Success – Worthy Idea Achieved

Success – Worthy idea achieved

I have been talking and writing about success since few years now. It is not that I tasted success from day one. However sustained work and my focus helped me get success in the area I always dreamt of and became passionate as my profession.

Most of us equate success to money and social status. However few of us really understand and feel the true meaning of success. There are several definitions of success. The most apt one I have got so far is “Success is progressive realization of a worthy idea”.

This worthy idea can be anything that can bring a positive outcome to our lives and that to other’s life. A worthy idea need not always be about being wealthy or being a business honcho, but as simple as being a great father, being a good family person, a good painter who can bring smiles to many who see the paintings and so on. The worth of the idea is upon the individual to understand and decide.

When I look back in my own life, probably the only difference I saw in myself as compared to most of my colleagues is that I always had a vision and a dream. This vision and dream was my worthy idea of becoming someone that would help bring benefits to myself, my family and to several others who would get associated to my idea as it progresses. My idea of becoming a corporate leader was more to do with a worthy idea of creating thousands of jobs and create immense value to my stakeholders and customers by bringing creative minds through my company. Over last several years, this worthy idea continued to get realized progressively, generating more than one thousand jobs and bringing prosperity to all of them including myself.

In my lectures, I regularly ask my team and others “What do you want to be in life.” I am not surprised when I figure out that hardly any one has given a thought about it. Almost everyone flow into the ecosystem just because they see others doing it. They earn because they have to pay their bills and because they are not sure of what else can they do. Almost no one has so far come out with any worthy idea about themselves.

If you do not have a goal based on a worthy idea to pursue it means you have no aim in life. Such people become aimless and drift where the current flows. That way, they can make a living, but can never be successful. In my life, I have never seen a person who is successful but does not like their profession. On the other hand, every successful person I have met has only one thing to say that they were passionate to do what they are doing now and they love their profession.

I remember my interaction with great badminton player, Paula Gopichand. He mentioned that I am one of such lucky person who is doing what they like the most. In his case, it was playing badminton. Needless to say, he has all riches he needs, a name, social standing and everything what a success calls for. Achieving happiness however remains the most important achievement for a person like Gopichand.

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 IndiasGreatest.com ¬ 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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