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The concept of Bharat/India is an idea that is over 5,000 years old. It has survived many adversities and has not disintegrated. The newspapers and the news channels which make so much noise about intolerance actually thrive on negative news, because it is a part of their DNA, for them it is a ‘business’ after all. That’s how the media business operates worldwide. Just because a few individuals are making hue and cry and noise about so called ‘intolerance’; does NOT mean that the majority of people in this great country are intolerant. That India is intolerant is simply not true.
We the people who consider ourselves aware, educated, learned, self-thinking people should not get swayed away by the noise about intolerance and about the return of the awards. The more we pay attention to them, the more we talk about them, the more they thrive; it is like adding fuel to the fire. The best is to IGNORE THEM; the next best is to SHUT THEM OFF. Switching-Off the NEWS CHANNELS whenever we see a “negative”, is a good starting point.
Let us have belief in the thought that majority of people are, at heart, good human beings, not an evil. And that different people will have and are entitled to have different perspectives on a subject, and one can live peacefully with that. One need not be at an ideological war with others simply because their perspective is different than ours. May common sense prevail!
While most people in the audience were only ‘entertained’, the lessons I learnt were converted to be eye openers for the benefit of our Strategic Execution Consulting clients of MasterClass™(www.themasterclass.in) and their core teams, to help them scale-up their companies & businesses to the Next Level.
In this series of blogs Titled ‘Can Elephants Paint or Walk On Rope’ there are 6 Life Changing Lessons for the corporate & business world and for anyone who wants to succeed in life:
LESSON #1 was: POWER OF IMAGINATION V/S CAGE OF SELF IMPOSED LIMITATIONS.
We saw that the number-1 quality in humans that helps them succeed is Power of Imagination. But most people have put themselves in a Cage of Self Imposed Limitations, and as a result have stopped using Power of Imagination. We realised that all leaders, CEOs, business owners, start up entrepreneurs, and professionals must focus on unlocking the power of imagination of their team members & followers, and help them come out of their cage of self imposed limitations.
Let us now look at the second lesson from the elephant shows.
LESSON-2: POWER TO CONTROL OTHER MINDS
Human beings have an incredible power to control others’ minds, whether humans or animals! That was clearly evident in the elephant show. Elephants would not have done something which is not in the DNA, that is, walking on the ropes or painting on a canvas.
When this thought had entered my mind while watching the elephants perform, a question popped into my mind, which I would like you to answer now; “What is the most precious thing for YOU?” After coming back from my holiday in Thailand, I asked this question to the core teams of our clients using our consulting services to scale up their companies to the next level. There were many answers like; time, knowledge, ability to learn, health, confidence, money, family, love, relationships, and many more. The answer I had in mind of course was; YOUR LIFE! Do you think there can be anything more precious to you than your own life? Would you trade it for say 10 million dollars? What about 100 million dollars?! In fact, each of the answers that people came up with had any meaning only if they were alive in the first place!
Going back to my thoughts while watching the show; If life is so precious that you would not trade it for anything under the sun, then how is it possible for a terrorist to invoke a suicide bomber to give away his life for a pittance?! Or how is it possible to get a soldier to lay down his life with a smile in the line of duty?
That’s when it becomes evident that human beings have an incredible power inside of them; power to control the minds of others, whether humans or animals! In case of the suicide bomber, his mind is controlled by the terrorists in the name of protecting the religion or god! And that if he dies in the process, his next life will surely be in heaven! In case of soldier, his mind is controlled by telling him that there is no bigger glory then to lay down his life for defending his country. So you see, we humans have this power to control the minds of other humans by offering them something in return; it may be money, food, work, career, love, care, martyrdom, but most of all a mission, a purpose, a cause larger than himself, and for it to be more effective, a CAUSE larger than the controller himself.
Come to think of it, despite being blessed with the power to control the minds of others already residing inside of us, most business people today are struggling to get the work done from their teams, the way they would like it to be done. While helping over 1,000 Companies with our Strategic Execution Consulting services, I have heard many CEOs, founders, directors, department or functional heads and many managers complain that it is a big challenge for them to get anything done from their people or their teams. Indeed with many companies, human resource management is the number one biggest challenge that they are facing. Where as here I was, watching men control the minds of elephants to make them do things which were obviously not in their DNA!
