BOOK REVIEW<br />“LIVING WITH HONOUR”<br />WHAT’S EASY TO SEE IS EASY TO MISS<br />-2540043180<br />PRESENTED BY:-<br />MD. KASHIF REZA KHAN<br />SEC-C<br />ROLL NO-19(T-6163)<br />PGDM-2010-12<br />CONTENTS<br /><ul><li>INTRODUCTION
CONCLUSION</li></ul>ABOUT AUTHOR<br />Shiv khera is the founder of qualified learning systems inc. USA. An educator, Business Consultant, and successful entrepreneur, he is also a much sought-after speaker. <br />He inspires and informs people, helping them to realize their true potential. He has taken his dynamic personal message to opposite sides of the globe, from the US to Singapore. His 25 years of research, understanding and experience have helped people on the path of personal growth and fulfillment. <br />He has been recognized as “Louis Marchesi Fellow” by Round Table Foundation, an award given to mother Teresa, among others. Lions club international has honoured Mr. Khera with “lifetime achievement award” for the cause of “Humanitarian service to the society” in 2003.<br />He is also author of the international bestseller book “YOU CAN WIN”, which has sold over eighty thousand copies in eight languages.<br />His trademark is<br />“Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently.”<br />1-INTRODUCTION<br />If you got all the wealth in the world and lose the soul-is it worth having?<br />The book is about living with honour-just what the title says. What is easy to see is easy to miss too. Before looking for answer, we need to ascertain that we have the right questions. The greatest ignorance is not to be aware of one’s ignorance .such ignorance cannot pass as innocence. And prompt action goes together. The objective of taking a courageous stand is to resolve challenges rather than prolong indecisions. <br />Honourable living is about accomplishment not just achievement. Honour and honourable living has many dimensions. It relates to individual, professional and social. All these dimensions are interconnected and influence each other. Weakness in any area could disrupt living with respect and dignity. A society is nothing but collection of individuals. The collective behavior of individuals is called culture. Generally, culture influences individual behavior occasionally a strong individual emerges from the same culture and changes the direction of that culture for eternity.<br />In order to live with honour we need to define the two words:<br />HONOUR:-is to live with dignity<br />HONOURABLE:-is to be worthy of respect<br />Honourable living involves a sense of humanity. In order to live with dignity we need to have a sense of:<br /><ul><li>Fairness-leads to justice
Integrity-leads to trust</li></ul>The biggest advantage of honorable living is that it gives meaning of life. A person feels complete, fulfilled and gratified which is the ultimate objective of an honourable person.<br />2-PRINCIPLES OF HONOUR<br />(IDEAS AND IDEALS)<br />Values are naturally belongs to our lives. They add to the strength of our character and the righteousness of our beliefs. All of us are entrusted with the duty of being promoters and protectors of values.<br />VALUES ARE UNIVERSAL AND ETERNAL:-<br />Truths don’t change with time and calendar.<br />Through generations, some values have crystallized as eternal and universal which give us our clear “do’s and don’ts”. Today’s relative concept says, “Everything is OK. What’s right for me, may not right for you.” If values are subjective and they change person to person and situation to situation, then they are not values at all. In science, we look for theories and laws. In commercial world we look for guiding principles. Why, Then, should we not look for universal benchmarks for values? <br />Whatever business or profession we may be in, unless we have clear quality standards and bench-marks, how can we ever achieve them? Similarly unless we have universal benchmarks for values and ethics how can we ever meet them? The question is, how do we set those universal benchmark? I heard the story of a old lady and a young boy waiting for bus.<br /><ul><li>Consistency:-
Consistency is value based behavior. Consistency does not mean repeating the same behavior all the time. It means behaving in the same way under similar situations. Consistency leads to reliability. If under ten similar situation, a person behaves in ten different ways-he becomes unpredictable and in turn-unreliable.
Character is about honour. It is the sum total of many qualities which reflect values. It is about integrity, honesty, ethics, conscience, loyalty, mental toughness, courage and consistency. it is a composite of qualities, not a commodity.
The integrity of a person is not measured by his status or profession but by his conduct. It demands a clear-cut distinction between wrong and right with n grey areas in between. Integrity combined with enthusiasm and determination makes for honourable living.
