Achieving Excellence through Value Driven Management
Vehicle and Journey


Joe Marry George
Lecturer in Management
SEMCOM College
V.V. Nagar

This article originates from Gurubodh volume 1 authored by G Narayana and compiled by Joe Marry George for the interest of students, faculty members, and for the interested readers.

Guruji Shri G Narayana has compared the whole organisation with a vehicle and its components. According to him values driven organisation is like an engine driven vehicle. Any organisation without values is like a vehicle without engine. It is the values, like an engine, take the organisation towards its destination. Values help the organisation to achieve its goals. And ethical governance supports values (engine) to ensure harmonious function and practice.

Again an engine without fuel can not move even a little. 'Entrepreneurial Spirit' is the fuel which helps the engine to move forward to achieve its goals.

 'Entrepreneurial Spirit', 'bright' and 'clear' Vision, like the light, helps the organisation to view its future more clearly. And this very 'bright' and 'clear' Vision gives direction as the steering wheel of the vehicle. Transparency and safety become the front and side glasses which always has to be clear and protecting.

But one needs to take the review of the work done in order to correct the mistakes and deviations. Timely review from the rear view mirror helps the organisation to move forward and to overcome the problems before they become an issue.

We all know that planning is the basic function of management which always helps the organisation to do things perfectly. 'Better planning is half work done'. Plan is the road-map to reach the destination. Today in this competitive world to survive one has to do strategic planning. Strategy is the optimal route amongst alternative routes. After all, plan and strategic planning are done to achieve the goal of the organisation which is the ultimate destination of journey.

People in the organisation are drivers. It is their work that helps the organisation to achieve its goals. Of course, there should be a high degree of goal integration. Therefore, the people in the organisation must be respected and appreciated so that they take the organisation on an inspired path. If people do or take some initiative and become innovative, they turn out to be leaders. Each individual has the potentials to be a leader in one or the other way. Leaders are the path shower and guide. They have to be proactive all the time even for smaller things which matter the organisation and its people.

Every organisation has its own plants and assets. Every organisation is interested in investing more and more in the same. These are the spares and wheels on which the organisation functions smoothly. No doubt, every organisation has different approaches, techniques and systems, used for healthy and systematic working of the organisation. They are the toolkit which helps the values and organisation to be in fit and healthy condition.

Every organisation has its own stake holders. They are owners, clients and other contributors. They can be compared with the passengers. They are the most important for any organisation. They should be given respect and honour. The organisation should share the progress and success with them. The delighted stake holder is the joy of the organisation's journey.

An organisation is a vehicle. Every individual takes care of his/her vehicle. They love it, take care of it, protect it and make a balanced use of it. In the same way organisation, like a vehicle, should be given care and love by all. Individual and organisational goals should be achieved with high integration. Four sets of values like- love and dedication, value and work, knowledge and learning and trust and responsibility are the four cylinders or core values which energize and fires the engine of values for excellence in the right direction.

Every individual in the organisation should be positive to self and others. One should offer and receive rather than take and take. One should follow the principles like 'Give and Take'. 'Offer and Receive', 'Respect Others and Others Will Respect You' and 'Do to others as you want others to do to you', etc.

Every human being is a social animal. He wants to be understood, respected, loved, cared, supported and helped in times of need, which ultimately is nurturing. Nurturing gives coolness and keeps the engine safe, healthy and operating.

Thus, excellence occurs when all the stake holders feel happy and satisfied with respect to the quality, speed, reliability, accuracy, flexibility and economy. Thus, building and striving for excellence is building competitiveness.


Building competitiveness and achieving excellence through value driven management means attaining effectiveness in all respects or areas through offering and receiving process of love and dedication, value and work, knowledge and learning and trust and responsibility by a perfect combination of path showing leadership. Then any industry, business unit, service sector, educational institution or organisation can realize prosperity, success, growth and right policy.

Thus, let's take the lead in our journey to achieve excellence through value driven management for the success, growth, prosperity and effectiveness of our organization.

Joe Marry George
Lecturer in Management
SEMCOM College
V.V. Nagar

Source: E-mail February 12, 2010


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