Saturday, October 29, 2011

Letter to Rishu..

(This post is written as a response to my brother's (Rishu) post in http://blogs.isb.edu/pgp2012students/2011/10/26/everything-works-out-to-be-fine/. You may like to read his blog first to get the complete context)

Dear Rishu..

I don’t want to sound like preaching but because I have found myself facing similar questions at one stage, I feel like sharing my opinion.

First of all, everything works out to be fine, if you are lucky; else it doesn’t, on its own.

But unfortunately there is no absolute formula. There is no choice, course or answer which is absolutely right or wrong; it can only be generally or relatively right or wrong. Therefore it is difficult to know whether you are wasting or utilizing your time.

Indeed, the shift from 2 days to 2 hours happens because of the expectation, the world and we set for ourselves, to do the multi-tasking. But in that bargain, the world and we, start taking the quality of outcome and/ or the pleasure of doing it as secondary. Believe me, the best things of the world are innovated or made only when one keeps the quality in mind and pleasure in heart while doing it.

Therefore my opinion is even when you have got multiple things to do; please set a priority to them in order of your liking and long term objectives. Aforesaid gives you direction to take the right calls, for example whether to attend to a distinguished speaker or to spend time with your wife. (It may sound a little preposterous but most of times I have found spending time with dear ones more useful. Remember there will never be a you-tube or recorded session of the evening walk you had with your wife).

My opinion is even if it appears impossible; please try to plan your time judiciously between your work/ study and your family. If you are able to now, you will always be successful in your life. And remember, Kanu will always be more important than Steve Jobs to you.

You are right about ‘Trusting’ your study group members. Later as a manager you will have to trust yourself and your team to achieve desired results. A good manager is identified by what I call the '3 Ds': Decide, Delegate and Deliver.

A manager must ‘decide’; right or wrong and if s/he fails, s/he is not a manager. Second, a manager must ‘delegate’ else s/he will become a bottleneck to progress; and finally, s/he must deliver which means s/he must not quit till end. In all 3 Ds, trust to her/ his and team’s ability is an underlying element. Trust builds the platform to all managerial competencies, one develops eventually.

And lastly, be prepared for failure. Being prepared for failure doesn’t mean you don’t trust yourself or your team, it only means that you try to ensure ‘everything works out to be fine’, even when you aren’t lucky. Even mental preparedness helps, to stand up again and continue. You may lose some battles, but you will win the war.

With lots of love and best wishes
Monu

1 comment:

Abhi said...

As always, your understanding of life both surprises and inspires me at the same time :)

Love,
Rishu