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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Professional by Subroto Bagchi. The Professional by Subroto Bagchi. A manifesto on what it takes to be a true professional in the modern world. By common definition, a professional is anyone who possesses the skills and knowledge necessary for a career-whether as a surgeon, a software engineer, or a plumber. But according to Subroto Bagchi, our increasingly global marketplace demands more.
In a world where the foolish, selfish, and uneth A manifesto on what it takes to be a true professional in the modern world. In a world where the foolish, selfish, and unethical decisions of a few have affected the lives of millions, The Professional urges readers to act responsibly and reexamine "business as usual". By exploring a variety of professional dilemmas across many industries, Bagchi defines the qualities of true professionals and the attributes that separate them from the merely competent.
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Oct 14, Kumar Jayant rated it liked it. Subroto Bagchi has though strived to give an inviolable structure to book and once you are done with the book you realise how fantastically have the chapters been placed except that some of them barely carry substance in them. One starts to get the feel of a refined Bagchi, the much more experienced and learned Bagchi who had is best saved for the last.
The initial high though wanes and the ride becomes unexciting and banal as one goes along the book. I might not be the most educated or best exposed when it comes to leadership and fundamental of it especially when placed opposite Mr. Bagchi but there is one quality which has been sworn on by most modern thinkers and that is the quality of being unassuming , being humble and these perfectly resonate with me. Jim Collins in his paper Level 5 leadership defines a level 5 leader as one who builds an enduring greatness with his personal humility and professional will.
The great Marvin Bower in Will to Lead classifies Unassuming Behaviour as one of the primary tenets of being a leader. With this book Mr. Bagchi has done a bare minimum to justify this. With a very high regularity he has tried to inject it among the readers that Mindtree is the most professional institution created across Globe ever and he the best professional. He has exalted and exemplified himself and Mindtree with such regularity that it starts to get onto your nerves.
Bagchi does not really talk about the people reporting into him but him and just him. A few chapters in the book like the one on Vision and another one on Affective Regard are so aloof, they seem extremely force fitted, bereft of any engaging narrative. When I was done with around 3 quarters of the book, I started to ponder if the book is really meant for any professional or just an IT professional? The examples are so IT services laced that for someone who has never seen that way of life will probably never be able appreciate the essence of the writing.
To me NRN and Nandan Nilekani epitomise professionalism and wealth creation for most middle class Rajat Gupta too featured in that list until recent past! So lost in his grandiose is Mr. Bagchi that while writing a complete chapter on Mavens, Connectors and Evangelists he has not spared a single syllable to acknowledge the legendary work of Malcolm Gladwell — the man who has so delightfully written on the Mavens, Connectors and Salesmen in the Tipping Point or is it just plain plagiarism, I would though never put in question the veracity in Mr.
Going further, the book just labours to conclude and has no real meat. It proceeds like a well thought employee manual for Code and Conduct of Professional ethics for young professionals and in parts reminds me of the elaborate manual which Infosys handed out to each of the incoming GETs.
Unlike some die hard Bagchi fans, I will never recommend this book to be a mandatory reading among young professionals or about to be professionals, the best I can do it is put it under the list of suggested reading. To my mind, in order to develop world class professionals and leaders we need to offer a global outlook and this book is certainly does not offer it. I often tell one of my best friends and mentor at work that my respect for him is intermittent but adoration is permanent and that holds just as well for Subroto Bagchi.
I think I will just wait for the Best of Bagchi to come. To my mind he still has plenty to offer and he still has saved the best for the last! Sep 15, Ramakrishnan M rated it really liked it.
Another excellent book by Subroto Bagchi. Written in a simple and effective style, this book is a quick guide on what aspects a "professional" needs to bear in mind.
As usual, Subroto Bagchi draws inspiration and quotes not just from business but a lot from life. In fact, one of the first examples we read is about a person who handles unwanted corpses in Bangalore.
Only Bagchi could connect professionalism with such a mundane, absolutely-not-sexy subject. Throughout the book we see examples from Another excellent book by Subroto Bagchi. Throughout the book we see examples from a variety of people - lawyers, doctors, cops, etc.
Some of it is quite basic I frequently hear these messages in townhalls and meetings, if i am not talking about them myself. Having said that, such messages are valid, important and impactful. So it does make sense to read and re-iterate to oneself. I continue to be a big fan of Bagchi's writing. Jan 19, Clare Cannon rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. I'm absolutely impressed with the qualities this books asserts as those of a true professional, and each one is explained with poignant examples that leave no room for doubt about what is the right thing to do.
The only point to consider is that so many of the examples are set in India that one gets the impression that the book was intended for a local audience, though its themes are universal. View 1 comment. The writer basically trying to keep more focus on the today's competitive word and the most important attribute of a professional "integrity".
The small real life examples on different aspect of today's world is really make the book wonderful. The best part is the book is written on targeting all type of audiences who are entering to the business world.
Feb 25, Sendhilkumar Alalasundaram rated it really liked it. Being a professional goes beyond having an academic qualification, as a matter of fact, a professional need not even possess an academic degree! Subroto Bagchi's idea of a professional is pretty comprehensive and one we could all try to live up to! I'd especially recommend this book to people who are in the formative years of their professional journey! Dec 14, Arun Kumar rated it really liked it. See the book and its professional appearance; pick it up — and its weight settles assuringly in your hand; flip through it — it has quality paper with lucid printing; scan its contents — nowhere do you find rooftop calls.
When did you last come across a book that practised what it preached? This is not a book about success. It is not about reaching the pinnacle called loneliness. It is not about lateral thinking. It is not about getting past others. It is not about getting-one-past others. It is not about manoeuvring in the tight corporate corridors. It is not about manipulating unmanageable people. The book has four prologues, three epilogues, and seven chapters in between.
Writers of today would like to claim that you can make your beginning anywhere in their book, meaning you are welcome anywhere, anytime. Not so Subroto Bagchi. Why Mr. Bagchi, there are books which do nothing but preach, and they sell by the million!
The Professional. Subroto Bagchi. From richly varied experiences, Bagchi explains how to conduct one's career with both intelligence and integrity. This fine book will command a deservedly wide readership. Bagchi's first best-selling book, The High-Performance Enterpreneur, shared his story of building a company. His second best-seller, Go Kiss the World, was the story of his life, a motivation to young people that anyone can achieve. Most importantly, he asks and gives answers to the toughest question every professional faces: Is what Iam going to do now, faced with a difficult decision and multiple options, the professional choice to make?
A manifesto on what it takes to be a true professional in the modern world. By common definition, a professional is anyone who possesses the skills and knowledge necessary for a career-whether as a surgeon, a software engineer, or a plumber. But according to Subroto Bagchi, our increasingly global marketplace demands more. By exploring a variety of professional dilemmas across many industries, Bagchi defines the qualities of true professionals and the attributes that separate them from the merely competent.