Sunday, 8 October 2017

Free Chapter ― Professor M.S.Rao’s Upcoming Book “Soft Skills: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges”



Dear friends,

I am excited to share with you that I authored a book on soft skills which can be used for both academic and reference purposes. It is tentatively titled, “Soft Skills: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges.” Here are the details about the book with a free chapter. I would appreciate if you could share your thoughts about this book on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

About The Book

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Which is just another way of saying that the way to make a friend is to be one.” — Dale Carnegie

This book strives to achieve sanctimonious status to the soft skills discipline. It explores soft skills in global organizations and educational institutions. It emphasizes the significance of soft skills and explains the methods to acquire soft skills.  It differentiates between soft and hard skills. It enlightens that a judicious blend of hard and soft skills is essential to achieve professional and leadership success. It crafts course curriculum for soft skills. It unveils the list of soft skills essential for leaders. It explores tools and techniques to measure soft skills. It coins an innovative evaluation tool―Meka’s Five-Level Model to measure soft skills training. It implores to build hard skills but mind soft skills. It calls for appreciating others to make a difference.  It is a universal book to improve your attitude, personality and behavior to achieve all-round success.

This book can be used for academic and reference purposes. It is a short course on soft skills to achieve your career and leadership success. You can easily toss the book into a briefcase or purse and read here and there as time allows. It is a quick reference guide for educators, executives, leaners and leaders to achieve personal and professional success.  


“With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.” — Dalai Lama  

Most people talk about building confidence but they are not aware of the right tools and techniques to build confidence. In fact, confidence is the first step to achieve peace, happiness and success. Confidence is essential in every aspect of life throughout the day and every moment. Hence, we will discuss confidence; differentiate between confidence and overconfidence; and explore tools and techniques to build confidence.


Confidence versus Overconfidence

Confidence should not be confused with overconfidence. Confidence means when you think that you can execute the tasks effectively whereas overconfidence means when you think that you can alone execute the tasks effectively. Confident people are aware of their limitations while overconfident people ignore them. In my personal life, I made many decisions hastily resulting in lots of failures. I was overconfident and felt that things would fall into place automatically and would achieve the desired outcomes. But I failed miserably in many instances. The only solace is that I learned lessons from each failure and evolved as an educator and executive coach. My failures served as inspiring stories during my leadership training programs and coaching sessions. It is obvious that things will fall into place automatically reflects overconfidence. On the other hand, if people take risk factor into account and act with firmness and calmness, it reflects confidence. Currently I started making decisions slowly and cautiously because of my previous failures and the success rate is relatively higher now. Therefore, people must analyze, understand themselves and learn from their failures to excel as a confident person.


Tips to Build Your Confidence

It is easy to excel as a confident person, if you understand the tools and techniques. Here are some tools and techniques to build your confidence.
  • Believe in yourself. Unless you believe in yourself the world doesn’t believe in you.
  • Journal your feelings, emotions, egos and observations regularly. Analyze them.
  • Overcome your apprehensions and superstitions.
  • Silence your inner critic.
  • Maintain positive attitude.
  • Surround with positive people.
  • Praise others graciously and liberally.
  • Dress well with comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Exercise regularly to energize your body.
  • Maintain positive body language.
  • Remain calm under uncertainty and stress.
  • Love yourself. Unless you love yourself, you cannot love others.
  • Set your goals in such a way that you feel uncomfortable to share with your friends and relatives about them.
  • Don’t compare with others. You are a unique gift to the world. Nobody can be like you.
  • Don’t focus too much on your weaknesses. Instead, focus on your strengths but guard from your weaknesses.
  • Stretch yourself by coming out of your comfort zone.
  • Execute tasks with thorough preparation without any fear. 
  • Anticipate distractions and failures. 
  • Don’t worry excessively about your mistakes. Mistakes are the learning lessons. Remember, everyone makes mistakes and nobody can grow without making mistakes.
  • Develop an attitude to understand the circumstances which are beyond your control.
  • Take feedback to identify your successes and especially failures.
  • Emphasize excellence, not perfection because perfection wastes a lot of your precious time, money and energy.

Visualize that you are successful. Entertain positive thoughts and downplay your negative thoughts. Remember that nobody is perfect in this world. Identify your inborn talents to leverage them. Build skills around them. Shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Learn from failures. Consult experts and seek their guidance. Don’t hesitate to learn from others irrespective of rank and position. Everyone is good at something. Identify, develop, and leverage them. Acquire and share your knowledge with others. Be creative to stand out from others. Be altruistic to make a difference in the lives of others.


Conclusion

We are born with certain gifts to change this world. Hence, nurture your nature. Identify what kind of seed in you, explore and exploit it completely.

