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Motivator Vs Manager

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By Prof. M S Rao, Academic Guide, ICFAI University, INDIA

American author, Dale Carnegie, said that fear of failure was one of the stumbling blocks for every human being to endeavour and achieve in his life. He fundamentally highlighted about six types of failures one has to overcome such as fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of old age, fear of poverty, fear of ill-health and fear of death. When an individual overcomes from all these six fears he can concquer the world and come out with flying colours.

In the film, ‘Chak De! India’ the hero Shah Rukh Khan, SRK (in the movie, Kabhir Khan) fails to win the game at the final movement of hockey game and his positive intention ie sportmanship to congratulate his riaval and the winner a Pakistani team resulted in getting branded as a sell out and as traitor of the country that hurt and humiliated him. After 7 years, he takes his ambition to make India as a number one in hockey in the world.

There are many lessons to be learnt from this film whether it is in our personal life or professional life. The hero proves himself as an effective and efficient motivator and manager to train and groom by picking up the budding talents. Keeping reel life apart, in real life the managers are faced with many problems from the beginning to the end of the working day. He plans many things and starts the day with fresh energy and enthusiasm. But he gets distractd by many external problems and he constantly fights mentally to do his routine activities and also to tackle the sudden outside problems. It is a constant battle to keep himself on the right track and on the fast track.

In the reel life, the hero smartly assesses the strengths and weakness of the each player and engages them up to the hilt to bring out the best. In the day to day Business World, the manager also looks at the strengths of the each employee and tries his best to capitalise and encash thereby making the skills of his employees complementary.

In the reel life, the hero shrewdly manages the cultural differences among the various players across the country and brings them into one common platform i.e. India. He finds it very hard to get them tuned and aligned themselves as Indians. In real life the manager also works at great length to manage the cultural diversities who comes from nook and corners of the world. The mission of the manager is to lead from the front to achieve the desired objectives and goals.

In the reel life, the hero spends the most of his energies to motivate his players constantly who are faced by frequent failures. Each and every moment, he makes clarion call, not to get depressed, frustrated but to put faith in themselves and to put more efforts so as to win the game. In real life, the manager finds himself saddled with many problems and he motivates himself and also he must be in a position to motivate his sobordinates who might be facing several personal and professional setbacks. In fact, motivation is the ability to move from one setback to another without losing energy and enthusiasm. It requires a lot of mental energy to get charged frequently whenever one is faced with frequent failures.

In the reel life, the hero plays a commendable role to play down the politics involved in winning the process of game. Such as there was a player who raised a banner of revolt against the hero by branding him as a traiter who sold out himself for the sake of money to Pakistan. In real life, the manager needs to play down many organisational politics and he always battles with a very few members who are negative minded or egoistic minded subordinates. The manager also involves in fire fighting and troubleshooting.

The hero has tremendous passion and involvement towards his beloved sport and he toughens the players by toughening them both physically and mentally. It is parrel with the kind of initial training one gets in armed forces. The traints of discipline, dedication and determination are inculcated among the players which is similar to that of defence training.

In India, there is paramount importance attached to cricket and it is a well known fact that Indians’ love 2 Cs i.e. Cricket and Cinema. At the same time there is a step motherly treatment to other sports. In developed countries, there is total concentration on most of the games. Unfortunately, there is no such trend in India. Even sponsors do not come forward to promote other games as they find it very risky. There is a strong need to possess killer instinct amongst the Indian sportpersons. The politics in sports take another toll.

The selection of sportpersons should be based purely on merit and talent. There should be scientific approach to find out the aptitude of the person, physical conditions and other related aspects at the childhood itself. After tapping their inner talents, then they should be trained and groomed scientifically and professionally. There should not be any shift from one sport to another sport. And they should concentrate on one sport right from their childhood to the last in order to have higher success rate. In a nut shell, they should have passion, zeal, killer instinct and should stay focussed in one sport.

In reel life the hero is SRK but in real life there are many such heroes. There is a strong need to learn many lessons from this film either from personality development perspective or for alround prosperity and success of individuals from professional perspective. Such films provide a source of inspiration and motivation to many managers in the Business World.

‘Chak De! India’ can be taken as a case study in management/business education to highlight motivation, team spirit, leadership, cultural unity and India’s identity. It sends a strong message that you can turn your scars into scars. Every dog has it own day. Nobody is blessed with good time or cursed with bad time forever in his or her life. Never ever get dejected with short term setbacks and try to rise like Phoenix.


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