April 11, 2009

The technocrat plus the visionary

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March 2009 A Monthly EJournal In this Issue
Beyond the Bottomline Editorial
Businesses may be built by the balance sheet but great organisations are built on a bigger, more inclusive and less blinkered vision.

There are two types of pragmatism. The first one is a narrow and intense focus on the short-term gains as the bottom-line through technology, methods, and techniques. The other is to lay a wide and patient foundation for long-term effectiveness through vision, values, ideals and above all people. The first is the way of the technocrat and the other is the path of the visionary. Both are needed for success in the corporate world. But for sustainable growth the major emphasis has to be on the second approach.

Vision, ideals and values are verities of the upper layers of the human mind. They are sources of higher motivation and provide a sense of meaning and purpose to life and work. They are not abstractions but energies with an inherent self-effective force. In this issue and the next one we will try to understand the inner sources of these mental forces and how to tap them for enhancing the effectiveness of some of the managerial functions like visioning, motivation and communication.

The Role of Creative Vision in Human Development How important is ‘Vision’ for an organisation and for the individual.
Work and Ideal What is the role of ideal and what is the mantra of higher motivation.
The Route to Dharmacracy Business is no longer a mere engine to produce dollars. A higher aspiration seems to be the new trend in business.
Rhapsody of a Tin Man Beyond the castles and fairies, witches and ruby slippers lies a clean, uncluttered world view. Perhaps this is why fairly tales never go out of fashion.
Thoughts, Imaginations and Dreams Gems from Visionaries and Management Gurus
Respond instead of Reacting An inspiring address by Azim Premji on “Lessons in Life”
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