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Navigating a Storm Caused by Business Disruption

Conducted “Navigating a Storm: Strategy, Tactics, Confidence Building & Action Planning Session” full day yesterday for rallying the all-India team of a client.

They are weathering a storm in their industry as an aftermath of DISRUPTION IN TELECOM INDUSTRY caused by Reliance Jio & subsequent consolidation happening in the Telecom industry.

Our client is a national brand, marketing End to End Networking Solutions for the Broadband Cable Operators across India. And many Cable Operators feel threatened due to disruption & as a result, have put new investments on hold.

Using MasterClass™ methodology the client has grown 1,000% in last 5 years. But for the first time in 5 years, the sales graph is going down in the client industry.

How Do You Weather A Storm Caused by Such Massive Disruption?

To address this question & to rally their all India teams during such times, MasterClass™ conducted the “Navigating a Storm” Session yesterday.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the client company will not only bounce back, but will also be STRONGER than ever, after coming out of this storm.

This is the beauty of the work we do at MasterClass™! Challenging, Exciting & at times Adrenaline pumping!

For seeing more of our work, visit us at:

www.theMasterClass.in

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Ambrish Chheda Gets “LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD” Powered by Collabera and World Leadership Federation

View this at You Tube.Ambrish Chheda Gets Leader of the Year Award Powered By Collabera at World Leadership Federation

Mr. Ambrish Chheda has been honoured with a very prestigious “LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD” at India Leadership Awards Function at The Leela, on November 28th, 2016.

He is the Chairman & Managing Director, MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP; a Strategic Execution Consulting Firm that is transforming over 1,000 clients SCALE UP to the Next Level.

The award was hosted by World Leadership Federation & was  powered by COLLABERA–a Global Staffing Leader from USA with 12,000 professionals & 40 offices in the world. The event sought to honour Leaders for their outstanding contributions towards the growth in economic, educational, social and leadership development.

The award nominations were subject to rigorous assessment methodology backed by detailed study of the nominated companies and individuals. Additionally, a jury panel represented by eminent thought leaders and industry experts collectively assessed the results of these studies to select the nominee, ensuring that the recipients of the awards are best-in-class.

The award was received by Mr. Ambrish Chheda, in the presence of professionals of many top corporate companies.

After receiving the award, when asked “What is the One Distinctive Quality a leader must possess?”, Mr. Ambrish Chheda replied; “A leader is one who can convey to his team that we are not a ‘For Profit Company’ but a ‘For Purpose Organisation’. A leader should inspire his team to work for a MISSION, a POUPOSE, a cause larger than life, the growth & profits will then automatically follow. This is my experience with more than 1,000 Companies of various sizes & sectors that are our clients for strategic execution consulting service that we provide. For me profits, name & fame are a by-product, if you lead with a purpose & a mission. If the leader is single-mindedly focused on that purpose which is larger than himself & the company, only then the leader will be able to inspire his team to achieve things they could not conceive or imagine. This is the distinctive quality of leader that I look for.”

Mr. Chheda thanked the World Leadership Federation & Collabera for honouring him with this prestigious award and also expressed gratitude to GOD for giving him a larger than life PURPOSE of “Nation Building” by helping transform tens of thousands of Companies & hundreds of thousands of individuals to SCALE UP to the Next Level.

ABOUT AMBRISH CHHEDA:

Mr. Ambrish Chheda is a Business Strategy & Management Guru & a highly acclaimed MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER who is helping thosands of Companies & hundreds of thousands of individuals to scale up to next level of success. Watch the short video clip for the answer.

ABOUT MASTERCLASS TRAINING & CONSULTING LLP:

With its Success Based Fees plus nominal fixed fees for its ‘Strategic Execution Consulting Service’,  MasterClass™ delivers Guaranteed Growth, Profitability & Financial Turnaround, using the revolutionary ‘MasterClass™ Strategic Execution System’ used by over 1,000 Companies. Is your Company REALLY Ready to SCALE UP? More than 1,000 companies are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING system to take their companies to the next level of success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth’ rather than small ‘incremental growth’. HOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? Is it ready for ‘Transformational Growth?’