Some people will argue that it is because elephants are dumb it is easier to control them, but human beings are intelligent and they use their own minds and therefore it is difficult to control them. To each such person I would say, try and get an elephant to paint and try and get an elephant to walk on the rope and then you are likely to come back saying that it is easier to deal with men rather than dumb elephants! Comparatively, it is easier to explain to a man about some benefits and get certain things done.
So, I would like to leave you all with this question; “If you oftentimes find it difficult to deal with your own men or your own teams, whether as a business leader, a CEO, founder, director, VP, department head, general manager, or as a manager, whose weakness is that? Theirs or YOURS? Put a hand on your heart and answer this question. Once you hear the right answer, you will eventually figure out the solutions about this predicament. All you need to know is that human beings are blessed with the power to control the minds of others. Whether active or dormant, it is still inside of you; you still have that power!
This was my second powerful insight & learning from that amazing elephant show in Thailand. I promise to share with you 4 more powerful insights & learnings in this SERIES that can completely turn your business, your company &/or your life around!
In the next blog in this series we will talk about the 3rd Lesson!
I encourage you to share your own experiences and views on this blog post!
Mr. Ambrish Chheda, Chairman & Managing Director, MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, is a thought leader in Business Strategy & Execution Consulting. To view Mr. Ambrish Chheda’s profile, click here.
About MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP (www.themasterclass.in):
Core Purpose & Mission of MasterClass™ is ‘Nation Building’; by contributing, in our own way, to the economic development, by helping tens of thousands of organizations and individuals reach the next level of success. We do this by providing Strategic Execution Consulting Services, simplified training programs, and tools, through various mediums, through professionals with practical industry experience.
The revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology is being used by more than 1,000 companies in developing their strategy, planning and implementation process to help these companies Scale-Up to the Next Level of Success in a Simplified manner. MasterClass™ was invited by a German BioScience based pharmaceutical company, BSV BioScience GmbH, to help their core team develop its strategy plan and execution plan, at Germany. MasterClass™ Clients range from various sectors and industries. For learning how you can scale-up your company to the Next Level, and to read hundreds of transformational experiences shared by MasterClass™ clients, Click Here.
Human Minds Have Unbelievable Potential; Are You Listening ?!
Last week my wife and I went for a holiday at Thailand. While we loved almost everything about the country; the sightseeing, the pristine beaches, the turquoise blue color of the waters of the ocean, the ever smiling & soft spoken people; the one thing that I came back with in terms of ‘powerful insights & learning’ is from an ‘Elephant Show’ at the ‘Safari World’ located on the outskirts of the Bangkok city. While most people in the audience were only ‘entertained’, the lessons I learnt were converted to be eye openers for the benefit of our Strategic Execution Consulting clients of MasterClass™ (www.themasterclass.in) and their core teams, to help them scale-up their companies to the Next Level.
If I asked you a question; “Can elephants walk on two suspended Ropes while balancing themselves?” This was a question I later asked the core teams of several client companies and the majority answer was “NO”.
If I ask you another question; “Can elephants paint and produce a decent looking painting, like humans can?” The unanimous answer from our clients’ core teams was again an emphatic “NO”!
Well, at that most amazing elephant show, that’s exactly what the elephants did; they walked on the ropes and they painted! Here is a link to the two videos that I shot:
In my series of blogs Titled ‘Can Elephants Paint’ there are 6 Lessons for the corporate & business world and for anyone who wants to succeed in life:
Lesson-1: POWER OF IMAGINATION V/S CAGE OF SELF IMPOSED LIMITATIONS
The number one quality in humans that helps them succeed more than others is ‘IMAGINATION’. There was someone somewhere who was able to imagine an almost impossible act; that elephants can be made to walk on rope and that elephants can be trained to paint. All human creation, all progress, all ‘सर्जन’ is the result of imagination at its roots, first and foremost. Without imagination, there cannot be ‘creation‘, with a few exceptions!
