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Always Stay Grounded

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There are opportunities galore in the corporate world for fresh minds, for qualified youngsters with passion, determination and a commitment to excel. Life after your formal and professional education is not going to be a cakewalk, to say the least. It’s a highly competitive and cut-throat environment out there. So, along with your knowledge, skills, and abilities, you need to have the right attitude to make a difference and make your mark in the corporate world.

The first important trait you need to cultivate is ‘always be grounded’. One important quality that I have observed in almost all the great business leaders, whom I know or have heard of, is they are all grounded and pragmatic individuals. They have a strong vision, but they also understand that things will not always go smoothly and have the presence of mind to deal with that. So, always stay grounded; know your strengths and weaknesses; collaborate with others and produce the desired results. Also, by being grounded, you will ensure that your learning is continuous and fulfilling. The moment one lets success go to one’s head, he or she is already on the way to failure.

In India, unlike in the US or other western countries, only a small percentage of MBA graduates have prior work experience. This means they are being hurled into a whole new environment, which is relentless and exceedingly demanding. In such an intense scenario, a company can ill afford to allow you extended lead time for learning. You will literally be expected to deliver from Day 1. So, you will have to find out the way to ‘ensure your continuous learning’ without compromising on the execution and delivery aspects of your job.

Also, your first job is your first impression on the corporate world. Treat it very seriously and kick-start your career on a very high note. Do not treat your initial job as a training ground or school. When a company entrusts you with some responsibility, it’s natural for it to expect quality output from you. So, you should set your first foot in the corporate world with a mindset of delivering results from the word go. So, ‘make the first impression count’ and as they say, ‘well begun is half done’.

When you join an organisation, it is very important to embrace the company culture. Remember the culture of the corporate is the reason for success of the organisation. For example, at Glenmark, it has been our endeavour to build and nurture a culture of innovation and continuous learning; not only in research and development, but in every aspect of our operations. Along with your skills and abilities, it is also important to understand, appreciate and embrace the company culture, which will ensure your triumph along with the organisation’s growth.

It goes without saying that attributes like passion, commitment, perseverance and integrity are critical success factors for individuals in any sphere. But it’s equally important to stay focused on the task at hand and ensure quality results, on time and every time. So you have to complement these positive qualities with a continued emphasis on first-rate execution and on-time delivery.

And last, but not the least, never stop pursuing greatness. There is no room for mediocrity in today’s hyper-competitive world. So, give your best shot at everything you do and relentlessly keep striving for excellence, day in and day out.

The corporate world requires ample young, qualified people with fresh ideas who are raring to go. If you harmonise your educational qualifications by cultivating the right attitude, success will be all yours and as they say, ‘the sky will be the limit’ to what you can achieve. 

The author is chairman and MD of Glenmark

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 01-12-2014)