Sharing Couch 1 : Social Entrepreneurship Summit

Was invited today to attend Social Entrepreneurship Summit , organized by Future Competency seminars & events .  Here is sharing with you a few points from my notes . Would be glad to have your reflections :


Mr. Ramesh Ramanathan
The Founder and Chairman of Janalakshmi, he has a proven track record in addressing many of the issues faced by urban India. He possesses an Honors degree in Physics from BITS Pilani, and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management. He has co-authored the book “Urban Poverty Alleviation in India,” and is a champion for the advocacy of poverty-related and public governance issues.

 Dr John Demartini

has over 39 years of experience in educating individuals, corporate teams and leaders. Founder of Demartini Institute which has developed methodologies and action steps to help break through whatever is in the way of taking your life to the next level of success, offers 72 different curriculum. Has read close to 30000 books & authored 40 books . Reading , researching , teaching , travelling ( 360 days / year ) are his passions .

Jeff Slayter

This dynamic entrepreneur lives, studies and works to inspire others to become exceptional. High-octane delivery, natural charisma, and authenticity enable Jeff to connect with people to create extraordinary breakthrough results.

Kane Minkus
10 years ago Kane Minkus was working hard for little pay and sleeping on a friend’s couch. Since then he’s built 5 multi-million dollar businesses and helped people all over the world open the floodgates of sustainable wealth.

Salient Points

Mr. Ramesh Ramanathan
With examples of his decision on marriage & of leaving career to come back to India , made following points for success :

-Importance of high clarity on what one wants ( to know what is most important priority in life )

-Sheer application . Persistently pursue the most important priority in life .

-Positivity : There always be a mix of 20:20:60 of good : bad: Indifferent people anywhere . You have a choice between complaining or doing something ; see  ‘ What I can do ‘

Dr John Demartini

Spoke about identifying & pursuing inner desire / highest value:

-There is no dearth of opportunity or money if you have a desire to serve humanity

-For sustainable enterprise , need to get out of comfort zone & explore & expand horizons

-To pursue intrinsic value / highest value ( when you see Cause  > Obstacle ) , one doesn’t need to be driven externally or reminded to do . For extrinsic value — something low on priority for the person , he / she needs to be pushed , cajoled — needs external motivation ( A child doesn’t need to be cajoled into playing video games but often requires push for doing home work )

– Accessing the inner core / desire helps access vitality , energy  . In pursuing the inner desire a person endures all the pain , efforts .

-While pursuing inner desire , there will be people who’d support & those who’d challenge . For progress , both elements are essential .

-In the areas of your inner desire / highest value , you are an entrepreneur , innovator / creator . In fact instead of spending significant amounts on in search of innovations , Organisations are better advised to find & employ people whose highest value ( passion ) is aligned with organizational goals & let them pursue their desire — they will innovate .

-Successful entrepreneurs do 3 things : (i) Unflinching dedication to cause ( they take it as divine order / destiny , without option ) (ii) Raise the bar in serving the cause (iii) Meaningful exchange of value : Find people who will be inspired by the output of Entrepreneur’s pursuit of his / her inspiration .

– It’s when we do not find our inner magnificence ( not pursue inner desire ) is when we are obligated to work for what others want us to do .

Jeff and Kane

Spoke on essential points to become a successful social entrepreneur :

-For people to do business with you – (i) Dress well (ii) Engage people (iii) Need to be interesting / fun for people to be associated with you (iv) Partner with best in class (v) Give ahead of asking , to influence

-To make money globally , think globally

-Be out in the front ( positional advantage ) for visibility

-What you teach – you become

-Money is more units of choice

-A social entrepreneur does not see what it is , but what it can be

-Engage ALL your resources , not just money ( importance of involvement & commitment )

-What you put your attention to – expands

-When people pay , they pay attention  ( no value when it is free )

– Successful social entrepreneurs : (i) Engage everybody (ii) Keep it consistent (iii ) Make it a part of everyday strategy


Welcome to Enhancement Journey


I’m very happy to see you here & want you to feel at home  !

I feel obligated & elated at the same time to inaugurate my new blog under the Value Enhancer title — which happens to be its founding purpose .

I’ve always worked with the conviction throughout my 26 +years of Corporate career & almost twice as much of a life journey , that the best purpose for any pursuit — which cuts across any initiative in any domain — is to  ” ADD VALUE  ”  . One can add value to Product , Person , Process …. to almost anything ( P or not to P , is not the question ! ) If the aspect / object / event , I am associated with is different & better because of  me , then I have added value . If it’s unchanged with or without me , then I’m irrelevant to the context .

The whole purpose of a life journey is about enhancement , beginning with self .  The incessant urge is to be a ‘ better person ‘ tomorrow than what I’m today ; every day , starting today . If we can achieve this , everything else will fall in place 

With this conviction , all that I do — whether Coaching , Consulting , Teaching , Writing , Development workshops — is to do with ‘ Enhancement Space ‘  . I proudly call myself as a Value Enhancer in what must be a rarer if not unique title . My recent graduation as a Professional Certified Coach ( PCC ) is a conscious reinforcement in that direction .

I promise to augment my blog site regularly ( at least fortnightly ) with thoughts , notes , experiences which will bring in a value add under different sections : Coaching , Consulting , Management , Development initiatives etc .

For thoughts outside these domains , I’ve another blog :

However quite obviously , the Enhancement journey is quite incomplete without your participation & enrichment which is brought in through interaction . I earnestly encourage you to visit this site regularly & share your thoughts , supplementation , experiences .

Above all , I’m a strong believer & practitioner of  Collaboration …. I’ve done that even with what people conventionally refer to as competition.

My Blog Home intentionally does not have doors , it’s a free entry ; if you don’t find me there , please leave a message & I’d get back to you . Remember , to add value to me , you’ve no compulsion to agree with me on any matter .

Welcome again & please help me in my journey to enhancement , for self & for others . See you soon