Saturday, 28 November 2015

“Does God Throw Challenges to Intelligent People, not to Ordinary People?” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“Great leaders are not born, they are developed…fired in the crucible of experience and opportunity.” ― Aristotle

God tries and tests the intelligent people more than the ordinary people because He knows that intelligent people can handle challenges effectively and come out with flying colors while the ordinary people cannot handle them.  

Most people think that they alone have challenges in their lives which is a myth. They often brood about problems without exploring solutions. The fact is that all people have problems because problems are an integral part of life. In fact, life is incomplete without problems.  

God throws more challenges to intelligent people as He knows that they can handle them successfully. Additionally, He wants to unlock their hidden potential and make them tougher. God doesn’t throw challenges to ordinary people as they cannot overcome them successfully. Hence, He provides an easy path to walk for the average and below average people so that they can lead a normal and pleasant life without many hassles.

Why God throws more challenges to intelligent people is to groom them as leaders. When intelligent people are thrown with challenges, they accept the challenges and explore alternatives to come out of them. During the course of problem-solving, they broaden their minds and visions to evolve as better leaders. Additionally, troubles convert them into tough leaders. Whenever challenges are thrown at them, they look for ideas to overcome issues. In this way, they find their way to lead and show the way for others to lead. They grow as great leaders finally.

Stephen R. Covey once remarked, “Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”  Whenever you are thrown with challenges, don’t get upset. Accept them and explore multiple ideas to resolve them. Don’t look where you slipped but look how you slipped. Analyze the reasons and explore the options to address the challenges. It is rightly said that below average individuals talk about individuals, average individuals talk about issues and above average individuals talk about ideas. Therefore, always talk about ideas to grow as a great leader.

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” — Robert H. Schuller

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Free Sample Chapter - “21 Success Sutras for CEOs: How Global CEOs Overcome Leadership Challenges in Turbulent Times to Build Good to Great Organizations”

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Here is the free sample chapter of my upcoming book “21 Success Sutras for CEOs: How Global CEOs Overcome Leadership Challenges in Turbulent Times to Build Good to Great Organizations.” The book received endorsements from eminent international thinkers including Marshall Goldsmith, Frances Hesselbein, Dave Ulrich and Jim Kouzes. Mark C. Thompson wrote foreword for this book. It is published by Motivational Press
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In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
— Albert Schweitzer

Welcome to 21 Success Sutras for CEOs: How Global CEOs Overcome Leadership Challenges in Turbulent Times to Build Good to Great Organizations. The reason behind writing this book exclusively on CEOs is my award-winning book, 21 Success Sutras for Leaders was ranked as one of the Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year – 2013 by San Diego University, USA. The response from the readers across the world has been overwhelming.

The challenges for CEOs are different from the challenges for leaders. Hence, I decided to share 35 years of diversified experience on leadership from my defence, teaching, training, research and consultancy with CEOs to enable them to overcome leadership challenges to build great organizations globally. Additionally, I am passionate about leadership, executive coaching and CEOs. Because of these reasons, the book is on your hands now.

Iconic leaders such as Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric; Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford; Carlos Ghosn, the Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan; Sam Palmisano, the former CEO of IBM; Alan George Lafley, the CEO of Procter and Gamble; Bill Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft; the late Steve Jobs, the cofounder and CEO of Apple; Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group; Herb Kelleher, the cofounder and the former CEO of Southwest Airlines; and Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, the Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, all encountered innumerable leadership challenges in the turbulent business world. Yet they succeeded as CEOs. CEOs encounter innumerable leadership challenges to turnaround, and lead their organizations effectively. This book underscores 21 success sutras (principles) for CEOs to overcome leadership challenges in turbulent times to keep their organizations great globally.  Here are the 21 success sutras for CEOs.
  1. Communicate Clearly.
  2. Build Trust.
  3. Carry all Stakeholders with You.
  4. Emphasize Organizational Culture.
  5. Keep People Before Profit.
  6. Be Adaptable.
  7. Take Feedback.
  8. Encourage Innovation.
  9. See the Big Picture.
  10. Overcome VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity).
  11. Avoid Information Overload.
  12. Make Decisions with Limited and Imperfect Information. 
  13. Conquer Stress.
  14. Learn When to Hold and When to Fold.
  15. Be Bold to Lead in Turbulent Times.
  16. Adapt Locally to Grow Globally.
  17. Appreciate Diversity.
  18. Practice Continuous Dissatisfaction.
  19. Encounter Economic Decline.
  20. Avoid Clinging to Status Quo.
  21. Invest in the Future.

In the following chapters, you will acquire 21 success sutras with examples, illustrations, case studies, and stories to grow as a great leader and CEO to build great organizations globally.