Col. Sudip Mukerjee, Behaviour Change Scientist, Leadership Effectiveness & Business Growth Consultant, Founder Director, Anchor NLP delivered a highly enlightening live webinar session on the topic “SELF MONITORING FOR AN EFFECTIVE PERSONALITY” at Asian Business School (ABS) on Tuesday 28th July 2020 at 3:00 pm under its Leadership & Entrepreneurial Aspiration Development (LEAD) Program.
A Behaviour Change Scientist with over 28 years of active army and corporate experience, Col. Sudip Mukerjee is a certified Master Trainer and Facilitator, a Master Practitioner in NLP, a Hypnotherapy Practitioner as per the American Board of Hypnotherapy and certified NLP Trainer and Life Member of the Society of NLP, USA.
A prominent initiative of Asian Education Group (AEG) – considered as the largest centre for professional media, IT, law, management, fashion & hospitality education in Asia with world-class facilities – the webinar was followed by a lively Q&A Session with the honoured guest.
The session commenced with a welcome note, followed by a brief introduction of the honoured guest by Ms Garima on behalf of the AEG family. Thereafter, Col. Sudip Mukerjee took centre stage.
Right at the outset, Col. Mukerjee stated that more than anything else he considered himself as essentially an army officer who, after his retirement, had shifted to the business world with a view to help people with whatever knowledge he had acquired in life by way of various pursuits and trainings. The decorated ex-officer spoke about his roots at his hometown Kolkata where he was born, and traced his journey to the Indian Army vis-à-vis IMA, Dehradun.
Coming on to the question of why and how he chose to become a Behaviour Change Scientist, the suave and dignified officer said that it was largely because of his experiences in counter-terrorism during his days of service when he started seriously wondering “why such people did what they did”? This led him to undertake a Master’s course in Psychology, that culminated with a certified course in NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Talking at length about ‘Human Behaviour’, Col. Mukerjee said, “People are people and they are known essentially by what they do as behaviour.” Quoting the examples of ex-RBI Governor, Shri Raghuraman and the ace cricketer, Anil Kumble – both of whom were qualified engineers – Col. Mukerjee said, “What you start off and what you actually do in your life may not always match. So, think why you are doing what you are doing and quickly get on to answer the most important question in your life – viz., What do you want to do in your life?”
Referring to the fast changing world, especially in the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, he further stated, “What was the truth earlier is no longer the normal now. There is uncertainty rampant everywhere; in fact, we live today in a VUCA WORLD characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. To sail out, Be True To Yourself.” According to him, “our thoughts play an important part in our life, and our body starts behaving the way we think; hence, we should condition our brains with only positive thoughts.”
The distinguished guest then went on to define “Personality” as “How you present yourself”. This, according to him, was a vital part of any success and, therefore, one needs to devote oneself in building up one’s personality to the best that they can. This brought the discussion to the crux of the topic, i.e., “How to self-monitor for an effective personality?”
Expounding on the topic, the learned speaker advised the students to always ask themselves, “Are you looking smart & confident?” and then, appropriately “upgrade themselves through the process of learning and adapting.” He further urged the students that, “while in college, build up on your confidence, ability and learn to convey what you are thinking.” Harping on the great importance of “Asking Questions”, Col. Mukerjee suggested, “If you don’t understand, ask questions … it helps you understand and eventually teaches you to believe in yourself.”
The session then opened for questions from the audience. As expected, there was a barrage of questions put forward by students on the nitty-gritties of personality development and its challenges. The erudite and much experienced guest speaker answered them all most authoritatively and to the utmost satisfaction of all participants.
Thereafter, the highly enlightening session with the well-known Behaviour Change Scientist, Col. Sudip Mukerjee came to an end.