Remembering our Gurus on Teachers Day
Today is Teachers day! All of us have been students at some stage of our life and have benefited from our teachers. Celebration of Teachers’ Day is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to pay reverence and gratitude to teachers for imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping our career.
Every country across the world celebrates this special event. In India, 5th September is celebrated as Teachers day as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, scholar, President of India and above all a Teacher.
A knowledge-driven performance culture can only be achieved by a leadership passion for excellence. Continual improvement is the driver of performance excellence. Anybody can and will excel when provided with the required knowledge, information and experience in a positive work environment that encourages individual excellence.
On teacher’s day we remember the Gurus who have been instrumental in building a knowledge-driven performance culture:
1. WE Deming taught us that “Quality is everyone’s responsibility”. We must strive towards creating an error free product or service. He also emphasized on improving the techniques since “A bad system will defeat a good person every time”.
2. JM Juran said that “Without a standard there is no logical basis for making a decision or taking action.”Develop standards as it leads to compatibility as well as high precision.
3. Henry Ford, renowned for his revolutionary vision, said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”Do not quit but do it again!
4. Taiichi Ohno believed in providing low cost to customers. He propounded that, “Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to be reduced.”
5. Dr Shigeo Shingo wanted us to be inquisitive. He said, “A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo. Use it often.” And that innovation is the key to success, he declared,“Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.”
6. Jim Womack stressed on becoming Lean, he observed that, “Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the “right stuff” to turn our dreams into reality.”
7. Dr Eliyahu Goldratt said “I smile and start to count on my fingers: One, people are good. Two, every conflict can be removed. Three, every situation, no matter how complex it initially looks, is exceedingly simple. Four, every situation can be substantially improved; even the sky is not the limit. Five, every person can reach a full life. Six, there is always a win / win solution. Shall I continue to count!”
8. Masaaki Imai called out for Continual Improvement or Kaizen. He summarized that, “The starting point for improvement is to recognize the need.”
9. Peter Drucker wants us to become efficient since he knew that, “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things”
10. Mahatma Gandhi asserted to adopt principles and become perfectionists. He vocalized, “A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
11. Yogesh Vaghani, our Director at Vedzen Institute articulates that, “You’re not allowed to make the same mistakes again”. It’s human to make mistakes but you’d be called a chimp if you do it twice.
Let us pledge to imbibe and apply the values in our life, then only we can achieve the real success of getting educated.