I learnt to distinguish between the ‘Right’ and the ‘Wrong’
Being a research assistant at SOIL was not easy because each time you accomplish a task the expectation levels would have raised and this is a kind of pre stressing which actually trains you to withstand higher loads during the future. As rightly said by Jeffrey Pfeffer “Your most important task as a leader is to teach people how to think and ask the right questions so that the world doesn’t go to hell if you take a day off.” Under the leadership & guidance of Neetika Ma’am there is an ocean of knowledge which can be learnt and passed on. I always felt that learning is a continuous assignment for any individual and so we must always keep our cup empty and be thirsty for more and more knowledge at all times. As I think about the days spent at SOIL being a research assistant, I truly admire the learning experience it provided which I could readily apply in all spheres of my present life.
When I compare what I am today and what I used to be a year and a half ago, I can see the tremendous amount of change that has occurred to me. I was a very shy person, full of energy and ideas but did not have the skill to channelize the energies in the right direction. What I have learnt from SOIL as a research assistant is much more than the achievements I have had in my whole life. As a person I have learnt to manage time because we had to be responsible for our research while continuing our learning journey. Through the work done as a research assistant I have been able to visualize and understand the concepts explained in various management subjects. In fact it has helped to focus better at academics. I learnt to distinguish between the right and the wrong and support my arguments with factual data. I learnt the art of being a creator of commitment and energy in work environment.
In the present era, there is a splurge of information, but in spite of all these we are not able to actualize business and human potential, because we have not inculcated the right culture. Culture encompasses the personal traits of Self–Organizing, Self-Motivating and Self-management, Decentralization, Empowerment, Teamwork and Collaboration. I am blessed that at SOIL I have been able to inculcate the right culture which is critical for the success of an individual as well as for the organization.