How to succeed at business in Nepal ?

There are many ways to entrepreneurial success. Here is one, if you are a first-time entrepreneur:

  1. Do NOT try to produce a totally new, new thing. The reason is simple. When you produce a totally new, new thing, you need a lot of money to educate the market about what your “new new” thing is. Educating the market is very expensive, both in terms of time and money.
  2. When you try to educate the market about your new, new product, you burn a lot of your precious capital. When you burn your capital (like the dot com companies did in the US in 1999), you may go out of business altogether.
  3. Adding insult to injury, as it often happens in Nepal, you may then have to watch late-comers succeed with the very idea that you came up with because you foolishly spent all your money educating the market about the new, new product for your future competitors to benefit from! [Believe us: nobody gives you a medal for being a “business saheed”!]
  4. Instead of trying to produce a totally new, new thing, look at an established industry where there are existing suppliers, competitors, customers, etc. In other words, as a first-time entrepreneur, choose a known industry.
  5. In that industry, think hard to find a niche (your new thing): see what the customers are looking for but not getting, and see whether you can find a way to meet their (unexpressed) demand. Finding your niche or your twist in a well-known industry lies at the heart of first-time entrepreneurship.
  6. Once you find your niche in a known industry, educating the market will not be that difficult. That’s because people already know your industry, they can generally understand what to expect, etc.
  7. Once you have identified your niche, then, find a way to put “a moat around it”, as Warren Buffet says. A moat refers to a large body of water (preferably with crocodiles) around a castle. A moat makes it difficult for others to attack the castle. If you think of your business as a castle, what should your moats be? Price? Brand? Location? High switching cost? Service?
  8. Do NOT worry about competition. All reasonable people want to copy good ideas. Having competition is good, because it validates you and your idea. If no one wants to copy you, be worried.
  9. Even with a niche and a moat, how do you know what works? You don’t. Therefore, experiment small, fail fast, learn quickly, and change course to continuously scale up.
  10. In the back of your mind, always ask yourself these four questions, and try to have answers:
    1. What compelling reason exists for people to give you money to buy your product or service?
    2. How do you get what you are selling for less than it costs to sell it?
    3. How will strangers find out about the business and decide to become customers?
    4. What insulation (moat) do you have from commoditization (“just like what everyone has”) and price war (coming from competitors)?

This is a guest post by Ashutosh Tiwari (Some of the materials may have been collected from other sources).

 

देश बनाउने सकारात्मक शक्तिलाई केले रोकेको छ?

 

सकारात्मक शक्तिलाई केले रोकेको छ? (सेतोपाटी पत्रिकामा पढ्नुहोला)

प्रतिभाशाली नेपालीको कमी छैन। देशलाई माया गर्ने नेपाली पनि हामी उत्तिकै छौँ। हरेक दिन कुनै न कुनै अब्बल नेपालीले राष्ट्रको शिर ठाडो राखेको खबर सुनेकै छौँ। हामी नेपाली बाहिर गएर पनि मलेशियादेखि अरब देशहरु धानेकै छौँ भने भित्रै बसेर पनि आफ्नै लगन र मिहिनेतले नेपाल धानेकै छौँ। तर यत्ति धेरै राम्रा र प्रतिभाले भरिएको देश एकपछि अर्को बिपत्तिमा छिरेको छिर्यै छ त। पटकपटक असफल साबित हुँदा पनि उही नेतृत्वले राज गर्ने मौका पाएकै छन् त।

एकपल्ट सोच्नुस् त- अहिले यत्तिबिघ्न राम्रा र प्रतिभाशाली नेपाली हुँदाहुँदै किन सकारात्मक शक्तिले हाम्रो देशको नेतृत्व लिन सकेको छैन? सकारात्मक शक्तिलाई केले रोकेको छ यहाँ?

तितो यथार्थ यही हो- प्रतिभाशाली र ‘आफूलाई राम्रो  मान्ने’ नेपालीले नै रोकेका छन् सकारात्मक शक्तिलाई

तपाईलाई नराम्रो लाग्ला, अविश्वास पनि लाग्ला र सोध्नु होला- कसरी यस्तो पवित्र काममा हामी ‘राम्रा नेपाली’ नै बाधक भयौँ र? कारण- हामीभित्र केही नजानिँदो कुसंस्कार हावी छन्।

जस्तो कि …

१. ‘कोठाभित्र रमाउँदै ठिक्क… ‘

हामी कोठाभित्र रमाएका छौँ र समग्र घरलाई बिर्सेका छौँ। देशको एक क्षेत्रमा उत्कृष्ट बनेका छौँ तर उत्कृष्टहरुबीचको सहकार्य गरी प्राप्त हुने ठूलो प्रतिफल देशलाई दिन सकेका छैनौँ। अरु देश बनाउनेलाई मद्दत गर्दा आफूमा कतै दाग, हिलो, फोहर पो लागिहाल्छ कि भनी डराउँछौँ। अनि देश जति गनाए पनि नाक थुन्दै ‘कोठा’ मै रमाउछौँ।

