Thanks to an enlightened mindset, the bottom line is not the sole criterion that fires corporate thinking
NEW AGE MANTRAS FOR SUCCESS
Choose your vocation wisely. Follow your swadharma, your inherent nature. Choose a field of activity that fires your passion and is compatible with your nature. You will achieve a higher degree of recognition and success than you would in some other field. And the best part is that you will get paid for something you love doing!
The mind-not matter-matters. Ideas make the world go round. Realizing this truth, even a hardware and appliances giant like Sony is gearing up to diversify into service-related fields. It was not the steam engine that changed the world, but the idea that steam could be used to power the engine. Practical ideas power change.
Foster team spirit. Control the Ego. The ego has a tendency to place one apart from the rest of the world. It encourages a self-centered, egotistical attitude that is detrimental to the common good. Such a person feels: "Only I can do a good job." Life is a game where teamwork counts. Learn to delegate work. You are not the sole cog in the wheel. Nor are you indispensable. The graveyards are full of people who thought they were indispensable.
Praise counts. When somebody does a good job, say so. Learn to be stingy in your criticism, generous in praise. However, the praise must be well deserved and genuine. As Dada J.P. Vaswani said, sex and money are not the most important things in a person's life. Praise and recognition are. Human beings thrive on these and redouble their efforts.
Take responsibility. Success has many mothers, failure none. If things go wrong, stand by your team. Do not duck responsibility or apportion blame. Take the blow squarely on your chin. Your staff and peers will respect you for it. And back you to the hilt in future.
Share the credit. When the cash counter starts jingling, remember the role of every single player. Don't exult, 'I did it!' Say, 'We did it!' Be humble in success and you will sow the seeds of repeated success.
Rememberyour team is human. Do not expect every employee to consistently keep up with the scorching pace that you set. We all have different levels of tolerance. Genghis Khan once sacked his most accomplished general. When queried about this strange act, the Mongol chieftain's answer was enlightening. He was the best, the great Khan admitted. While on the march, he was oblivious to thirst, hunger or pain. But he did not realize that the 10,000 men under his command felt the pangs of hunger. Definitely the best general, he wasn't the best leader of men.
Welcome competition. Dvaitadualityis the law of nature. Happiness-sorrow, success-failure, pleasure-pain are an inseparable part of life. If you fear competition, the negative emotion will sap your energy. Instead, regard your competitors as pacesetters. This positive thought will keep you on your toes and improve the quality of your product/service.
Integrity counts. The means to the goal must be as upright as the goal. To quote Swami Vivekananda, "One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in my life is to pay as much attention to the means of work as to its end." Success achieved through dubious means comes minus peace of mind.
Stay focussed. There are times when your ideas or goals may be tossed around in a storm of opposition. Stay calm. Focussed. Practice meditation. This will take you to a higher level of consciousness and tap the enormous power of your Inner Self. It will teach you the power of silence when surrounded by motivated criticism. And enhance your self-belief.
Cross the Pain Barrier. In an ultra-competitive ambiance, you will find the ante is upped at frequent intervals. The only way to survive and thrive is to go the extra miledespite the pain in your legs. Cross the pain barrier repeatedly and you will soon be oblivious to pain. You're then on the highway to super-success.
Learn to have fun. There's no better way to recharge one's cells than to take a break. Or have fun while on the task. One man who embodied this spirit was Rusi Modi, who'd spent the greater part of his career with the Tatas. For all the hard work that he put in, Modi made it a point to take his Sabbatical regularly. Make work fun. It works!
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