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The Professional

The Professional

Bagchi Subroto
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In the new era, where every person’s actions have the potential to have a global impact, we must redefine what it means to be a true professional. By common definition, a professional is someone who possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to do a job-whether it’s a top degree from a prestigious university or simply years of on-the-job training. For centuries, we have relied on this definition to help us determine who is capable and who is not, often assuming that the person with the most professional characteristics is the best for the job. But every day we see examples of so-called professionals who do more harm than good: a few irresponsible bankers whose get-rich-quick schemes led to a global financial meltdown; a once-respected hedge fund manager charged with running the world’s largest Ponzi scheme and robbing his clients of billions; a team of executives siphoning funds from their employees’ pension plans . . . the list goes on. All of these people had the qualities necessary to do their jobs well, but instead they chose to abuse and corrupt their professions for their own personal gain. So how can we weed out the best from the worst when the accepted standards are no longer enough, and when even the most powerful and respected among us cannot be trusted? According to businessman and bestselling author Subroto Bagchi, the first step is to redefine what it means to be a professional. Today, it takes more than just aptitude-it takes a commitment to do what’s right, not only for your business, but for society as a whole. The Professional outlines the explicit and implicit code of conduct. This is a must read for anyone looking for a little clarity in an increasingly blurry world.

Imprint: India Portfolio

Published: Aug/2011

ISBN: 9780670085958

Length : 256 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

The Professional

Bagchi Subroto

In the new era, where every person’s actions have the potential to have a global impact, we must redefine what it means to be a true professional. By common definition, a professional is someone who possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to do a job-whether it’s a top degree from a prestigious university or simply years of on-the-job training. For centuries, we have relied on this definition to help us determine who is capable and who is not, often assuming that the person with the most professional characteristics is the best for the job. But every day we see examples of so-called professionals who do more harm than good: a few irresponsible bankers whose get-rich-quick schemes led to a global financial meltdown; a once-respected hedge fund manager charged with running the world’s largest Ponzi scheme and robbing his clients of billions; a team of executives siphoning funds from their employees’ pension plans . . . the list goes on. All of these people had the qualities necessary to do their jobs well, but instead they chose to abuse and corrupt their professions for their own personal gain. So how can we weed out the best from the worst when the accepted standards are no longer enough, and when even the most powerful and respected among us cannot be trusted? According to businessman and bestselling author Subroto Bagchi, the first step is to redefine what it means to be a professional. Today, it takes more than just aptitude-it takes a commitment to do what’s right, not only for your business, but for society as a whole. The Professional outlines the explicit and implicit code of conduct. This is a must read for anyone looking for a little clarity in an increasingly blurry world.

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Bagchi Subroto

Subroto Bagchi is an author, business leader and entrepreneur. He graduated from Utkal University with a degree in political science. He was a clerk in the industries department of the Odisha government. He then worked for several software companies between 1981 and 1999, in different departments such as marketing, operations and sales. Bagchi is a co-founder of Mindtree Ltd. Some of Bagchi's famous books include The Elephant Catchers: Key Lessons for Breakthrough Growth, MBA at 16: A Teenager's Guide to the World of Business and Professional: Defining the New Standard of Excellence at Work.

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