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STORY OF TWO SEEDS SOWN, THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD ORDER IN FUTURE

Donald Trump’s triumph in American presidential elections marks the *beginning of the end* of the dominance of the world by United States of America. 

China will overtake US ECONOMY by size by 2030; and India by 2050. This is backed by research data from the IMF, Euromonitor and World Economic Council & various economic studies in the world. The end of dominance by USA will not come overnight because of the sheer innovation ability, free enterprise & the eco-systems built by USA over last few centuries. But then, the sun sets on every great empire eventually & new empires are born. That’s the cycle of life. 

Just as HITLER, the hatred-monger, became so popular within Germany before bringing Germany down to a collapse, TRUMP the fraud, the bankrupt, the schemer, the racist, the foul mouthed MCP has triumphed. The American Dream has turned into the American Nightmare.

With the triumph of Trump, the seeds for a new world order are sown, which will make America less relevant in future.

And at the same point in time, in another continent, seeds for a great New India have been sown, by prime Minister Narendra Modi who declared a full-scale war on black money & corruption by suddenly abolishing the ₹ 500 & ₹ 1,000 currency notes and rendering them invalid with immediate effect. One can of course deposit the old money in bank within a time deadline. 

This has not only dealt a deadly blow to the parallel black money economy, but will also give a tremendous boost to the legal Indian economy. It is a good attempt to create level playing field for trade & industry. Because, honest businessmen who pay all taxes like excise, VAT, Service Tax etc., found it difficult to sell at 15/25% higher costs compared to their tax evading competitors. Therefore there was an unequal playing field. This created a huge barrier for the growth of honest businesses. This will open up a world of new opportunities for honest Indians and honest Indian businesses to get organised, and SCALE UP their businesses. Hope that many of such measure to come-in will further create a level playing field.

While there may be little hardships for people initially, the humongous benefits of curbing generation of black money are too numerous for people, for businesses, for the society, and for the country.

At MasterClass™ Strategic Execution Consulting, our mission is NATION BUILDING by helping tens of thousands of companies to scale up to the next level. We have been repeatedly advising our clients that the only way to grow business substantially is to build a business on the foundations of honesty & keeping all transactions clean. We have also told them repeatedly that by paying more income tax, the size of their balance sheet will keep increasing year after year, which in turn will allow them to grow more when bigger opportunities come their way.

Come on India, go for it, your time has come back now!

           
                                      ~ Ambrish Chheda

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My Dream For India on this 70th Independence Day

HAPPY 70th INDEPENDENCE DAY! I believe that ‘Nation Building‘ is not just the task of Shri Narendra Modi Ji, politicians & governments. Each of us must contribute to that process in whichever way we can.


HERE IS MY DREAM FOR INDIA:
Long live our Beloved India! Unity in Diversity can be one of our biggest strengths. May we all work together in harmony to bring out each other’s true potential and bring the country back to the glorious position in the world, as it was in its past history! 

Yes, YOU & I, and two more generations will get us there by 2050. Not by our ‘opinions’, but by our actions. Not by listening to the negatives & nay sayers, but with a positive mindset & belief in ourselves. And in our dreams. Not by bringing out the worst in others, but by bringing out the best from them. Not by just working at jobs, but by creating jobs and an equal opportunity for all sections of the society. 

On this day, I remember the beautiful POEM by the great Rabindranath Tagore;

“Where the mind is without fear, and the head is held high, 

Where knowledge is free, 

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments, 

By narrow domestic walls, 

Where words come out from the depth of truth, 

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection, 

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way,

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit, 

Where the mind is led forward by thee, 

Into ever-widening thought and action, 

INTO THAT HEAVEN OF FREEDOM, 

MY FATHER, LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE.”

Those of you who believe in the idea called “INDIA”, know that though this may look like a distant dream to many people, it is achievable by 2050 when India will be amongst the top-3 economies of the world due to various factors as analysed by IMF, World Economic Council and various other studies of the world Economy.

Because I believe, not just people, even countries have to have a dream! AN INDIA OF OUR DREAMS. 

