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The Professional

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  630 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
In the new era, where every person's actions have the potential to have a global impact, we must redefine what it means to be a true professional.' By common definition, a professional is someone who possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to do a job-whether it's a top degree from a prestigious university or simply years of on-the-job training. For centuries, we have ...more
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Published September 10th 2009 by Portfolio
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Ramakrishnan M
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Subroto Bagchi. Written in a simple and effective style, this book is a quick guide on what aspects a "professional" needs to bear in mind. As usual, Subroto Bagchi draws inspiration and quotes not just from business but a lot from life. In fact, one of the first examples we read is about a person who handles unwanted corpses in Bangalore. Only Bagchi could connect professionalism with such a mundane, absolutely-not-sexy subject. Throughout the book we see examples from ...more
Kumar Jayant
Subroto Bagchi is such a delight with ‘Go Kiss the World’, you start with him and he grows on you, gradually but surely, much like the torque profile of a diesel engine- no lags, pure thrill! you even get in unison with him if you kind of had a similar ‘growing up years’ and a lot of readers myself included start to circumscribe him in ‘idolatry‘.

With ‘The Professional’ he looks like a man in hurry; out to quote record number of books he has authored despite not being a full time writer, ironica
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Pritam Nayak
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
The writer basically trying to keep more focus on the today's competitive word and the most important attribute of a professional "integrity" .The small real life examples on different aspect of today's world is really make the book wonderful. The best part is the book is written on targeting all type of audiences who are entering to the business world.
Clare Cannon
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm absolutely impressed with the qualities this books asserts as those of a true professional, and each one is explained with poignant examples that leave no room for doubt about what is the right thing to do. The only point to consider is that so many of the examples are set in India that one gets the impression that the book was intended for a local audience, though its themes are universal.
Arun Kumar
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between the blurbs on the back of the book, the acknowledgment et al inside, and the inside flaps, it is the last paragraph on the front inside flap that does injustice to the book’s theme: being a professional need not give you ‘the cutting edge required for the twenty first century workplace’. The flap writer also errs in recommending the book as a ticket to ‘gain entry into the club of professionals’.
See the book and its professional appearance; pick it up – and its weight settles assuringly
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Vinod Kumar Dasari
Very Interesting Book Really it is deserves 4.5 stars. Its pile of good thoughts

The thin line between those who are competent at their jobs and those who are professional at it.

People make situations and Situations often make people

Integrity precedes professional competence

People do not appreciate values when everything is going well..

Not only White and Black.. Find Many Shades of GREY....

Only a great person can express a negative emotion for the right person to the right degree at the right tim
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Prasanta
Top management advice drawn from real work life experience.
Abhishek
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The aim of education should be to make one realize that how little he/she knows". When I officially became an engineer, and started considering myself a "professional" guy, I did not realize the word has a much deeper meaning attached to it! It seems this book has made me take a step forward in my journey of education.

My primary motivation to pick up this book was the author himself. Thanks to technology (read YouTube) I have been on the receiving end of Mr Bagchi's words of wisdom, and was cu
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Aravind Mohan
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The PROFESSIONAL - I wanted this to be the first book I am reviewing; for, I ll know I am starting with a great book.

This book is for every professional. Every soul that wants to go the grave clean handed. Every individual who wants to be treated with respect in the society. Every mind that wants a peaceful sleep in the night.
A thought provoking book, which has hit the nail hard on the head when discussing about our daily activities. Every point described with the Author's real life experiences
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This book is a bible for professional life. A leading example on how an employee of any stature or any organisation should mould his/her career on the grounds of professionalism. Subroto Bagchi endorses the very significant factor that contributes to the success of an employee i.e. the principles of self discipline and integrity. He also illustrates many instances to give a complete picture on the behaviour exhibited by true professionals. The difference between an employee and a professional is ...more
Madhusudhan S
Ideally, None of the management books interest me. They either be too preachy and sometimes be monotonous. This book is preachy alright and the author too admits the same in his preface.But even though, this book is an exclusion. The author tries to bring out all possible values and ethics of what is so called "The Professional". He clearly distinguishes who a Professional is and who an employee is.

The best part of the book would be the stories he narrates for each and every topic he takes.I
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Prakash
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish my friends/acquaintances who are businessmen would read this book and take a leaf or two from this masterpiece. There is life beyond making that extra buck. Integrity is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect if one has to be a true professional.

