REFLECTIONS: IMPRESSIONS – PART II

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

-Lao Tzu

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This blog is a tearful tribute to my younger brother whom I lost just few days back.

SHOCK is probably too light a word to express. Jovial, bright, and ever smiling. A true leader and a remarkable human being who merits not only respect but also celebration. He just didn’t seem to ever think and shy of believing himself as a true team leader. But I do and many more who came all the way from far remote locations to Mukti-Dhaam (cremation ground) to witness the last conquest of their much-loved leader. In his professional life, his work ethic and impeccably high standards translated into a successful and prominent sales career. His every action inspired his team to dream more, do more and become more. This blog is a homage to a true leader. Continue reading

REFLECTIONS : IMPRESSIONS – PART I

Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light, 
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours, 
is your ultimate
 ART.” 
― Suzy Kassem

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Life’s a journey filled with lessons, hardships, anguishes, blisses, festivities and special moments. You can choose to ride the journey of your life however you want. If you are looking for a catalyst that will re-connect you with that bit of your soul, reflect back on your life journey. There’s something inside us all that craves to make an optimistic impact on the world around us. As George Bernard Shaw said, Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Our life journey will always have deep impressions on our character, choices, and responses. Every milestone of my journey has helped me re-focus on my goals. Not only challenging me emotionally and intellectually, it has also provided an opportunity for my personal growth and professional genuineness. Through this blog, sharing few of my life and career images with you…! I have labelled my thoughts & quotes as ‘Reflections: Impressions’ and this is Part-I. Continue reading

WHEN TRIED BY FIRE…TAME YOUR TURN-ONS!

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.

-Edwin H Chapin

www.en.wikipedia.orgAre you troubled by something that happened at work in your past?

Are you enslaved and incapacitated by lingering thoughts of revulsion, touchiness, and animosity towards your boss or peers, bit by bit, literally bloating your head?

Why we all care so much about what other people think of us? Why their acuities have reflexively encompassed every facet of our being?

Just remember one thing, in corporate ecosphere, oppressive behaviour comes in all forms. Subjective vindication is much complex and pervasive sensation in otherwise cramped corporate power corridors.  At some point in our career, we all have inadvertently stumbled upon such caustic power-mines. Regrettably, it materializes more frequently as we climb up the ladder. 

Yet, whether we think about it consciously or not, one important question continues to stay alive beneath such experiences: How one should react to such methodically premeditated career assaults? Continue reading

Professional Jealousy: Why you are Green under the veil!

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

Fulton J. Sheen

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In last 30 years of stirring professional experience, two obliquely interlaced facets of the corporate world have intrigued me the most. One is the vulnerability and the other is jealousy.

Let’s introspect! When your teammate achieves something, why does that make you feel edgy?  It could be anything – his quality, reward, capability, or any other accomplishment. Equally, when he fails, why does that make you feel comforted or ventilated? Why we are habitually troubled with ‘unsettling’ or ‘ugly’ emotions on others’ achievements?  Why we feel conquered when someone has an advantage over us? Why our mind exaggerates the importance of other’s pluses?

Yet, aren’t we wish others to be delighted for us when we do well? Continue reading

Greetings!

“During this season of kindness and giving, let us take time to gently appreciate and enjoy the simple and beautiful things around us.

May this magnificent time of the year touches your soul in an extraordinary way.May this incredible time of humanity brings you unending bliss that lasts throughout the year.

Wishing you harmony, delight, and all the joy this lovely time has to offer. Wishing you much happiness today and throughout the New Year.

 May the Almighty bless you and your family with all good things of life.”

With Personal Warm Regards,
Bhagwat Yagnik
Founder & CEO
Yagnik Management Consultants
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CONFEDERACY IN TIME / HR: ARE YOU READY?

“In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy”

Paul Getty

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Last Friday, I was interviewing a younger group of those ‘just starting out’ types for a role in my consulting Startup. During the course of the interview, when I asked one casually clad aspirant, “Why you want this job?”

I got a startling reply, “Not a job. I am looking for something unfamiliar and undefined…Want to discover myself.”

 At that moment, rather than dismissing his reply as naïve, I considered adjusting my thoughts.

 Let’s first come to some agreement with few unembellished testimonials.

We are in the 21st century and living in an increasingly fast-paced and ever-changing world.  It is predominantly driven by an interminably “disruptive” business warfare. Entire world is witnessing an unprecedented economic dynamics. Today innovation is virtually tantamount to survival for any business.

The market dynamics are changing so dramatically that if your products /services can’t keep up with the realities, you might not be in the business much longer…You are, in fact, absolved straight to the garbage pit.  To thrive and excel in today’s business climate, it is imperative for companies to adapt differently than they have in the past. Today’s survival mantra is to innovate and grow by capitalizing on the rapid speed of change. The intimidating challenge for most of the enterprises is to adapt to the change unpretentiously. More a company pigheadedly remain cemented to old ways, the uglier are the penalties. Today best of the companies are overtly feeling being pushed to the wall as never before. More than change it is the consequences of the change that are flattening them hard. Continue reading

The Lines and Boxes have a Purpose!

Yagnik Management Consultants

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An Organization Design is a Corporate Self-Reflection.

A Web of Integration and Differentiation.

