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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  864 ratings  ·  88 reviews
A manifesto on what it takes to be a true professional in the modern world.

By common definition, a professional is anyone who possesses the skills and knowledge necessary for a career-whether as a surgeon, a software engineer, or a plumber. But according to Subroto Bagchi, our increasingly global marketplace demands more. In a world where the foolish, selfish, and uneth
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 26th 2010 by Penguin Global (first published September 10th 2009)
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Kumar Jayant
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Ramakrishnan M
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Clare Cannon
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Sendhilkumar Alalasundaram
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being a professional goes beyond having an academic qualification, as a matter of fact, a professional need not even possess an academic degree!
Subroto Bagchi's idea of a professional is pretty comprehensive and one we could all try to live up to!
I'd especially recommend this book to people who are in the formative years of their professional journey!
Arun Kumar
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Sukrut Joshi
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Professional is an extremely well researched and well written book on the meaning The Professional. It describes professions not only in the corporate setup but also how people adhere to there professions who are not in the corporate setup. The most beautiful example given in the book is of Mahadev of Bangalore. Mahadev's profession is to give a dignified cremation / burial to the bodies which are found unclaimed on the streets / hospitals of Bangalore. This book showcases various profession ...more
Deepak Narang
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is well written and descriptive. The author shares valuable insights from his own professional and personal life as incidences where he encountered supreme professional conduct by individuals from different backgrounds. The book also talks about must have qualities of a professional and what moral and ethical values one should have to be a true professional. Overall a very good experience. It's a must read for all young professionals from people who have recently started working or are ...more
Shubham Goswami
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think the mere attempt to define "a professional" and unfolding the thought thereafter was enough for me to give it a 3 star. My journey through this book further on earned the remaining 2 stars and I know I have not overrated it. The detailing aspects of this book are profound and elaborate at the same time never losing the point of discussion on the way. Hoping to meet the author some day for a personal interaction, looking forward to many more books from Mr. Bagchi in near future.
Gourang Ambulkar
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Collection of markers to aid workplace professional. I liked his last chapter where he explains platform and purpose. It added a new dimension to my thought process. I thought a chapter dedicated to ethics and corporate social responsibilities would have good, although he does brush on these here and there. And of course one star less because he keeps marketing Mind Tree at my expense in the book. Thought that was a tad bit unprofessional as I didn't buy the book to know more about MindTree.
Rajesh Trivedi
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book for people who believe they are professionals. This book has simple style of writing & leaving you with thought. Subroto is never preache but share his experience and observations. Each chapter is of 2-3 page which makes easy to read. I believe B-school should make it mandatory read for final semester students & corporates can give it to each New joiner & existing employees. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Subrato Bagchi’s book deserves to be classified as a classic and will achieve that status in time to come. Written in a parabolic manner, the book lays down what a persons needs to inculcate in his work culture to become a Professional. A must read for almost any one.
Athar Abbas
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Had read this book in the starting years of my career on what a professional must or must not do. So refreshing and so motivating. I still employ few nuggets of wisdom from this book. I plan to read it again.
Suyash Nagayach
A good quick read but doesn't leave a lasting effect.
Aruchchunan Sivaa
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Explaining with the stories about what is professionalism, this book can helps to every one to understand dos and dont dos in workplace or or their own business
Hemal Bagdai
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent piece
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
it was good book.
Pardeep Singh
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very nice book. You will know the real meaning of professionalism!!
Shriraj Nayak
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Subroto lists down the top attributes a professional must possess with good examples. I strongly agree with the list and would recommend this book.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Top management advice drawn from real work life experience.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: critiqued
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
Aravind Mohan
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Madhusudhan S
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 to
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
Mayank Joshi
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Professionals
Shelves: own-books, business
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
Ram Kumar Lanka
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Ankur Ashta
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
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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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