2 January, 2013
My dear young friends,
I have been invited to deliver a speech in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 18-Jan-2013 on “Novel paradigms of Professional competence”. Giving it a thought; competence, I feel, is not just the knowledge and skills required for a profession but it comprises a host of other virtues such as talent, analytical ability, envisioning, conceptualization, creativity & innovation, team work, passion, fighting spirit, values, acumen, sensitivity, ethics / ethos, consciousness, mindset and spiritual wisdom.
Let us take example of medical profession. While knowledge is required in all its branches, in a few specializations like Orthodontics and Plastic Surgery, skill requirement is equally high. But, that is not all ! I recall a case where a plastic surgeon specializing in cleft palate& lip operations, continued his operation for hours together even after the child died on the operation table for reasons beyond his control, just to make a lasting impression on the parents’ mind that their child was so beautiful! I knew a pediatric surgeon in Bhopal who used to carry the patient to the prayer room with the lone purpose of praying for him before bringing him to the OT in his own arms. Such sensitivity, consciousness, mindset and spiritual wisdom is a part of every profession if one perceives it circumspectly.
Work can be worship for all though it can have different manifestations. In case of building industry, for instance, green buildings with minimum carbon footprints, zero net energy buildings, solar architecture etc. deserve a different level of sensitivity, vision, consciousness and conceptualization.
It is always a challenge to encompass all the above qualities into a learning system, though most of it can be encapsulated through 4-quadrants of 360-degree education/ training and 3-orbits of learning.
The 360-degree training starts with the 1st quadrant addressing attitude since that decides the altitude and is fundamental to self growth. In the 2nd quadrant, behavioral facets are polished like diamonds which determine the spread of your glow. In the 3rd quadrant, the functional discipline of an individual is attended to upgrade him with the latest in his field enriching his core competence as an exclusive strength. In the 4th quadrant, commercial orientation and acumen are developed which make all the difference in this commercial world.
Today we may be making all out efforts to impart 360-degree exposure in “techno-commercial-innovation-creative” aspects but all of it seems to be in the 1st orbit of intellectual inputs (IQ); neither supporting it with emotional intelligence (EQ) in the 2nd orbit nor reinforcing it further by social/spiritual consciousness (SQ) in the 3rd orbit, in a systematic and designed manner. Holistic vision can come out of a combination of IQ/EQ/SQ. If IQ generates flower, its grandeur comes from EI and fragrance from SQ.
With a holistic approach only, one can add new facets to his professional endeavor. Wherever he is engaged, he will start approaching his jobs and assignments with a multifaceted wisdom. With the same effort, his results will be multifold with these new dimensions added to his thinking; leading him to become a ‘professional par excellence’.
Towards this aim, one will also have to activate his right brain, visualize roadmap of his life with a bifocal vision (having a long range view of ultimate objective of life and visualizing with equal clarity short range bits & details with total compatibility ), think “beyond the dots”, “out-of-the-box” and re-inventing the box, wherever necessary. He will have to enhance his real ‘net’ competency and rediscover his “identity” which is hidden in the lowest part of the iceberg and apply emotional intelligence, which influences >66% of professional success.
In a nutshell, one will have to cross the conventional orbit of ‘knowledge and skills’ to capture the entire cosmos of professionalism.
Wish you a very happy and enlightening New Year 2013 and excellence in your professional arena.
Satyamev Jayate !!!
Best wishes and Regards,
M.Tech., Ph.D., CBI Scholar, D.Engg., FNAE, Hon.D.WRE
Chairman, Great Lakes IEMR, Gurgaon, NCR, Delhi
Co-Chairman, Advisory Council, Great Lakes-Bauer Global Energy Executive MBA program, University of Houston
Former Director General (NPTI & CPRI / REL)
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