How did the contest go and who won the prize? Asked my husband as soon as I returned home.(I had told him earlier that I was one of the judges for a contest conducted by IMA.
It was a contest with a difference, infact a very unique one, I said trying to be evasive.
What was so unique about it? He said.
Well, have you heard of a contest for “the Most Mismanaged Association?” I said.
What! He exclaimed. You must be joking, he added.
No, I am serious, I said.
Who were the contenders? I am sure no one would have enrolled themselves for something that doesn’t speak well of them or the Association they head, he said.
On the other hand there were several representing their centres vying with one another to come out a “Winner”, I said.
I am surprised that someone takes pride in being branded as the Head of “The Most Mismanaged Association”, he chuckled still unable to digest what I had said.
You forget that the contest is conducted by IMA, a very prestigious Body. Anything with an International tag, that too headquartered in The U.S. doubles in its worth, you know, I quipped.
O.K.Why don’t you tell me the criteria on which the winner was decided, he asked.
Three things: Its bad Public Relations; Its dwindling image among its members and its total lack of Personal Touch, I stated.
Did any one Association fulfil these criteria? (he sounded curious).
“Unfortunately” there was only ONE that did which came as a “disappointment ’to all those in the fray. Charity begins at Home, don’t you know ? I answered.
He gave me an understanding smile and there was no need for me to say anything further.
n.meera raghavendra rao