२. ‘भोलि उठ्दा चट्ट देश बनेको हेर्न पाऊँ’

सिन्को नभाँची अकस्मात् देश र समाज सब ठीक भएको हेर्ने अपेक्षा राख्छौँ हामी। भर्खरै बामे सर्दै गरेको देश बनाउने राम्रा अभियान, सन्जाल, समूहहरु हाम्रो आँखामा त पर्दै पर्दैन। कारण, उनीहरुले गरेका कामका परिणाम त आजको भोलि आउनै सक्दैन। तर, हामीलाई परिणाम आजको भोलि नै चाहिएको हुन्छ।

३. ‘मेरो गोरुको बाह्रै टक्का’

कसैले शुरु गरेको सकारात्मक परिवर्तन हाम्रै तरिकाले चलेको देखेनौँ भने दुई सेकन्डमै त्यसरी त कामै छैन भनी आफैँ पाखा लाग्छौँ। आफूले देखाएकै बाटोमा हिँडेमात्र कुनै ठोस् समाधानमा पुगिन्छ भन्ने अभिमान छ हामीमा। प्रतिभाशाली नेपालीलाई एक ठाँउमा उभिएर राष्ट्रको समस्या समाधान गर्न हाम्रै अहंकारले रोकेको छ।

४.‘यो नेपाल कहिले ढल्छ र अर्को नेपालमा जान पाउँ’

अझै यही भ्रमको खेती गरी बस्छौँ हामी। ‘कैले कली देवता आएर सखाप पार्छ अनि नयाँ नेपालमा जान पाउँ! कहिले पशुपतिनाथ रक्षा गर्छन् ‘हामी’ सभ्यलाई! कहिले जंगबहादुर निस्किन्छ र सबै दुष्टलाई काट्छ! कहिले… … ‘ यसरी हामी विकल्प बनाउनुभन्दा काल्पनिक विकल्पमा जान कुरिरहेका छौँ।

५.‘बलेकै आगो ताप्ने हो’

हामी जहिल्यै बलेकै आगो ताप्न तम्सिन्छौँ। कसरी बल्यो, किन बल्यो बालै मतलब छैन। कयौँ बेला त हामी समाजका भ्रष्ट, गैरजिम्मेवार, विवेकहिनले बालेकै आगो ताप्दै रम्छौँ। परिवर्तन गर्नेहरुले बाल्न दु:ख गरेको देख्दा-देख्दै पनि सिन्को भाँच्दैनौँ। उल्टो आगो कहिले बालिसक्ला र ताप्छु भनी कुर्छौँ।

६.’पक्कै डलर खेती गरी रा होला’

कसैले केही राम्रो शुरुवात गरेको देख्यौँ भने मनभित्र दर्जनौँ शंकालु सोच आइहाल्छ। शंकै-शंकाले आफूभित्रको आस्था र सहयोगको भावनालाई निमोठिहाल्छ। फ्याट्ट कतै आफ्ना शंकालु दृष्टिकोण राखिदिन्छौँ, त्यही कुरो एक कान दुई कान हुँदै सत्य बन्छ। राम्रा गर्ने खोज्ने थाहै नपाई एक्लिईन्छन्। यसरी नजानी नजानी नै खुट्टा तान्ने संस्कारका प्रवर्धक हुन्छौँ।

७. ‘यहाँ यस्तै हो। केही हुनेवाला छैन’

यो देशमा अब केही हुदैँन भन्दै हामी आफूभित्र पनि डर जगाउँछौँ, गर्नेको पनि हौसला रित्याउँछौँ। जेको पनि सकारात्मक भन्दा बढी नकारात्मक तात्पर्य नै निकाल्ने गर्छौँ। यी मनको पिपले वरिपरि बल्न लागेको ऊर्जालाई पनि निभाउने काम गर्छौँ।

८. ‘भै हाल्छ नि, गरि हाल्छु नि – नो प्रोब्लेम्’

प्राय हामी ‘नाइँ’ भन्नै सक्दैनौँ। फेसबुकमा दश जनाले ‘आाउछुँ’ भन्छौँ तर वास्तवमा आउँछौँ मात्र एक। ‘मुखले आश्वासन, खुट्टाले धोका दिने’ चलन बोकी हिँडेका छौँ। आश्वासन भंग गर्न चानचुने कुरा लाग्ला तर देश बनाउन हिडेँकालाई यसले ‘स्लो पोइजन’को काम गरि रहेको हुन्छ।

९. ‘मैले त्यत्रो गरेँ त्यसलाई। खोई त मलाई पनि गरेको’

