by Subroto Bagchi
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 one 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 to behave responsibly or ethically? 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 doing what’s right, not only for your business, but for society as a whole. In a world where patients, clients, and customers can no longer completely trust the advice given to them, The Professional outlines the explicit and implicit code of conduct. The Professional is a must read for anyone looking for a little clarity in an increasingly blurry world.
About The Author
Subroto Bagchi (31 May 1957) is an Indian entrepreneur and business leader. He is the co-founder of Mindtree and a business author.
Bagchi was born to Makhan Gopal Bagchi and Labonya Prova Bagchi in Patnagarh, Odisha, where his father was a small-time government servant. He grew up mostly in the tribal districts of Odisha, moving from place to place because of the nature of his father’s job. He has narrated the story of his life in his book Go Kiss the World published by Penguin Portfolio. He started his work life as a clerk in the Industries Department of the Government of Odisha in 1976 after giving up his post graduate studies. After a year of working there, he qualified to be a management trainee in DCM in 1977 where he worked for the ensuing 5 years. In 1981, he entered the computer industry and worked for a number of computer companies between 1981 and 1999 in various functions like sales, marketing and operations. His longest stint was at Wipro where he became the Chief Executive of Wipro’s Global R&D before working for chairman Azim Premji as corporate Vice-President, Mission Quality. He left Wipro in 1998 to join Lucent Technologies. He left Lucent a year after to co-found Mindtree in 1999 along with 9 other co-founders. Mindtree is a $500 million, Global IT services company with approximately 16000+ people. It is listed at the National Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange in India.