“Education must be made practical. It must emphasize employability and empowerment, in addition to enlightenment.” – Professor M.S. Rao, India
Professor M.S. Rao is a prolific author and international management guru with a thriving consultancy focused on building leaders – whether they are already in management positions, or are young students, just starting to think about their futures. His award-winning book, 21 Success Sutras for Leaders, was recently selected as one of ten finalists for the 2013 Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Leadership Book Award at the University of San Diego, and his YouTube channel is full of insightful videos for current and future leaders.
But as a native of India, where teaching approaches are often rooted in the past, Professor Rao is also an outspoken advocate for innovation in the classroom, and for an increased focus on preparing students for careers. In his blog (and many other public forums), Professor Rao takes every opportunity to share his dream objective.
“My lifetime goal is to build one million students as global leaders,” Professor Rao states, and he sees unlimited opportunity in the large and relatively young population of India.
It’s a worthy goal, and Professor Rao, who is recognized as one of the world’s foremost leadership consultants, coaches, and speakers, clearly has the passion to pursue it. Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Professor M.S. Rao.
What drew you to the field of education? Why is it important to you?
I am passionate about students. I get excited when I stay with them, teach them, and when they appreciate and applaud my teaching.
Can you tell us about a favorite teacher, or someone who made a difference in your education?
I grew by self-learning. No teacher influenced me. If anybody influenced me, it would only be Google. Hence, Google is my guru.
Please describe how your professional achievements have advanced innovation in education. What has changed as a result of your work?
I created an innovative teaching tool – the Meka’s Method leadership teaching tool – 11E Leadership Grid; and a new leadership tool – Soft Leadership Grid, based on this new leadership style (Soft Leadership, copyrighted with Jossey Bass).
In your opinion, how has the use of apps, cellphones, and mobile devices changed education? And your work?
This technology has revolutionized — and become an integral part of — education.
In your view, what is the most exciting innovation happening in education today?
Unlearning and relearning with the help of technology.
Is there a 21st century skill (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation) that you are most passionate about? Why?
I am passionate about creativity and innovation in education, and I developednew thinking on innovative education published by Emerald.Collaboration is key to survival and success with rapid-changing technology.
If you could give one educational tool to every child in the world, what would it be? Why?
Be passionate in sharing your knowledge. Learn, unlearn and relearn.
What is your country doing well currently to support education?
I am from India where education is yet to be revolutionized. India must get out of rote learning and 3Rs – reading, writing and reproducing.
How must education change in your country to ensure that students are equipped to thrive in the 21st century?
Education must be made practical. It must emphasize employability and empowerment, in addition to enlightenment.
What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome to ensure students are receiving a quality education?
Indian education is based on theory, not practicality. Lack of quality research in Indian education is another major obstacle.
How can teachers or school leaders facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned through your work?
Teachers must be passionate to teach to students. Once they are passionate, other challenges can be overcome easily.
How have you incorporated mobile devices/apps into your classroom and have you seen any improvements?
Not yet. But some students use tablets and mobile devices.
About Professor M.S. Rao, Founder, MSR Leadership Consultants India
Hyderabad, India Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
- Current residence: Hyderabad, India
- Education: PhD in Soft Skills
- Website I check every day:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Professor-MSRao/451516514937414
- Person who inspires me most: God
- Favorite childhood memory: Libraries
- Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Switzerland
- When was the last time you laughed? Why? I often laugh to make my students laugh and get excited.
- Favorite book:Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Favorite music: Soft music, melodious
- What is the best advice you have ever received? I believe in two things – constant feedback and continuous learning.
- Your favorite quote or motto: “Friendship is thicker than blood.” My vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030, to become President of India.
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