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Keep that Parachute Open!

Have you ever said this to yourself – “That’s it! I now know everything that is needed to make me successful; my goals are a few short steps away. I am not going to spend another day learning … because it’s not necessary!”

Isn’t that a great feeling … when you know for sure that you know it all!

What’s that? Did I hear you say that it is Closed and negative thinking? And it’s not possible to ever be through with learning? You are right!

–          You will never ever have learnt ENOUGH; it’s a life-long process!

–          Close your mind to new ideas and soon you will be desperately chasing after them

Today, I had the pleasure and privilege to participate in a learning event. I must thank my friend Kutty of IIPM, Cochin, for inviting me to a presentation by Prof Lakshman Krishnamurthi, Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management.

He spoke on three topics – Marketing to Win, Smart Pricing and Growth Strategies.

Obviously such vast subjects can’t be covered in great detail in 4-5 hours; but in the time provided Prof. Krishnamurthi managed to share with us nuggets of knowledge and insights that were practical and implementable. What he gave primarily was a peek into the research done on the subjects and actual results – no hypothetical situations or theory; it was all proven stuff – anecdotes on strategies that made corporations successful and methods used to price products in a highly competitive market.

And as one listened, there were moments we went – “Aha! Maybe that’s why I am experiencing a roadblock! I should have planned my pitch in this manner.” Or “Wow! That is something I can use. Let me rework my pricing the way he has explained.”

Prof Krishnamurthi made us connect with our situation and asked us to question everything we did with the intention of improving it. He left us excited about our opportunities … on the one hand it was invigorating; while on the same time we were rethinking strategies and methods.

Thank you, Professor!

Don’t lose any opportunity to listen to / interact with someone who has knowledge and experience. They enrich you and open your mind to new ideas.

Take my word! You never really are done with learning …. Haven’t you heard that your mind is like a parachute, it functions only when it is open!

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  1. Jamy
    March 15, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Yup, fully endorse that!! I try to apply that daily at work being in the thick of Customer Service!!

    • JayadevM
      March 15, 2012 at 4:18 am

      Excellent practice, Jamy! Thanks for the visit.

  2. Anantha Kumar
    March 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Till the time, the human breaths his/her last, the mortal is a student.. and yeah, new learnings usher in new ideas and innovations flourish. Wonderful write and yes, from your posts, v do learn

    • JayadevM
      March 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Thank you, Anantha, for the appreciation and for the frequent visits to the blog.

      Your comment is bang on target!

  3. May 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I wish i was there…. but may be you can share some of the things he said in a little more detail…. 🙂

    • JayadevM
      May 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Anupam

      I will share the info with you … had written it down; now I have to check the notes and compile the highlights into a doc file.


  4. Kailash
    August 8, 2012 at 6:14 am

    yep J, learning should be part of your attitude, there was a good line in movie 3 idiots which says har taraf gyan bat raha hai lete raho.

    • JayadevM
      August 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      That’s right.

      Good to see you here again, Kailash.

  5. January 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Spent many years serving customers in sales. Still interested. Sales can be fun.

    • JayadevM
      January 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Diana

      Good to hear from you …. Let me say a big Yay! in support of that sentiment. Never a dull moment.

      Thank you for the support!

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