That’s the best legacy we can leave behind for our future generations and more importantly for a better & peaceful world.

And since EACH OF US must play our part in ‘NATION BUILDING’, HENCE THE MISSION STATEMENT OF MASTERCLASS:

OUR MISSION IS ‘NATION BUILDING’, by contributing in our own way, to the economic development of our country, by helping tens of thousands of Indian organisations 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 across the country, through professionals with practical industry experience.”

Over 1,000 companies are already using the revolutionary MasterClass™ methodology to SCALE-UP their companies to the next level.  

Once again, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
                                       

                                                  – Ambrish Chheda


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

(Mr. Ambrish Chheda, the author of this article, is the Chairman & Managing Director of MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a Strategic Execution Consulting firm. 

He had decided early on that after the age of 50 years, he wants to dedicate his life to our country. For this purpose, he left his lucrative corporate career and founded MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING FIRM. The MISSION of MasterClass is ‘Nation Building’, by helping tens of thousands of companies to Scale Up to the Next Level by developing ‘Strategic Execution Focus’, and thereby contributing to the Indian Economy. 

Today, over 1,000 companies from various sectors are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology, for developing their Strategy, Planning, Implementation & Performance Management Processes to Scale Up these companies to the Next Level of Success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a Simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth’ rather than just ‘incremental growth’. 

MasterClass™ was the proud recipient of “NATIONAL AWARD for Excellence in Training and Development 2016: Best Mentoring Program”, presented by the WORLD HRD CONGRESS, WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS & ASIAN CONFEDERATION OF BUSINESSES. 

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How Are You Scaling Up Your Company?

For years you may have tried to ‘scale up‘ your company to the next level, using the best of the knowledge and experience you & your team members have. But you somehow feel that the financial results of your company do not match the hidden potential that it truly has. And that there is something missing. 


Let us tell you, at ‘current level of thought’, whatever you and your team members do is likely to yield the same results, year after year, plus or minus 10% to 20%! What you really need is the ‘next level of thought’ if you want to truly achieve ‘transformational growth’ rather than just ‘incremental growth’.

Are You Ready To Scale Up Your Company?

  • Why do CEOs of world’s biggest companies, best sports persons, best singers & performers have a mentor/coach/guru? Because mentors take you to the ‘next level of thought & performance’. They help you discover and unlock your own, your team’s & your Company’s hidden potential.
  • ‘NATIONAL AWARD WINNING – BEST MENTORING PROGRAM’, awarded by the World HRD Congress, World Education Congress & Asian Confederation Of Businesses, to MasterClass™ Strategic Execution Consulting System.
  • Guaranteed Growth & Profitability using the revolutionary MasterClass™ System already being used by over 1,000 Companies.
  • Risk-Free SUCCESS BASED FEES, with nominal fixed fees.

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HOW CAN YOU CAPITALISE ON YOUR COMPANY’S FULLEST HIDDEN POTENTIAL? 

More than 1,000 companies are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING SYSTEM to SCALE-UP their companies to the next level of success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth‘ rather than small ‘incremental growth‘. 

Learn more about the impact the revolutionary ‘MasterClass™ Strategic Execution System’ is creating. 

View a few small VIDEO CLIPS:

1) Mr. Frank Scheid, CEO, BSV Bio-Science GmbH, Germany; A BioScience based PHARMA Company, that achieved financial turn-around by using the MasterClass™ methodology: 

WATCH MR. FRANK SCHEID

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_WgFV3b2NtM

2) Mr. Ameesh Masurekar, Founder & CEO, AIOCD PharmaSoftTech AWACS Pvt. LTD.; India’s Leading Pharma Market Research Firm that has developed a PHARMA Data Exchange Platform to connect PHARMA Companies, thousands of Stockists & Retailers for Auto Invoicing Data Transfer & Data Analytics, talking about how MasterClass™ is addressing the process issues & people issues: 

WATCH MR. AMEESH MASUREKAR

3) Mr. OP Harshwal, CEO, V-XPRESS, one of India’s largest and finest Express Cargo Logistics Services providers, with over 350 Branches & a team of over 1,000 people, talking about How is V-Xpress Scaling Up to Greater Heights in Express Parcel Industry: 

