setback into something huge.

That is what happened to me when I joined Dell as director sales for EMEA region. I left the general management COO role in Airtel for a sales role only because of the size of the business.

But by the time I joined, the company had restructured and I had no role. I was allotted a nice Director’s workstation, and even an admin assistant — to essentially sit and twiddle my thumbs all day.

I was completely shattered. Didn’t know who to speak to or WHAT to do.

Then I started pushing everyone to give me any job to do. Finally, I was told to create a certification program for customer care and tech support agent. From the dream of handling a billion-dollar revenue to doing a certification. What a whiplash!

And I didn’t even know what is a certification. And certainly not competency frameworks. But I took on the challenge. And with the help of helpful friends like Pankaj Rai  and Ajay Tripathi, I managed to learn and start work on it. Soon this became a global initiative and I was one of the 4 core members who rolled out a 3-tier certification program globally. I was on stage with Romi Malhotra and Michael Dell launching it.

The only question one should ask in a job — “How do I add maximum value to the company?” The promotions, salary hikes etc. will follow. Do you think this philosophy is appropriate?


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