Build a favorable eco-system


One of the most common mistakes students do is to study hard and harder as if there is no end. All my life I have seen very studious and book worm children finally getting little in life.

Even parents push their children to study hard and get more marks. Unfortunately, this fallacy in the education system stops students from working towards a holistic growth, which is extremely essential for their future growth. I would wonder if most studious student in a class would rise to become a very successful person in any of the field.

Most of them taper out by being someone just ordinary. While some remain
contented, others complain about the managers who never took notice of them.

Students must understand that good degree, great and prestigious college and excellent marks would only get you in a job, but thereafter it is a race where there is no special favor given to these qualifications. It is the work, which speaks, and this is the area where only those who have holistic understanding of growth develop more.

“ Get into harmony with your ecosystem and understand your true strengths. “

Every student must map themselves to the successful people around them. See what different they have done to grow where they are today. You will certainly find something different to the rest in them. Some famous successful people never even completed their graduation, left alone Ivy League colleges or high marks. Steve Jobs and Dhirubhai Ambani are such examples who changed the way business is done through their persistence and vision. For a moment, let us understand what do we mean by building a favorable ecosystem. In old times, kings sent their children to gurukul under the guidance of a Guru for several years.

They never interfered and allowed their children to grow by doing every thing what an ordinary man would do and also gain knowledge. Education in these gurukuls never was about cramming of books and passing the exams, but about getting into harmony with their ecosystem and understanding their true strengths. This is how Arjun became a great archer and Bhim a great warrior.

If we map this to our current system, our education and life is completely overshadowed by our parents who try to guide us at every step and over protect us. This alone robs most of the students of the key ability to understand their ecosystem well. Teachers too do not understand this critical need and simply follow the books and the laid out systems in the colleges.
This is the reason why Ivy League colleges are different to the remaining thousand. These colleges take special care to introduce the students in doing things which is needed to move up to have a dream job.
These activities which help you build a great ecosystem would have the following elements
a. Building your network of contacts
b. Finding a mentor and a guide who can take you to next level.
c. Finding forums and external activities where you gain understanding of what new is happening in your dream field
d. Knowing what really matters for your growth and ensuring you have all resources in that line. Eg. English speaking may be important for some for their growth and you ensure that you are really good at that.
e. Ensure that your network is not about just taking from them, but you should actively share your knowledge with those who need that. In this time of extreme selfishness, you may end up thinking twice before this good deed, but you should understand that knowledge and power grows only by giving.

Becoming resourceful is a great way to become a great candidate of a dream job and you can look for a great growth once you land up with one.

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Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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