Self-Assessment is Very Important
(Vinod Anand)

We often have to keep reminding our/ selves that we are self-respecting individuals, who will not allow ourselves to be short-changed. Despite professional knavery and skullduggery, if we do an honest day’s work and remain true to ourselves, we would be better able to negotiate our way through a working career, For those who play the game of “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest/best amongst us all” and who expect their names to always feature first, a rude awakening may happen some day But for those of us closer to reality, the daily jolts and negative feedback make us more realistic about the work scene. A real pro should be an encourager, not a discourager, but most often that is not the case. True, we improve ourselves by accepting critical reviews. But, if they begin to erode our self-confidence and belief in our own abilities, we are at the wrong end of the scale Self esteem does not depend on the approval of others. That is because, when we respect ourselves, we do not accept what others say if that is not true of us. The more risks we undertake, the bigger mistakes we could make. But mistakes do not and should not come in the way of developing self-esteem. All of us might have gone through these experiences — ranging from little pinpricks to insults and being subject to offensive remarks. If we let them get under our skin, we will begin to believe that we are worthless. When we let jibes and attacks slide off our backs, like water off a duck’s back, we are in effect saying: “Excuse me, I am a self-respecting individual. I will not accept the things you-say because they demean me and compromise my rights as an employee or as a fellow being on the planet.” Some in authority are not used to ever being questioned. What they say goes, right or wrong. Others are more receptive to ideas and nuances. They can listen to their juniors without in any way feeling threatened. Of course, favouritism exists almost everywhere. But I would consider myself lucky if I were not a favourite and proved myself through sheer performance. Games people play will never cease. But if I am fair and honest, the chances are that I will succeed, even it means the hard way. Many professionals in our country get frustrated and feel that too many organizations are being run unprofessionally. Since patterns of ownership and control differ so much, what is considered acceptable in one organization may be considered taboo in another? However, certain parameters remain true for all professionals especially when quality of work is placed above petty, considerations. They may be competitive but not unethical. They are loyal, committed and are able to put the interests of the organization first, while following ethical codes of conduct. Professionals do need spiritual anchors because it’s a tough world that is not designed to mollycoddle you. You will be challenged, battered, tried, putdown. You will have to over- come all these hurdles and many more with courage and conviction .and perhaps faith. Sometimes, you face constraints — economic familial or otherwise — and so may not be able to leave one job and move to another only because you don’t see eye to eye with authority You may have to tolerate humiliation. But, if you bravely hold on to your values and soldier on, you might be able to hold your head high and say, “Do or say what you like, but you will not erode my self-esteem.

Author's Bio: 


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.