Just be yourself.

1 Feb

A common thread running through most classes has been ‘Just be yourself’. This, in fact has been the motto of the founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines Herb Kelleher. He founded the company on the basic principles of ‘Work is fun’ and ‘Employees come first’ and he lived those principles and successfully managed to inculcate them into the organization. The employees are encouraged to be themselves as well. I find it rather refreshing that in today’s world of ‘everyone trying to be the same’, there is a refreshing bunch of people who take pride in being themselves.

The other common thread has been the ‘Buy-in Factor’, where you communicate to people the changes you intend to make, involve them, let them participate and then its just easier to drive change. Having said that, it sure is time-consuming but yields better results. Change is a powerful thing; and ‘iff’ managed properly can work miracles. A friend of mine says that he has learnt a lot of ‘How to manage change’  from his kids; anyone who has tried forcing a kid to have her vegetables will attest to the power of ‘Buy-in’, and the power of subtle persuasion as opposed to ‘Because I said so!’.

And ‘It’s all about the people’ cannot be more emphasized upon. As I grow and work and study, the ‘People factor’ has attained the most important place on my list. The MBA continues to emphasize this factor; especially in Term2, where our subjects until now have been all about managing people, managing change and doing the ‘right’ thing. I do not intend to be preachy here, but the past few weeks have only reinforced certain basics. It’s nice to be reminded of them, every once in a while.

Be good! Till later,



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