The fifth month of the year, May is the month of heat, ripe mangoes and sweltering days spent under or next to the fan. It is also the month of perseverance as June heralds the arrival of the monsoon, of life giving rain that gladdens a farmer’s heart and shades us from the sun. It is the month of struggle for the students pursuing their internships as they hope to deliver their best in the tasks assigned to them and for the passed out and placed students, adjusting themselves in their new companies. As we look forward for the start of a new academic year, let us read about the six secrets of a better life.

Six secrets for a successful career and profitable business: Guest lecture by Mr. Sandeep Arora, COO, Knack Systems USA ltd.

Sri Balaji Society played host to Mr. Sandeep Arora, Chief Operating Officer, Knack Systems USA ltd. Mr. Arora sir’s guest lecture was an eye opener to the students of the society as he informed them, what they need to do in order to improve their overall quality as students of management. In the course of his lecture, Mr. Arora disclosed six valuable secrets to the students for a successful career and to forge a profitable business.

The first secret as stated by Mr. Arora was: ‘Every person is a seller’. He informed the students that they must develop ‘selling’ skills so that they can market themselves better to their juniors, their equals, fellow employees and higher ups in the organization. He informed the students that they will gain excellence by constant practice so that they are able to sell better and deliver better in the hour of need.

The second secret stated by Mr. Arora was: ‘Presentation skills’. Mr. Arora spoke on the importance of ‘presenting one’s own self’ in an efficient and productive way as we are our own advertisement. He informed the students that majority of the purchase decisions are made immediately on observing the immediate picture or the image of the product and the person selling the product and thus, one must present one’s own self well if one seeks to convince the buyers to buy and the sellers to sell.

The third secret stated by Mr. Arora was: ‘Dispute management’. Mr. Arora informed the students that a proper dispute resolution mechanism is essential for any product or a business, if it seeks to be a success as a disgruntled customer can do more damage to the business than a malfunctioning and a defective product. He informed the students that a prompt, fair and wise dispute resolution machinery can benefit the business as it helps the customer in settling his problem in a prompt way, which can also have a beneficial ‘trickle down’ effect with the customer sharing his experience with other influential people and potential customers, generating goodwill for the product and the business.

Mr. Arora informed the students that they need to develop ‘adaptability’ skills so that they can not only survive but thrive in the business environment. He spoke about Charles Darvin’s law of nature and gave a few examples of companies that bit the dust because they failed to adapt to the changing paradigms in the business environment. He also spoke about the benefits to be gained by being more responsive to ‘change’ in a way that benefits both the company and its customers.

The fifth secret described by Mr. Arora was on the ‘human’ aspect of a business: Development of leadership skills. Mr. Arora informed the students that they need to develop a strong leadership skill, unique to their own core strengths and tailored towards the human resource culture of the company they will be working in so that they will be able to help their fellow employees generate more value for their company and lead anything between a few hundred or a thousand personnel efficiently and effectively.

Mr. Arora concluded his guest lecture by describing the sixth secret namely the importance of developing a heightened sense of awareness about one’s business. He informed the students that businesses today have more to lose and gain thanks to changes in the environment as the world is more connected today than it was before. A decision taken in an X country on a Y issue will cause a change in a business operating in a Z area, thus being future corporate citizens they must keep themselves updated about the changes in the environment if they wish to gain a profit from it as it pays to be better informed than one’s competitor. A question and answer session was conducted with the students at the conclusion of Mr. Arora’s guest lecture.

Watch Mr. Sandeep Arora’s guest lecture here:

Life in a green spot: The wild life of Sri Balaji Society

Sri Balaji Society is home to one of the prestigious institutes of management in India: Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Balaji Institute of Telecom Management, Balaji Institute of International Business and Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resources Development. With over 1000 students ordinarily enrolled in its four institutes, the society is a true force to be reckoned with in the field of management education in the country.

As we go about our daily schedule in the society – learning, unlearning and re-learning we may or may not notice the surroundings of the society, which are covered in lush greenery. This greenery is home to several crows, a.k.a the wisest and the smartest birds in the animal kingdom, flocks of sparrows, a bird that is extinct in almost all of the towns and cities of India, a few jungle crows and many songbirds each one colored in hues of brown and grey. Last but not least, there is also a unit of six and more Alsatian dogs who work hard to protect and watch over the grounds and the infrastructure of the society.

The SBS Lake is home to a flock of ducks which waddle, walk and swim around the lake and on the ground surrounding the lake as they work hard to keep it clean from aquatic pests. A pair of geese also calls the lake its home, as they look on the ducks quacking about on the ground and on the lake. They are housed in sheds for the night which protect them from the elements and provide a shelter from the sweltering heat of the summer, the dampness of the monsoon and the winter cold.

A keen observation also reveals groups of butterflies, bees and other beneficial flying insects who pollinate the flowering plants and trees in the society. It is possible to not to notice a few chameleons and lizards which occasionally walk and run about on the trees and bushes, their camouflage ability rendering them ‘un-noticeable’ by the insects they seek to eat. A food chain of sorts has been formed in the society with the worms and insects at the base of the pyramid and a small clowder of cats at the top.

It is important for us to understand the role played by the animal life, which we often do not see due to the complexity and hecticness of our lives. Every living being occupies a particular place in the ecological balance of life. We can learn from Chairman Mao about the devastating consequences of disturbing the ecological balance in nature. Live and let live as we can gain a lot by letting both the hawk and the eagle to perch on the same tree.

We can learn a lot from observing the animal life in the society. A bowl of food, a trough of water, a calm and peaceful place to sleep and friends to spend time with, this is all they seek from life. We too can gain from leading a simple, peaceful and contented life as our needs are few but we greed for many. None can take anything with us to the great beyond as a man lives on in his legacy, the sum total of the life lived by him. In other words, live good, be good and your future descendants will remember you for good.