My father grew up in a village in the most backward state in India and worked his way with a Fulbright scholarship to the United States in the late 1950's. He followed his passion became a pioneer in the Organisation Behaviour movement which at the time was a new field in management. Sometimes I joke and say I didn't have much of a choice in what I would do because I was so surrounded by the "OB movement" as I grew up. When i pause to think of why, I realise that my father exposed me to the profession by just letting me hang around him. And honestly I learnt a lot. Other than learning to be a what it means to be a top class professional, here is what i learnt as I followed him to his speaking sessions, conferences, board meetings etc.
1. People above designation : Janitor or CEO ,he always made it a point to see people as "people" regardless of office/power/designation. He made everyone he met feel good about themselves.
2. Preparation is the key : for every meeting he went very well prepared. Researched on the person/company, the questions he would ask and the notes he would write. He always followed it up with a thank you note, summarising the meeting. He was a class act
3. Stretch - always STRETCCCHH. Challenge yourself, next role, next assignment. take things on you half know and learn it as you go along. Learning is lifelong, embrace it.
As parents, we can only advise so much. But seeing what we believe in action help children imbibe it and use it forever. Happy Fathers Day
Kalpana Sinha is a Leadership and Organisation Professional. Her blog has reflections from her work experiences of over 20 years.