Before reaching your B-School campus…
By R Sreenivasan
Once an admission offer from a B-School lands on your lap, your friends and family are as excited as you are and you end up having to throw a party for all well wishers and then on, wait for the D-day to board your train or flight to reach the campus. Yes, a few days are dedicated to do your shopping sufficing the next two years needs. One question that should spring into your head is that – “Can I do a few things from now till the date of my journey that can have a positive impact on my first term, if not the next two years!!”
Laying the foundation
A few questions to help you start off –
— The writer is director, Indus World School of Business (IWSB)
Education through Sport
By Gopal Karunakaran
Sport teaches us:
Risk taking: On the sports field, you will achieve little without going down the wicket while batting in cricket to play the lofted shot; the move to the net to play the volley in tennis; and without the drop shot in badminton. The risk of getting stumped, being passed down the line or hitting the tape is to be taken.
Decision-making: To take good and timely decisions often means taking decisions without all the information and often relying on intuition. When Tendulkar decides to play a shot, he has a split second to decide whether to play a forward defensive shot, or pull the ball over square leg. He doesn’t always know how the pitch is playing and has to guess the bowlers intent. There is a hustle in sport that could be part of the big decisions of life!
Discipline and Concentration: Anyone who has played sport competitively knows that no sporting excellence is possible without discipline in practice and concentration while executing in match play. Wouldn’t CEOs love these qualities in their young professionals?
Building Strategies When we think and plan on the drawing boards, before getting on to the ground it ensures success. Play to the opponents backhand because it seems weak, or bowl short balls to the opposing batsman, as he seems uncomfortable with the short ball, is part of the strategy of planning to win. That is exactly what we do in corporate strategic planning.
Execution: For all the strategising, in sport we quickly learn that strategy is useless unless we execute the plan well. Doing is greater than thinking.
To accept Failures: The greatest lesson from sport is undoubtedly about learning to lose well! It is easy to handle success, but playing sport early gears us to disappointments and how to handle the highs and lows of life. In life, there is always another game to play.A classroom is too small to impart such learning.
When I thought about these things for educators and children, I realized why sport is so integral in the daily routine of a military life, the life I led for 30 years. Interestingly, life is no different for a corporate warrior or civil servant. The lack of a sporting culture in our country and our civil services academies may also explain the deficiencies that you may see in our public life!!