Dr. Srikumar Rao
About Dr. Srikumar Rao - Best-selling Author and Business Speaker on Happiness at Work:
Dr. Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world discover deep meaning. His methods have enabled them to achieve quantum leaps in effectiveness. Graduates of his workshops have become more creative and more inspiring leaders. Above all they have developed an inner serenity, born of the knowledge that they will be able to appropriately handle whatever comes their way be it a small wave or a tsunami. They become resilient and bounce back nonchalantly from reverses that would floor most peers.
Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Rao is the author of Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life. The book is an international bestseller and has been translated into many languages and distributed in all continents. His latest book Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful - No Matter What, is also a business bestseller and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is also the creator and narrator of The Personal Mastery Program audio course.
Dr. Rao conceived the innovative course Creativity and Personal Mastery. Students found it so overwhelmingly powerful that it remains the only business school course in the world to have its own alumni association.
Dr. Rao’s work has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, Forbes, Business Week and dozens of other publications.
He is a powerful speaker and his talks are hosted on many sites including INC.com,TED.com and Thinkers 50 Interview. He has conducted workshops for and spoken before executives of Microsoft, Google, Merrill Lynch, McDonald’s, Chubb, IBM, United Airlines, Allstate, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of other companies.
What Dr. Srikumar Rao Talks About:
Becoming inspiring leader
Practically every one wants to be an ‘inspiring leader’. When asked who does want to be one, there is always a forest of upraised arms.
Wanting to be an inspiring leader is actually counter-productive. Digging down, it is simply a reflection of the desire to have others do what one would like them to do. It is all about ‘what I want’ and is inherently me-centered.
In Dr. Rao's book, becoming an inspiring leader is not an aspirational goal. It is a by-product. You have to be personally inspired by a grand vision, a vision that envisages a greater good for a greater community. Something that calls to you so strongly that you are willing to devote a big chunk of your life to bringing it about.
When you are personally inspired in this manner, and you learn to communicate your vision, then every one who comes in contact with you automatically becomes inspired in turn.
That is how one becomes an inspiring leader.
How to be happy
Happiness - We seek it here, we seek it there, and we’ve learnt to seek it everywhere like Frenchmen after the Scarlet Pimpernel. And yet this chimera eludes us with the facile grace of a chamois disappearing in craggy mountain heights. All of our activities – our pursuit of fame and fortune, our quest for meaningful relationships, and our drive to build or change things – are directed searches for this ephemeral state. We get there, but we can never heave a lasting sigh of relief because we leave before we are ready to.
What is ‘happiness’? Can it be a permanent member of our household rather than an itinerant visitor like Tagore’s Kabuliwallah?
It is indeed possible to greatly increase the pure joy we experience in life. But we have to give up many of our cherished mental models to do so.
How to be resilient
Perhaps the most important characteristic that determines whether or not a person succeeds in today’s business world is resilience – the ability to bounce back after setbacks.
Competition is global and can come from anywhere. An Internet start-up like Craig’s List decimated the classified advertising business for newspapers and drove many into bankruptcy and mergers. Upstarts like Uber and AirBnB are upending long established industries like taxis and hotels.
Setbacks happen faster, more often and are more serious in impact.
Resilience in such an environment is an essential survival skill. In extreme resilience you recover so fast that an external observer may not even notice that you have suffered a reverse.
This is a teachable skill and a learnable ability.