Excerpts from You Don’t Need A Godfather

As my roommate was going home he handed me over a copy of this book called You Don’t Need A Godfather which he ordered from Flipkart last week. I’d not heard the name of the book, but since it was a small book I thought of reading it up anyways. As I turned a few pages, I realized that this is a handbook for your everyday endeavors – personal as well as professional, but mostly professional. There is nothing new this book offers that has not already been told yet, but the way Elango R. – the author of the book – presented it is novel and worth commending.

The ladder of professional success is not an easy one to climb, but if you know the technique you will climb it up effortlessly. And this book does exactly that. It offers you the tools which make your journey to the top easy and effortless. These tools are not as easy as they look while reading. They need a lot of practice. However, once practiced well, these tools will only enhance your productivity given you have the wisdom to take right decisions.

Having read the entire book in two days, I thought of writing a post on my blog. This post is simply a list of some of the DOs and DONTs manifested in the book.

  • Learn to take responsibilities of your actions instead of playing the blame-game.
  • Never be “a victim of the circumstances”: Create your own opportunities.
  • Focus on weaknesses and not just your strengths – for how else will you know your true potential?
  • Corporate ethics were formed for a reason. Respect them.
  • Personal branding is important – what’s your brand?
  • Social networking is also important, but learn to draw a line which makes sure your brand doesn’t degrade.
  • Tune your networking ability to a natural skill, not an action item.
  • Communicate effectively keeping your audience and objective in mind.
  • If you do what you always did, you will get what you always get. Learn to do things differently but don’t diverge the focus from the objective.
  • If saying NO is important, then say it. DO NOT HESITATE.
  • Set up your own Golden rules and never break them. They are non-negotiable.
  • Learn to laugh with people and at yourself. Don’t get too bothered about your goof-ups.
  • Be the boss you want your boss to be. (Personally, the best line I’ve come across this book) 🙂
  • Whenever things get comfortable and less challenging, it’s time to re-evaluate.
  • Don’t fall into the success trap.
  • Learn to manage the creative tension. 

I liked the way Elango managed to explain the underlying concepts of corporate leadership by drawing a comparison with the real life stories of his son, Agastya.

It is indeed a wonderful book to read. Recommended.