November 2019 - Nand Kishore Chaudhary

Don’t be ashamed of what you don’t know

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Don't be ashamed of what you don't know

About 40 years ago, I along with a small group of weavers set out to change the carpet industry in India. Our ultimate goal was to improve the lives of rural artisans while preserving their ancient craft. We knew that doing this would require changing the way business was being done at the time.

This was not an easy task and I admit that as a young person, I was quite naïve at the time. I believed that changing the way business had been done for so long would not be that difficult. Obviously, I was wrong but I don’t regret the passion with which I initiated my project.

When we are young, we do not let practical things blind us to the possibilities. We think with more open and clear minds. What an older, more experienced person might think of as foolish, young people openly embrace. Not every idea will work but where would we be if we were to dismiss any idea that was different from traditional thinking as crazy or impossible?

If we all approach things with a controlled and measured attitude, then there would be no progress in the world. Things might run smoothly with little to no bumps in the road but in the end, we would sacrifice making the big bold discoveries that change the world.

“Leaders who possess an open mind, who are driven by an insatiable curiosity, and who are more interested in what is right than who is right, tend to be much better leaders than those leaders who enjoy being the smartest person in the room,” writes leadership advisor Mike Myatt in Forbes magazine. “I’ve always said if you’re the smartest person in the room you’ve built the wrong team.”

When we hire staff at our company, one of the most important traits that a potential candidate can have is curiosity. Asking questions – no matter how small – demonstrates a type of humbleness and willingness to learn.

Too often, leaders and employees alike want to present a false image of themselves to the world. They feel insecure and want to make sure that people think they are the smartest. But just because one has a formal education does not mean they are wise.

The most intelligent people are those who are willing to say they do not know something. Asking questions, being curious and wanting to learn about different things shows that a person has the flexibility to embrace change.

When you can embrace change, then the possibilities are endless. These types of people have a view of the world that is much more tolerant. They are willing to take risks and make fools of themselves in the process. They are not afraid to appear naive.

While I have been in the business world for many years now, I still consider myself naïve. I am proud of this fact because it shows that I have a willingness to learn. I do not ever want to be the type of person who thinks he knows everything. In fact, as time goes on, I realize what little I do know.

My naiveté helps me look at things with fresh eyes and find new solutions to old problems. When leaders embrace their naiveté rather than pretend to know it all, that is when they really succeed.

Can business be a nourishment for the soul & elevate people to a higher purpose?

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Nourish the soul so your business can reach new heights

Nourish the soul so your business can reach new heights..
Business has traditionally been viewed solely as a means to make money. In that pursuit, those at leadership and management positions have worked hard to make their organizations successful at any cost with little to no regard to human value.

Because of this, many people feel a void within themselves that has become hard to fill with material things. Most people mistakenly feel that making a lot of money and buying more and more things will make them happy. They soon discover, however, that material things do little to feed the soul.

We can see so many ashrams or religious channels on TV trying to cater to this hunger that people feel. What I have observed is that the more people try to fill the void with fake or unauthentic dogma, the more these people move away from what they really need – other people.

As such, their minds become distorted and they do not realize what they should do. It is comparable to having a fever. When someone is sick with a fever, he or she does not know what to do. They only realize that they are suffering and that changes need to be made.

Medicines or ashrams will not heal this type of fever. The only cure for this is nourishing the soul. And the way to do that is through love. This is very simple and extremely difficult at the same time.

No one is born with preconceived notions about others. This happens with time and the influence of others in our life. There are some who look past differences and realize that everyone is the same no matter their position in life. For others, it is much more difficult and they always view anyone less educated, less wealthy or less refined than themselves as beneath them. People who have not realized the power of love are blinded by prejudices and distrust.

As a result, most business have lost sight of people. This makes no sense because it is people who are the soul and foundation of any organization. Transforming organizations from profit-centered to people-centered has innumerable benefits.

The trend today is for customers to patronize those businesses who focus more on doing good for everyone rather than just benefitting financially. People want to know that their hard-earned money is helping others rather than lining the pockets of those who already have more than their fair share.

Business can transform into people-centric organizations when people nourish their souls through love. Opening yourself up to other human beings, interacting with and learning from them is best way to do this. When you create an organization based on love, then people’s wounds heal and they can see others clearly.

Everyone has a story to tell and we should all listen carefully. When this happens, the old way of doing business will slowly die out. No business can compete with such an organization. By nourishing the soul, everyone’s efficiency and creativity reach higher levels – taking the entire organization with them.