WATCH MR. OP HARSHWAL

4) Watch HOW MasterClass™ Client OPTILINK NETWORKS PVT LTD. achieved 100% Growth in 2015-16 despite tough competition, through transformational TEAM WORK & Strategic Execution Focus:

WATCH OPTILINK STORY OF 100% GROWTH

5) Ms. Dhiral Gala, Ratna Home Products Pvt Ltd, turning ‘Ratna’ in to one of India’s largest brands for stainless steel kitchenware, tableware and dinnerware: 

WATCH MS. DHIRAL GALA’S BRAND RATNA STORY

6) How DERBY Brand of Candies is Scaling Up to the Next Level, by reaching all states of India & Exporting to World Markets? Listen to Mr. Ankur Shah, Managing Director, Suncrest Foods Pvt Ltd. sharing the secret behind their transformational growth:

WATCH ANKUR SHAH’S STORY OF DERBY BRAND OF CANDIES



More Success Stories at MasterClass™ You Tube Channel: 
There are many such success stories of how companies & Entrepreneurs are realising their maximum hidden potential by using the revolutionary MasterClass™ methodology that is helping more than 1000 companies in SCALING-UP. 

View many such success stories at MasterClass™ YOU TUBE CHANNEL

SUCCESS BASED FEES:
To make our services extremely affordable to our clients as well as make our services tied to actual results, instead of a major lump sum fee we charge ‘Success Based Fee’ that is only payable in case we deliver growth; plus a nominal ‘Fixed Fee’ to cover basic expenses. This makes MasterClass™ Strategic Execution Consulting Services almost RISK-FREE from the clients’ point of view. 

WE SELECT OUR CLIENTS:
We select the clients we wish to work with, after a very careful consideration of certain criteria. That is because we are a mission focused, ‘For Purpose’ organization; not focused on money, which we strongly believe, is a by-product or a result of pursuing a worthwhile mission long enough.  

(ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Mr. Ambrish Chheda, the author of this article, is the Founder and Chairman & Managing Director of MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a Strategic Execution Consulting firm. 

He had decided early on that after the age of 50 years, he wants to dedicate his life to our country. For this purpose, he left his lucrative corporate career and founded MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING FIRM. 

The MISSION of MasterClass is ‘Nation Building’, by helping tens of thousands of companies to Scale Up to the Next Level by developing ‘Strategic Execution Focus’, and thereby contributing to the Indian Economy. 

Today, over 1,000 companies from various sectors are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology, for developing their Strategy, Planning, Implementation & Performance Management Processes to Scale Up these companies to the Next Level of Success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a Simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth’ rather than just ‘incremental growth’. 

MasterClass™ is the proud recipient of ‘NATIONAL AWARD for Excellence in Training and Development 2016: Best Mentoring Program’, presented by the WORLD HRD CONGRESS, WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS & ASIAN CONFEDERATION OF BUSINESSES. 

http://www.themasterclass.in)

If money didn’t exist, and basic human needs were taken care of, would you STILL do what you do for a LIVING? WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER?



Let me ask you a question; If money didn’t exist, and basic human needs like food, clothing & shelter were taken care of, would you still get up every morning & do what you do for a living? WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER?

To conduct an experiment, yesterday I posted this question on Facebook and on various groups on my WhatsApp. Number of people replied to this question in their own way. Here are some interesting answers:

My friend Ms. Ilze from South Africa replied; “If money didn’t exist … we wouldn’t know about it and the world would be a better place! Yes I would still do the same things.”

My Friend & client from Germany, CEO of a BioScience Pharmaceutical Company, Mr. Frank Scheid said; “Money is only a payment tool. Even without money we need to get up every morning to maintain our lifestyle.”

