The Professional: Defining the New Standard of Excellence at Work

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Penguin, Jun 30, 2011 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
A manifesto on what it takes to be a true professional in the modern world.

By common definition, a professional is anyone who possesses the skills and knowledge necessary for a career-whether as a surgeon, a software engineer, or a plumber. But according to Subroto Bagchi, our increasingly global marketplace demands more. In a world where the foolish, selfish, and unethical decisions of a few have affected the lives of millions, The Professional urges readers to act responsibly and reexamine "business as usual".

By exploring a variety of professional dilemmas across many industries, Bagchi defines the qualities of true professionals and the attributes that separate them from the merely competent. These include:

*Suffer no false attractions: It's always tempting to take the path of least resistance, but true professionals can separate the genuine from the phony. *Know when to say no: True professionals are not afraid to say no to things that are not worth their time, their energy, or their creativity. *Take the long view: True professionals understand that every action, decision, and relationship, no matter how small, can have a lasting impact.

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About the author (2011)

Subroto Bagchi is cofounder and chairman of Mindtree Ltd, a global IT solutions company. He is India's bestselling author of business books, with titles like The High-Performance Entrepreneur, Go Kiss the World, The Professional, and The Professional Companion to his credit. He has also written a business book for young adults, MBA AT 16. His books have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Korean, and Chinese. He lives in Bangalore.

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