Monday, 7 September 2015

Free Sample Chapter ― Professor M.S.Rao’s Award-Winning Book “Spirit of Indian Youth – Soft Skills for Young Managers”



Dear friends,

Here is the sample chapter of my award-winning book, “Spirit of Indian Youth – Soft Skills for Young Managers” Here is the link to buy this book: http://www.amazon.in/Soft-Skills-Young-Managers-Prof/dp/8177223771
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Introduction

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success that is way great spiritual giants are produced.” - Swami Vivekananda

Indians are known for their inherent talent in mathematics internationally and Indian youth for their talent in information technology.  Indians are not only known for their interests in cinema and cricket but also for their passions in various other areas.  However, predominantly India is known for its excellence in IT and mathematics. We have the world class technical manpower and talent that is unparalleled.  We have the largest English speaking population in the world. But why are we still lacking our leadership position at the global level?  Small countries like Japan, Singapore and Germany marched ahead in various sectors despite their geographical limitations and constraints.  What ails India?  It is time to diagnose where we lack.  It is time to take stock of the situation by analyzing our strengths and overcoming weaknesses, managing threats and exploring opportunities.

In the past we blamed British for all the ills and the mess they had left for India at the time of independence. Sometimes we blame democracy for all the ills as politicians serve their interests than serving the interests of the people.  And few Indian politicians played the role of British and divided the country in religion, regional, linguistic, cultural and caste lines during post - independence era.  However, the silver lining over the dark cloud is that we have survived as a democratic country for more than 64 years and we are the largest democracy in the world. We are also going good economically because of our inherent hard working abilities and tenacity.

Most of the Indian youth are ambitious and driven.  In addition, most of the Indian youth who come out of educational institutions are quick learners and thinkers and conceptually agile.  They come out with simplistic models and numbers and have ability to diagnose the situations through given data.  Precisely, Indian youth are incisive, decisive and inclusive.  Their technological adaptability is amazing and their level of learning is unparalleled.  However, Indian youth still face several challenges to lead better life.


Challenges for Indian Youth

There are several challenges Indian youth are currently facing.  They are lack of employability skills, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills and leadership skills. These four skills are the four pillars for rapid progress of Indian youth. For instance, lack of employability skills lead to dearth of employment opportunities; lack of soft skills lead to losing the employment; lack of entrepreneurial skills lead to working under someone rather setting up their own enterprises and, finally, lack of leadership skills lead to mere managing the things than leading from front.   If Indian youth take care of these four skills sky is the limit for them.  They can achieve anything and everything as these skills equip them with adequate ammunition to take on challenges head-on.


Indian Youth – Unlock Your Potential

Indian youth have huge potential.  If they know their real potential and uncork they can achieve anything.  If they know their talents they can script their success stories. India’s growth lies in the hands of Indian youth as they constitute major portion of Indian population. If they get good guidance from educators, parents and society, they will be able to take India to greater heights of glory thus achieving super power status soon. Hence, the intellectuals, thinkers, educators and parents must work on their strengths to unlock their potential for the benefit of our country.  They must also channel their energies and efforts in a right direction.  We lost our super power status to the world several centuries ago.  It is the time where all responsible citizens and thinkers must work and ensure that India stages a smart come back as a super power.


Aspirations of Indian Youth

I wanted to know what is in the minds of Indian youth.  Therefore, I conducted a poll for a group of students who were pursuing their management education.  The students belonged to various multinational companies working in both in junior and middle level positions with an age group of 24 to 35.  They actively participated in the poll.  I asked them the following questions:

  1. What are the three main challenges the Indian youth facing currently?
  2. What are their expectations and aspirations?
  3. Where do they see India by 2030?

The responses for these questions are as follows:

Majority of the students feel the current challenges are due to outdated educational system followed by lack of guidance.  The other responses include, lack of employability skills, identity crisis, technology, excessive westernization, corruption, lack of opportunities, information overload, time management, lack of freedom, regional imbalances, lack of clarity in their goals and direction.  Finally, the other challenges facing them are health issues and losing moral values.  Therefore, we will discuss these challenges in the next chapters.  We will also discuss the challenges that prevent India from becoming a developed country and as a global super power. 

Here is an interesting case study that helps you think out of the box.


