Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Nevis' CEO-President kicks balls

How many of you out there can boast of playing football with your CEO!!! Well, I can [Smug smile] Or, the whole of my team [whole team smiles smugly]!!!
Yes, Nevis' CEO & President, Charles Dauber, while on his regular visit to Pune was keen on watching Nevis-Wipro football match (soccer, as Americans call it) this Sunday. Then, he changed his mind and asked if he can be part of the team! See him flexing his muscles...

Warming up is necessary before the game...

Little digression into history...
Change at CEO level in a company is not seen as a very auspicious sign in a startup, so I was very skeptical of how this change will affect Nevis, when Charles came aboard on 18th of July 2005. But soon after his arrival on board, he went on refining Nevis' focus. He has been successful in converging us to a laser sharp focus. Not satisfied with just doing his usual duties, he wanted to spend his energy at building a GOOD and friendly environment.
That is the reason I was very glad to see him play with the team. Going beyond the normal!

Match started and we ruled the ground for most of initial first half. Wipro made some good moves but didn't manage to score. With Ranjit scoring one goal early on, we were leading with 1-0 and became a little complacent. At the end of first half, Charles didn't like this and commented:
'Don't play with an intention of Not to Loose, Play with an intention of Winning!'

At the satrt of second half, Wipro not only levelled the score, but got the lead with 1-2. The first goal was really amazing, kick from near corner, parallel to the frame and directly into right top corner of the goal. It was then when Charles saw dejection in our faces & his leadership instinct kicked in. He called everyone near the goalpost and encouraged us. He told us they we were playing FAR better than other team and have more stamina left then their players. Just that we need to organize. This was enough to charge all of us. But Ranjit got over-charged and ZOOOMMMM he went. After a few minutes, he caught the ball near midfield and in his typical (& almost patented) style single-handedly carried it all the way through opposite D and BANG! It's a goal!!! Click here to watch Amazing_Goal_by_Barve.mpg! Everyone was relieved with this goal for it levelled the score to 2-2 just 2 minutes before the end of second half.

It was a spectacular performance by all the team members. When asked if he was tired after playing for 40 minutes, Charles said that he jogs and cycles everyday! That's why he wasn't fatigued. And not only that, everytime he got the ball, he made amazing passes, which unfortunately fell short of conversion.

With our release dates just a few weeks away, in time of extreme pressure for Nevis engineers, Charles wanted to pass this message:
"Come what may, I'm there with you on your tough ride".

I personally am enthralled by his humility and enthusiasm.

Nevis team with it's audience!!!

First sitting Row (L to R): Praveen Kaushik, Amit, Kapil, Malhari, Vivek.
2nd sitting
Row (L to R): Ranjit(captain), Ashsih, Atul.
1st Standing Row: Mayuresh, his colleague, Sandesh, Nazir, Charles, Yogesh, Sagar (vice-captain), Kiran, Gauri, Raghu
2st Standing Row: Amit, Shrirang, Manish (our hardware team's driving force)
Extreme Left Corner: Jaya (Orange) & Mimi
Not in the pitcure: Ramesh, Amit S, Chidanand, Shailendra.

Photo Credits:
1. Nik, who is as much passionate about his photograhy hobby as he is about his work.

2. Raghu, who undoubtedly is my ideal, my ex-manager, my mentor (he probably doesn't know this) and the sole reason for me to be at Nevis, a veteran in the field of computers, with his years' worth of photography experience.

Video Credits:
My colleague, Praveen Mhapsekar, takes full credit for flawlessly capturing the Golden goal.


Killol Kansara said...

Hey that was nice to hear about....Congratulations to all of u at Nevis team. I really enjooyed reading the article.

Sheetal said...

cool :) nice post.. i actually felt like i was watching out a live match :)

Yossarian said...

Impressive about your CEO man! Wow, a CEO on the field, now thats a firm to work for!