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Those of you who had gone through my earlier post might recall the fact that the trauma of cardiac surgery was adequately compensated for by my Guardian Angels. On the positive side, other than a career breakthrough, pending family obligations got met successfully; marriages of both my children got fixed up in this period. Moreover, in subsequent life, I became a sort of cardiac expert, dishing out sage advice to my colleagues, friends and relatives.

Incorrect Choices and the Value Spectrum

This change was just a way for life to reinforce within me the importance of observing values and ethics in whatever I did.

The strategic flaw in the scheme of things was that I had willy-nilly landed in an organization the value system of which did not match that of my own. It was my pumpkin headedness which led me to continue with the organization for as long as I did. Like a pilot in a flight hit by an enemy’s missile, I might as well have pressed the cockpit eject button much earlier.

If you are one of those who twiddle their thumbs wondering as to why I tend to place a high premium on sound values to be followed in business can rightfully blame my corporate career for the same. Having worked in organizations which were at two opposite ends of the value spectrum, I have seen at close quarters the perks of being value-driven and also the perils of not being so. That is how, in yours truly, you are apt to find a fierce critic of any kind of compromises on this front. The underlying belief is that business ships which are built on a keel of sound values end up not only having a better brand equity but also yield better returns to their stakeholders. When businesses are broad minded and give back to the society at large, they serve a higher purpose.

Our personal Brand Equity gets built by the kind of choices we makes and the kind of company we seek over a long period of time. The right strategy to follow in any career is to give due weightage to this single factor when choosing organizations we decide to work for. We consider this issue in some detail somewhere else in this compilation.

No Fault in Our Stars! 

When one undergoes a humiliating experience, one feels as if one has been simply used and thrown into a trash bin. One’s stock is down. The market is sluggish. Only bears, having come out of hibernation, rule.

The first response is to blame it on our stars. But it is the choices we make ourselves which lead one to suffer in life. We create our own destiny, so to say.

Shakespeare was bang on when he said that ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings’ (Julius Caesar: Act 1, Scene 2).

A Chiselling Towards Perfection

One may say with a reasonable degree of accuracy that Life has indeed been wired to act like a Master Sculptor. Life has not learnt the art of sculpting by means of a correspondence course which was not even completed but left midway.

All this chiselling business, you see, comes in pretty handy in life. Each of these highlights at least one glaring deficiency in one’s personality. At the time it happens, it startles one, much like a nymph surprised while splashing about in her Jacuzzi in the comfort of her home and hearth. Shock and disbelief quickly follows. A deep resentment gets felt, in the vein of what-have-I-done-to-deserve-this.

Eventually, once reason starts returning to its throne, a pitiless analysis follows. Root causes get identified. An action plan to address these gets made and then worked upon. A better self emerges. Weaknesses often get converted into strengths. It is as if our Guardian Angels are gently nudging us to mend our ways, develop healthier attitudes, acquire better working habits and enjoy life better.

All of us have villains in our lives. With any change in the family setting or in the organization we work for, the name and the face of a villain alone changes. The element of villainy simply refuses to go away.

Perhaps all these villains keep popping up to show us our place in life. They teach us the value of humility. The day we are feeling on top of the world and patting ourselves on the back on the successful accomplishment of a long cherished goal, fate, donning the mask of a villain, quietly sneaks up from behind and hits us with a nail studded club.

Blessings in Disguise

In a way, these turn out to be blessings in disguise. If these do not happen, we are likely to trudge along on a straight and narrow path. We are apt to keep wallowing in our comfort zones in a protracted state of procrastination, refusing to budge from our prejudices, much like an obstinate Balaam’s Ass!

We cannot change others. But we can look within and be open to change ourselves. That is indeed possible.

While at school, I won many prizes in local as well as in national level essay writing competitions, but never on the subject of scripture knowledge. However, I do believe that if the concept of reincarnation is believed, whatever Life leaves incomplete in us during this life time perhaps takes it up with missionary zeal in our subsequent lives!

In other words, the earlier we shape up, the easier it is. The choice is entirely ours!

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seagullHere are some gems of wisdom which can help you soar in your career:

  1. The more you analyse, the higher the state of inaction attained. Use intuition more often.
  2. Be unreasonable and deliver extraordinary business results.
  3. Always meet the boss halfway through.
  4. Call back yourself and be in for a surprise.
  5. Cultivate the art of Creative Dissatisfaction.
  6. Delegation without benchmarking and monitoring of targets amounts to abdication.
  7. Ethics and Values are important. Be smart. Steer your business using not only a Business Compass but also a Moral Compass.
  8. It always pays to have a credit balance in your interpersonal relationships.
  9. The only fire in the belly to be avoided is the one generated by ulcers and cysts.
  10. ‘Yes-men’ could be harmful to your career progression in the long run.
  11. Keep your learning batteries always charged up.
  12. Kiss frequently. The term ‘Kiss’ here stands for ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’!
  13. Encourage dissenters to speak up; be a smart leader.
  14. While taking decisions, use your heart as well as your mind.
  15. Every five years, retire yourself. This would ensure you never get chucked out of a job.
  16. CEOs who succeed in the future would be the ones having a Western mind and an Eastern heart.
  17. Packages have a short shelf-life. Keep reinventing them.
  18. People are not spares of a machine, to be replaced once their utility is exhausted. Groom them for higher responsibilities, or out-place them.
  19. Always praise in public but reprimand in private.
  20. Keep your Propensity to Procrastinate under check.
  21. Being a ‘yes-man’ is a risky proposition. The higher you are in the pecking order, the higher the responsibility you carry on your shoulders – that of registering dissent.
  22. Keep your hormones under check. Love blossoming within the confines of office space can also turn into litigation and expensive lawsuits.
  23. A good way to kill an otherwise brilliant idea is to first convey it over mail.
  24. Pressure is an external stimulus. Stress is what we experience.
  25. Stress is inversely proportional to your inner resilience, which can be built up by forgiveness, a dash of humour, and meditation.
  26. Create a culture of observing, judging, and unleashing talent.
  27. Cultivate your underground cable connections. Things get done better when the informal organization gets going.
  28. Plan your vacations well. The absence of a good manager is never felt.
  29. It pays to build up and protect your own brand value.
  30. Strike the right balance between the following three: Concern for Production (read Results), Concern for People and Concern for Ethics.

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