You will be what you want to be

I remember my school days when teacher used to tell us about the wonders of the world and the inventions and discoveries people made. Somehow, to me the fascination was more in knowing how the these great people reached this milestone than the invention or the discovery in itself.

Even till date I have keen interest in digging the stories behind every outcome than the outcome itself. The journey taken to Antarctica by Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen or the mysteries of how Pyramids were made or even the story behind how the most used word ‘OK’ came into existence. To me, the failures of great explorers even if they could not become the first to get their invention or discovery is a matter of research than simple history normally ignored.

After reading so much about the history and digging deep into the times since human civilization is getting recorded, I could only see one difference between those who have been successful in getting whatever they attempted to, and the vast majority who simply came and went without leaving any trace of their existance. All those who explored had a deep desire to do what they were doing and firmly believed that “they will be what they want to be”.

History shapes the future. What has been happening since ages will continue to happen even though the context may change. Human beings will continue to behave in similar manner with common traits of being happy, being sad, being jealous or being angry. These traits have not changed since time immorial and will never change unless we become robots.

Coming to present world and what we face in our lives day to day, it is common to see that urbanization and free market economy has been giving a gift of better quality of living to masses. At the same time, the pressures to perform or perish are at the highest. The strong family and government support systems are slowly getting diluted while the competition is no more local. It is commonly known that the jobs we have would vanish sometime in future as automation and globalization would continue to play their roles as they have played in making our lives better.

To thrive in this world, it becomes even more important for us to look out for changing and fine tuning our behavioral traits that can give us an edge over the rest. I would discuss more on what elements in your behaviour would help you to start working on the path of professional success with a clear focus on “Be what you want to be” and would sum up the entire exercise in something what we call as “Attitude Engineering”.

Over my next few blogs, I will take important elements of building up a winning attitude that I have adopted myself and practice in my day to day life.

Stay Tuned!

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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  1. Avyukta says:

    Looking forward to your next post.

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