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What to do when your colleagues aren't doing their work

Posted: February 6th, 2019, 6:03 pm
by MBACrystalBall
Producer: "Sorry, but the lyricist cracked his skull on my shiny and slippery office floor. On his way to the hospital, I forced him to write something for you. Here's what he came up with."
Telephone dhun mein hasne wali,
Melbourne machhali machalne wali,
Digital mein sur hai taraasha
Madonna hai ya Natasha
Zaakir Hussain tabla tu hai kya

[Rough translation: "Your laugh sounds like a ringtone, you squirm like an aquatic creature from down under, your voice appears auto-tuned, are you the percussion instrument of a maestro who promotes tea outside the Taj?"]
Music Director: "No problem, sir. I'll see what I can do with this."

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The discussion and process probably didn't go like this.

But despite getting what may seem like the output of modern day AI software, the music director went on to compose one of the biggest chart-busters of 1996. And this wasn't the first time he did it.

That's the genius of A.R. Rahman!

And there's a lesson in there for us.

The supply chain that you are part of may not be the most efficient.

People who come into the picture before and after you will likely do a shoddy job.

And in many cases, you won't be able to control their work.

But go ahead and give it your best anyway.

Those who matter will notice what you've done, and what the others haven't.