Case Study - What Is In It For You?

“The entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. The entrepreneur in us is more concerned with discriminating between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities.” - Michael Gerber

Marshall was an ethical entrepreneur with vast experience.  He was bankrupt in business due to the external political problems in the host country leaving him insolvent.  However, he did not lose his heart as entrepreneurs are basically brave hearted.

He returned his home country and requested for help from couple of close friends.  They refused to help as they thought that extending hand was inviting problems for themselves.  However, a childhood friend, Robert came forward to lend him 100 bags of sugar with each bag containing 100 kilograms at a price of one dollar per kilogram.  But Robert imposed a condition that the amount should be paid within a week.   If the goods were not sold completely, the left over unsold stock along with the cash had to be refunded by the end of the week.   Marshall had agreed to take 100 bags containing sugar as per the terms and conditions of Robert.

He started selling the stocks of sugar in loose quantity at the cost of one dollar per kilogram.  That means at the cost price.  He liquidated the stocks and paid back the amount to Robert regularly within a week.  He did in this way regularly.  Did Marshall get any profit out of it?  If so, what were the other advantages out of such transactions for a businessperson?   Just think.


Solutions

For every problem there will be multiple solutions.  Similarly, in the given scenario, there are number of ideas hidden behind the business transactions of Marshall.  Let us briefly analyze few of them.

Since Marshall was taking the quantity of sugar in bags he could sell each empty bag and could make profit although he was selling the stocks at cost price in loose quantity.

Over a period of time, Marshall would generate goodwill as he was selling at reasonable rates. More customers would pour in to buy sugar and also they would ask for more related groceries/items so that everything would be available under one roof.  He could include other items in small quantity where he would sell at nominal profits thus enjoying profits directly in ancillary items without hiking the selling price of sugar.

He could also increase the volume of business and get profits by selling the empty bags.  Since the time frame given to pay either cash or unsold stocks was one week, there was another way to generate more profits.  For instance, he could sell his stocks in loose quantity within two days itself and negotiate with other suppliers at discounted price as he would buy the stocks against cash.  In any business transaction, cash is king.  In the given scenario, Marshall was taking stocks at a price of one dollar against credit.  Hence, he could buy at a price less than a dollar and sell the stocks at one dollar and enjoy the difference in profits per kilogram.  In volume business, the profits become more although the profits appear to be meager per each kilogram of sugar. 

If he could sell the stocks within two days against cash purchase from other suppliers, he could do another rotation resulting into more profits. Depending upon the sales, he could do multiple rotations resulting into more profits without any capital investment.   It may also happen that Marshall might get stocks from other suppliers against credit at the same cost he was taking against credit from Robert as he created a marketing base for himself.  He could sell the stocks at the same price he was selling earlier and also he could enjoy the profits as he was getting the stocks at a lower price and that too against credit.  Gradually Marshall could take the stocks from other suppliers instead of taking from Robert.  Marshall could also negotiate with Robert and take stocks at lesser price thus keeping friendship and doing business as well.

In the long run, other suppliers could approach Marshall for lending their other items on credit as he earned good will and trust from his suppliers and from the customers as well.

Marshall could provide the door delivery of the stocks by hiking the price thus enjoying profits on goods.   However, he had to hire extra manpower for door delivery of stocks.

He could also take the unbranded sugar in bulk, and brand them by adding value and sell at a higher price because of the branding and packaging.  Marshall could easily say that his products had superior quality with value added features and coolly enjoy the decent returns.   To go further, he could brand the items depending on the income level of the customers and sell the stocks accordingly.

Once he was flushed with his own capital Marshall could sell the products with little higher price on credit to customers depending on their credibility and goodwill thus enjoying at higher profits.  He could keep two prices for two types of customers – cash customers and credit customers.  Likewise he could eat the cake and have it too.

Once business gets established Marshall could sell the stocks as per the prevailing market rate without selling at discounted prices and without compromising the quality of goods and services as customers were habituated to buying from him.


Lessons

For the success of any business venture, business acumen is more important.  Although capital is the essence of any venture, we find several entrepreneurs reaching from nowhere to number one position without any capital investment.  It is basically because the values, principles, trust and goodwill apart from other things such as ability to see the invisible and the capability to go by the road less traveled.