My friend, an Executive Director of a leading Investment Banking Company in India, said; “If your question was – if we didn’t need food, clothing and shelter, or the same was guaranteed available for self and family from some source would I do what I do for a living? – No. Would probably spend time on creative pursuits. However, the fact that one is unable to do that because one is born with embedded hunger, does not mean one cannot be happy. If we wipe out useless emotions like jealousy, ego, anger etc, it will cease to matter what we do.” Incidentally, this was the outcome of our exchange on WHATSAPP which led to a suggestion of discussing this further over a drink & dinner on coming Friday!

My neighbour, CA Anil Bhansali, a senior professional with a foreign exchange trading firm gave a very interesting answer; “I would do it for barter probably”.

A Doctor friend Ms. Divyal Gala, who is a Skin Specialist, also replied; “Sir, if not Money then Barter system! Yes…will do the same thing as then will not think logically but may be more humanly!”

One of our MasterClass™ client company’s founder, who runs a Construction Company said; “I will surely get up every morning. But I will not do what I am doing right now for a living.”

My friend & a business associate Ms. Preeti Gandhi, co-founder of a Branding Agency said; “Difficult to imagine that. I think I would. I get a high when I have helped someone reach their potential (brand or a person). The gratification is my barter.”

My friend Mr. Jayesh Rambhia, who runs a Plastics products manufacturing company said; We work for passion. Money is a by-product”. Incidently, this is what we teach our clients & their employees at MasterClass™.

MasterClass™ client Mr. Manish Visaria, partner at a Candy manufacturing company, replied; “Get up every morning for sure, but mornings would be different. Also what I do for living would have been different as per the situation “.

My neighbour & friend Mr. Vivek Gupte, a senior manager from Pharma industry managing P&L responsibility for portfolio of brands for MNC Pharma company & who has recently quit his job & founded a Branding Agency with special focus on PHARMA sector said; “I am passionate about singing to keep myself and my soul happy, not to entertain people. Similarly if I’m passionate about my work I’ll keep doing it even if the Roti, Kapda and Makaan are taken are of.”

A MasterClass™ client & founder of an IT Services company, Mr. Haresh Gada replied; “Something or other drives a person. Money is not the only driving force. It can be name, health, power, generosity, love, making a difference, creation, spiritual….. If money would not have existed than probably I would get up in the morning & would have done the same thing as my aim in life is passion to create & make a positive difference in the lives of people around us. As smallest good deed is better than grandest good intention.”

Mr. Ameesh Masurekar, a MasterClass™ client & founder of a Pharma Market Research company & Pharma Data Exchange Platform said; “Deadly question. Yes I would.”

Mr. Hetal Vichhivora, Founder-Director of an Electronics & Telecom products Distribution firm said; “No , I would have become more lazy or relaxed.”

A MasterClass™ client & Founder of an IT Software Company, Mr. Nilesh Shah replied; “Yes. That’s the reason all the successful persons like to follow their passion.”

My friend Ms. Karishma Barchha said; “Yes of course, in barter era people used to do their routine, so the basics can’t be changed & I would say work satisfaction is also necessary, in addition to that you need to do something constructive in order to keep your mind & body healthy.”

These are just a few sample answers from many responses I got. Many of them said a simple “YES”, and many of them said a simple “NO”.

Isn’t it a very interesting question to think about? It was gratifying to see that a few people said an emphatic “YES”. However, majority of them said an emphatic “No”. For those who said NO, it implies that given a choice they wouldn’t do what they are doing today.

WHAT ARE THE KEY INSIGHTS & LEARNINGS FROM THIS LITTLE EXPERIMENT?

Many people said “NO”. They won’t be  doing what they’re doing right now.

Let’s think over this: Don’t we have choices in life? If no, or if you think that you don’t, isn’t it your duty to create choices for yourself, in the medium or a longer term, if not immediately? Is anyone forcing you to do what you’re doing today for a living? Aren’t there ample opportunities to choose from in this world?

Many people think that they don’t have a choice. However this is only a limitation existing in their mind. Not in reality. They can upgrade their skills, partner with someone, take risks, get out of their comfort zone, search, read, learn and do things that can ultimately help them come out of the situation where every day they are getting up to do something that they may not be liking. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. And many of them, unfortunately, for lifetime.

