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Unusual People Do Things Differently This book is going to get 4 or 5 stars wherever it is reviewed One particular chapter Keeping Happy tottaly stood out not because of the enthralling way it was put out but also because of tottaly do able kind of steps Very very good for people who are interested in managing and controlling their own lives Definitely for all those people who are out of the box thinkers By TGC Prasad Grade A This is the first book that I have read which is related to management skills something I plan to study once I am of suitable age Since I have no knowledge whatsoever in the subject right now apart from the little tit bits that I have read here and there and pieces of information that I have gained due to my father I expected this book to be hard to understand So I was pleasantly surprised when the author announced in the preface that the book wouldn’t have theory Instead the book contains short stories about unusual people who do things differentlyUnusual People are ordinary people who strive hard to do extraordinary things They are sensitive to nuances look to provide lateral solutions dare to think out of the box and often end up changing the rules of the gameTGC Prasad presents the views and experiences of sixty five individuals from well known names like Mike Lawrie Azim Premji and Mother Teresa to a chef a masseuse and a service boy with whom he has had meaningful interactions and who have inspired him He includes people from a broad professional spectrum CEOs doctors the director general of police realtors an attorney a chartered accountant a consultant and a sports coach are among those who make his list Singling out a dominant factor from each person’s story he outlines the journeys that these people undertook and the behaviours they exhibited and he shows how these link up to the results these people achievedUnusual People Do Things Differently is full of pithy everyday management lessons and offers valuable insight to everyone who aspires to grow manage and read It will appeal to students career oriented youngsters business executives and professionals across industries and functionsTo begin with I loved the title It is a little thing but most people do judge a book by its title and this one is totally apt Brownie points for that most definitelyAnother thing which I liked was the fact that the book was a collection of short stories which the author compiled about many people as opposed to a huge success story of just one person This way the author was able to present a variety of points before us The stories were brief concise and to the point There were bullet points for all important things and it was easy to understand The book was divided into six sectionsStrategic and focussed on value creationPerceptive and derive creative solutionsDriven by business excellenceDeploy professional skills to winPassionate and lead from the frontSensitive to people and customer centricI loved this categorisation A reader could look for exactly what he wanted and he would find it The book was very motivational and enlighteningAs Mr Prasad mentions in the blurb the book is universal It will appeal to students career oriented youngsters business executives and professionals across industries and functionsThere was one story which I particularly liked It was in the second section Perceptive and derive creative solutions and was titled Screenwriting It told the story of Jaideep Sahni whom many people will recognize as the script writer for Chak de India I liked it all the because this was one story about which I knew I mean I had heard of many of the names mentioned in the book but being as young as I am I had never really known in detail about them Chak de India however is a movie that I have seen and thus I knew many things about the background of the storyAnyways coming back to the point there was this one conversation that Mr Sahni had with his father that stuck with me long after closing the book for the day The response which his father gives him when Jaideep tells his father that he does not want to undertake a government job as a profession because “what is the point of working in a government office taking bribes and pushing files” was exceedingly inspirational At first Mr Sahni’s father asks him if he really believes that his own father would accept bribes Realizing his mistake Jaideep apologises His father goes onEveryday scores of students like you go to schools and colleges because thousands of people like us government servants push files and keep the country moving If you remove the machinery and the files and what we do the country’s governance and democratic framework will collapse People in this country have opportunities because somewhere in some dusty office a government servant has dedicated his entire life to pushing filesAdmittedly many people could feel that this uote was slightly off the topic and not relevant to management I decided to include this uote despite knowing that fact because it tells us how no profession should be taken for granted and how everyone plays their part by doing even the littlest of the little things It was very motivationalOne other chapter that I liked was in the last unit ‘Sensitive to people and customer centric’ The chapter was named Indian Flag in Epson Garden and talked about how the author was treated by people from a Japanese company and how hospitable they were How an Indian flag was hoisted in his honour how one of the key sponsors went out of his way to make sure there was vegetarian food in the dinner by downloading recipes of Indian dishes from the internet What I liked in this chapter is hard to say It taught a novice in the field like me how important customer satisfaction is and how one can achieve it I loved thatTo summarize it all UPDTD is a great book and provides an amazing learning experience It is very informative and since it does not have anything to do with theory everybody can understand it Also it is inspirational motivational and encouraging Definitely worth a trip to the book storeOriginally reviewed at wwwvaultofbookscom Unusual people are ordinary people who strive hard to do extraordinary things They are sensitive to nuances look to provide lateral solutions dare to think out of the box and often end up changing the rules of the gameTGC Prasad presents the views and experiences of sixty five individuals from well known names like Mike Lawrie Azim Premji and Mother Teresa to a chef a masseuse and a service boy with whom he has had meaningful interactions and who have inspired him He includes people from a broad professional spectrum; CEOs doctors the director general of police realtors an attorney a chartered accountant a consultant and a sports coach are among those who make his list Singling out a dominant factor from each person's story he outlines the journeys these people undertook and the behaviours they exhibited and shows how these link up to the results