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The Balancing Act

Show me a man who does not like growth, and I will show you one that chews challenges for breakfast. No matter how tacky it may sound, the fact lies in our constant efforts to tackle change in a favorable way day in and day out. How else could we see growth if there was no change anywhere? It reminds me of an adage, “Change is inevitable; growth is intentional.” -Unknown. For all practical purposes, both ‘change’ and ‘growth’ are inter-twined. However, we must keep in mind the solemn advice from Ellen Glasgow: “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”

A successful individual unmistakably goes through this cycle of change and growth with a keen eye on details. Hence, his/her actions stay away from the slightest deviations that could derail the process of growth. Change for the sake of change invites unwarranted hardships when allowed to overtake our preparedness. No wonder preparation helps us prevent frequent reparations. Depending upon any specific profession, attention to detail will certainly help us keep track of available resources for use as and when required. These may not always be restricted to material things. Human resources have proven to be one of the most valuable assets to come to our rescue when disaster strikes.

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.

–Herbert A. Otto

When we discuss leadership across any sphere of life, we shall find innumerable examples of individuals that defied all naysayers in unhindered pursuit of their personal goals. If it was not an act of experimenting with their own lives first, what else would be more deserving of credit for their success? Does it mean anybody can follow these examples and stand out as a forward-looking individual? Yes, it is accurate, and not only that, it is doable no matter how many challenges one may be facing in life. Handling each problem with attention to detail is a sign of growth. Leaving the smallest fractions of adversity behind puts us on the road to positivity.

Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.

–Tom Barrett

The above words of wisdom help us revel in chaos. Given a consistent, peaceful environment where there are no challenges, we shall find a natural sense of comfort. Lack thereof will push us to the back seat. More often than not, we are called upon to unravel, create, or improvise the most appropriate solution when an unforeseen event occurs in our life. On the home front, we may only need to fix things or arrange supplies for daily necessities. Business demands a higher level of creativity under the circumstances. Leadership role would undoubtedly call for a higher level of ingenuity backed up by one’s own life experiences to impart guidance to the team.

Moving forward, we cannot underestimate the chaos that world leaders face given situations like the current COVID-19 outbreak that threatens to become a pandemic. How leaders handle the challenge in their own countries to save the populace would probably be a subject of discussion for many decades here onwards. Those that excel will restore order and keep the wheels of growth moving forward.

Do not fear risk. All exploration, all growth is calculated. Without challenge, people cannot reach their higher selves. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.

–Unknown

Time and time again, we are advised to get out of our comfort zone. If we want to make a mark, we must first get off the beaten track and chart our course. It entails risk-taking. Crossing over from the known to the unknown is always a risk, but there is no glory without risk. No matter where you look, each outstanding individual presents a testimony to the storms of discomfort, uncertainty, danger, or loss he/she overcame. A common man may find it unnecessary, even irrelevant, to go through all the trouble. However, the world we live in today, with all the conveniences, the gadgets, the luxuries, and comforts, is the cumulative result of the creativity of dedicated individuals that took (and shall continue to make) chaos for an opportunity and leave us awe-struck.

Before we go, let us pay heed to another crucial piece of advice, coming from Frank A. Clark:

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.

We often see innovators given less than admirable names simply because of their focus on specific concepts that become their life’s goal. Their near and dear ones try every possible tactic to wean them away from their efforts. In the face of negativity, these individuals often insulate themselves in a self-created cocoon, so the outside influences do not force them to change direction. We must keep in mind the immense power of criticism that can go either way. We can either give constructive criticism or the destructive one, and the choice is entirely ours. Trying to understand the direction this person intends to take. Our genuine efforts should provide a helping hand; on the other hand, insensitivity could lead to a negative stance that may do more harm than good.


