Get wise on your next flight
Thursday, 19 October 2006, 07:00 Hrs
New Delhi: The next time you have an intense life-altering conversation with someone on a flight, do not just hoard it in your heart, share it with others, as a Dubai-based non-resident Indian (NRI) has done in his book "Wisdom beyond Borders".
Constructed in the form of a conversation between him and his friend Paul on a flight from Dubai to London, Brij R. Singh, a management whizkid who has worked with some of the world's leading finance companies, has penned a witty, commonsensical book that tells you what it takes to succeed in the 21st century.
"It's a light-hearted book, but full of gems about the practice of management. The book shows that unless you have a passion for something, you will not give your best to it," Karan Singh, president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, said at the launch of "Wisdom beyond Borders" (published by Harper Collins) here Wednesday evening.
"The 21st century is a highly competitive century. Therefore, the quality of leadership is very important. One leader can make all the difference," Singh said.
"India is on the verge of a breakthrough provided we can manage our resources and adhere to our core principles outlined in the constitution," said Singh, scholar and a senior Congress politician.
The book illustrates basic principles of success in a globalised world - honesty, integrity, accountability, and argues that more than the quantum of talent, it is the passion in the organisation that makes the big difference.
"The job of leadership today is to create passion and excitement," writes Brij R. Singh, chief executive officer and managing partner at Baer Capital Partners Ltd, in his book.
"In any organisation that succeeds, thrives and survives, talent is simply a basic. You can buy talent. However, you can't buy passion and that is really the key difference," writes the author.
"From Timbuktu to Kathmandu, this wisdom is beyond borders," he said.
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