Entrepreneurship is more of a passion than an option.  It is all about taking risks and willing to experiment with right business acumen. It is the ability to exhibit tenacity and resilience and staying focused on your goals.  It is the ability to hit the bulls’ eye without giving up.  To sum up, entrepreneurship is not for faint hearted but for brave hearted. 

References
Spirit of Indian Youth – Soft Skills for Young Managers




Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
Vision 2030 Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBCO-gWmTRk
Twitter: @professormsrao  
21 Success Sutras for Leaders: Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI




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Free Sample Chapter ― Professor M.S.Rao’s Award-Winning Book “Smart Leadership: Lessons for Leaders” Published in Spanish Language E-Book









Dear friends,

Here is the sample chapter of my award-winning book, “Smart Leadership: Lessons for Leaders” (ISBN: 978-81-207-7415-5) published by Sterling Publishers. It was also published as a Spanish language e-book.  Fons Trompenaars wrote foreword for this book. It received endorsements from internationally renowned thinkers including Marshall Goldsmith, Frances Hesselbein, Vijay Govindarajan and Dipak C. Jain (Dean of INSEAD). Here are the links to buy this book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9S8SCW and http://www.amazon.in/Smart-Leadership-Lessons-M-S-Rao-ebook/dp/B00D9S8SCW I appreciate your kind review on Amazon. Also, I appreciate your comment and share with your connections. 


“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. . . . Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize, that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards, that’s not important. . . . I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King Jr tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King Jr tried to love somebody. . . . I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”—Dr Martin Luther King


Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)—The Man Who Moved the Mighty 

Dr Martin Luther King Jr was one of the most inspiring leaders, who touched the world through his courage and convictions. He was a symbol of right as against might and proved to the world that it is the right that wins at the end of the day rather than the might. It was very difficult to lead a Civil Rights movement in America in those days, when whites dominated and discriminated against blacks.  He was courageous enough to take on the mighty through the right means and methods. Although there have been a number of courageous leaders in the past, Dr King is still remembered for his amazing and exemplary leadership.

Dr King was one of the youngest leaders to achieve fame and success. At 33 he led the Civil Rights movement in America.  At 34 he delivered the famous speech I have a Dream.  At 35 he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39 he was assassinated. He achieved such a lot by the young age of 39, brought revolutionary changes within the American society and made a great impact globally with his principles of peace and non-violence by following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr King was a visionary who led from the front and used words skillfully to connect with his people. He was a transformational leader who changed the American society by bringing an end to racial segregation and discrimination. He was named the Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963 and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a global leader.  He is truly a legend who showed exemplary and amazing leadership when odds were stacked against him and, that too, through non-violent and peaceful means.  Here are the lessons we can learn from his leadership:


Leadership Lessons from Dr King

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
  • He believed in his values and principles.  Despite facing innumerable threats to his life and being subjected to several abuses, he did not give up his Civil Rights movement. He remarked, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
  • He had excellent communication skills. He knew how to mould and articulate his vision effectively. His speech I have a Dream is one of the finest motivational speeches in the world and raises the key issues regarding equality of blacks with whites.
  • He shared whatever he had. He shared the prize money from the Nobel Prize with others for furtherance of the Civil Rights movement.
  • He said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” His dream was fulfilled and this made a huge difference to the lives of the blacks and the oppressed.


Learning Lessons

“Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.”Og Mandino

It is a fact that life is a series of lessons which have great value provided we learn from them. Do not panic during the difficult times in your life.  These situations make you tough and should draw the best out of you. Do not get dejected.  Observe and analyze closely what went wrong, learn from it, and move on.

Leaders learn from multiple sources such as from observation, teaching, training, experience, interaction, evaluation, and feedback. They also learn by studying other successful leaders. Though leadership is not something that can be learned by reading books alone, reading books will help to minimize mistakes and maximize outcomes. Smart leaders learn the techniques of leadership quickly and acquire the tools and skills to lead others effectively.


What is Smart Leadership?

Leaders like Jeff Immelt of General Electric, Michael Dell of Dell Computers, and Steve Jobs of Apple Computers have one thing in common, that is, they are all smart leaders.  For Jeff Immelt, taking over as CEO of General Electric was really a challenging task, because people had huge expectations after Jack Welch had led the company successfully for many years. Jeff managed to establish his credentials through smart leadership. Both Michael Dell and Steve Jobs faced tough competition and managed their companies successfully through smart, innovative strategies during the recession.