Life is full of challenges. It throws both opportunities and threats. Don’t be overjoyed by opportunities and get upset by threats. Take challenges in your stride to build your confidence.

There is a thin line separating confidence and overconfidence. Understand the difference and raise your bar constantly by emphasizing excellence. Remember that overconfidence kills your opportunities. Hence, believe in yourself and be confident to achieve an amazing success in all aspects of your life.

Note: Here is the link to purchase my bestselling book ‘Soft Skills: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Overcome Workplace Challenges to Excel as a Leader URL: https://www.amazon.com/Soft-Skills-Overcome-Workplace-Challenges/dp/1628653035


Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India




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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Professor M.S.Rao’s Profile — International Management Guru, Keynote Speaker & Author of 36 Leadership Books





Professor M.S.Rao is an international leadership guru and an internationally acclaimed executive coach, educator, author, speaker, and consultant. He is a sought-after keynote speaker globally.  He earned a PhD in Soft Skills.  He has 36 years of experience in leadership development and conducts training programs for various corporates and educational institutions. His areas of interest include Leadership, Executive Coaching and Executive Education. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others.  His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030 URL: http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2014/12/professor-m-s-raos-vision-2030-one_31.html that is the winner of Leadership 500 Excellence Awards 2015.  Here is a list of international eminent personalities and management thinkers who provided their kind forewords for some of his books: His Holiness Dalai Lama, Marshall Goldsmith, Dave Ulrich, Chip R. Bell, Ken Shelton, Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, Mark C. Thompson, Dr. Nido R. Qubein, Dr. Alan Weiss, David Clutterbuck, James Strock, John H. Zenger, Fons Trompenaars, Norm Smallwood, Howard M. Guttman, Dr. Tony Alessandra, Jim Cathcart, Chris Widener, John Baldoni, Lois J. Zachary, Dennis Carey, Kate Sweetman, Subir Chowdhury, Soumitra Dutta (Dean), Debra Benton, Gerard Seijts, John Spence, Bill Treasurer, Frank Sonnenberg and Kiran Bedi.

He is the father of ‘Soft Leadership’ and founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He has made the biggest impact on the world with his Soft Leadership which can be applied for companies and countries to achieve excellence. He is the author of 36 books including award-winning 21 Success Sutras for CEOs http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Ceos-Rao/dp/162865290X. He has published more than 250 papers and articles in international publications including Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, T+D Magazine (ATD), Talent Management and Emerald. 

His award-winning book, "21 Success Sutras for Leaders" URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI was ranked as one of ten finalists for the Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Leadership Book Award – 2013 at the University of San Diego. URL: http://www.sandiego.edu/soles/departments/leadership-studies/thought-leadership/book-award.php. His book "Success Tools for CEO Coaches" is the Award Winner from Small Business Book Awards, USA for 2014 URL: http://bookawards.smallbiztrends.com/management-2014/success-tools-for-ceo-coaches-8/.  He received International Award - ‘International Coach of the Year 2013’ from Prestigious ‘Comprehensive Coaching U, Inc’ URL http://www.coachinstitute.com/CoachoftheYear/winners.html.  He received Outstanding Reviewer for Human Resource Management International Digest in the Emerald Literati Network 2015 Awards for Excellence.  URL: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?year=2015. He coined an innovative teaching tool – Meka’s Method; leadership training tool – 11E Leadership Grid; and leadership learning tool – Soft Leadership Grid, based on his new leadership style, ‘Soft Leadership.’ He serves as an Advisor and Judge for several prestigious international organizations Global Leadership Awards, Malaysia. URL: http://globalleadershipawards.com/HTML/judges.html, Middle East Business Leaders Summits & Awards, Dubai URL: http://www.meblsa.com/judges.html  and for Small Business Book Awards, USA.

He is honored as an upcoming International Leadership Guru by Global Top Gurus 30 Leadership URL: http://globalgurus.org/upcoming-leadership-gurus/. He serves on the editorial boards of various prestigious international journals including Development and Learning in Organizations, URL: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/editorial_team.htm?id=dlo of Emerald, U.K, and The Journal of Values Based Leadership USA.  His Amazon book link is: http://www.amazon.com/M.-S.-Rao/e/B00MB63BKM   Most of his work is available free of charge on his four blogs http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in, http://profmsr.blogspot.com, http://professormsrao.blogspot.com  and http://professormsraoguru.blogspot.com. View his Klout Score https://klout.com/#/professormsrao.   He is a dynamic, energetic and inspirational leadership speaker. You can follow him on Twitter at @professormsrao.





References




Professor M. S. Rao’s Humble Origins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLs-BA01Rro&feature=youtu.be  




Life is great!



