Thursday, August 25, 2011

Analyzing Anna : The 74 year old Youth Icon


Anna Hazare is the hottest name across India these days…He has been a social activist for long but was little known to people outside his home state Maharashtra. 

One fine day, he rose, raised voice against corruption and that’s it, Anna hazare is the face of desperate India that wants to get rid of Corruption.  He is tagged as the second Gandhi. This movement of India is being termed as India's second struggle of Independence, this time  its about freedom from Corruption. 

I was astonished by the kind of momentum this Movement has gained. I have been in a couple of Rallies and was amazed at the turn around of people to support Anna. A point more intriguing was involvement of youth. Obviously, I wanted to analyze understand and of course adopt the qualities of Anna which makes him what he is.  The core elements that makes Anna are following


Age doesn’t regulate action
At 74, most of us would have prefer to spent our left over years in peace, away from all this nonsense. Here you have a person who at 74 has provoked one of the biggest movement against Corruption in India. Did he really had a need to do this? Will he benefit if the Corruption is reduced? I guess not. The point I am making is there is age doesn’t regulate the actions. If you are determined to do something, age is not the constraint.

Have the right reason
For a leader to align its workforce to the goals, he has to convince the workforce that the organizational goal is the ultimate goal and have valid reasons to prove it. That’s what Anna did. He had the right reasons to fight against corruption, right solution to get India free of corruption and that’s it,  the peoples alignment to the goal is known to all of us. Youth have started feeling cool in doing something for the country by supporting this movement. Check out this article to know what I mean.

Its more about us than me
The last thing and the most key component of Anna is his inclusive approach. The cause he is fighting for is not going to benefit only him. In fact it will hardly benefit him. Its more about the common man. The people at the bottom of the pyramid. That’s why people have

Fear Factor
Above all this, I feel the most crticial aspect of Anna campaign has been his lack of fear factor. When I say fear, I mean all forms of fear. Fear of police, fear of people not supporting, fear of what others will think, fear of getting killed and so on…Until and unless one dares to do what he believes in, other factors are in sleep mode…

Organization need such leaders to achieve the goals blogged about in the article Leadership Matters...

Mai bhi Anna...Tu bhi Anaa...Ab to sara Desh hai Anna.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Leadership Matters…You bet.

Leadership has always been a topic of debate but these days with turbulence factor of the economy and the corporations increasing each passing day, the emphasis on leadership has increased proportionally.

Quite a few organizations have policy of mandatory training and for top management, workshops, seminars, executive courses are must on the menu. So why is that everybody so crazy about leadership? How does it make difference to the organization? Is it worth spending so much money on the courses?

Recently, all my doubts were cleared and I realized how important having a effective leader at the top for an organization.

The nirvana happened during my visit to local State bank of India (SBI) branch. I wanted to have an account in SBI after the economic turmoil. I had my own inhibitions of going there. 

But still I dared and went to the branch. I was pretty sure that I will have to visit the branch at least 3-4 times before my account would be Active. There will be for sure be a document missing even though I am carrying all documents which are sufficient for any other bank. All these notions of mine were shattered when I had my account active in flat 30 minutes. I was even handed over my Internet Banking Username and password.

To be icing on the cake, I was asked to switch on Bluetooth on my mobile phone and here you go, I had the Mobile banking application installed on my phone. I was completely in a state of shock when I figured out the half of the staff in the branch was 40+. This is probably at least 10 years older workforce compared to the workforce in branches of private banks.

Imagine you are a 5-10 years away from retirement and you are asked to learn computers. Not only learn but also deliver. You have competition from a workforce which is probably half your age, probably knew about computers right from their school days.

Do you think this is possible without a effective leader? You bet.

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