A Dynamic Energy Matrix of Fission & Fusion.

It demands engrained imbuing of Stability in Continuity & Flexibility in Rigidity.

Traditionally, enterprises are proud of investing heaps of money on growth strategies. Yet, very little genuinely gets translated into the projected results. Regrettably, the significance of culture never gets priority on the ‘table’ of the decision makers. Besides, leadership has proven to be bit elusive towards demands of change management. 

It takes long for an enterprise to realize that success is directly contingent upon its deeply embedded culture. Transforming an organization’s culture is a demanding leadership challenge. Most of the time, we  pretend to be satisfied with episodically introduced “Magic-Potion” of few widely held but uncharacteristic “fairy-tale” interventions to address extremely intertwined and reciprocally reinforcing influences of various organizational elements. Alas! That is not likely to help your organization. Eventually, such efforts fail, despite indicating flickering light of  progression for a while. 

Organizational Design and Cultural Transformation initiatives are highly interlinked. Today, organizational architecture leans towards integrating all the significant elements of agility and displays noteworthy features of an organic design with a self-empowered team structures. Eventually, an organizational design must fit your business strategy. Correspondingly, organization culture is equally a deceptive but determining factor in the success of the organization. It refers to deeply imbedded beliefs, ideologies, principles and values that the individuals of an organization share and practice. Finally, Culture shapes the character of the organization. 

Many of my clients find it increasingly difficult to drive performance in a dysfunctional structure. The ever changing disruptive market realities are recurrently unsettling  their business strategies  and they do not know where to begin or simply don’t know what to do. 

We have a very entrepreneurial approach to change management.

We are specialized in addressing all your specific challenges in effectively launching transformational initiatives. Invite us as your partner in resolving all critical concerns you are encountering while designing an architecture for a performance driven enterprise. 

We will assist you in avoiding common missteps.

Just reach out to us…!

Bhagwat Yagnik

Founder & CEO

Yagnik Management Consultants

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The Classical “Tight-Spots” in a Family Business…!

Families are from Venus, businesses from Mars.
Alan Barker

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There is an ancient saying, “Never do business with family or friends”

I am not taking a side, but continued existence of the family business is a concerning challenge even today for the families in the business.

We all know about some of the most discussed family business fracases (Like, Hancock Prospecting, Rollins, Puma and Adidas, L’Oréal, Gucci family dynasty, Hustler magazine, Redstone Enterprise, etc.). Each feud is virtually like a compelling, intimidating, and hammy potboiler than a reality.

Even back home, there are many comparable examples, characterized by twisted interpersonal affairs and unbelievably melodramatic events.

The truth is family businesses are not always a picture-postcard of family bliss.

Why?

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Are You A Good Example For Others To Follow?

यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठस्तत्तदेवेतरो जनः यत्प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते

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“yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate”

(Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. Chapter-3/Karma Yoga/Verse 21)

This is so true for a leader…!

Leaders are role models. A leader who stimulates and inspires us to strive for greatness and live to our fullest potential is certainly a role model.

A sensitive leader positively sets high standards of accountability for his own behaviour as a role model. It is an established fact that leadership is best learned  through “identifying” or “internalizing” the demonstrated behavior of distinguished leaders. A leader should recognize that his prime contribution to the organization is the “behavior he nurtures” and allows to blossom. Often leaders don’t care or probably don’t realize how meticulously they are being scrutinized and ‘watched’ by their subordinates. Unfortunately, majority of leaders are hard-wired to lead by “brainpower” and not by their “souls”. They are programmed or conditioned to put ‘equations’ of business much before the progressiveness of the human spirit. Naturally so, ultimately the leadership is all about delivering results and achieving goals in any given circumstances (sometimes at any cost). Particularly now, when survival strategies are redefined in majority of corporates to circumvent hard-nosed disruptive competition and the conventional 21st century management practices are ferociously debated and invalidated at every confluence.

In business, emotional sensitivity is generally gossiped as a “delicate” mental predisposition, one that responds to the business complexities and struggles with unreasonably engaged campaigning. Therefore, it is obvious that an intuitively sensitive leader is generally perceived as antiquated and antediluvian in today’s work environment.   Continue reading

Don’t Pay For Your Boss…!

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

-Winston Churchill 

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Last week at Jaipur, I was conducting a program on Cultural Transformation for the leadership team of a conservatively managed large Indian enterprise. Late evening at the terrace of that heritage resort, while atmosphere was festive and the air was curried with the aroma of local culinary, I was quietly staring out at the majesty of the dimly illuminated facade of the hypnotic Amber fort at far side of the road. Abruptly, one contemplative looking elderly participant startled me with an innocent question, “Sir, have you experienced a bad boss?” And I told him “Unfortunately not, but counselled many who have. Not just few skeletons, but entire gallimaufry of them.”

Let me ask you the same question, “Do you think you have ever experienced a bad boss in your career?” If yes, please join the club!

A lot has been written about the theme over the last couple of decades. What is clear with most of the  dissecting discussions in the literature is one: To be cautiously insightful in dealing with such a matter. I am sure there is a lot to be learned from all the works. But I have a radically diverse recommendation and if nothing else, I would want young professionals to learn to stand for their convictions. Continue reading