Can you even imagine the state of their mind towards the end of their life? Wouldn’t they feel that it was a life wasted? That they could have done something else, something more meaningful?

Of course you or I cannot be the judge of their situation or a judge of why they must have said ‘No’, although they’re already doing what they are doing for a living, even if they may not be liking it much. Life may be a drudgery for some of them, and still they have resigned to it, and in many cases that could lead to a burn out.

In the longer run in most cases it is not the world that is stopping them from improving their lives, but the limitations in their own minds, the fears, and the mind blocks which are stopping them.

Each one, therefore, has to answer this question for himself or herself.

If money didn’t exist and basic needs like food, clothing and shelter were taken care of, a passionate singer would continue to sing to entertain people! A passionate doctor would continue to save lives!! WHAT ABOUT YOU!?

Everyone is born for a PURPOSE. And everyone is born with certain gifts. It is our duty to discover what our gifts are and what is our purpose of life?

Answer to the question in this experiment can therefore be a WAKE UP CALL for many people. Because it can lead them to their “PURPOSE” which is usually found around PASSION.

GRAND FAILURE OF OUR MODERN CIVILISATION:

The ironic failure of our modern civilisation is that we can send a man on the moon, we humans have sent a spacecraft beyond planet Pluto more than 3 billion miles away from Earth, but we haven’t been able to teach a common man HOW TO DISCOVER THE ‘PURPOSE’ OF LIFE? Here, I’m not talking in the spiritual sense; that is ‘Moksha’ or ‘Nirvana’. Most of us are KARMA YOGIS and therefore I’m speaking in the sense of the Karma Yoga. The famous painter Pablo Picasso said; “The meaning of life is to find your unique gift; and the purpose of life is to give it away.”

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if our so-called modern and evolved civilisation had succeeded in teaching an average man or a woman how to discover the purpose of life? 

That exactly is the reason why each man or a woman is made unique! There cannot be or there will be less stress, tiredness, strife, frustration or agitation while pursuing the purpose God or the supreme power made you for. Each person who has discovered the purpose of life and is living the purpose, has experienced how beautiful life is. Thereafter you will naturally and automatically love what you do. Eventually this will certainly lead to happiness from within. And in any case happiness can never come from outside. Happiness is the by-product or a result. It cannot be the ’cause’, it is an effect. It is a reaction, not an action. A month old child who doesn’t know anything about how to condition his mind,  is suddenly happy to see the mother who had gone away and later comeback. The child smiles out of happiness. It was the effect of or the result of seeing the mother. The same is true of your pet that exudes happiness when you come back home.

Human nature is such, and human mind he is coded in such a manner, that you cannot program it to remain in a longer state of happiness without doing something worthwhile from the gifts that you have got or have developed, and are using them for your own benefit and more importantly for the benefit of many others. That is what Pablo Picasso meant when he said that the meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to give it away. This is how most of the things created by nature function. A tree does not eat it’s own fruits. It gives it away! Sure it takes somethings from the nature for its survival & growth. But gives its gifts away! Including oxygen! And if we see, everything created by nature is for a PURPOSE. There is harmony & order in everything created by nature. If so, then do you think YOU were created without a purpose? We were not put here on earth to suffer. If we align ourselves with the natural laws, then our lives will prosper.

To address this failure of our modern civilisation, we, at MasterClass™, have created a program called “Transform Life: Success Despite Whatever Circumstances” that helps participants develop a clear PURPOSE of life, using a very SIMPLE TECHNIQUE! But that is not the subject of this blog!

The Purpose gives a clear direction to life. It also gives meaning to life. It saves you from years and years of wasted efforts in wrong directions. It makes life worth living, more beautiful and enjoyable. It removes or reduces stress, frustrations and agitations from mind. It results in longer states of happiness. Once more and more people live their life for a purpose, the world will become a better place.

In the end, I would say that you must LOVE what you are doing, so much, that money or no money – you will keep doing it because you LOVE it. And more importantly, because it helps/CREATES SUBSTANTIAL VALUE for so many people. You do it for the PURPOSE you were made for. Like a tree!
LOVING WHAT YOU DO or DOING WHAT YOU LOVE with PASSION, and living a life for a PURPOSE, is the ultimate key to success as well as happiness. You will figure out the rest during your journey!!

