Monday, February 6, 2012

The Servant as Leader


by Eduardo Herrera,
Second-year MBA, Corporate Finance Academy

I had always wanted to participate in GLOBASE India program and gain experience in working towards rural development. This spring break, I will have a chance to work with my team on the ground to help make a  difference. Since our kick-off meetings in early January, all the teams have been hard at work in their respective projects. We all have been working very closely with CORD’s leadership team (The Chinmaya Organization of Rural Development) through several conference calls in order for us to understand and scope our projects to best fit our recommendations to their needs.

The most important aspect of all of this is that even though we are four teams working on four “different” projects, we are all working together for one common goal: to serve CORD and all the great work they are doing. We identified areas of opportunity in which projects may overlap so that we align our teams to work together to increase our level of engagement within the different projects and also increase the possibilities of delivering actionable and sustainable recommendations across all of the projects for our partner.

It is a challenge to have this type of interactions due to the fact that you have to work through technical and cultural barriers, which in many ways, clearly resonates to the fact that it does not get any more real than this. In a globalized business world, you have to be ready to face uncertainty, understand that you will not have all the information at hand and have to be able to work with what is available. We are gaining valuable consulting experience and in the process, we are helping the Kelley School of Business solidify its footprint with CORD and India. But most importantly, we are here to serve CORD and all it stands for.

Next week, we will be hosting Narender Paul, Sr. Program Manager for CORD. Having Narender visit Bloomington will not only provide an excellent opportunity to help raise awareness and spread the word on the great work CORD is doing, but will help us continue to build a long-lasting relationship with CORD and their members, well beyond the confines of the classroom environment at the Kelley School of Business. We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to meet him in person and work side-by-side with him during his stay.

Until our next post, I leave you with the words of Swami Tejomayananda, worldwide Head of Chinmaya Mission: “CORD is a bond of love and understanding, encouraging a process of sharing which enriches both the giver and the receiver.”

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