The Professional Companion is now on stands. As I have told you earlier, it is a workbook meant for every working professional who wants to figure out “Where do I stand?” To help get the answer, for someone to know the gaps and then to create a plan for getting further ahead, the workbook takes up 25 key aspects of a true professional. Each aspect then is presented as a chapter that briefly explains the idea and quickly takes you to a set of questions that you need to ask yourself. The questions do not have standard, one-size-fits-all answer. They are designed to encourage you to think on your own. In some cases, you are presented with a situation; you get to do some sense making, consider alternatives and then choose a path.
The 25 chapters are graded to reflect a professional’s journey from the entry level, to mid-career and finally, to a position of leadership. In the beginning, you are presented with the basic requirements to be an entry-level professional. In the middle, the workbook presents you with the mid-career requirements and towards the last part, it deals with leadership attributes of a great professional.
I hope you will be able to lay your hands on a copy soon and work the workbook very soon. Unlike reading a book, working a workbook is about active engagement within your own mind; I become just an initiator. The process of self-searching and discovery has far greater benefit than dutifully listening to the preacher at the pulpit. I have always maintained that the power to receive is more important than the power to give.
When I received the first copy of the workbook off-the press, I did come across an inadvertent error in a diagram in the book in chapter 21 titled “Seeing the Big Picture”. The incorrect diagram will get rectified in the next print-run but in the meantime, let me share the chapter with you with the corrected diagram. Let me know how the chapter felt.