After all it is one life in your avataar, it is absolutely precious, and it is beautiful. Make it worthwhile and make it beautiful. So that in the end, you can go back with complete satisfaction of a life well lived, leaving the world a better place than before.

Think about it! ANSWER THE QUESTION YOURSELF. Honestly! And then let me know your answer, views and criticism on this article.  Share it with your friends and family and all the people you care about.
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(Mr. Ambrish Chheda, the author of this article, is the Chairman & Managing Director of MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a Strategic Execution Consulting firm. He had decided early on that after the age of 50 years, he wants to dedicate his life to our country. For this purpose, he left his lucrative corporate career and founded MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING FIRM. The MISSION of MasterClass is ‘Nation Building’, by helping tens of thousands of companies to Scale Up to the Next Level by developing ‘Strategic Execution Focus’, and thereby contributing to the Indian Economy.  
Today, over 1,000 companies from various sectors are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology, for developing their Strategy, Planning, Implementation & Performance Management Processes to Scale Up these companies to the Next Level of Success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a Simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth’ rather than just ‘incremental growth’. 
MasterClass™ was the proud recipient of “NATIONAL AWARD for Excellence in Training and Development 2016: Best Mentoring Program”, presented by the WORLD HRD CONGRESS, WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS & ASIAN CONFEDERATION OF BUSINESSES. 

www.themasterclass.in)

Two Acid Tests For True Leaders: Do You Measure Up?!

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Last week, a newly appointed National Manager for Sales and Field Support with a client servicing team with 4 Zonal Managers reporting to him & 40 Regional Managers under the zonal managers, asked me a very pertinent question; “As a newly appointed manager, how should I establish my leadership within my team?”

He had already been inducted into the team for over six months, came from the same industry, with leadership background, proven track record, had thought that he had been doing everything right during the first six months, but his team was not truly accepting all his commands. They were doing things which were convenient for them to do, while ignoring commands which put them out of their comfort zones.

Obviously, he had realised that his leadership was not yet firmly established within his team. And therefore his question was understandable; viz. “As a newly appointed manager, how should I establish my leadership within my team?”
My answer to him was extempore:

1) STAGE-1: ESTABLISH YOUR COMMAND & CONTROL SYSTEM: 

At the outset, any new entrant into an organisation, even despite his proven track record of leadership, needs to establish very clearly in the eyes of his team members and the team members down below them, that he is the boss.

He can do so by first setting up the key objectives to be achieved by the team in the immediate, short, medium and long-term, in relation to the mission and the vision of the organisation. He also needs to reiterate alignment by all the members with the core-values of the organisation. He needs to establish very clearly in the minds of his entire team that he will accept no violation of any of the core-values of the organisation, regardless of the high performance of the team members.

He then needs to convert the key objectives to be achieved into yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily GOALS for each of the team members including himself, along with the KPIs, KEY TASKS & timelines, and the MIS reports that need to be filed by the team members. Needless to say that all these must be in alignment with the company’s present practices.

He then needs to show to the team that he’s a taskmaster who is absolutely focused on quality of execution, with strong review system mechanisms. This is where he will get to establish clearly in the minds of his team members that he is a strictler for command and control system. During this phase he can even exercise a mild degree of ruthlessness with people who are not in alignment with the team objectives. If need be, he can invoke fear in the minds of non-compliant team members.

2) STAGE-2: ESTABLISH TRUST BY EXHIBITING THAT YOU ARE A HUMAN & THAT YOU CARE: 

During the first stage which may last 3 to 6 months, you may appear a little high-handed to many team members, and even inhuman to a few others.

It is now time to establish that you are a human too and that you truly care for your team members.

To establish this in the minds of your team, you must take up every opportunity to help a team member in distress. For example, if someone is not able to achieve his targets under the team repeatedly, you can go and help him fulfil his targets. If there are situations outside of his work areas that need attention, you can help the team member by going out of the way helping him in such areas, of course with caution.

