Dr Anoop Nigwekar
Having contributed in the management of homoeopathic health care organizations active in field of clinical care, student care, community care and knowledge care for past 30 years and having networked and closely worked with Government, MNCs, Systems Management promoting organizations and semi government organizations in the course of these 30 years I propose my perspective on the title of the submission.
An organisation is a group of people who desire to achieve a common goal. Any organisation comes to life when there is a common vision and mission that the organisation desires to achieve. Progressively more and more men join the group if they are in sync with the vision and mission of the organisation.
The issue then boils down to how the organisation defines and implements a strategy to realize the vision and mission. The implementation is strongly guided by the values the organisation and its leadership demonstrate through action.
Implementation is observed based on the outcome of various strategies that are monitored and reported. This demonstrates the accountability of the group of leaders who in principle created the organisation, whom I call senior leaders.
The implementation has to be driven based on the defined customer base that the organisation desires to serve. In case of homoeopathy customers are students, teachers, researchers, patients, well – wishers of homoeopathy in the community, government agencies, international agencies, pharmaceuticals, management of institutes and accreditation organizations. This is not unique to homeopathy only but all those who serve in health care systems necessarily interact with these customer segments.
The organisation desires to achieve to begin with a very wholesome and attractive idea, but as the days pass on to years the men who are operating the organisation start either putting heart and soul or become disillusioned or try to carve out a niche for self within the organisation.
One must realize that not all have all the talents essential to run the organisation. Each one of us has a different temperament and each contributes from his strength position, some are motivators, some are communicators, some are good in financial management, some master the art of legalities of running the organisation etc. but the core issue is who will build the team and nurture all so that all move in the same direction using their strength.
The crisis of leadership is evident in most of the organisation as the time passes. The leadership has to rotate. The leadership has to bring up cadre to mature to run the organisation. If the leadership fails the organisation is sure to fail.
In homoeopathy we need to ensure the chain of succession, political process of election of choosing the leader many useful but not necessarily an appropriate method. We should rise to the occasion to find a leader who will operate as a charioteer who maneuvers various temperamental horses!!! Leaders should have acquired knowledge and skill on management skills in theory and practice.
Such leaders should have one core strength of the various mentioned above and he should be able to ensure all the other horses have the core strength related to other areas mentioned above. This team has to deliver time and again and be available for being monitored and corrections from time to time inputs.
In the current situation one observes there are many organizations for homoeopathy obviously it is not achieving a larger goal / s for homeopathy. We are happy with small gains but small gains need not deliver / s larger goals or purpose of existence.
There cannot be a common minimum program there has to be a clean slate start. The vision mission may be jointly arrived at by these organizations and strategies are those that have larger good of homoeopathy and not address to only “minimum” purpose of the organisation.
As a short – term strategy we need to create a federation comprising of leaders of different organizations coming together on a common platform and evolving a common strategy for the purpose of government contact and influencing policy.
As a long – term strategy the leaders of the various organizations should dissolve their respective organizations and create fresh one with a larger all-encompassing vision and mission and a well-defined strategy to ensure all objectives are attended to in a focused way.
End of the day, one organisation with a larger base will have a stronger voice that will be heard in the various corridors of power and across the customer base. Or else each will be made to fight with each one and over a period of time homoeopathy is destined to die. We homoeopaths would be responsible for the murder of our own system.
Dr Anoop Nigwekar
MD(Hom), MBA, Adv. Dip. Mgmt.