Our meeting was over with a client team. Some of us were waiting for our car to take us back to Bangalore from the resort on the outskirts of the city.

“There are so many things for us to know. Why don’t you tell us how we can be successful in our careers?” asked a young manager.

This was today’s premium on speed, I thought to myself. I have always maintained that people development is not like the Nestlé’s Maggi 2 minutes noodles, which the young manager and his wife probably made 3 days a week at home, like many young couples do.

We had 5 minutes before the car drove up. He wanted everything there is to know in 5 minutes. There could be many like him, I reasoned on the drive back, eager to learn and learn, fast. Here was someone who wanted everything in a jiffy. He was a product of today’s instant world.

Personal and professional growth, I am afraid, does not work that way. However, enthusiastic you might be, you cannot master skills overnight. Skills have to be mastered one step at a time. The best way to start is to incorporate improvements in yourself a step a day, every day.

It is with this backdrop that I plan to initiate a series of posts categorized “A Step A Day. The objective: provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues – big and small- crucial for executive success.

I hope this will be useful to many at my client companies . At this stage of my life and career, my personal goal is: To Help People Grow.

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