Khalil Gibran’s “On Work”

A student of mine shared a poem with me early this morning. I started my day with a smile for two reasons: (a) a student thought to share it with her teacher (blessed); and (b) what i read was plain truth.

The below extract is from that poem. It is one of the many philosophical prose / poems of Khalil Gibran. Among the many famous works of Gibran, I am particularly a fan of “The Prophet” for it gives answers to many of our daily (so called) struggles. From the very interesting  piece titled “On Work”, I found myself reading the below passage over and over again. It captures in poetic form what many philosophers struggle to communicate. I couldn’t help but share it! Is that the power of Gibran has “on work”?

Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

This is only a small part of the poem / prose “On Work”. If you are inspired buy a copy of Gibran’s work and immerse yourself in the truths of life.

But remember “Work is love made visible”

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AMJ PDW IIM Bangalore 2018

The Academy of Management (AMJ) conducted the first Paper Development Workshop (PDW) in India last month. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore hosted this program on its beautiful campus. The two day event (17-18 February 2018) saw about 40 papers (in progress) presented by aspiring scholars desirous of publishing in the AMJ. I am so glad I was one of them. Thanks to AMJ Editorial Team and The IIMB organising team for all conceptualising and successfully organising this event. It gave all of us in attendance a great opportunity to receive feedback from the editors of this prestigious journal. It also gave us a chance to learn much about publishing at the highest level by listening to the reviews / comments / observations and suggestions offered on so many other papers.

Overall it was great learning for any management scholar! IIMB also organised for a short nature walk as a breakout from the intense discussions. It was a welcome break which offered some relaxation and opportunity for bonding. We made some new friends in the process. Here are some memories captured and shared by the AMJ and IIMB teams:

Thanks to the AMJ Editors and IIMB for providing a wonderful learning opportunity for Indian researchers. Hope more such events take place in India.

Meet Brajesh Singh – a passionate wildlife photographer

I am a teacher. I spend a lot of time with learners (of all ages), albeit mostly adults. Considering that they are pretty mature it is difficult to teach them. Hence much of my time is spent facilitating and inspiring these learners to manifest their learning. And since I teach and research – innovation and entrepreneurship, most of these discussions hover around “Passion“.

Most people believe they are passionate about something or the other. I don’t disagree, but often end up asking them to describe their passion. Many of them explain their interests and misunderstand that its their passion. So my suggestion to most such people is – “manifest your passion”.

And all of them ask – “How should we manifest passion?”

I met Brajesh Singh (http://brajeshsingh.in) recently in a Management Development Program (MDP) on Intrapreneurship. I was stumped when out of the blue he presented me a calendar. I thanked him and that night I realised that I saw the answer to the above question.

Here is a man who “manifested passion”. I spent much time that night looking and re-looking at the pictures in his calendar. Amazing is an understatement! It was his own calendar – the Brajesh Singh Calendar! Here is one photo of Brajesh Singh

BrajeshSingh Photo

So I spent the lunch next day (during the MDP) asking him so many questions. As he spoke I saw what “passion meant”. It was so easy to see that “wildlife photography” was his passion. Several colleagues of his joined us and appreciated his photographs and his passion. The way he spoke about wildlife and his reminisces of capturing photographs enthralled us. Sadly we had to stop and get back to our MDP sessions! But I had something to tell my students.

If you are passionate

  • clearly define it (Brajesh does not shoot any photo – he captures wildlife in the wild)
  • do something about it (Brajesh uses his camera, captures and shares it on his website – http://brajeshsingh.in)
  • take action and showcase it (goes on expeditions and captures photos; shares it on his website; joins other wildlife photographers; learns from those much younger than him)
  • create and share your passion in whatever way possible (Brajesh creates an annual calendar)
  • sustain it (Brajesh’s annual calendar is now in its sixth year)

 

Clearly Brajesh manifests passion. In today’s digital era, it is easy to manifest passion. So the next time you catch yourself talking about Passion – stop and take action! Manifest it.

I came away inspired. This is what happens when you meet a passionate soul. You can like his photography here too: https://www.facebook.com/BrajeshSinghsPhotography/

Thanks Brajesh! My passion is to teach and I took one more step in that direction by sharing your story with my students and readers. I manifested my passion!

If you (the reader) like reading this, do something about your passion now. Manifest it today!

Discarding before starting again

Before planning new projects (something that gets done during this time of the year) it is important to clear up the table (physical, electronic, and mental) before starting anything new.

A good way to do it is to “tidy up” your place – keep what’s useful; give away what you may not need any longer (but someone else may); and discard what is useless.

I tried doing this over the last weekend and I was surprised !!

Never realised how so many things got accumulated. So many papers, books, stationary, clothes and other things which I had not even looked up for months on end lay right there on my shelf and around my room. Removing them needed time as I had to look at each of them and decide if I would use it going further (in the next year). Honestly, a difficult question to answer. I felt like keeping every single one of them (telling myself how important it was). Thank God I had recently read a little book called “The art of discarding” by Nagisa Tatsumi (‘Suteru Gijyutsu’ in Japanese) and this helped me happily reason to myself and become freer in life.

Interestingly a day after the tidying project I find myself immensely productive. So if you are wondering how to spend your last week of the year – “decluttering your home or office” by discarding what may be unnecessary could be a great way to finish the year — and an even greater way to enter 2018. It might help you find a lot of things that could be more useful to others.

Think about it!

Why we must work on 02nd October?

Today is 02nd October 2017. In India we celebrate this as “Gandhi Jayanti” – to commemorate the birth anniversary of the “Father of our Nation” – Shri Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi). If you wish to know more about him, please look up here: https://www.gandhiheritageportal.org

The 02nd of October is generally a “holiday” in India. This year it is even more special because it falls on a Monday – (surprised?) – it makes this weekend what people refer to as “long weekend”. 🙂 So most people are on vacations and “getaways”.

A friend of mine and I decided to catch up to discuss work on a new research project that we have been wanting to kick-start since sometime now. As we met up and were discussing, another colleague of ours who saw us asked us “How we are celebrating Gandhi Jayanti?” – both of us smiled at each other! But after a second the immediate thought that occurred to me was – what better way to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, but work. After all, was not “Mahatma Gandhi” one of the biggest proponents of “Karma” (action)?

So here we were trying to spend some time of today doing action (karma). Thanks to my colleague who asked this question. It led to this rumination and satisfaction.

Engaging in “Karma” will act as a mark of respect to a man who worked much of his life and sacrificed much of his life, so that many of his fellow country – men and women; can have a life.

Happy Gandhi Jayanti!