Sanat Sankrityayan 2015-04-10
The first implementation assignment that my Guru performed under his revered Guru was “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” for Titan Tanishq and the inherent learning was “practice before you preach”. It was only after my Guru practiced the principles in his own life, that he could gather the essence of the principles. We learn and get to newer depths when we cross the boundaries of our own beliefs. Our beliefs are formed by the results we have achieved through our actions. With this analogy, Organizations are also living entities that breathe, learn and grow.
We may not have all but we can definitely learn it. Not only learn but also practice it by doing it. And then after having done it, we must spread it across for other’s benefit. We have been created to use our natural endowments to help Universe for its existence and growth. The Universe has abundance of everything. We don’t believe in the abundance and cry foul about the depravity. The principles of Change can be deduced from the Fundamental laws of Nature. The analogy stands true for within the Organizations too.
Mahatma Gandhi (referred here as MKG) picked up the thread of spirituality from Swami Vivekanand who had claimed that being an Indian, we do have something unique to be taught to the westerners or outsiders (read Japanese & Americans) and that is Spirituality. Mahatma Gandhi brought the understanding of Spirituality in the Social fabric of India after living it in his personal life.
MKG was the first officially recognised union leader of India. He led workers of a textile mill in Ahmedabad to stand for their rights. He lived in the anomaly of being from the top management and still representing the workers. He used to stay in the company owner’s home. However, this fact never betrayed the worker’s faith in him. The workers knew that MKG was one of their own and he will surely get them justice. Such was MKG’s commitment to truth.
MKG has also written a book on “how to run a business”. It is a 300 page documentary. In those days, MKG had written a letter to Kamal Nayan Bajaj and some other big industrialists of that era on the importance of time. He had utmost respect for Time.
He had such a frugal mentality that he never used more than 2 bowls (lotaa) of water for his daily morning chores despite the Sabarmati river flowing by his ashram. He used to write on both the sides of the notepad and used pencil for writing. The pencil was generally used till the last point. If he ever lost his pencil, he used to get disturbed.
MKG had a stone which was soap for him. One day, MKG’s daughter-in-law forgot to get the stone along. She suggested buying a new one. However MKG got her to walk 14 miles to get the same soap. The moral of these stories is the frugality that MKG practised. He always suggested full utilisation of resources and no wastage at all.
In his ashram, he used to clean the public toilet everyday. It was his duty to do it everyday. He proactively did it.
We as a Consulting Firm teach about the importance of daily unselfish physical work citing the life and times of MKG. As our Guru D K Somaiya did it for one of the companies where he went inside the workers’ toilet on the first day and started cleaning it. Slowly and gradually, the workers gathered near him and started asking him to let them help him. The managers came to the spot upon hearing this news. The awareness on the dignity of labour was established. And it left an indelible impression on the minds of the workers as well as the management. Things started changing that day onwards.
We are not a consultant, we are missionaries of change. We go to companies to make a difference and bring out the best of the companies. Our fundamental practise is deep rooted in Indian Culture of Excellence. We work differently because we respect the people. We keep challenging the ethos and pathos of the Firm, and work strenuously to continually improve the performance of the Organizations.
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