Saturday, June 17, 2017

How to Plan Your Project for Success

How you can make a difference in the lives of the people you feel concerned about?

As a Rotarians we face with numerous issues and problems around our neighbourhood, in our community, and unlike 80 percent of the people who would like to crib and complain, or blame the people, the municipal corporation or the government for not doing anything about it.  

But fortunately, you as a Rotarian, belong to that 20 percent class of people, who are happier, who know that any problem is just a mere challenge, and is a situation which can be tackled effectively.  
You are the person who is a professional and a leader in your business or vocation and know that you can bring about this change.  

You are that 20 percent of the confident community leader, as a Rotarian, who knows that everything is possible. 

How one goes about this?

The moment you discover a community issue that needs to be tackled immediately, stop for a while, and write down :

How can I change this situation and transform the lives of the people affected by it?  Simple. As a leader in your business or profession this is a normal management challenge and you handle those situations normally like any manager would do to find out the process involved. This is just like any other project.  Draw out the matrix for

WHAT the problem is? Define it. How bad the situation is. What is the source of the issue? What specific problems it is causing to the community?

WHO would benefit? Talk to the people, and find out what would make them happier. What change they would need? What are their specific requirements?

WHICH are the specific resources that you would need for the project?  Money, human resources, cooperation of the community and other stakeholders? Identify them and list that out. And most significant aspect is the knowledge, skills and expertise that you as a Rotarian, and a leader of your business can bring on to the table.

Ask other Rotarians in the Club how they can contribute. What are the key skills they can deploy to bring about this change.

WHEN: The timeline. To execute any plan, one needs very specific timeline to implement the project. List out the step-by-step process involved.

ACT NOW.  That is the mantra. The ultimate success of any project or plan is to start. Go ahead and just do it. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm a Rotarian. I Make a Difference.

On Ist of July the entire Rotary world would get into action with renewed vigour to Make a Difference.  And already the plans are afoot and the new team is all set to take up the baton of leadership from their immediate predecessor, to take Rotary to still greater heights.

Each one of us is capable of making a difference in the life of someone; in our family, our immediate neighbourhood, the city or town or the country we live in, and in the process, in the entire world. 

Do a Daily Good and make a Difference.  

Howsoever small it may be.  

I am reminded of the tale of a child who finds lots of fish left dying on the seashore with the receding tide.  He picks up a fish and throws it back into the sea.  And he keeps on moving, picking up another fish with his little hands and throwing it back into the water.   

Watching the little child's action from a distance, an old man approaches him and tells him, that he won't be able to do anything since there are thousands of fish on the shore.  It would be futile.  It won't make any difference what you are doing, says the man. 

The child picks up another fish from the sandy shore, gasping for life, shows to the man, and says, "It makes a difference to this one at least," and throws the fish back into the water. 

Let's remember, as a Rotarian, we cannot ignore our potential to act and save a life.  Or even change a life through little acts of kindness as humans.  

And that is what makes a Rotarian more humane. 

Tell to the world, "I'm a Rotarian. I Make a Difference"

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The 16th batch of Residential Workshop on Leadership begins on Friday


The 3-days residential workshop shall be conducted by world-class trainers, life coaches, and management professionals.

This is the first workshop which shall miss its stalwart and the first Dean of the Academy, PDG Major Som Dutt.

After his departure, PDG Shaju Peter has been elevated to be the Dean of the Academy.
PDG JPS Sibia, another management professional, teacher and trainer, has joined as the Associate Dean of the Academy.

We are sure that every participant shall find their stay highly meaningful, and worthy of their time.

Chandigarh awaits its Leaders

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Leadership Academy Dean PDG Major Som Dutt, passes away

Past District Governor Major Som Dutt, the dynamic first Dean of our Rotary District 3080 Leadership Academy is no more. He passed away after a prolonged illness on the night of 14th - 15th February. His colleagues, team mates in DLA, and the Rotary world gave a tearful send off yesterday, the 15th February in the electric crematorium.
As the heavy metal door closed on the mortal remains in the crematorium, it was all over. We are shocked that he is no more with us.
We shall miss his cheerful personality; his discipline; his humane personal touch in everything he did.
He would never talk about his ailment and would brush it out saying jocularly, "the doctors are unable to diagnose the problem so why worry. I don't have any problem."
A month ago when i called him up to see him, he simply laughed it off and said we shall meet sometimes later as i'm not in good shape today. Later i learnt that he was undergoing a check up in the hospital.
Every Wednesday afternoon he would climb up to the second floor office of the Academy in Rotary House in Sector 18, to preside over his team of associates to look after the conduct of every course. And would keep everyone inspired with his one liners.
Since last two months he had grown week but just a week before Associate Dean PDG Shaju Peter and Academy Coordinator Rtn B L Ramsisaria reached his home to sign the Certificates of the DLA candidates of 2016 batch, his last ones, to be presented to the pass outs at the District Conference.
Though weak and his hands shaking, he autographed those certificates with a smile that always played on his face, whenever someone discussed DLA with him.
We salute him for his grit, passion, compassion, and selfless service.
Major Som Dutt lives on in our hearts.