Monday, October 4, 2010

Lessons in learning

R Gopalakrishnan was in the Capital on October 1 to launch his new book When the Penny Drops: Learning What's not Taught, published by Penguin Books India.

How does a manager ‘learn’? Apart from, of course, the structured learning offered in B-schools and various other training programs. According to author, former CEO and now Executive Director of Tata Sons, R Gopalakrishnan “learning is ubiquitous, provided you are ready for it. If you have the humility, which makes you self-aware and open to learning, the penny can drop anywhere, anytime”.

This was the message from R Gopalakrishnan when he was in the Capital on October 1 to launch his new book ‘When the penny Drops: Learning What’s not Taught’, published by Penguin Books India.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Gopalakrishnan said, “As a management professional, I have learned my most important lessons when I was expecting them the least. The lessons have come from all kinds of people and all kinds of situation. So it is important to have the humility to learn. Without humility, one is not aware of one’s mistakes. You can learn only if you have the humility to learn, and are self-aware.”

During the launch ceremony the first copy was unwrapped by former chairman of the board of Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Mr. M Damodaran and this was followed by a short conversation between the author and Mr. Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission.

Full report here MBA Universe

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