I know it has been a long time and I have neglected all of you. My apologies; going forward, I promise to be more regular in sharing my world with you. For one thing, the last one month has been very hectic. The only substantive time I get to do my usual writing, including keeping the blog up-to-date, is the weekend. And all the last 4 weekends have gone into a program titled “Business with Bagchi”. This was co-created with three National Public School branches in Bangalore. 31 students, 17 boys and 14 girls, were selected for it. All 16-year-olds, the deal with me was that they would let me into their world and in turn, I would tell them all about business.
Over the four weekend sessions, we spoke about entrepreneurship, about the social sector enterprises, supply chain, brands and a whole host of other business concepts; finally we spoke about the role of ethics in business. Throughout the four sessions, the students maintained learning diaries for reflective analysis that they shared with me. During the process, they learnt about techniques like brain storming, did group work to present their learning and ate pizza. It was fascinating how perceptive and articulate they were.
These days, it is so easy to lose faith; all one has to do is to read the morning’s newspaper to get disillusioned with the system. But when you interact with 31 young adults, you realize that the nation has a future; that all may not be lost and eventually when evil will cancel out evil, into a new dawn, there would be no dearth of leadership to take us into the future.
On quite another topic, I am just coming out of a 3-day strategy session with a group of business leaders from MindTree’s Product Engineering Services business. During the session, as I listened to some of the brightest people in the company, it occurred to me that I should write about the essential nature of strategy. Many professionals use the term without understanding its true meaning. So, the next time, look for it and do forgive me for the recent neglect.