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Born To Win

Newsletter 18



Editors Note

Powerful Quotes to Motivate

The Tao of Leadership

Free Resources

Readers Write

Important Announcement

Just Relax





Interesting contributions on motivation and success, training articles on soft skills and anything else you think might be useful for personal and career success



Editors Note

It's amazing to see how much talent lies hidden within everyone.  The person you consider most unlikely to be talented, when you get close and look within the person you discover a goldmine waiting to exploited.  I say this because I have come across so many people you meet up with casually but when the person really opens up you really feel sorry for all the notions and judgments you hold about them.

This is how we lead our lives.  skimming the surface, never really looking deep enough to discover the gold.  May be our notions of our knowledge which leads to judgments far removed from the reality.  May be this is where knowledge combined with experience creates a whole new perspective.   

In this issue we look at knowledge and experience and what the ancient work Tao Te Ching has to say about it and how we find that leaders are a natural when it comes to experiencing, learning and sharing of knowledge to create a markedly different community, organization, society and world.

So friends enjoy  being Born To Win and keep writing...

...and win and make everyone a winner


R.G. Srinivasan


Powerful Quotes To Motivate

"Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experiences and invest them in the future"

-Jim Rohn

"Your mental energy is limited by your physical energy. How do you develop more energy of all kinds? You start by putting your body in top physical condition. Unless you do that, all your other activities won't help much you'll be stuck with the mental and emotional energy that you have now."

-Tom Hopkins

"No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction."

-Charles Kendall Adams

'The majority of the people meet with failure because they lack the persistence to create new plans to take the place of failed plans"

-Mark Victor Hansen

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do"

-Eleanor Roosevelt

"Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built."

-James Allen


The  Tao of leadership

 The views expressed here are only an effort to apply Tao philosophy to management and leadership principles and not an exact translation.

Tao Te Ching said to be written by Lao Tzu during the period of warring states in china around the second century B.C.; a compilation of Chinese philosophy dating back to 6th century B.C. or even earlier, is a profound philosophical work with many lessons for the corporates of the 21st century. 

There is a lot of debate on issues of what differentiates a leader from a manager.  One of the biggest challenges for leaders is to lead and lead by example.  He is less preoccupied with control functions which is a function of knowledge and more with broader objectives of how the future should be shaped.  Future can be shaped with visions, dreams and emotions.  He also realizes that for the future to shape up well he needs to utilize the Present to the maximum advantage.  He can achieve higher ideals and aspirations only when he is in touch with the  ground realities.  Experience of events and situations and behavioral aspects bring him closer to current realities and help discern the undercurrents of change so that he can translate them to better solutions.  The managerial functions of organization and control  have more to do with knowledge whereas a leader thrives on futuristic vision, people centered approach, a bias for action and in creating the future which he desires. All this emanates from the experiential.

Let us now look at the leadership paradigm from the  what Tao Te Ching has to say about knowledge and experience.

Knowledge & Experience:  Tao is the way.  The way in which we conduct our lives in accordance with the natural principles conducive to right living and thinking, without regrets and in such a manner that we develop and realize our potential without harming others or preventing others from realizing their potential which is beneficial to the society.  Such a way of life may be conducted without a name. This may simply be called the way.  Or to distinguish from other ways we may describe it and give it a name so that others may know of it.

By thoughts and words and by means of being non participating observers we may gain knowledge of its manifestation.  But only through participation in this way do we gain experience of it for ourselves.

So knowledge is not the same as experience. When we have knowledge of something, we can describe only our knowledge and not the experience.  And when we have experience, we can describe the knowledge of that  experience and not the experience itself.

Let us look at an illustration.  We observe the marketplace and we see the manifestation of market place.  Then we have reports from our sales people which is the knowledge from the experience.  So we now have the knowledge.  But it is not equal to the experience of the marketplace.  So we go down physically to the marketplace and buy or sell products or interact with the many components of the market.  We now have the experience.  With the experience comes right decisions and actions.  But we cannot still convey the experience itself, only the knowledge of the experience may be conveyed.

Knowledge and experience both are real.  But they are different realities which may cause complexities.  When they are used according to that which may be appropriate we may transcend the barriers of such complexities.

This perhaps explains why many of the leaders are men who have risen from the ranks.  Even if they have not risen from the bottom you may easily identify them by their hands on nature and leading from the front.  Hands on men who have the knowledge, knowledge of experience and experience itself.  Leaders who understand the complex reality of the manifestation, knowledge and experience prefer to lead from the front and not from sterile cabins far removed from the experience itself.  These are the leaders you cannot keep away from the marketplace or their people or their constituents or customers.  These are the men who instinctively understand the  "Tao" of leadership - The Way.  

 This is not to say being hands on and lead from the front is the only leadership criteria.  This is one of the distinguishing qualities of leadership.  It is said that the greatest leader of all time Alexander The Great always lead every battle from the front  when the battle began and only then did he move on to other roles. 

What would you prefer to be.  An acquirer of knowledge or a leader.

R.G. Srinivasan



Free Resources

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Readers Write

Our reader Noel T. Rajan has put together interesting articles on HR and Writes " I am a budding trainer and would like to learn more by shared sources.  You would find some of the articles of my website interesting and value adding.



Important Announcement

We are in the process of compiling a directory of HR practitioners, Training Companies and Trainers.  This would be a list of independent practitioners, company employees, companies and consultants.  Please send in details with your specialization, training modules, location, phone Nos and any relevant details.  This would be available for access from the b2w yahoo groups by anyone interested.


Just Relax

Great Truths

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

If your sister hits you, don't hit her back.  They always catch the second person.

Laughing is a good exercise.  It is like jogging on the inside.

If it is stupid and works, It isn't stupid.

For every action there is equal and opposite criticism.

There is always a way and it usually doesn't work.

Success occurs when no one is looking.


Corporate Training Resources

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