Smart leadership is a blend of both soft and hard skills, and soft and hard power. It effectively links both hard and smart work.  Smart leadership can be defined as the process of setting goals, influencing people, building effective teams, motivating people, and, finally, aligning their energies and efforts towards organizational goals and objectives both through soft and hard skills as well as soft and hard power.

Smart leaders possess presence of mind and are tactful in dealing with people.  They have the art of leading and managing the emotions and egos of their people. They are ready to perform the role of a manager or a leader as the situation demands. They are smart in learning lessons quickly from the mistakes of others and leveraging on the experience of others. They believe in quality performance and results.   They display entrepreneurial skills, believe in innovation and creativity, possess flexibility and adaptability, and possess many skills like communication skills, team building skills, cross cultural skills, presentation skills, empathy, and humility, to name a few.  In brief, they are smart at people skills besides having the necessary technical skills for the job.

Eric M. Jackson of Canada based Jackson Leadership Systems identified eight key attributes of smart leadership.  They are: breeding “proactive paranoia”; “we work for the shareholders” mentality; the executive team and board have the answers, not the CEO; preventing groupthink; projecting authentic leadership; facing reality; desire to learn from mistakes; and, finally, personal accountability.

Smart leaders know their strengths and weaknesses thoroughly.  They are a blend of both personal humility and professional will and are Level 5 Leaders in the language of Jim Collins.  They continuously prepare themselves to shift from one effective zone to another when they find that the effective zone has become a comfort zone. They constantly rediscover and reinvent themselves with changing times and technologies. They are far ahead of their time.  They love to live on the edge and prefer to be in the effective zone.

Smart leaders focus on people through soft leadership and on goals and objectives through hard leadership.   They have smart work plans which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and can be tracked.  They are more of democratic leaders who consult others in decision-making and take their teams into confidence about the goals.  They do not let a few people dominate the decision-making.  They are aware that leadership is not just a matter of issuing commands, but involves leading by example and getting others to do what you want. 


Smart Leadership = Soft + Hard Leadership

Smart leadership is all about making a balance between soft and hard power.   Soft power is the art of getting the outcomes you want by attracting and persuading rather than by coercing and manipulating.  In contrast, hard power depends on inducements by way of rewards, or threats of punishment.  It is more of a carrot-and-stick policy.  Soft power believes in win-win while hard power follows win-lose policy.

It is often seen that military leaders believe in hard power while civilian leaders, especially the leaders in democratic countries, believe in soft power. Hitler demonstrated the power of hard leadership and Dalai Lama symbolizes soft leadership.  What is required, in fact, is a blend of both soft and hard leadership, which is called smart leadership. 

Businesses are changing rapidly and their needs have to be addressed through smart means and methods. As we are moving from market economy to network economy, there is a need for smart leadership that focuses both on soft and hard skills and makes a balance between both soft and hard power for handling the current complexities of the corporate world.

In the subsequent chapters, we will discuss in detail, with illustrations, examples, and case studies as to how to excel as smart leaders.

Reference
Smart Leadership: Lessons for Leaders  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9S8SCW




Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
Vision 2030 Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBCO-gWmTRk
Twitter: @professormsrao  
21 Success Sutras for Leaders: Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI




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Free Sample Chapter - “Soft Leadership: Acquire Leadership Ideas and Insights on Visionary, Inspirational and Life Leadership to Stand Out as a Soft Leader Globally”






Dear friends,

Here is the sample chapter of my upcoming book tentatively titled “Soft Leadership: Acquire Leadership Ideas and Insights on Visionary, Inspirational and Life Leadership to Stand Out as a Soft Leader Globally.” I appreciate your comment and share with your connections. 


“Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not 'making friends and influencing people' — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” ―Peter Drucker


ZeNith Bizness Excellence invited me to be the keynote speaker for prestigious Asian conference URL: http://www.visionaryleadership2015.asia/speakers.html ‘Visionary Leadership 2015, Malaysia organized from 18 to 20th August 2015, and to deliver presentation on my award-winning book ‘21 Success Sutras for Leaders’ which was ranked as Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) for the year 2013 Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI I accepted the invitation as Malaysian people are very warm and pleasant by nature. I love Malaysia as it is a mini Asia. I visited Kuala Lumpur twice because I serve as an adviser and judge for Global Leadership Awards Malaysia URL: http://globalleadershipawards.com/HTML/judges.html.

I reached Kuala Lumpur on 18th August 2015, keynoted the conference and set the ball rolling. I delivered the leadership skills needed for 21st century leaders and on soft leadership which is a new leadership perspective coined by me. One of the research papers published by Industrial and Commercial Training of Emerald UK is the most frequently downloaded research paper URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17087126. I shared my vision to build one millions students as global leaders by 2030 URL: http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2014/12/professor-m-s-raos-vision-2030-one_31.html which was widely appreciated by audiences. I also shared 11 Es essential to become successful leaders URL: http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2015/08/free-chapter-professor-msraos-award.html. The energy levels were very high and the response was overwhelming. Subsequently I was one of the panel members along with Dr David Cooke, Chairman, Managing Director Konica Minolta, Sydney Australia; Gary Wheelhouse, Chief Digital Officer, Harvey Norman, Sydney Australia; and Raja Singham, Managing Director & Senior Lecturer, Founder Brickfields Asia College, Malaysia. We were excited to respond to the volley of questions asked by audiences. The conference was coordinated by Simon Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Cross Coaching & Development Pty Ltd, Australia. CEOs and leaders shared their leadership ideas and insights on 18th, 19 and 20th. On 20th August 2015, I shared my presentation on my bestselling book URL: http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2015/06/21-success-sutras-for-leaders-sample.html. The entire conference was coordinated well with visionary participants and experienced thought leaders. It was a great experience for me to be the keynote speaker for this event and to share my leadership ideas and insights on my award-winning book.


Craft Your Vision to Grow as a Visionary Leader

When you look at leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Lee Kuan Yew, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Sam Walton, and Steve Jobs, they are all visionary leaders who showed the right direction to the world in their spheres. The world transformed from Stone Age to space age due to the contribution of several visionary leaders. Human progress and prosperity is not possible without visionary leaders.


Visionary Leadership

Visionary leadership is the process of creating an idea, building a team, communicating with them and inspiring them with stories to convert ideas into realities. It transforms the lives of people to make a difference to the societies.  The leaders’ vision comes from their convictions.  It comes from their passion.  It comes from their values.  It comes from their ethics and etiquette.  Vision makes things easier and clearer for others.  It clears the clutter and makes the path free from obstacles.

Visionary leadership is not a conventional leadership.  It is different and unique from normal leadership.  The primary focus of visionary leadership is to emphasize on passion and vision and subsequently on mission followed by execution to achieve organizational goals and objectives.  It links from present to future.  Succinctly, visionary leadership is all about looking into the future and predicting the future.  It is all about seeing the invisible.  It is being enthusiastic about uncertainty and complexity.


Hallmarks of Visionary Leaders

Walt Disney once remarked, “You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” Visionary leaders are farsighted who always look at the implications and complications while making decisions.   They go by the road less traveled.  They don’t indulge in continuous firefighting as it diverts their attention from their goals.   They are clearly focused on their goals and objectives. They constantly change their strategies, styles and approaches but not their goals.  They take more time in fixing their goals.  Once goals are fixed they commit to them and work towards accomplishing them.  They have gut feeling and follow intuition.  They inspire others.  They are attentive listeners.  They facilitate teams successfully. They mobilize people towards their dreams successfully.  They have the ability to connect their dots and charisma to connect with their people. They focus keenly on the journey to reach their destination. They endeavor to be within the track so that they don’t lose sight of their destination. They have vision and vigor and focus on long-term results, not short-term setbacks.  They are highly focused on their goals.  They lead from the front.  They inspire their people and take them forward energetically. They are imaginative at heart.  They have ideas and insights and are bold to take their people forward successfully. They believe in themselves. They know where they are going.  They are undeterred by shocks and setbacks. They are prepared to risk their lives for the sake of their people. They are born optimists and radiate positive energy and enthusiasm. They take the blame in case of failure and spread the fame in case of success.  They show visual pictures to their followers to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. Vision gives kick to the people. It moves the people forward with energy and enthusiasm.  Visionary leaders are path makers and destiny makers. They combine emotions to convey and communicate their goals.  Above all, they are moral leaders who walk their talk.


