Normally when you speak you are addressing an audience and you are speaking about something. There is a message you are giving to somebody. Here when you are speaking on the occasion of a day, you are trying to say what does the institution mean to you. It is something worth thinking about.
I think there is something about the institute that calms you and makes you selfless. There is something about the institute that makes you think more about others.
An alumnus once said it well. He said, you will find many SPJIMR students who have gone to the US and other parts of the world. You will not find a single SPJIMR student with an American accent. There is something about the institute that keeps you grounded and humble.
For me what it has done is that it has changed my concept of leadership. I had come in as an entrepreneur. If I was asked to introduce myself, I would have a three-minute summary of my biodata. I had learnt that you need to put your label upfront. Over a period, I have stopped doing that now. When I introduce myself now, I just say that I am Ranjan and that’s it.