Box 1 - Mindfulness - Cultivating High Level of Self Awareness & Wisdom
It was an era of 1980s. There were only a few people in India who had triumphed in the commerce industry. That was the time where being a businessman was merely a dream, that too a scary one. During that period a boy started a small mill of clothes. He dreamed of becoming a big and successful personality, create a golden future for himself. The boy was passionate, audacious and had a knack for business. He had the talent to grasp the complexities of the business effortlessly.
He started observing the global market, researching its need and the future. He had creativity and was not afraid to do something different, take risks. He could see the future possibilities. In the 1980s, when Information Technology was in its very early stage, the lad perceived possibilities of hidden growth in the field. Despite having no background in IT, he set up an IT company. The date was 24th June 1987. The young person was Raju Ramalinga and the organisation was Satyam Computer Services.
Raju launched the company, Satyam Computer Services in 1987 with only twenty people. By 2008, he had established himself as the largest IT company in India. The company expanded to around sixty-six countries in the world, employing over fifty-three thousand individuals. The entire business sector saluted Raju for his success. In 1999, an organisation named, 'Earnest & Young' awarded Raju Ramalinga the title of 'The Most Successful Businessman.' In 2002, he also received the honour of Asia Business Leader. In 2008, Raju was bestowed with the Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Governance. In this way, Ramalinga Raju wrote a new chapter of success through Satyam.
But one day everything changed suddenly. One news shook the whole world. A person triumphing all the walks of life was put behind bars. On 7th January 2009, Raju was imprisoned on the charges of forgery. The name of Satyam Computers became Satyam Scam and became the largest audit hoax of the country at that time.
Later Rau confessed in the court that he did misappropriate the accounts of the company for a very long time to earn profits. The CID informed the court that only forty thousand employees worked in Satyam company. During the audit, Raju showcased fifty-three thousand employees working for the company. In this way, Raju used to transfer the salary of these thirteen thousand fake employees in his account every month, which was about ₹ 20 crores.
Apart from this, Raju diverted crores of rupees to the companies named after his son, Mayta Infra and Mayta Properties, without the knowledge of investors. According to SEBI, through fraudulent means, 6 crore investors were looted by Satyam's taxpayers which accounted for almost ₹ 7800 crores. It was a scam that could not be pulled in a day. With the help of auditors, Raju had been shaming for several years. In the end, he was sentenced for seven years.
Why do you think Ramalinga Raju pulled such a scam?
We can put forth numerous reasons for this, but we shall focus on one important reason with the help of ‘Five Box Leadership Development Model’. Many times negative emotions become powerful in life, destroying our equilibrium. To be a good leader, we must be conscious of this negativity and work through it by practising mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness is the most fundamental part of the ‘Five Box Leadership Development Model’. In simple words, the entire ‘Five Box Leadership Development Model’ stands on the concept of mindfulness.
In the context of Leadership, mindfulness means, 'As a leader, you are completely mindful or alert towards your feelings, thoughts and behaviour and you can envisage the future of your decisions. Whatever you do, it is based on your wisdom. You are able to control your negative feelings and in every decision, you consider the welfare of the people associated with you.'
It is a good thing to have a 'desire to earn money' but greed destroys everything. Unfortunately, when the aspiration of earning money becomes insatiable, the line between sanity and insanity is blurred, and the same happened with Ramalinga Raju. When Satyam Computer Services started, it was an authentic, noble dream to create the biggest company in the computer sector, but things started to derail in the course of time. Positive emotions, thoughts and behaviour began to disappear, instead of them greed, negative emotions, thoughts and behaviour became powerful. Greed began to surface and a noble dream came to an end. That is why it is very crucial to train in mindfulness to become a paramount leader.
Workshops based on ‘The Five Box Leadership Development Model’ work on three tools of mindfulness.
Apart from this, there are many activities and exercises of mindfulness, which provide clarity in our thoughts, feelings and conduct, as a leader. By practising these, we can yield simple, loving and better results as leaders.
Following are some of the important topics taught about mindfulness in the workshop based on ‘The Five Box Leadership Development Program.’
1. Definition of mindfulness in relation to leadership
2. Creating a golden future with the help of Mindfulness
3. Eliminating mental problems with the aid of mindfulness
4. Art of living in the present
5. To identify with one's intuition
6. Experience 'No Mind' apart from the conscious and subconscious mind
7. Controlling internal representation (Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic) with mindfulness
8. Freedom from beliefs and perceptions with the assistance of mindfulness
In the next blog, we shall discuss the second box i.e. 'ideology'.
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‘Enjoy Your Life & Live with Passion!’
(A 5-day Leadership Development Workshop is organized in the corporate industry based on ‘The Five Box Leadership Development Model’. In this series of blogs, we will deliberate upon each box in ‘The Five Box Leadership Development Model’)
(This blog is originally written in Hindi by the Master Trainer Sandip Shirsat and later translated in English by Zeba Ali.)
Executive Leadeship Coach & Trainer, Founder & CEO of IBHNLP
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