मद्दत गर्दा तुरुन्तै ब्याज खोजी हिँडछौँ हामी। राम्रा गर्दै गरेकालाई कतिपय परिस्थितिमा त बीचैमा मद्दत रोकी घर न घाटको बनाइदिन्छौँ। देश बनाउन हिँड्नेको जिन्दगी कहाली लाग्दो, तिरस्कृत, एक्लो, गरुङ्गो छ। यो यथार्थको रत्तिभर पनि सह-अनुभूति (एम्पेथी) राख्दैनौँ।

१०. ‘ओहो! फलानाको छोरा-छोरी त अमेरिकामा… ‘

डिभी पाउनेको फेसबुकमा सयौँ लाइक हान्छौँ। तर बाढीपिडितलाई सहयोग गर्दा त्यसको आधा पनि लाइक दिन्नौँ। इस्टमित्रले देश छाड्दा स्याबासी दिन्छौँ, फर्कँदा चाहिँ ‘बौलाइस् कि क्या हो?’ भन्छौँ। यही मनस्थितिले देशलाई वृद्धाश्रम बनाउँदैछौँ हामी। देशमै केही गर्छु भनी कम्मर कस्नेले कोसँग मिलेर देश बनाउने?

जबसम्म यी कु-संस्कारलाई हामी आफैले त्याग्दैनौँ, देशमा सकारात्मक नेतृत्व शक्ति बन्नको लागि प्रमुख बाधक हामी नै हुन्छौँ। यी कु-संस्कार त्याग्न मैले देखेको सर्वोत्तम उपाय भनेको त्यसको ठाउँमा नेतृत्व बनाउन चाहिने सु-संस्कारहरु हालिदिने हो। यदि तपाईँ जस्तो प्रतिभाशाली नेपालीले यसो गर्न थाल्नु भयो भने मलाई विश्वास छ, सकारात्मक शक्तिले देश हाम्रै कालमा हाँक्ने छन्। मैले समग्रमा बुझेका केही नेतृत्व बनाउन चाहिने संस्कारहरु बुदाँगत हिसाबले तल प्रस्तुत गर्दैछु।

नेतृत्व बनाउन चाहिने केही संस्कारहरु:

१. ‘माथि होइन तल हेर्नु’

देश बनाउन हिँडेकालाई कसरी चिन्ने? राम्ररी हेर्नु- उनको मुख मात्र चलेको छ कि पाइताला पनि? मीठो दर्शन भन्दा पनि के गर्यो, के गरिरा’छ, के गर्न ला’छ? त्यसैमा ध्यान दिनु। बाचा कम, काम बढी गर्नेकै पछाडि लाग्नु, उनैको हौसला बढाउनु।

२. ‘दान होइन, लगानी गर्नु’

देश बनाउन आँट्ने नेतृत्वलाई तपाईँको एक-दुईपल्टको अनुदान होइन, नियमित लगानी चाहिन्छ। सक्नुहुन्छ भने समय नै लगानी गर्नु, सक्नुहुन्न भने श्रोत दिनुस्। देश बनाउने नेतृत्व बनाउनु भनेको आफ्नै बच्चा हुर्काउनु जस्तै हो। ठोस् समयसम्म पाल्नु भयो भने ठोस परिणाम पनि देखाँउछन्, अनि अचम्मको सन्तोष पनि पाइन्छ।

३. ‘नेतृत्व आफैँ बन्दैन, बनाइन्छ- यही मन्त्र जप्नु’

बुद्ध, गान्धी, मण्डेला एक्लै बन्या होइनन्। पेले त्यसै पेले भा होइन। तपाईँजस्तै कसैको आस्था र निरन्तर मद्दतले तिख्खारिदैँ, उच्चालिदैँ यी साधारण मानव असाधारण महामानव बनेका हुन्। अहिले जिरोमा रहेका ती परिवर्तन निर्मातालाई आड दिई राख्नु, समयले हिरो बनाएरै छाड्छ! यसरी यो देशमा फेरि बुद्ध जस्तो नेतृत्व बनाउने जिम्मा लिनु त। नेपाली इतिहास फेरि हाँस्नेछ।

४. ‘बनिबनाउ स्वर्गलाई होइन, भत्केकै स्वर्ग बनाउनु’

नेपाल भत्किएको स्वर्ग हो। कम्मर कसे चाँडै बन्छ। विकसित मुलुकको बनिबनाउ स्वर्गलाई थप सिंगार्न लाग्नु भन्दा अभाव भएको आफ्नो देशलाई समृद्ध बनाउने बाटो रोज्नु। अवसर आफैँ बन्दैन, स्वयंले बनाउने हो। बाहिरै भए पनि नेपाल बनाउनेहरुमै लगानी गर्नु। आफू फर्कने बाटो यसरी नै खोल्नु।

