Can Mahatma Gandhi be considered as a Great CEO of an enterprise, possibly more complex than a diverse conglomerate? An analysis of his innate traits will reveal the Mahatma as a Strategic thinker and a leader of rare acuity, whose uncanny foresight laid the foundation for an Independent India.
He was unique, and so were his thoughts and actions. Unassuming in attire and demeanour, creative in ideas, silent in execution and rare in vision, he was what a CEO needs to be - more often than not - unconventional.
He contemplated and acted upon the concept of self-reliance for growth and sustainability; social equality for him was the way ahead for development; his take on trusteeship is possibly the goodness guide for the purpose-driven activities around the world today; his ideas about change and customers were phenomenal; he breathed transparency, ethics and morality. Trust, in his parlance, was irreplaceable; his clarity of purpose was unparalleled. Yet, these form only the tip of the iceberg.
The Mahatma is indeed priceless-in presence and in absence. Let us, responsibly and purposefully, do more to put his wisdom to good use for a better planet.
At Organic, we have been imbibing Bapuji's teachings for over two decades, specifically those related to business purposes. His prophecy that "business without morality will destroy us" is quintessentially the bottom line for us. So we endeavoured to develop and support 'responsible and purposeful' brands all these years. Inspired by his vision, we have set out on a journey to "Help business and humanity mutually profit".
As a tribute on his 152nd birth anniversary, we are delighted to announce the Global Research Observatory on Gandhi and 21st Century Business. We will be collaborating with 100 thought leaders from Business, Academics, Economics and Public Policy. Workshops, Case Studies, In-depth interviews and Roundtables would be an integral part of the Observatory. The one-year Observatory will be spread through 10 countries from across the globe, and the insights/findings will be made freely available in the public domain on October 2, 2022.
This, we thought, would be a fitting homage to the life and teachings of the Mahatma and his famous words, "Be the Change you want to see in the world".
We look forward to your encouragement, support and above all, your prayers. Those who are interested in being part of the Observatory, write to us [email protected]