Become a person of “Best Practices”!!!
While traveling a couple of months back, I happened to read in the newpaper about a book released at Loyola College, Chennai. It was entitled CK PRAHALAD : THE MIND OF THE FUTURIST: Rare Insights on Life, Leadership & Strategy by Benedict Paramanand.
Being curious to know more about the book, I ordered for a copy. While reading the book, I was inspired by the genius of CK Prahalad who passed away in April 2010, at the peak of his career as a world economist and management thinker of great standing. His innovative ideas have transformed the business world and is rightly acknowledged as one among the top ten management thinkers in the world.
He was from a very ordinary rural background, and educated in an ordinary local-medium school in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. But this boy with no worthwhile academic past, went on to do an MBA at IIM Ahmedabad, a doctorate at the Harvard Business School, and became a renowned Professor. He became a legend with his concept of ‘Next practices’, replacing the traditional ‘best practices’, which will sustain entrepreneurship and business in the coming years.
Incidents and situations narrated tell us how CK transformed the mindsets of diffident Indian business leaders after 1991 reforms into mighty global players. He was a synergy creator, with his magnum opus “Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” which opened up new vistas in business. He is also known for his most powerful doctrine: “Don’t follow best practices, instead go on and create the Next Practice.”
Some of you, I am sure will become people who will create “Next Practices,” being innovators, generating synergy in business to make the world a better place to live in.
How can you achieve this?
Read!!! Read!!! Read!!! About great achievers and motivate yourself with determination to accomplish something great with your apparently ordinary life. Keep in mind the words of St. Paul: ” Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it” (1 Corrinthians 9:24).
Mind you,…most extraordinary persons in the world have emerged from very ordinary circumstances…
May you be one such person in a few years to transform our society!!!
Dr. AJ Sebastian sdb