Subroto has beautifully explained the concept of Purpose & Platform (see image). Go check the quadrant you fall in. If you fall in the high platform/low value quadrant and you're OK or happy about it, good for you :p

If you're not, there is always a chance
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A. Sahai
In The Professional, Subroto Bagchi gives us his knowledge, based on his lifelong experience, of what it takes to be a professional, what qualities you need to become a great professional. Most importantly, it teaches you lessons to become professional, not only in your workplace but also towards your approach in life.
This book deals with Integrity, Ethics and other normal aspects in work life , it doesn't provides the reader with the real aspects that is involved in work life. It is a good boo
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Mayank Joshi
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Professionals
Shelves: business, own-books
The writer basically trying to keep more focus on the today's competitive word and the most important attribute of a professional "integrity" .
- The small real life examples on different aspect of today's world is really make the book wonderful.
- The best part is the book is written on targeting all type of audiences who are entering to the business world.

A book that starts with the leanings of the Author in his childhood days and ends with his views on inter cultural differences, every page ma
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Ram Kumar Lanka
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Professional is a book that each employee should read. As you join in a new company or you are already working in a job, it is a great to read to reflect and self direct your career path. Lot of things that one should be aware but he/she is not taught during the college or during a company induction training, are available.
All the principles and thoughts that are mentioned in the book are completely valid and relevant for today's generation whose life is dependent mostly on their profession
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Ankur Ashta
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ease of reading: 5/5
Entertaining: 3/5
Takeouts: 3.5/5
Different from others in the genre: 2/5

Problem areas: Gets preachy at times (though the author confesses it in the beginning). Talks of things, you have been reading since childhood. But it is a very very easy and quick reading. I read it in 8 hours flat.

Recommended for new readers and people with low vocabulary. some portions though are relevant for anyone in this world.
Balachandar Kaliappan
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Balachandar by: Srinivasan
Working in corporate or doing business on your own or whatever is your profession, this book teaches you on "How to be a Professional". Author have done great research and also practically done a lot of experiments to write this book. Subroto Bagchi endeavor to bring out this book needs an appreciation. After reading this book, we will realize the mistakes that we do in our professional life. Must read for any person who is working or running a business.
Roshni Gautam
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good book, especially for young professionals starting out in the corporate world.

Pros
- The Professional is an easy interesting read
- Really good advice and very clear examples

Cons
- At times, advice seems a little idealistic, especially in an Indian context
- Talks about a lot of things

I have a lot of respect for Mr.Bagchi and enjoy his books tremendously.

Divya
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book deals with Integrity, Ethics and other normal aspects in work life , it doesn't provides the reader with the real aspects that is involved in work life . The book is written in form of examples to teach us the meaning of professional, which makes it kind of boring. Definitely not worth the price of the book.
Pragya
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Professional is an absorbing novel in which Subroto Bagchi gives a clear picture on how to be a true professional in the truest sense of the word. No matter what profession you aim for, some values and traits that are a must to not only survive, but to be recognized and succeed in your profession is what this book is about. I liked his style of structured writing.
Shantanu Desai
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with systematic examples to indicate impact of certain qualities that a professional MUST have and the qualities that a professional SHOULD have.
Its a read-in-a-go book and very handy to keep in shelf (just-in-case) for future references. Liked it!
Dev Thomas
Some interesting thoughts on what makes a complete professional. I used to be a big fan of Subrato Bagchi's TOI column. Compared to that, this book is a let down. It contains several standalone advices, but lacks a cohesive flow
Ramesh Chinnasamy
Apr 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that there are many new words which made my read bit complicated. Most of the sentences stop only after running 4 or 5 lines. Sometimes I felt like I paid to read the advertisement of MindTree.
Ramakrishnan
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book for all those about to start working. A must read.
Madhavi Ravanan
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read, particularly since its based on real life experiences that the Author went through or came by.
Hardik Lodha
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! It also states and explains examples that depict ethical nature of a professional. It will groom you for sure.
Smit
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a goodread.
Zeushospites
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
book is on true professionalism
Bhagyashree Bagal
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think its very useful
Lubna
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian-authors
Being a professional is an independent choice, however, this book provide a great guide. I have reviewed it, see this url
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Subroto Bagchi is best known for co-founding MindTree in 1999 where he started as the Chief Operating Officer. MindTree is among India’s most admired companies across industries. In 2008, Bagchi took on the role of Gardener at MindTree.

In this new role, Bagchi spends one-on-one time with the Top-100 leaders at MindTree on their ‘personal-professional’ issues to expand leadership capacity and build
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