India is scandal weary! Last week was full of scandals ... it started with Tharoorgate and his pretty 'girlfriend' or rather 'ladyfriend', IPLgate, phone tapping or wiretapping scandal, insinuations about cricket betting scandal, then came the MCI scandal, no less than the MCI President arrested by CBI for taking Rs. 2 crores bribe (imagine he was the gentleman who wanted to cleanse the pharmaceutical company and doctor relationship!) ... Indians are definitely scandal weary!
Sense of responsibility
Scandals as I see it are not about moral values or morality. Scandals are due to a lack of sense of responsibility. If Tharoor had a little less of his hubris (that means insolent pride), he would have understood that he was given a golden opportunity by his leader - Dr. Manmohan Singh, PM of India. After all, Tharoor was a novice in pure politics. It was in admiration of his international diplomacy skills that he was given a ticket to Lok Sabha, he won the elections, and was given a minister of state position even though he was a first time MP. There was a lot of trust in all these gestures. This means Tharoor had a lot of responsibility towards his benefactors. But our friend Tharoor did not realise the full import of this trust and certainly did not take his job with a complete sense of responsibility. For if he did take the God gifted opportunities with a sense of responsibility, certainly the sweat equity issue (for his lady friend) in the Kochi IPL franchisee would not have surfaced. The scandal Tharoorgate was more of a lack of understanding of the responsibility that he was invested in by his leader.
The above is a reflection of an example of lack of understanding of responsibility when given an assignment.
When a MR joins a firm, little does he realize that in the territory he works in, the MR is the ambassador of the company. The MR has a position of great responsibility since he is in direct touch with doctors, chemists and stockists. The MR is the image of the company. But often little does the MR realize this. And due to this lack of understanding of the responsibilities with his position, the MR may create problems for himself and his employer company.
In the same, the executives of product management and training, sales and other departments, have a great responsibility towards the organizational image and results. The understanding of the depth of responsibility makes a difference in the way an employee works. More responsible the person feels about his professional work, the more depth will his work have. In fact, if over the years, I have observed any difference between MRs of the time when my father was a MR to the generation today, I guess the difference is in the sense of responsibility with which the job is done. The sense of responsibility makes all the difference in the style of functioning and results.
Today, the MCI President is in the dock for taking Rs. 2 crores bribe. It is not about the morality of the person. It is a mockery of the important post that he holds. As MCI President he had a responsibility towards the functioning of the medical system in India. If his sense of responsibility is purchased at Rs. 2 crores (bribe) what are the implications to the nation?! Actually, the MCI President should have acted with a great sense of responsibility, because of the position he is in. Unfortunately, people get professional positions without understanding the responsibility associated with the position. That is why MCI President is in the dock.
It is for the same reason that Tharoor is in a sorry position. If Tharoor was not made the Minister right away, but perhaps given the minister position during a second expansion of the cabinet, may be Tharoorgate would not have happened, because he would be aware of his professional position. In India, we the people of India, give positions to people without making the person struggle for the position and actually feel the sense of responsibility of the position. TODAY, ONE CAN SAY WITH CONFIDENCE THAT SACHIN TENDULKAR AND AMITABH BACHCHAN ARE HIGHLY RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC FIGURES. WHY? BECAUSE THEY HAVE STRUGGLED TO GET WHERE THEY ARE TODAY, AND IN THAT PROCESS, DURING THEIR STRUGGLE THEY ACQUIRED THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OF LIFE - they learnt about responsibility.
'WHEN YOU BLAME OTHERS, YOU GIVE UP YOUR POWER TO CHANGE'
The above saying is from an unknown author. It is a statement of great value. It is a statement about taking responsibility. Reflect on it twice or thrice you will realize it is a great statement!
Responsibility is a sense of obligation to perform or complete a task. It is about being accountable. When Tharoor was mentoring on the IPL issue of a Kochi team franchisee where was his sense of responsibility when his lady acquaintance was given Rs. 70 crores worth of sweat equity? When the MCI President was taking the bribe of Rs. 2 crores, where was his sense of obligation to perform his tasks as the head of the supreme body of medical practice in India? Today, will any one look at the MCI with a sense of respect? Due to such lacunae, the Govt. of India will be forced to create one more body to oversee MCI ... all because some people did not have an understanding of the responsibility with a position.
Responsibility is also learnt through modeling. When junior executives or employees observe the intensity of responsibility with which work is done, it rubs on to them, they too become responsible. If they see irresponsibility, they will also imbibe irresponsibility. The main job of higher-ups in a company or in a body like MCI is being responsible.
When in the recent past, I read and blogged about how MCI was cracking the whip against the 'alleged marketing excesses' by us pharma marketers, I was wondering how we the pharma marketers are going to do our legitimate 'job' of pharma marketing. Now the MCI President himself is arrested for graft! Hey, we pharma marketers are far better and more responsible in our occupation!! Because our brands are answerable to our customers. So responsibility gets ingrained in to marketers, because we face the market (doctors, chemists, and stockists, and sometimes end consumers also) day-in and day-out, either directly or indirectly.
The root of many a scandal in India today is this lack of appreciation of the sense of responsibility associated with one's professional position. Thanks, let us watch the IPL finals with all happiness, please scroll down and read all other posts, click on older posts as and when required, kindly recommend my blog to your acquaintances.