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This new book helps you to understand yourself better as a professional, encouraging you to test your mettle and assess your work
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First Published: Sun, Jan 13 2013. 05 09 PM IST
The Professional Companion: How to Make the Best of Your Workplace Skills: By Subroto Bagchi, Portfolio Penguin, 223 pages, Rs399.
The Professional Companion: How to Make the Best of Your Workplace Skills: By Subroto Bagchi, Portfolio Penguin, 223 pages, Rs399.
Updated: Sun, Jan 13 2013. 05 21 PM IST
What we know to be correct and helpful in theory is not necessarily part of our daily practice. But to achieve the sort of professional excellence one aspires for at the workplace, sometimes you need to hold up a mirror to yourself to see where you are and where you’re headed.
Author Subroto Bagchi’s latest book, The Professional Companion: How to Make the Best of Your Workplace Skills, is that mirror.
Bagchi’s earlier book on the subject, The Professional: Defining the New Standard of Excellence at Work, redefined the term professional—spelling out the correct aptitude, attitude, the skills needed, the principles, rules, and plans of action that can help an individual be a successful professional, even ethics in the workplace. In his new book, Bagchi adopts a more hands-on, do-it-yourself, workbook format that allows for some self-assessment. These are exercises and quizzes that encourage you to test your mettle and understand yourself better as a professional.
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Bagchi, co-founder of the information technology solutions company MindTree, took over as its chairman in early 2012. His other previous works include Go Kiss the World: Life Lessons for the Young Professional and The High-Performance Entrepreneur.
In a chapter titled “Making an Effective Job Change”, Bagchi urges a professional to take a 30-question quiz that can help. What you should know about a company, your own expectations, whether the change will help you to leverage your career—Bagchi’s quiz will help you to examine your decision from every angle possible. Edited excerpts:
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First Published: Sun, Jan 13 2013. 05 09 PM IST