It is really heartening to see how “The Professional” has found its way into so many hearts. I was speaking to Mumbai Police the other day on a completely different subject when, during question and answer session, young IPS officers quoted from the book and asked for clarifications! Then, I was in Germany and Netherlands, at the WHU business school in Koblenzand at The NyenrodeUniversiteit in Amsterdam where I taught portions of the book to international MBA students. The book has been translated into many languages and I am grateful that it is serving its purpose.
Yet none of that made my publisher Udayan Mitra at Penguin a happy man.
Ever since the book first came out in 2009, he has been after me. “You have to write a workbook so that professionals can actually see how they measure up against the ideas presented in the book. What people need, is a workbook that they can use at their own pace.”
I had never written a workbook in my life and was rather reluctant because it is a very different kind of effort. One has to understand the basics of instructional design, step into the minds of intending users and then come out with exercises that open up their minds to greater learning and absorption. But finally I gave in to Udayan because he made me feel I have not fully finished my work. Along the way, I sought help from friends who teach and train extensively. These included Prof Sumita Raghuram from State College, Pennsylvania, Professor Gautam Rajkhowa from University of Chester and Lu Ellen Schafer of Global Savvy. Thanks to them and many others who laboured with me, “The Professional Companion” will be on the stands by the middle of next month. The twenty chapters of the workbook will put the user through real-life situations; they will encourage critical questioning and build reflective awareness for a professional.
On a more expansive note, the holiday season has begun. Between now and the end of December, we have some of the nicest festivities across all religions and in every part the world. I wish you and your loved ones great days ahead.