“A person with integrity is a one-man army.”</li></ul>When a person compromises his values, he not only loses the respect of others, but most importantly, he loses respect for himself. The lack of integrity cannot be compensated by any other quality of body and mind. The greatest virtue that people look for each other is integrity. Test yourself by asking, if the world were watching me, would I still act the way I do?” the answer to that would bring clarity about your stand on values.<br />What is difference between integrity and honesty<br />Integrity is a core value, whereas honesty or dishonesty is habit.<br />People who constantly practice telling the truth, get caught the first time they tell a lie. Reverse it. People who constantly tell lies, get caught the first time they tell the truth. a person may be honest but could be lacking integrity. a teacher once asked a student, son, if you found a wallet……showed lack of integrity.<br />.<br />3-FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS<br />Ethics:-<br />Ethics is a commitment to a higher order of moral values and an ability to distinguish right from wrong. Ethical people set standard in behavior and maintain the trust and respect of those around them.<br />Loyalty:-<br />Loyalty is the hallmark of strong character in the same way as a tree is as strong as its roots. Loyalty calls for readiness for sacrifice. A sense of loyalty generates a sense of loyalty in all relationships generates a sense of belonging.<br />Leave your comfort zone:-<br />Mental strength lies in taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone. The result is that you change your status from being a spectator to being a player.<br />Channel fear in right direction:-<br />Fear is a natural body reaction in the face of danger. Fear is like fire-under control it is useful, but uncontrolled, it can destroy.<br />An honourable person is:<br /><ul><li>Bold but not a bully
4-LEADERS OR MISLEADERS</li></ul>“GOOD LEADERS GUIDE, BAD LEADER MISGUIDE”<br />There is an ancient Indian story about the mother who asked her guide, “is life tough?” the guide said, “yes it is .but, if you do the right thing the end is better than the beginning.”<br />The mother looked at her children and thought to herself, “nothing could be better than seeing these kids grow up to be good adults with the right values.” <br />At last the children said to one another “a mother like ours, even in passing away is not a memory, but a presence. She may be invisible but she is always by our side.”<br />That’s leadership- it’s leaving a legacy-a legacy that prepares others to carry on with courage, determination, and ability to see the larger picture.<br />True leader ship is the ability to be a catalyst for change, to inspire and persuade people to fallow the righteous path. A leader puts ideas into people’s mind and inspires them in to action. Empowering one’s followers rather than controlling them is the hallmark of true leadership.<br />A true leader works at creating more leaders, not followers. A leader inculcates in people the desire to carry on the mission after he is gone. It takes internal security and competence to create new leaders. Leadership is another name for moving confidently on a firm foundation.<br />WHAT IS LEADERSHIP<br />Leadership is not about making emotional speeches and leading demonstrations. Leadership involves trust. And only those inspire trusts who have the ability to subordinate their ego to the greater good. Mahatma Gandhi, had no guns or money, but he had the power to move hundreds of millions of people.<br />One of the strongest desires that a follower has is to be identified with his leader.<br />Leadership is not only demonstrated in the battlefield or in times of crisis but in everyday deeds. For example:<br /><ul><li>A mother raising four kinds kids on a small income.
Parents teaching good values to their children.
A person helping the elderly or invalid to cross the street.
The challenges of daily living can be daunting. But leadership is not about quitting. It is about creating the right environment and building the right spirit. Leadership is about respecting the spirit of action and standing for cause.
Pseudo leaders are generally without conscience. Their greed prompts them to indulge in misdeeds, causing irreparable damage to society. Pseudo leaders are more like partners in crime. They trust each other only out of convenience and self-interest and prey on each other during times of crises. </li></ul> <br />5-Leaders are forever<br /><ul><li> (Leave a legacy)
Leaders who leave legacy are those start out on their journey with great ideas and a deep sense of commitment. Genuine leaders think not only of today but tomorrow and the day after. Such leaders change the course of history.
“Just like cream rises above the Milk, Leaders Emerge.”
Leadership is about taking initiative and being accountable.
By definition, leadership means having the power, whether institutionalized or informal, to lead. The question is, where does a leader get power from?
This flows from our value systems, beliefs, courage, conviction and integrity.
The winning combination of leadership is personality and principles put together, In other words, charisma and character. The same principles apply in our personal life. We get married to personality, but we have to live with the character.
When a person feels that they got what they deserve because that’s what they earned- that’s pride.
The champion when he wins the gold wears it with great pride. He doesn’t say I don’t deserve it. Athletes spend 15 years training for 15 seconds of performance. They never say I don’t deserve it. But they have humility to give credit to hose behind scene.
People say, “I keep myself. I do want have nothing to do with politics. I don’t want to be involved.” How absurd? We are already involved, by not being involved. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the education our kids get, the taxes we pay, the medicine we take, our very existence is the result of politics. How then we cannot be involved? We are already involved- either by choice either by default.</li></ul>6-TEACHING HONOUR<br /> (Influence Eternity)<br />The youth of a country are the leaders of tomorrow. The future judges, the generals, the politicians and the doctors-are sitting in the school and college of today. The future of the nation depends on their knowledge, their characters, skills and their preparedness or lack if it.<br />We cannot prepare the future for our youth but we can certainly prepare our youths for the future.<br />This is where caring parents, teachers and custodians of society need to get involved. It is without doubt important for children to get good academic training but the values parent teach their children are more important for real success.<br />It is a parent’s duty towards society to make his child valuable member of that society.<br />The real end of any education is to build character and help develop good citizens for tomorrow.<br />The nine hallmarks of an educated person<br />1-educated person thinks clearly and logically, live honorably and live honorably and courageously.<br />2-they keenly aware that responsibilities have higher priorities than privileges;<br />3-they realize that their learning never complete; that life is a never-ending process of growth.<br />4-they understand that simplicity is the essence of beauty.<br />5-they understand that great ideas are more permanent than great wealth.<br />6-they recognize that curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.<br />7-they welcome, respect and enjoy new challenges, different culture.<br />8-educated persons are those who thirst for additional knowledge, hunger for more truth.<br />9-they recognize their limitations but focus on the possibilities.<br />A TEACHER AFFECTS ETERNITY.<br />In ancient India, a student would live with his teacher as a member of his family. The teacher took on the entire responsibility of shaping his student in lieu of fees. To the student, the teacher’s status was akin to that god. Learning cannot take place without respect for teacher. A teacher can be mother, a schoolmaster, or a principal.<br />CONCLUSION<br />After reading this book I have learned the meaning of honourable life, behavior, character, honesty, ethics and courage, How to behave to our self respect our parents our teachers. I learned how to be good and influential leader, social responsibilities. We learned how to recognize pseudo leader and true leader, causes of degradation of social values, difference between integrity and honour etc.<br />