Professor M.S.Rao

Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India











Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Smart Work versus Hard Work


"You just have to put in 80- to 100-hour weeks every week." Elon Musk


People often talk about smart work and hard work but they find it challenging to differentiate between them. Here is how you can differentiate between them to enable you to work smart to fulfill your dreams and accomplish your goals. When you want to work smart you must know how to work effectively without wasting your time. In fact, smart work is different from hard work and most people emphasize smart work to achieve outcomes quickly. Here are some tips to work smartly:

Find out your biological clock and work accordingly to leverage it effectively to unlock your potential. Biological clock has different meanings globally. Instead of investing your time, energy and resources at wrong time; use them at the time when your body is positive and proactive. Have clarity of mind to understand your priorities and goals.  Be clearly focused on your goals instead of wasting your time on too many activities. Give commands to your subconscious mind before going to bed. Your subconscious mind works more effectively during sleep and you will get solutions in the next day morning.  Additionally, whenever you want to do any activity, look for multiple outcomes instead of a single outcome.   Avoid distractions when you do your tasks. Emphasize excellence instead of perfection. Always do better than what you have done in the past to achieve better results. Invest your efforts religiously without excessively worried about outcomes because when you emphasize more on outcomes rather than efforts you may lose enthusiasm if you don’t achieve the desired outcomes. Sometimes results will take their own time. Take nap in the middle of the day to recharge your mind.


Message

Knowledge is an ocean and life is a journey. You must acquire knowledge regularly and share it with others. You must lead a challenging life and enjoy every moment of it because you have only one life. You will have to do everything in one life only. Hence, enjoy the journey, not the destination.





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Friday, 19 May 2017

Free Chapter ― Professor M.S.Rao’s Upcoming Book “School Leadership: Faculty First, Students Second, And Institutions Third”




Dear friends,

I am excited to share with you that I authored a book on educational leadership and life leadership tentatively titled, “School Leadership: Faculty First, Students Second, And Institutions Third.” Here is the free book chapter. I would appreciate if you could share your thoughts about this book on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Education is more than a Religion in India

“The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” — Jean Piaget

Indian education system is widely discussed across India but it is hardly addressed with practical solutions. There are innumerable articles published on it but most of them underscore from the perspective of problems, not solutions. Unfortunately, the Indian education is still in doldrums. In this context, we will discuss the challenges and solutions to make it to relevant and vibrant to ensure employability, employment, empowerment and enlightenment.  First, we will discuss educational leadership.


Educational Leadership

Educational leadership is a collaborative process of leading various stakeholders including students, educators, parents and external bodies to ensure quality education to students to build next generation of leaders. At the academic level, it ensures blending curricular and extracurricular activities to shell out students as complete personalities to encounter life challenges successfully.  It ensures employability, employment, empowerment and enlightenment.  


Indian versus Overseas Education

In developed countries especially western countries, the students who have the requisite qualifications, intelligence and ability are only allowed to pursue education and courses. The educators are passionate who do remarkable research in their areas of interests, and add an immense value to the students. The educational institutions are ethical and follow the guidelines strictly. They are transparent and systematic in their approaches, policies and practices. They innovate regularly with new teaching tools and techniques. They emphasize both theory and practice where students have the opportunity to understand and apply their knowledge effectively in the real world scenario.  When students ask questions the educators are competent to respond to their questions since the educators do research regularly. The students have access to quality resources. They interact with other students who are equally brilliant and knowledgeable. Hence, knowledge proliferation and transfer takes place quickly and effectively. Employment opportunities are higher for students because the educational institutions offer great knowledge, skills and abilities. The industry is ready to absorb such students who are well equipped with both knowledge and application. It makes easier for the industry to absorb students because they are proactive with basic level of knowledge and expertise. Hence, overseas education is relatively better than Indian education.


How to Revamp Indian Education?

Indian education is not up to the standards of global education but it has the basic standards and knowledge. Currently it emphasizes 3 Rs ― reading, writing and reproducing. To enhance quality education, there must be adequate emphasis on theory and practice. The students must have passion, basic knowledge and intelligence. The educators must be passionate about making a difference in the lives of students with inclination for research and consultancy. The educational institutions must be ethical, systematic and transparent. There must not be management quota and capitation fee. There must be emphasis on both curricular and extracurricular activities in the educational institutions.

Indian education system must reinvent its teaching pedagogy. It must take risk to explore new ways of teaching pedagogy and research. Although education is basically for enlightenment, it must be for empowerment and employment to help people lead comfortable and meaningful lives.

India is a less developed country with the second largest population in the world. Hence, ensuring quality education is a daunting task. However, it is possible if appropriate steps are taken by inviting the intellectuals to restructure it. Above all, it requires an integrated approach from all stakeholders including educational institutions, parents, students, teachers, government and nonprofits to ensure quality education in India. 


