Advice from the chairman of Deloitte

experiences photoListening from those who have gone through the phases we are undergoing is always a good idea.  At least, they always give us a good guide and some thought to start with.

Some time ago, I read an article on FINS where the chairman of Deloitte, Punit Renjen was sharing his experience. What was particularly interesting was the emphasis he made to get a wide range of experiences as opposed to what we often think is necessary for an organization, i.e. specialization and focusing on a narrower activity. Sometimes we think that having the right experiences for the precise role is the most valuable thing. Maybe that is true only for those jobs that require following certain instructions, because apparently great leaders don’t think so.

“The most important thing is you’ve got to have multiple experiences, whether at one firm or at multiple firms.”

Another reminder that I could take out of the reading was that success comes with time. A colleague was recently losing patience when she realized that she could not deal with the issues that were assigned to her because everything was too new to her. We were all helping her, but she was too desperate. For success to occur, however, time is needed. It just does not happen from one minute to the other and while on the road,  persistence and effort define it all.

“What I do is really a craft. It takes time, effort and mentorship. That’s the recipe for success.”