There is nothing better than getting important insights about the real world from someone with immense experience. The exposure becomes even more valuable when the knowledge comes directly from the top and from someone who has been in our situation prior to their glorious journey. The students at MBA IIT Kanpur were fortunate to get such a golden opportunity when the 1977 batch Alumnus of the institute, Mr. J N Gupta, M.D. at Stakeholders Empowerment Services, visited the campus during the recent 40th year reunion.
Sir began his address by emphasizing the importance of clear communication. He went beyond emphasizing by demonstrating the same throughout the seminar. He suggested the audience to always be content with their current possessions and to never draw comparisons with what others had. Further, he added that in every situation, one must try his/her best, yet keep realistic expectations. This according to him was the mantra for happiness in life, which he himself had practiced over the years and as a result he could proudly claim that every single day of his life had been happy!
Moving ahead, sir revealed the trick to build confidence in superiors about oneself. This could be achieved with a ‘never say die’ attitude and resolute self-confidence. The consistency to take well informed and considerate decisions bolstered the same according to him. He suggested that as everyone was intelligent in retrospect, hence every decision should be evaluated according to prevalent situations when it was taken, by putting oneself in the person’s shoes.
Noting the glow in eyes of the aspiring future leaders, sir listed his success mantras for the audience. These included importance of team work, habit to exceed service expectations, and presence of faith in self-abilities. Emphasizing on team work, he said that co-workers should be treated as family members and a strong bond of trust should be built with transparency, fairness and dependability. Further, he suggested that one’s opinion should never be subservient to anyone’s and instead it should be independent of all others’.
Sir ended the enlightening session by quoting the legendary leader, Nelson Mandela: “I never lose. I either win or learn.”