Build Minds and Careers

Build minds to build careers. When you build minds you can build careers of the students. It enlightens them to find their own career paths. Show the light to enable them to find their own paths to become trailblazers. Conventional cliché is to teach people how to catch fish. The unconventional cliché is to show the people where the location of the fish is because presently people are smart enough to learn the art of catching fish.

Indians value education more than money and religion. Every parent wants to provide better education to their children to enable the latter to lead better lives. Hence, emphasize building minds and careers in students.


Note: Here is the link to purchase my bestselling book ‘Professor M.S.Rao’s Vision 2030: One Million Global Leaders’ URL: https://lnkd.in/gBUkcu9


Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India




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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Free Book Chapter ― Professor M.S.Rao’s Upcoming Book “Secrets to Achieve Your Entrepreneurial and Leadership Success”



Dear friends,

I am excited to share with you that I authored a book on entrepreneurial leadership tentatively titled, “Secrets to Achieve Your Entrepreneurial and Leadership Success.” Here is the free book chapter. I would appreciate if you could share your thoughts about this book on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

The Power of Ideas to Achieve Entrepreneurial Success!

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." ― Walt Disney

Eminent people including Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan Milton, Walt Disney, and Stephen King tasted failures initially. But they learned lessons from their failures and moved forward with energy and enthusiasm. For them, failure is only a comma, not a full stop.  Unsuccessful entrepreneurs complain lack of resources and opportunities to accomplish their ambitions. They complain their circumstances and the people around them for their challenges and failures. On the other hand, successful entrepreneurs explore ideas to overcome their challenges and achieve entrepreneurial success. They are rare breeds who don’t invent excuses to overcome their challenges. 


Ideas versus Resources

Ideas are more important than the resources. When you have ideas, you explore opportunities and develop the mindset to raise resources. When humans undergo challenges their real strength surfaces and they unlock their hidden potential. Challenges lead to creativity paving the way for innovative solutions. The most inventions occurred during the global crises and challenges. During The Great Depression, several global companies were founded. During the Second World War, atom bomb was invented. Therefore, true leaders run behind ideas, explore opportunities and raise resources instead of running helter and shelter during crises. 

It is a well admitted fact that when people are in problems they come out of their comfort zone and expand their minds. When you look at Israel and Singapore they did not have human resources but they became prosperous and grew globally due to their ideas and audacious vision.


Technology is an Advantage for Entrepreneurs

To excel as a successful entrepreneur, it is advisable to have prior experience. However, entrepreneurs including Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Ray Kroc, Colonel Sanders and Richard Branson are successful without any prior experience. What is essential is entrepreneurial acumen and intuition to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Technology has become a boon for entrepreneurs. With amazing ideas and without any capital, entrepreneurs are starting their businesses globally. There are several companies that grew with less capital and human resources. For instance, Whatsapp has a few employees; Google doesn’t own content; and Uber runs business through ideas, not by owning cars. It is obvious from these inspiring examples that ideas are more important than anything else in the world. When entrepreneurs have ideas and audacious vision, they can accomplish their goals and objectives effectively.


Ideas Serve as Seeds to Success

"If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied." ― Alfred Noble

Ideas lead to success as they serve as seeds to development and growth. It is essential to capture the ideas whenever they pop up in your mind. It is advisable to record them in your journal to reflect during your leisure time. It is from these ideas the civilization has advanced. And civilization will go to the next higher level. I get lots of ideas to author books. Whenever ideas pop up in my mind I scribble them immediately in my journal that I always carry with me. I develop them during my leisure time. It is from these ideas I authored 36 leadership books including the bestselling ‘21 Success Sutras for CEOs’ https://lnkd.in/eqwk9uZ.


Opportunities are Infinite while Your Life is Finite

“I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems... It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.” ― Elon Musk

Currently there are immense opportunities for the individuals with ideas and ambitions. Only thing they must do is to take risks to explore and apply their ideas to accomplish their ambitions. They must remember that life is very short. They must also note that they are blessed with one life only to explore and avail the opportunities to make it big.  Remember, opportunities are infinite while your life is finite. Hence, make your decision wisely by following your passions to provide meaning to your life.


Conclusion

"Everything begins with an idea." ― Earl Nightingale

If we did not explore ideas we would have remained in ancient times. Thanks to ideas that the civilization has progressed to the current level. And thanks to ideas that we are able to add value to future generations.

When you think, you get ideas; when you ink, you capture your ideas; and when you apply your ideas, you achieve success. Hence, start thinking, inking and applying your ideas to achieve an amazing success in your life.


Note: Here is the link to purchase my bestselling book '21 Success Sutras for CEOs' https://lnkd.in/eqwk9uZ  



Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India




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