Thursday, August 6, 2009

Words of wisdom from Mr. George Zacharias

A career path is said to be a long, winding road that often gets turbulent on occasions and blocked by innumerous hurdles. Energy, education and experience- although are the key ingredients for any manager or a successful career, “there’s still so much more,” said Mr. George Zacharias, the former MD of Yahoo India, and our guest lecturer for the day.

Beginning with recollection of his student days at XLRI and the deft exposition on ‘reality’ by Father McGrath, Mr. George very tactfully sensitized us to the ‘real’ side of management. Illustrating from his career experiences and through three beautiful poems he expounded the different managerial skills and leadership qualities one should possess. Throughout the lecture he accentuated on the different virtues such as to remain humble, dare to dream but be realistic in every approach, the importance of perseverance and above all the power of self confidence. Rise above the rest and experience your own true path. He emphasized the importance of ‘knowledge power’, which was required to sieve us from the rest and challenged us to think ‘laterally’.

The lecture not only fired the spark of the knowledge quest but also helped us understand how to apply knowledge gained tactfully. He reminded each of us of our potential and also encouraged us to enjoy the joys of life at every opportunity.

“If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise……..

….Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son! – Rudyard Kipling

These words of wisdom will surely ring in our ears long after.

Contributed by Vikram Mohan, HR Varsity, CBS Batch 4 (2009-10)

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