Thursday, July 05, 2007

Effective Management

The world of management is vast. As just about another fella with big dreams and all.... and like any other Indian following a set path of going for secure jobs and not really taking the road less travelled.... I too want my piece of land in the management world. For that I need to join a B-School. And I wish it were easy enough... to walk in and get done with an interview and be done with it. I've got a strong apathy towards the exams. Somehow never quite believed the system.... and firmly believe it is faulty.. yet perhaps the most efficient in a faulty world. After all nothing can be perfect now, right?

Anyways, so here I am another MBA aspirant who is scanning through universities the world over, and trying to figure where to shoot his application. I mean, should I really think of Harvard, Yale or LSB?? Or should I just settle for some other school?? The ones back in India... it's so tough getting there too!! The IIMs.. is so hard to crack.. add to the woe list ISB. And the list is so long. Figuring out the intricacies of CAT and GMAT!! Sheesh... it's all so much work.

But, at times I wonder will an MBA degree really make a manager out of you?? or rather the school? Maybe they can, else they wouldn't have enjoyed the status they enjoy today!! But do they really make you the artisan that you are supposed to be?? The primary principles though explained in theory are they all masters in it?? So, why the managers so different?? What is it that the schools despite talking about it fail to teach effectively??

The 3 primary principles of management is : To envision, to strategise, to execute. Now I can talk on these three at length. What their importance is? Where they are important? But then, am I experienced enough to write so much?? I guess not. All I can say is that, these principles are applicable in all spheres of our life should we want a life where we can look back and say - "My endeavour was successful." And so, I shall ask you to read this article written by Sudhakar Ram, an alumni of IIM, Calcutta.. class of 1982 : The craft of effective management.

Go ahead read it and tell me, is management then really taught in those hallowed walls or on the streets, in the real world??

14 comments:

dumbum said...

hey... me 1st... i hate it tat an MBA hs bcome d only opyion 4 so many ppl lukn 4 a decent job... its lk a fast forward pass relly 4m tat amazing race [:P] magar i wish u all d best... god knws ur wrking hard... (wink) and u will do well in wichevr field u decide 2 tk up... cz d perfectionist in u wnt settle 4 ne less... [:P]

Aashi said...

well well well...now this is sumthing i hvnt seen in ur blog ever i guess namesake...quite diffrntfrm the usual stuff u post..or rther since iv startd being regular at ur blog....

but then again gud food 4 thot....

not really a managemnt person...but as usual u can capture ppls interst by the mere style of ur writing...

kudos 2 ya!!

Sam said...

hey thnx mann for ur support and aashi for the way you keep applauding my writing...

as for this topic.. well.. i just decided to digress a little from teh usual stuff.... say a different side of me!!

sahil said...

on the streets, in the real world..
and even then its not for everyone.. i tend to believe that some people are just naturally right brain strong and good at leading/guiding/motivating other people and have good common sense... and they often make the best managers..

Keshi said...

I did a Masters...my cousin did an MBA..all cos of just wanting to study more n more..but we aint managers cos we dun wanna be managers..:)

do it only if u hv a dream to be a manager...

Kesh.

Sam said...

@sahil: right on.. i whole -heartedly agree with you.... Gosh..am seriously forward to a day wen our opinions might differ!!

@keshi: cool.... the fact... i personally believe my key strength lies in myinterpersonal skills.. and ability to manage ppl around me.... and certain other traits... which are evil enough for me not talking about them... but they all convince me to take up management.... and am better off there.. than sitting in a chair and coding all day!! :)

sahil said...

@sam: hehehe..that seems unlikely to happen sam..all brilliant minds tend to think alike ;) ..cheers!

Keshi said...

**but they all convince me to take up management

as long as ur not doing it for 'THEM'...:) u know wut I mean dun u. I used to be following other ppl's dreams and I never really sat n thought wut I'd like to do...but now that Im older I wish I did follow MY dreams and not THEIR's.

Whatever u choose, do wut U like to do..


Keshi.

Sam said...

@sahil: lol.....
@keshi: hey u got me wrong... wen i said they.. i was referring to my traits.. not wot some one else said!! lol... i've never been guided like dat!!

GuNs said...

Those "three principles of management" seem suspiciously control-seaweed (Control C + V) from Sudhakar Ram's rant on the company website !

[:-)]
Detective GuNs on the job, sire.

-PeAcE
--WiTh
---GuNs

P.S.: Good writeup though. Would need to speak to you at length about the MBA thingie. I am quite confused myself.

gunj said...

i think its a combination of all....wat u learn on d streets n d books n with experience!!

Keshi said...

lol ok then...good on ya!

Keshi.

Sam said...

@Guns: The link is to Sudhakar's Article.. as for the rest... been told that theory for quite sometime... you can't help that if you come from a family of technocrats!!

@gunj: True.... quite true!!

@Keshi: lol...

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