they achievedAbout the AuthorTGC Prasad lives in Bangalore and offers strategic advisory general management and HR consulting services to several start ups small and medium enterprises Indian and MNC companies He also offers executive coaching to senior managementHe has been on the board of Misys India and worked as country manager global VP for Misys Plc He has also worked with companies such as Wipro Coopers Lybrand PWC IBM MindTree and Alcatel Lucent in various senior management roles globallyHe works as management committee member of the Dayalbagh Educational Institute Deemed University Information Communication Technology ICT Centre Bangalore and is also the national executive council member of Systems Society of India very insightful book on how to make the most of life in the most challenging situations Never give up Always be on your feet and stay fighting This book has tales of people who have been through hell and have given an eual amount of hell to life Must read Excellent book for budding entrepreneursRather tha theory thsi twlks about practical experinces which helped to easily relates what we dhould do in situation or how every situation demands different skills or appraochexcelllent book for budding entrepreneursCurrently I am practicing CA this books is taught me how to go about my venture now Through story telling author TGC Prasad presents the views and experiences of sixty five individuals with whom he had meaningful interactions The author provides valuable management lessons that he had learnt from his interactions The individuals discussed included well known names like Azim Premji Mother Teresa to a homeopathic doctor a cafe coffee day service person This book will help those who are in leading roles within their organisation or who aspire to be in leadership roles The book had a feeling that work is much complicated than you think and only the most genius can do Unusual people are ordinary people who strive hard to do extraordinary things They are sensitive to nuances look to provide lateral solutions dare to think out of the box and often end up changing the rules of the game The book mixes both the traditional and modern outlook for bringing changes in our lives by providing a sharp concise way of dealing with tough situationsTGC Prasad presents the views and experiences of sixty five individuals from well known names like Mike Lawrie Azim Premji and Mother Teresa to a chef a masseuse and a service boy with whom he has had meaningful interactions and who have inspired him He includes people from a broad professional spectrum; CEOs doctors the director general of police realtors an attorney a chartered accountant; a consultant and a sports coach are among those who make his list Singling out a dominant factor from each person’s story he outlines the journeys these people undertook and the behaviours they exhibited and shows how these links up to the results they achieved The book has been divided into six themes all dealing with lessons that one must learn from the business world The author has given a number of examples in each of themes as each chapter talks about one of the individuals he met or worked with The stories that have been jotted down are interesting and the book provides the dos and the don’ts while in it or planning to go in it The author does not fall into the trap where most non fiction authors generally delve into; telling long boring corporate stories Instead the length of each chapter is kept to a minimum crisply edited and does not hammer a view on the readers to the point of boredom Essentially entrepreneurial in nature the narrative even enjoys showing the human side of a few individuals I particularly enjoyed the stories from the lower strata of society they somehow makes impact and are deftly dealt by the author Unusual People Do Things Differently is full of pithy everyday management lessons and offers valuable insights to everyone who aspires to grow manage and lead Read the book in short bursts looking for that kick start to be inspired in your own field Go for it This book is so inspiring that it makes you sit up and do something about your life True stories of real life people manage to keep us on the edge of our seats Well written by TGC Prasad The author has recounted his experiences and wisdom gained through his interactions with a wide spectrum of people from all walks of life These range from his kid's school founder to an encounter with Mother Teresa while he was a school kid to a chartered accountant to a person selling ad space in the classified section of the newspaper to a tree lover who by setting up an innovative non profit project is helping bring back the much needed oxygen on Planet Earth the list goes on and on Prasad rightly points out that people are aligned to one of the six broad themes viz i Strategic and focused on value creation; iiPerspective and derive creative solutions; iii Driven by business excellence; iv Deploy professional skills to win; v Passionate and lead from the front vi Sensitive to people and are customer centric Even as it was difficult to zoom down to my favourite chapter if I were to select I would say I have two favourite chapters The brief encounter which the author had with Mother Teresa showed him that she has a large heart and is able to appreciate kindness This story is captured in the chapter Giving is important not how much Prasad was then in the second grade and he gallantly parted with half his money which was given to him to buy candy of just 50 paise Mother Teresa did not laugh at him but she embraced his gesture At times many of us say Oh what is the use of donating anything There is too much poverty and whatever I do will not make a difference Actually it does make a difference Giving is important and this chapter is truly a gem Keeping Happy is another favourite chapter of mine Prasad's friend an HR director in Microsoft learns how to be happy The hazards of a spending society are clearly elucidated here The key message is Cut the strings that pull you down and then you can automatically soarI learnt a lot from this book and some key lessons that I learnt are1 In negotiation we must aim for a win win story A victory where the other party stands to lose is no victory at all 2If you have hesitated to mentor someone just go ahead and do it You can learn a lot from a mentee Mentoring is bidirectional and an enriching learning experience for both3 Service is all about meeting commitments Transparency is the key to healthy relationships with customersclients4 Leadership is not about charisma or great speeches or designations It is all about taking initiative and doing the right thingUnusual people do things differently is a good read and I would recommend it There is always something that we can learn from others In fact after reading this book I've observed how much I have learnt from my parents my family my teachers my friends my bosses my colleagues and all those whom I have come in contact with