By doing this repeatedly with a few team members, you will not only win over their “Blind Trust“, but also the admiration from other team members. The team will now be able to relate to you and connect with you more openly. Many will now see you as a tough taskmaster who is also very humane. And start developing trust for you.

3) STAGE-3: MOULDING THEM IN TO LEADERS: 

After first establishing your command and control, and then winning over their blind trust, you can now start identifying a few potential leaders and start moulding them into leadership roles under you.

For this, you need to start empowering them, but before that you need to fine-tune or create structure, policies, SOPs, FAQs and systems to be followed by the teams.

There was a huge pause from my side after this; and I observed that all this while, the National Manager, the other functional heads in the team equivalent to his level, the CEO and the CIO of the company were listening to me with rapt attention. Some of them were even taking notes.

This was simply because this kind of an answer that I gave was not necessarily from the management textbooks. This was not what they had expected, but found very convincing. It opened up their minds!

A lot has been said about leadership. Volumes and volumes of books have been written about this. So many training programs, seminars and conferences have been conducted on the subject of leadership. Obviously, there are many “must have/s” in a list of leadership qualities.

However, at MasterClass™ we have devised just TWO acid tests to determine if you are truly a leader or not:

1) Do you have many ‘blind followers’?

2) Have you ‘created’ strong leaders under you?

As you will see, many other traits of leadership; viz, the leader must lead by example, leader must be selfless, leader must be honest, leader must be visionary, and so on, will pale by comparison with these two acid tests for Leadership! And most of the “Must have” traits are likely to be already covered in the process of leaders having “Blind Followers”.  How can you be called a leader if you don’t have many blind followers? Do you have followers at all? Or are they following you because of your title or your chair? What happens once you no longer have a title or a chair, are they likely to unfollow you? In that case you’re not a true leader of men!  

Secondly, how can you be called a true leader, unless you have really ‘created’ strong leaders under you? Majority of the companies & organisations in the world are suffering from this disease. Most leaders don’t let strong leaders develop under their wings. Their own insecurities are responsible for such a state of affairs. They think that if I develop strong leaders under me, someday one such leader may take away my position, title and chair. And therefore most of them breed mediocrity, rather than greatness. Forgetting that when companies, organisations, industries, societies, countries and the world spots people capable of ‘creating’ great leaders under themselves, so many more opportunities always open up before such quality of leaders. It is the leaders that you have created under you that lift you up to be seen and recognised by the world.

After my meeting, the CEO of the company who came to see me off at the driveway told me that this was one of the most fascinating lessons in leadership that he had learnt today. And he further told me that while I was speaking and explaining the basic tenets of leadership, several faces of leaders under whom he had worked & learnt from, were appearing before his eyes, and therefore he could connect so very well with the lessons in ‘true leadership‘ learnt today.

So, let me close this with these two Acid Tests for yourself, if you think you are a true leader:
1) Do you have many ‘blind followers’?

2) Have you ‘created’ strong leaders under you?
Please be totally honest with your answers, you might find a few surprises waiting there. And once you understand this, a new life with bigger possibilities awaits you!

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(ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Mr. Ambrish Chheda, is the Chairman & Managing Director of MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a Strategic Execution Consulting firm. He had decided early on that after the age of 50 years, he wants to dedicate his life to his country, India. For this purpose, he left his lucrative corporate career and founded MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING FIRM. The MISSION of MasterClass is ‘Nation Building’, by helping tens of thousands of companies to Scale Up to the Next Level by developing ‘Strategic Execution Focus’, and thereby contributing to the Indian Economy.  

Today, over 1,000 companies from various sectors are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology, for developing their Strategy, Planning, Implementation & Performance Management Processes to Scale Up these companies to the Next Level of Success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a Simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth‘ rather than just ‘incremental growth’. 

MasterClass™ was the proud recipient of “NATIONAL AWARD for Excellence in Training and Development 2016: Best Mentoring Program“, presented by the WORLD HRD CONGRESS, WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS & ASIAN CONFEDERATION OF BUSINESSES. 
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