Six Lenses: Vignettes of Success, Career and Relationships
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Almost with a touch of philosophy, yet firmly grounded in the reality of business and national affairs, the author argues that 'there is no reality, only perceptions of reality.' Perceptions influence our thoughts and actions and these, in turn, are influenced by the 'lenses' through which we see the world. There are six such lenses: purpose, authenticity, courage, trust, luck and fulfilment. R. Gopalakrishnan uses, as examples, the lives of 'ordinary people' to illustrate his view. By rotating the lenses, Gopal attempts to understand what success in career and life really means. While biographies of celebrities are inspiring to read, they are often read like dramatic fairy tales-out of the scope of an average person. But in Six Lenses, Gopalakrishnan narrates the stories of Plus (people like us)-as he likes to call them-from business and society, whom he has known during his illustrious career. He elucidates the extraordinary lessons that can be learnt from everyday experiences and shows how, by altering our perceptions, we can better overcome the challenges we face at work and in family matters. Thought-provoking, profound and questioning, Six Lenses will make you look at your life and career in a different light.
to many people. I asked the question: ‘What words come to your mind when you judge what a successful and fulfilling life is?’ The responses had to be one or two words only, not long sentences. I got a huge number of words and expressions in response. I wrote down the adjectives and nouns used by individuals to represent their concept of success and fulfilment in life. I then categorised them into single words which I, as a person, could make sense of. That is how I conceived of the model of six
affection. Life often seems to bestow its bounties at the wrong time on the wrong people. Banks lend to those who are creditworthy, which means that they have quite a lot of money to repay. Good and rich food is easily accessible to well-fed folk, who use gymnasiums and weight-loss plans regularly. When one is of the age and has the inclination to go on a honeymoon, one is most likely strapped for cash. And when one has the cash one may not be in the age bracket for a honeymoon. My grown-up
not understand how they did so. She was like putty in the sense that as a child, she would feel depressed at the deteriorating condition of her uncle, but the adult in her was called upon to radiate positive energy rather than transmit negative feelings of depression. In fact, Geeta was sent away from her grandparents’ home to school in another city, partly to save her young psyche the duality of living with completely opposite emotions with respect to her uncle. When Ramraju finally died, she
might be able to offer because he cannot even arrive on time. How on earth could he be a potential candidate to join my firm? His Need: To find a technically competent and disciplined candidate for his firm or department. Thus: He is furious and takes the decision not to consider that late-comer of a candidate. Afterwards the situation and analysis looked like this. Situation: The director was on a rushed trip to hire a suitable candidate for the firm or his department. His Perception: This
stories of guests and staff— of a couple about to celebrate their wedding, a British-Cypriot shipping magnate whose state-of-the-art yacht was docked in front of the hotel, and a young Taj employee who survived because of a stranger’s phone call. The city of Mumbai was shocked, indeed the whole world was mesmerised with the huge bad luck faced by the hotel employees, the innocent people killed and the many injured. Call it bad days or bad luck, it was an experience of horrific proportions.