Forbes India Marquee
30 March 2016
It's amazing — the difference that attention to detail can make, says Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group
Most of you must feel that all the mental aerobics, the stress, the burning of the midnight oil over vexing case studies, is behind you. But let me explode that myth. The world out there, in the corporate jungle, is far tougher and rougher. You face a barrage of complex management situations and a host of managers of different kinds. The real world puts you at the deep end and you realise that the ground realities are radically different.
Having traversed this trajectory, and learnt my lessons, I thought I would share with you six things that I believe an MBA does not or rather cannot teach you. There are no tailor-made solutions to the issues I raise. Rather, the intent is to draw attention to them, and make you aware of them.
I have walked you through six lessons that I believe cannot be adequately stressed in a business school education. I hope that just being aware of these will help you get started on acquiring those aspects of learning that may be missing. Each of us has different learning needs — we are better in some areas, while lacking in others. So it's up to each one of us to take stock of ourselves, and identify which of these learnings we fall more short of — so that we can work to bridge the gaps. Look upon your workplace as a continuing MBA — that will help plug in the gaps not learnt formally.
Finally, I would like to say that more and more, organisations are now looking for leaders, not just managers, and not leaders just at the top, but right across the organisation, at every level. Developing the skills required for leadership will call for all the different learnings I have mentioned today — plus many more. Today, career growth involves transforming MBAs into managers, and managers into leaders. This represents a quantum leap — somewhat like a caterpillar being transformed into a butterfly. I welcome you all to the real world. And don't forget to have fun along the way.
Dr. Pragnya RamGroup Executive President, Corporate Communications & CSRAditya Birla Management Corporation Private LimitedAditya Birla Centre, 1st Floor, 'C' WingS.K. Ahire Marg, WorliMumbai 400 030.
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