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‘Conscientious’ comes from the root word ‘conscience’, which gives a person a sense of right and wrong to guide one’s behaviour. We live in challenging times which are likely to put us on horns of dilemma. The Conscientious Manager by Phani Medicharla comes like a breath of fresh air to refresh youngsters, learners and leaders in the context of their life. The stories speak to your heart, the examples tell you it is possible and, importantly, the questions nudge you to action. It is a delight to savour.
Phani Medicharla has written a wonderfully readable book full of wisdom which applies to business and life. The book is organized in bite-sized, memorable tales which combine our childhood love of stories with our adult desire to extract knowledge from life experience. The result is guide to interpersonal challenges and organizational dynamics in business that you won’t be able to put down or forget.
This collection of short stories is a tour de force in humanity and human interaction. Questioning our values and beliefs as well as how we interact with each other through a series of pointed tales which often holds up a mirror and forces the reader to consider their own actions is brilliantly done in the book, with subtle humour and little moralizing, taking the reader on a journey of self-discovery and learning.
The art of storytelling is to make the tale relatable to the reader. Phani Medicharla crafts these stories masterfully, ensuring that powerful themes are interwoven into enjoyable narratives, engaging the reader with endearment and connectedness to the characters. The themes are the lessons and ethics of life, of how we should treat one another whether in the business world or socially. Any manager reading this book will be better enabled to empower their team, and any member of a team reading this book will be more empowered.
In The Conscientious Manager, Phani Medicharla gives us timeless workplace wisdom in a very compelling manner. He masterfully leverages the art of storytelling in highlighting key workplace dilemmas and follows it up with key insights and practical suggestions. The book is relevant not only for business management but for life in general, and the format with contextual stories gently leading into more concrete learnings is both holistic and specific in an elegant combination. You will not regret reading it!
Of the six Ms of management—money, machines, methods, material and minutes—the sixth M, men or people, is the most important. It is humans who give relevance to the other five Ms. This is the most important message of this book. It nudges every reader to reflect on fundamental issues connected with workplace ethics. It underscores the importance of every individual in the team and the role he/she can play in creating synergies and collaborating with fellow team members. It urges purpose-driven professionals to contribute to an inspiring work culture.
The world is in great need for people with value-based orientation in their lives. Especially with the backdrop of advancements in artificial intelligence and technology, the need for humane direction and value-based answers is even more relevant. I hope that this book written by Phani Medicharla will be used as a guideline towards finding such value-based answers to aid daily decisions in a practical manner. I wish that the readers work through the book as a guideline following the examples and experiences shared and derive benefit for their own contexts.
Phani has done an exemplary job of describing ‘the conscientious manager’. He brings together his years of expertise into an interesting and readable book on the workplace dynamics and diverse issues surrounding that. As a reader, it reminds you of the challenges that you would be facing at the workplace and overcoming them. The best part about the book is the list of actionable items that the readers can draw from. If you can actionize some of them, it will bring in a major change to the way you will be looking at your career.
For a topic which excessively covers malpractice and fraud, the proactive and positive narrative of this book is fresh; it provides a guide to build the foundation of an ethical culture with conviction. Phani’s workplace insights, told through an engaging storyline, give a strong argument for being a ‘conscientious manager’.
Living up to the title, The Conscientious Manager, this book speaks to you at the level of conscience and makes you reflect on seemingly routine choices which have a profound impact on your career trajectory. Written with years of minute observations of workplace challenges, dilemmas and opportunities, it is an engaging, practical and inspiring book. The Conscientious Manager belongs to everyone who aspires to be a better person, colleague and leader.