But during my 30 years of work life, and consulting over 1,000 Companies to scale up to the next level, I have observed that most individuals have created a cage around themselves and have locked themselves inside that cage, on their own! I would call it; ‘Cage of Self Imposed Limitations’. Nobody else in the world has put you in that cage but YOU, yourself have!
Several times, every day, they think; “But, I can’t do this”, “No, this is beyond my capacity”, “Now, that is not possible”, “Why would anyone even attempt this”, “I have never done this before”, “Nobody has asked me to do this”, “I can’t take risks”, “I am happy doing what I am doing right now”, “I can only dream about this, it is not within my means to achieve it”, “I know how it can be done, but I don’t have the means to do it”; “My folks will laugh at me if I even attempt this”; “What will the others think”; “Why Nobody has ever done this before”; and so forth!
There they are. Such people are walking, trying to run, and trying to fly. WITHOUT breaking open the cage first! They are struggling. The cage is moving along with them. They cannot see it themselves; a few other people can!
Keep a hand on your heart, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and ask your conscience this question: “Am I one of them”? “Have I caged myself with any Self Imposed Limitations?” Your inner voice will definitely give you an honest answer. No wonder, why many of you may be struggling with life, money, relationships &/or success as you may have defined it for yourself.
The good news and the EUREKA moment for you as you are reading this could be; “Gosh! That is true for me! And now I understand why despite my knowledge, skills, and tremendous hard-work, I am still struggling in life!” “It’s because of that deadly CAGE that I have been carrying all along with me everywhere, the CAGE OF SELF-IMPOSED LIMITATIONS! I need to break-open that cage & if I can’t, someone whom I trust or my mentor needs to do it for me. Then I will be able to walk, run and fly like a free bird! I will be able to fly in a beautiful sky that is full of abundance and opportunities all around. Opportunities of the kind I was never able to SEE before, while I was inside that cage! You may be a Chairman, CEO, Managing Director, Department Head, Functional Head, Manager, Techie, Executive, Sales Person, Clerk, Worker, Professional, Business Owner, Student, Home Maker, or a Politician. No matter who you are, you could benefit from this EUREKA MOMENT, if you are honest with yourself!
All leaders, CEOs, business owners, start up entrepreneurs, and professionals must focus on unlocking the power of imagination of their team members & followers & help them come out of their cage.
Academicians too have a major responsibility to do so, rather than producing rote learning & short term memory robots, they need to imbibe their students with the power of Imagination.
The world is changing faster than you can realize out of your daily humdrum. Do it before it is too late!
Of all human faculties & powers, MasterClassTM & I believe that the POWER OF IMAGINATION is the Number-1 power that is at the roots of all ‘creations’, including disruptive creations that are redefining our world every single day! Uber, the world’s largest taxi service owns no vehicles; Facebook, the world’s most popular media creates no content; Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory; Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate; Apple with sales of over 500 million smart phones in less than 7 years does not own a factory; Whatsapp with team size of 55 people was acquired for $ 19 billion by Facebook; 10 Start Ups have reached a billion $ valuation within 2.6 years of its founding, with Groupon leading the pack at 1.46 years. Back in India, start ups like Flipkart, Snap deal, InMobi, Ola Cabs, Zomato, MuSigma, and Paytm have recently become ‘Unicorns’ i.e. companies with billion $ valuation.
Free yourself from the “Cage of Self Imposed Limitations”, open up your POWER OF IMAGINATION and see how the world around you changes after a while!
This was my first powerful insight & learning from that amazing elephant show in Thailand. I promise to share with you 5 more powerful insights & learnings that can completely turn your business, your company &/or your life around!
I encourage you to share your own experiences and views on this blog post!
Mr. Ambrish Chheda, Chairman & Managing Director, MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, is a thought leader in Business Strategy & Execution Consulting. To view Mr. Ambrish Chheda’s profile, click here: http://www.themasterclass.in/ambrish.html
Core Purpose & Mission of MasterClassTM is ‘Nation Building’; by contributing, in our own way, to the economic development, by helping tens of thousands of organizations and individuals reach the next level of success. We do this by providing Strategic Execution Consulting Services, simplified training programs, and tools, through various mediums, through professionals with practical industry experience.
The revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology is being used by more than 1,000 companies in developing their strategy, planning and implementation process to help these companies Scale-Up to the Next Level of Success in a Simplified manner. MasterClass™ was invited by a German BioScience based pharmaceutical company, BSV BioScience GmbH, to help their core team develop its strategy plan and execution plan, at Germany. MasterClassTM Clients range from various sectors and industries. For learning how you can scale-up your company to the Next Level, and to read hundreds of transformational experiences shared by MasterClassTM clients, clickhttp://www.themasterclass.in/transformational_experiences.html
Human Minds Have Unbelievable Potential; Are You Listening!?
“What do you think of the terrorist attack in Paris and the ‘Charlie’ drawing record breaking historic crowds and several world leaders in to the streets of Paris, to defy terrorism?
In my view, at any time in the history of the world, good peace loving human beings have always outnumbered the bad ones. There have been few times when tyrants, dictators & terrorists seemed to have gained an upper hand and at such times it appears that the world is full of such bad ones, but that has never been true. Because unlike peace, violence is against the human nature. It’s just that negative becomes ‘NEWS’ faster and gains the spot light. In the media industry world wide, it is a well known fact that ‘negative’ sells. That is why 80% of News reported is ‘negative’.
While strictly condemning the terrorist attacks anywhere in the world, be it Paris, India, USA, or any part of the world, I wish to reiterate that they can NEVER win in the long run. Simply because the good peace loving human beings have always out numbered the bad ones.
Mahatma Gandhi said; “Eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind”. I therefore also condemn the state sponsored violence and unnecessary wars declared by powerful countries. Such acts are nothing short of terrorism as well, as these give rise to the affected people turning in to terrorists; whether in the name of patriotism or in the name of religion. This then turns in to a vicious cycle that only ends up affecting the good peace loving people like you & me.
Violence & terror of every kind must be condemned, whether it originates from the state actors or from non-state actors. ”
Now that #Narendra Modi# has single handedly led BJP to an unprecedented victory with a presidential style campaign, BJP leaders will do well to get out of his way and let him implement the programs to deliver on the promises made in the manifesto. Time and again he has shown that he is a performer par excellence.
India is at a historical cross road. One road leads to getting India to deliver on her own potential and get its rightful place in the world. The other leads to squandering away this potential and hurtling her in to anarchy.
Modi has won. BJP has won. By landslide margins. They have almost no opposition. They are not dependent on their political allies and partners at least in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the parliament. What next?
Now the focus must be on ‘Nation Building’ by:
(1) Turbocharging the Indian economy.
(2) Reducing inflation.
(3) Exponentially generating employment opportunities.
(4) Radically improving infrastructure.
(5) Improving education, healthcare & judiciary systems.
(6) Making bureaucrats accountable.
(7) Reducing corruption.
(8) Ensuring law & order and safety of women.
(9) Make India a manufacturing, services & exports hub.
(10) Improve National security, border security and defeat terrorism with a strong hand.
The electorate has voted for nation’s new destiny. If the unquestionable power that people have vested on Narendra Modi in particular and BJP in general is misused or not used for constructive task of ‘nation building’, the nation will not forgive them ever. The euphoria that we are witnessing now will then turn in to hatred. For not allowing to happen, Modi will have to rule the country as well as his party with methods that are as out-of-box as they have been for ensuring a landslide victory.
In the meanwhile let us congratulate the Indian electorates for voting for a New India. We have paved the way for India’s Victory.
(About the author: #Mr. Ambrish Chheda is a Chairman & Managing Director of #MasterClass™ Training & Consulting LLP, a Strategic Execution Consulting firm with a mission to contribute to ‘Nation Building’ by helping tens of thousands of companies of any size, scale up to the Next Level in a simplified manner, there by contributing to the Indian Economy. http://www.themasterclass.in).