- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Portfolio (25 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670092169
- ISBN-13: 978-0670092161
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.6 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Get Better at Getting Better Hardcover – 25 Jan 2019
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Lucid, practical and logical, this book is a great guide on getting better, every day (Bharat Puri)
I encourage readers to not just read this book but also internalize the concept and apply it consciously. Get Better at Getting Better has the potential to change you for good-and make you the best that you can be (Anand Kripalu)
I have heard of Kaizen and continuous improvement for machines and processes and always wondered why there was no Kaizen process for human beings. This book is the answer to that (Harsh Mariwala)
Everyone wants to get ahead; a few want to get better. The ones who get better always get ahead. Mouli's book tells us how all of us can get better (Shiv Shivakumar)
You don't grow in an organization by just delivering results. You need to continuously get better. Mouli's book makes you realize that and gives you the strategies to get better (Piyush Pandey)
About the Author
Chandramouli Venkatesan is a corporate veteran with over twenty-eight years of experience in the industry. He has worked with Asian Paints, Cadbury/Mondelez, Mirc Electronics/Onida and Pidilite. He has served in various senior capacities, including as CEO and managing director. While the bulk of his work life has been in business and P&L leadership roles, there was a three-year period when he did a cross-functional stint as HR head for Cadbury India which further developed his understanding of what makes people successful.
Chandramouli is a keen golfer and sports enthusiast, and believes in holding his life in balance. This, coupled with his sense of values and spirituality, has led him to believe that every person must impact society positively. His personal mission is to help people succeed and he has conducted numerous speaking sessions in many organizations and mentored and guided several people to be successful in their careers. His first book, Catalyst, a bestseller, was a part of his mission to help people succeed.
From the Publisher
Q- What is the story behind writing Get Better at Getting Better?
In 2007, after 17 years of Sales/Marketing, I moved cross functionally to take on the role of HR head for Cadbury. I began by defining the role for HR for myself, which I articulated as ‘helping people succeed’. That set me off on a journey to probe and understand what makes people succeed. My first book Catalyst was aimed at helping people understand how to succeed. In my exploration, I noticed an important thing. It appeared that the truly successful people were excellent at getting better and driving continuous improvement in themselves; and this book embraces that philosophy for success. Just hard work is not enough for success, getting better continuously is crucial and you must have an effective Get Better Model (GBM) for that.
How easy/difficult is it to get better? How does one get better at getting better?
Children learn and get better rapidly, but the ability to get better keeps reducing as we age. Our work life is from mid 20s till the 60s. In this middle age, our ability to get better is significantly lower than when we were children. We have to buck that trend and get better at getting better if we want to be successful in our career.
The way to buck that trend is to be deliberate about getting better, don’t expect it to happen automatically like it does when you’re younger. This book will help you build a Get Better Model (GBM) to practice getting better deliberately.
Is success about having the right education for e.g. a MBA from a pedigreed institute? Is it possible to succeed without a fancy degree?
Education does two things - it provides us with knowledge, but more importantly it improves your learning agility, your GBM for the future. I have observed that a person with an MBA from a pedigreed institute often gets better at a faster pace than others at work. In the absence of that education, the problem a person has to solve for is how to build that GBM, that learning framework. Once they build a GBM equal to that of a good MBA, they will get better at the same pace, and experience the same career success. The lack of a formal degree will become irrelevant over time. This book will help build that GBM to overcome the challenge of not having a fancy degree.
Who is this book aimed at?
It’s relevant for all those who want to be successful in their careers, with special focus on the following four groups:
People in jobs irrespective of whether they are senior or junior.
For those in startups in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
For self-employed professionals like doctors, lawyers, architects, CAs etc.
For students so that they can start building a high quality GBM at an early age.
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Myths that get busted:
• Experience “IS EQUAL TO” Growth (Not really!).
• More time on the job = More “experienced” (Not always!)
• Arriving at results is important (No. There is a lot more than that!)
Success = Effort X Getting better. One has better success over others in the same duration if he has a better “Getting better” model.
In the long run, “getting better” is important than “getting ahead”
• Spend more time sharpening your axe, than cutting the wood.
• Don’t stop at the answer, get to the method of deriving the answer. Introspect on how your method of deriving the answer improves every time.
• Build a “deliberate” habit to pursue Reflection and Review process
• Rely on “The Pilot’s view”, to “do the right thing vs. doing the thing right” and measure your core capabilities and devise an action plan accordingly.
• Change your intent from “results-first” to a “get-better” intent
• Embrace your team to focus on “Why”. Building a get-better team will create an eco-system that works towards a holistic vision and results.
• Knowing is different from embedding. Learning doesn’t end with reading, but by imbibing and integrating the distilled wisdom into your life and thus create inflection points. Take quality time to exploit the learnings.
• What gets measured, get improved. So, identify ways to measure “how to get better” and not just results.
• Every job provides learning, provided you have the “right lens” to learn.
• “Get better” is a “deliberate” habit, and works best when integrated into your life in all aspects
• Why relationship building is essential for executing change. Why major company acquisitions fail and lose the best people – ability to spot what change is needed vs. the ability to execute the change.
I strongly recommend this book!
Definitely a must read for every ambitious professional !!