By Smita Ram, Rang De Team
Our first meeting with Kiruba (who has just joined Rang De’s Governing Board) went really well. Ram and I were meeting Kiruba almost after a year, even though I had met him briefly when he formally agreed to join the board. This meeting was different from our previous ones. We spent a couple of hours together and brainstormed a bit on some of the ideas we had in mind and what we could do to take Rang De to the next level.
Typically, I am not too good with meetings that last for more than an hour. But the sheer energy and the number of ideas that we discussed kept me on my toes and wanting to listen and share more of those ideas. I did not even need to drink tea to stay awake. We did come up with a few ideas — one of them being the Chennai Marathon and creating awarness about microcredit.
The team was looking forward to meeting Kiruba. So it was good that he volunteered to come to over and everyone could meet him. We will be meeting again for a proper brainstorming session on some of the ideas we will be working on.
Something that struck me during the meeting with Kiruba was — many times we shy away from our own ideas thinking they are not great. But the merit of an idea needs to be tested by executing it. Thats when the true worth of an idea actually comes out. As much as it is important to come up with good ideas, it also needs good execution and focus to ensure that the world sees it.
Rang De is at a stage where many of these ideas are being implimented. Some of these may not have worked well but the learning it has provided to the team has been enriching. we have all grown as better team players, managers, leaders and most importantly better human beings.
Our rendezvous with Kiruba could not have happened at a better time. It has reinstored our faith in the power of ideas.