How to Craft Your Vision Statement?

Vision statement must preferably be below 100 words and in present tense to have effectiveness.  It requires imaginative mind to craft one.  Here are some tools to craft a better vision statement:
  • Vision must spell out a clear and compelling picture so that there is a strong reason to pursue and persevere. It must be audacious and SMART where SMART is the acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound.
  • It should be simple and straight, and challenging and inspiring. 
  • It must convey company’s value system, culture, ethics and etiquette.  It should never be a mere rhetoric but must be realistic.
  • It must be challenging enough to enable the people to put in their energies and efforts aggressively.
  • It must neither be too short nor too big.  It must convey the ideals and ideas of the organization for which it stands and aspires to achieve. 


Conclusion

Political visionary leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr have provided direction to America when needed.  Additionally, John F Kennedy envisioned putting a man on the moon with his visionary leadership.  To conclude, there should not be any gap between preaching and practicing to make vision realistic and meaningful.  Companies must mobilize their people around a common cause by crafting better vision statements. The success of any company depends on its right presentation of vision statement and execution of mission statement and that is possible only through visionary leadership.


"Leadership is the ability to translate vision into reality." ―Warren G. Bennis

References
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

“Unleash The Leader in You – Inspiration for You” ―Professor M.S.Rao





We are all blessed with a huge potential. We must understand this fact and unlock our potential. However, most people waste their precious time by thinking about their unpleasant past which cannot be changed, and worrying about their future which cannot be predicted. What we have now is the present. Hence, we must make use of the present to unlock our hidden potential to achieve amazing success in life, and help others grow in their lives.

Great leaders are great learners, and help build the next generation of leaders. Hence, you must grow as a leader first to groom others as leaders.

Most people think that they cannot become leaders, when in fact, everybody is a leader. The mother who leads at home; the father who takes responsibility; and the janitor who delivers his goods with excellence is a leader. Leaders are the ones who lead from front by taking responsibility. They spread fame during successes and take blame during failures.

Hence, take responsibility to lead from the front. Realize your hidden potential as everybody is born as a genius, and nobody is born as a stupid. Develop a positive, right, and strong attitude to excel in your life. Contribute your best. Emphasize excellence regardless of the area of activity you are into. Emphasize means, not ends. Keep people before profit. Make the people around you special, and help them dream and achieve big.

Time is very precious. Whether you are rich or poor, you are blessed with time. Make use of it wisely. You have only one life. Hence, use your time judiciously to provide meaning to your life.

Balance your personal, professional and social life. Trifurcate your goals into three categories such as personal, professional and social goals. Set these goals based on your passions and value system.

Here is the way to go about setting these goals in your life. Ask yourself what you want to achieve in your personal life. Find out your strengths and weaknesses, and set your personal goals based on your passions and strengths. Identify the careers in which you are passionate about, and set your professional goals accordingly.

Finally, what value would you like to add to society? What would you like to be remembered for? And set your social goals accordingly.

Surround yourself with positive people to build a better world. Remember that knowledge is more important than money. Hence, share your knowledge to make a difference to the world.

Work for satisfaction, not for recognition. Remember, satisfaction is the end-product while recognition is the by-product. Be passionate about what you do. Don’t worry about setbacks. Think out-of-the box to achieve success in your personal, professional and social life.

Be a continuous learner and take feedback constantly to grow in life. As long as you love and learn, you are young. The day you stop loving people and learning things, you become old.

Imagine how different your world would be if you started each day with the wisdom learned from household names like Sir Richard Branson (Virgin) and Guy Laliberte (Cirque du Soleil) to thought leaders like Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Marci Shimoff (The Secret). So far more than 1000 Luminaries have been featured, including me. That's a lot of inspiration and I'm proud to be a part of it!

Remember, when we get caught up in our own stories and start to forget our own design as infinite beings, it is inspiration that turns the ordinary into extraordinary, fear into hope and the darkness into light. Inspiration reminds us that we are greater than we seem, and more resilient and powerful than we think.

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