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October 12, 2017


comments in the original 2013 posting

Very nice and touching story. Hope all of us can be so fortunate.
Posted by: Jill | October 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM

Is this real?
I have heard such stories from "old timers". Where have such people gone?
Posted by: Curious | October 11, 2013 at 07:09 PM

Nice to know some more about your younger days. One really needs to be lucky have nice people around. But one has a choice to be oneself.
One question - what is a penpal? And how did you have one at that age in india? I remember a friend if mine mentioning when we were. In school.
Your attitude really disguises your age. Did not realize you have worked for 38 years.
Posted by: From Lion City (Singapore) | October 12, 2013 at 06:26 AM

1. that’s such a heartwarming story. Thanks for making a great start to my Saturday morning. And thanks for the reminder for Bosses Day.
2. I have learned so much over the years from your column.
Regards and Thank you.You have a wonderful Bosses Day!
3. That one kind of got me “teary-eyed”. It made me remember a couple great coaches, a few great teachers and even an NCO, (non-commissioned officer commonly known as a “Sergeant”), that treated me with respect and helped make me a better athlete, student and man respectively.Just wanted to say thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement over the years.
Posted by: friends (recieved by email. Posted by FR team) | October 12, 2013 at 09:08 AM

this story remind me of two previous stories
Good teachers teach from the heart not books
To Sir With Love
Having good, caring boss like Mr.Joe Z make big productive improvement. also winning team of motivated employees.
Posted by: Takahashi | October 13, 2013 at 07:19 AM

Thanks for sharing!
It reminds me my old days too. And my glory and success were when I was in the line and discussed with people there to solve problems as an engineer.
My first boss taught me even very tribial things such as how to use 'To' and 'cc' list in an email, and why simple summary should come first with organized template to make it easy to see for others and management, etc.
It's a shame and regret that I didn't ask him to meet and talk even though I know where he is and we can meet...
Posted by: JM | October 13, 2013 at 05:46 PM

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story.
Posted by: PPS | October 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

One really has to be lucky to find such mentors. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: SC | October 14, 2013 at 04:58 PM

Nice story. I was out all last week in PA so I missed much of my reading, although I did do much shooting.
Posted by: EastCoast | October 14, 2013 at 05:02 PM

Interesting point, I recently ran into one of those people myself, so I have a vivid example of what you are talking about.

Posted by: MAT pioneer | October 15, 2013 at 07:57 AM

A good boss, a caring leader, who can believe in his people and focus on extending their capabilities and achievements, rather than crushing them for their mistakes, is more important than a high salary. (By many orders of magnitude). I am very thankful for many bosses that have helped me in my life.
Posted by: microCEO | October 18, 2013 at 06:23 PM

Raymond C Pineda

Leadership pipeline!

Anand - From my perspective, seems like Joe Z "passed a baton" to you. And you, in turn, "accepted that baton" and have "passed a few batons forward" to others. In time, we will see who "accepted their baton" from you and "passed it forward" to others.


It reminds me two bosses that I encountered who provided similar experiences and learning.

My very first manager gave most of my knowledge in this industry and how to work as engineer. And your experiences are very similar to mine in his way of doing the job.

The other manager, Philippines lady, she helped me a lot in my first days in the new company and led me quickly familiarized with new environment. Caring and warm comments, when we met through IM late night, she asked me to go to bed while she was also working.


Wonderful! He must have been a real mentor for you. And you must have been a very productive employee. It is a great human interest story, more because you met your future wife in the process. Congratulations!

Long time student

Anand, You have done similar things for a lot of people including me and become a role model for being a leader. Without you pushing, I would never have shared leadership stories and in process learn to become one. I echo Ray here!


I see sweet love story inside a good boss story. :)

Humble Warrior

finding a good employee is rare.... finding a good employer is rare... a perfect work marriage is when those two find eachother... a mutual, relentless, humble approach type bond that soars to new heights. I pray we all find more of there work marriages :)


This is such a warm story. I really like this quote a lot "The best kind of people (Bosses, Mentors, Friends) are those who come into your life, and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. People who believe in you so much, that you start to believe in you too. They are once in a lifetime type of people." I would fully echo with Ray that you absolutely passed on that caring and love to make an significant impact to a lot of people's work and life including myself as a fearless leader full of wisdom!! you led us to grow with empowerment and trust so we're not afraid of failure during the course of exploring new arena. Your mentor and coaching reach really far even to next gen. My son still remembers your words of wisdom as golden career advice to him when we were at your home, about People, Corp, Culture blend. He also proudly shared this with his friends all the way from the other side of the world. I am so fortunate to meet you as my Mentor, my "贵人" in Chinese! So the baton is passed on further :-)

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