Path To Pinnacle An interesting narrative for people in corporate management
The writer has penned this book with an objective to speed one’s journey in finding ways and hitting one’s unique stride, enhancing one’s work life and encouraging one to live dreams of one’s life. It is a book of lessons shared, insight gained and ideas and suggestions gleaned while maneuvering from the lower level to the highest level of his career. It has come from the pen of a person who has spent over twenty-five years in the work trenches. It helps a man in career to bring the best of who he is at work, differentiating his work performance and making a difference. It integrates winning at work philosophies, behaviours and principles into its pages.
The writer, in Part One: Uncommon Practice initiates to discuss “creating one’s own luck, which means that when one constantly and positively differentiates his performance, he creates personal luck in the work place as he regards luck different from chance. One creates by the quality and quantity of work one does and the impressions one leaves and the results one gets out of one’s efforts, influence future lucky moments and opportunities. The writer opines that initiative is the single and powerful way to create one’s own luck. It is a rare commodity in the workplace which enables people love working and seldom gets bored. Performance differentiation and luck creation starts with one’s own brand building. In this context, it is very important to be ego detached. Investing human capital of time, effort, knowledge and skills wisely yields appropriate returns on one’s investments. The higher the returns, the more powerful things one can do to create luck. Creating luck is a process. It is developing opportunities and recognising and embracing them. In the next chapter, he has discussed three lines—money line, comfort line and time line.
Moving further, the writer emphasises on creating self-awareness, i.e. assessing yourself which is a very challenging job. One has to find and use one’s unique abilities as they are an inherent key to enhancing one’s opportunities at work and hitting one’s strides.
The writer, in the second part of the book discusses as to how one brings oneself to work. What are the gifts that one has to offer at his work place. It has everything to do what somebody is doing now or has nothing to do. Commitment is one such quality that brings an individual to work. Most of us are in the commitment business at work as we are making commitments to customers, suppliers, bosses, co-workers and staff.
If one wants to be winning at work one should realise that one’s power is in trusting and doing, not in just knowing and certainly not in hoarding. The writer points out that it is not the brains that matter most but that which guides it—the character, the heart, the generous qualities and the progressive ideas. There are three concepts—understanding intentions, seeing the world and uncontrollable expectations that increases the ability to operate comfortably in business world shades of grey. Some people make distinction between life and work. But according to the writer, work is a pursuit of one’s life. Life is not what happens outside of work but what is created with the gifts and talents one has and the choices one makes.
The writer, in the the concluding chapter, leaves a cautionary note with “Boss” perspectives not normally communicated. One has to be accountable for one’s actions. He suggests that in case of a problem, one should ask for help. Admitting a problem is not weakness but strength.
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By Prof KD Sharma