Dr S Kulachandra Singh
Swami Vivekananda, the great inspirer has solutions for all problems. His guidelines on all issues are eternal and applicable for all times. It was his hope that India would show how spirituality and science could be combined to promote material prosperity and moral excellence. The purpose of life is to be rich, both materially and spiritually. Mere affluence is not enough, man has to be human too.
Swami Vivekananda incessantly. advocated the message : “All power is within you, you can do anything and everything.” He demonstrated the efficacy of this message throughout his life. Swami Vivekananda says that whosoever follows his message will imbibe his spirit. In one of his letters Swami Vivekananda writes :
I only tell you this that whoever reads this letter will imbibe my spirit! Have faith! … I feel as if somebody is moving my hand to write this way..
The French Nobel Laureate Ronain Rolland says about Swami Vivekananda’s message.
“I can’t touch these sayings of his without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks, what transports, must have been produced when in burning words they were issued from the lips of the hero.”
Four types of people
Every one of us is endowed with competence to perform a task and also commitment to complete an assignment. We can broadly categorize people into four types based on their competence and commitment as : People with –
a) low commitment and low competence.
b) high commitment and low competence.
c) low commitment and high competence.
d) high commitment and high competence.
This classification may appear to be rudimentary as we cannot classify people in water-tight compartments. Here competence and commitment which are the yard sticks in the field of management are used as a frame work and Swami Vivekananda’s formulas are used as pointers for growth and development on the competence-commitment matrix.
Competence are skills and attitudes demonstrated to meet requirements of specific tasks. It is an underlying characteristic of an individual which is related to effective or superior performance.
It is sincere and steadfast fixity of our purpose. This is an act of binding oneself to a course of action. Commitment is a message that makes a pledge.
The Commitment winning formula of Swami Vivekananda as a nuclus.
Let us now analyse each of the four types of people as classified above.
a) People with low commitment and low competence : This segment needs overall development of competence as well as commitment. These people cannot be entrusted with every responsibility. They need constant monitoring, guidance and correction of course. They retard an orgnaisation’s progress if left to their own style of working. These are like colourless and odourless flowers. They are simple in nature.
b) People with high commitment and low competence : There are typically workaholic who work very hard. They work with commitment day in and day out. But they may not attain success easily due to lack of competence. These people need smart and efficient training to promote their growth quickly. their low competence does not make them shining stars and often they are useful only to accomplish some routine and repetitive jobs. They cannot be readily spotted but can be noted for their commitment only when one observes them very closely. These are like colourless flowers but with excellent fragrance.
c) People with high competence and low commitment : These people are extraordinary brilliant and have excellent competence. But their commitment lie elsewhere. Their Charisma of competence readily brings them into limelight. But by coming nearer and observing thus closely one can notice that they do not have any commitment. These are like flowers with beautiful colours but no fragrance.
d) People with high commitment and high competency : These blessed people are a gift of God. More such people more the glory they bring to humanity. Their competency makes them shine in limelight and people who come closer to them can clearly perceive their qualities of commitment. There are like flowers with beautiful colours and excellent fragrance
Seven Role Models
Seven role models are described below who have high commitment and high competence
1. Subhash Chandra Bose : A strong and brave person.
There were several leaders who scarificed their lives to get freedom for India. All those freedom fighters had very high commitment and were hard working, awakened and filled with love for the country. Subhas Chandra Bose got the title of Netaji and his name has adorned the pages of the World history. It was because of his commitment to the task of brining freedom to the country. He was a great admirer of Swami Vivekananda. He went to Japan and formed the Indian National Army (INA) in 1943. The year 1945 witnessed the INA, waging a war from the North East of our country. He inspired his army with the battle “ Dilli Chalo”.
2. Sir M. Visveswaraya : a distinguished engineer endowed with humanism.
What happens when competence and commitment go together can be seen clearly from the life of Visveswarayya. As an engineer, he achieved some marvelous feats. He was the architect of the Krishnarja Sagara dam in Mysore.
His simplicity of life, honesty and integrity were as powerful as his competency in the engineering field in making him respectable. When the Maharaja of Mysore appointed him as his Dewan he worked tirelessly for educational and industrial development of the State.
He voluntarily retired as Dewan of Mysore in 1918. He was Honoured with Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his invaluable contribution to the nation.
3. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan : A teacher who will be remembered forever.
If commitment has to enhance competence it should play the role of an enabling force and not a retarding one. His life illustrate the miracles that can happen if commitment plays an enabling role for the competence. His life illustrates the miracles that can happen if commitment plays an enabling role for the competence. His commitment towards improving the education system. propogation of Indian philosophy across the world and brining peace and harmony glorified his competence. He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 1954. He was elected president of India in 1962. His life shows how even an ordinary, poor teacher can rise to the presidentship of a nation when such a person is endowed with competence and commitment.
(To be Contd )
Dr S Kulachandra Singh