Plan your work and work your plan

Speaking to my FIL as is our weekly ritual, K and I listened to him recount his weekly updates and we waited our turn to catch up on our side of things. Talking to him about a personal milestone we reached we were thrilled by his genuine happiness that was evident from the voice on the other end of the phone.

We continued the conversation to hear him say, “When I first started work, my manager said to me – Plan your work and work the plan. I have followed it all my life and am glad you are doing it too in your lives.”

Long after we hung up, the words echoed in my mind. Simple words can have a profound effect specially on an eager young man on the threshold of a career. Leaders have the ability to impress values on impressionable minds. Searching long and hard, I can’t seem to remember any memorable quotes or ideas that the people I have had the pleasure of working with instilled in me. My dad is the only person who in many ways has influenced my attitude, behavior and value system. Looking back, I really do think he was charismatic.

Making the connection as I go through my MBA, I guess this is the time I can pick and choose if I want to be a manager or a leader not just in my professional life but elsewhere too. I can choose to lead by example. Be cognizant of the effect I have on people around me. People who’s lives I impact.

Who knows, some day some one might be quoting me 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Plan your work and work your plan

  1. 🙂 I am sure they will be. I can think of a few inspiring leaders and who I want to emulate (and who I should not :-P). Here’s to you becoming a great leader!

  2. Laksh, I already quote you in my blogs 🙂

    Anyways, here’s one thing that one of our senior leaders told that will be etched in my mind for a long time, “you owe it to yourself to get what you want, so own it!.” & “If want an outcome, only you have to make it happen.” These statements inspire me to not hide behind excuses, instead pushes me to go seek what I want.

  3. I am sure you’ll become one day Laksh. Though I dint post my comment on your recent blogs I am following all the entries, may be I was feeling blue for some days and overcoming it. And your FIL is 200% right… what a thought man… Another inspiration for me being an aspiring sales professional and budding VP…Thanks to him.

  4. @Akay: Curious to know who they are. Rather the ones who are not to be emulated 🙂
    @Suman: yayy!! that definitely is something to be proud off. Grinning as I say this of course 🙂
    @Deepa: Hope you are feeling better now. Guess winter does that to us. The blue feeling.

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