The following are the triggers for the book - ‘A Saint in the Board Room’:
Cut throatiness is emerging as smartness. Many sacred terms are being entirely defined by smart people. Eg: A regulatory compliance is interpreted to be the one where no one could prove that you lied. A smart accountant is defined as one who can circumvent the rules without being caught. Therefore I felt character driven competence is the key. People are willing to dilute when there is no chance to be caught. Thief is an artist while a policeman is only a critic. Therefore I felt ,it is not the rules but inbuilt values alone can play a key role in a society.
The countless inventions of Edison, comic genius of Charlie Chaplin, the magic of boundless compassion of Mother Theressa and the charisma of Mahatma Gandhi-all are awe inspiring to us. It is not an extraordinary knowledge of a superman, but exemplary conduct of an ordinary man that gives the leadership status. “Leaders realize the ideal while followers idealize the real”. We need more leaders to realize the ideals and we do not want the people to alienate the leaders on the ground of idealism, while many leaders lived a simple living.
In these turbulent times, younger generation has started losing hopes. There is a need for showing generosity, leading to compassionate capitalism. The two unbridled horses viz. the capitalism driven wealth generation and socialism driven wealth distribution are to be reined by dharmic accountability and control. We have to create a world, where more and more wealth is created, while at same time human dignity is enhanced. The gap between the status of values and statement of values is increasing today. To bridge this gap codes have to be converted to conduct.
Above all, it is not every man’s duty to guide the nations, but it is every man’s duty to guide his personal life and rule his turbulent mind to win for himself, what the state can never give him. “The greatest wars are fought in silent chambers of our soul.” The champions are not made in gym but are made in inner chambers of our soul. To enable the younger generation, to valiantly fight these battles and to convert their inner sparks of “possibilities”into flames of “achievements”, a humble attempt was made in form of a business fiction – ‘A Saint in the Boardroom’.