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Bharat Mathur
Bharat Mathurhttp://www.bharatmathur.ca/
WHERE goal setting and systematically achieving each one of them has been the ‘Mantra’, where earning trust by delivering value has been an uncompromising principle and where deeply impactful experiences have made an indelible impression to look directly into the eyes of toughest problems and tackling them head-on has been a major cementing glue in the foundation, Bharat Mathur fits the bill, hands down! Creating value for others, out of the challenges his career in the “C” Suite kept throwing at him left, right and center, Bharat now finds solace in being a ‘Guide by Your Side’ rather than a ‘Sage on the Stage with An Eye on What You Buy’! Past 4 decades of Bharat’s life have been no less eventful than that of anyone else in similar circumstances. However, the way he lived from one challenge to another and stayed focused on his goal is clearly visible as much in his Coaching as in his #1 Best Seller Book: “you Are YOU-nique: Realize Your True Worth”! His next book project tackles ‘Internet of things’ (IoT) from the viewpoint of a layman and helps understand this fast-approaching revolution in simple, easy-to-understand language with live examples: “SMART PHONE + I o T = INCOMPARABLE OPPORTUNITIES” Nurturing a number of successful businesses, mentoring a lot more towards astronomical growth and helping them identify and eradicate trouble spots, Bharat has rightfully earned the nickname: ‘Achiever’ Send him Bouquets or Brickbats, Bharat loves it all!

13 CONVERSATIONS

  1. Welcome back Bharat.
    If I have understood the meaning of your article well, I would like to emphasize that if we want to continue talking and investing in leadership in the world of complexity such as the current and the future, it is necessary to rethink its concepts from the foundations. In an interdependent world full of trade offs, effective leadership cannot focus on local / particular objectives, losing sight of the concept of common good in the community within which it exercises. In the same way, it can no longer be one-dimensional, based on the character and behavior of a leader who creates followers.
    Leadership must become “wise leadership”, therefore rooted in understanding the context, centered on the ability to manage trade-offs, oriented towards the common good and founded more on balance than on the leader’s ego.
    There are many steps to be taken in this direction. The first can only be represented by the education of the new generations.

    • Dear Aldo Sir, once again you have left me short of words to properly acknowledge the vast amount of inspiration your comments, knowledge and experience offer.

      I would much love to talk to you over the phone, as and when mutually convenient. Perhaps, we can use a Facebook phone or Whatsapp.

      • Dear Bharat,
        it would also be a great pleasure for me to converse with you, as well as with other pleasant people I met in this community.
        I’m afraid it’s easier for me to write because I have the opportunity to re-read and correct as much as possible. I confess that my spoken English and listening are getting worse perhaps because it has been a long time since I frequent it as it once was (said among us, it will also be the effect of old age !!).
        But when this coronavirus story subsides I will return to visit my daughter in Vancouver (as I may have told you she is a nurse and at this moment particularly busy) and I hope to meet you.
        Take care!
        Aldo

  2. Bharat, welcome back! Love this article, so on point and truth at it’s core. I agree with everything you put into this essay about exceptional leadership and balance is key. Growth through chaos is definitely an ability to have a higher awareness, the eagle’s viewpoint, with defined measures for keeping the balance. Excellence is gained by the experiences that can be painful, yet endured as lessons learned and opportunity found. Glad to see you writing again…cheers!

    • It is always a great pleasure to partake of your pearls of wisdom, Ms. Eileen. Each word you write or say carries real value. I feel especially obliged by your welcome message, and in the same spirit, would give you a solemn promise to keep sharing whatever little I have learned so far.
      Thanks, with Warm Regards!

  3. To a large extent, my experience is that leadership is about urning chaos into growth. World events in 2020 certainly include an encroachment of chaos. Thanks for encouraging readers to turn up the dial on attention to details. I’ve found that creativity and preparation combine well. Let’s risk wisely and make the world better for people this year!

    blessings,
    Cynthia

    • Thanks a lot, Ms Cynthia, for the value-addition. We all know the vast reach of ’leadership.’ It is virtually impossible for anyone to sum it all up in an encyclopedia, leave alone an article. Having said that, I shall be keenly looking forward to more of your observations in this regard.
      Thanks once again, with warm regards!

  4. Welcome back, Bharat! It is great to read one of your truth and fact-filled articles. You know the progressions one must go through in life in order to grow. You don’t need my comments to remind you of your wisdom. It was always a pleasure to read your literary creations. In case you are not aware I have put an end to my days as a writer. Except for commenting on articles from others which I hate to do, I am a member of this group in name only. It was time for me to go. Seeing that you are back immeasurably brightened my day.

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