५. ‘टन्न भाकालाई होइन पेट कराइरहेकालाई खुवाउनु’

श्रोत-साधन-शक्तिले टन्न भाकालाई समर्थन गर्ने कु-संस्कार छाडी मद्दतका भोकालाई हात दिनु। उदाहरणको लागि, यसले जित्छ भनेर होइन यसले सही बाटो समाएको छ भनी भोट दिनु। परिवर्तन गर्नेहरु एक्लो हुन्छन्, मद्दतका भोका हुन्छन्। उनीहरुलाई नै खुवाउनु न।

६.’१०० मिटर होइन, ‘रिले’ म्याराथुन दौडिनु’

छिटो पुग्नेलाई होइन, चाँडै नथाक्नेलाई खुरुखुरु मद्दत गर्दै जानु। धेरै जसो बेला हामी यसैमा चुक्छौँ। ‘तु’ पुर्याइदिने बाचा गर्नेको पछि लाग्दा घर न घाटको भइन्छ। दिगो परिवर्तनको लागि बटान पास गर्दै ‘रिले’ म्याराथुन दौडनेमै बाजी लगाउनु।

७.’नेपालमा बोल्ने-लेख्ने-पढ्नेलाई पुग्यो अब गर्नेलाई पालो दिनु’

सर्वत्र थाहै छ कि बोलाइ र गराइमा सन्तुलन नल्याएसम्म कुनै कार्य सफल हुँदैन। यसो गर्नुपर्छ भन्ने, लेख्ने, विश्लेषण गर्नेको अनुपातमा कार्य गरी देखाउने रवैया भएका निकै थोरै छन्। जसरी घरका हरेक खम्बा नबनेसम्म छानो ढलान हाल्न सकिन्न, गर्नेलाई बलियो नबनाएसम्म देश बन्दैन।

८.’मन जगाउनु- जगतै तताउनु’

नेपाल बनाउन तम्सिनेलाई मद्दत गर्न पिएचडी चाहिँदैन। आसेपासे पनि हुनु पर्दैन। अरु त के देशमै हुनु पर्दैन, नागरिक नै हुनु पर्दैन। केवल मन चाहिन्छ मन ‘पाशा’। कुनै पनि नेतृत्वलाई सबभन्दा महत्वपूर्ण मद्दत भनेको त्यही ‘पहिलो समर्थक’ बनिदिनु हो। त्यसपछि त ढिलो चाँडो वरिपरि तात्न थालिहाल्छन्।

९. ‘नेपालमा नपत्याउने खोलाले नै बगाउँछ – यो कुरो ध्यान राख्नु’

चौबिसे राज्य मध्यको एउटा फुच्चे राजाले नै नेपाल आँट्या होइन र? इतिहास पल्टाउनुस्- परापूर्व कालदेखि नेपाल हल्लाउने जति सबै नपत्याउँदा नै थिए होइन र? नसुनेकालाई मद्दत गर्ने चेष्टा गर्नु्। नपत्याउँदालाई नहुर्केसम्म हात डोराइहेर्नु न।

१०.’नेपाल ‘सकारात्मक’ हल्लै हल्लाको देश बनाउनु!’

अरु कुनै नसके पनि यो एउटा त पक्कै सक्नुहुन्छ। उठेदेखि सुतेसम्म राम्रै राम्रा हल्ला फैलाउनु। सानै हिमाल चढेको खबर किन नहोस् वा ट्राफिक स्वयंसेवक बनेकै, उनैको बेस्मारी गफ छाँट्नु। मुखसम्मै आइरहने ती नकारात्मक हल्लालाई भित्रै दबाइराख्ने कसरत दिनहुँ गर्नु।

नेतृत्व लिने मात्र नेतृत्व होइन, नेतृत्व बनाउने पनि नेतृत्व हो। मेरो लेखको सार यही हो।

नेपाललाई अहिले तपाईँजस्तै ‘नेतृत्व निर्माता’ को जरुरी छ। नेतृत्व लिन चाहिने सीप, त्याग र लगन जो कोहिमा नहोला तर नेतृत्व बनाउन त हामी हरेकले सक्छौँ। आफूभित्र नेतृत्व बनाउने संस्कार आजैदेखि विकास गरे यो देशमा सकारात्मक शक्ति, सञ्जाल र नेतृत्व बलियो बन्न केहीबेर लाग्दैन।

अन्तमा मेरो अनुरोध तपाईँजस्तो प्रतिभाशाली नेपालीलाई-

‘आउनुहोस् अब नकुरौँ, नेतृत्व आफैँ बनाउने आँट गरौँ !’

 

उज्वल थापा
अध्यक्ष
विवेकशील नेपाली दल

Things to keep in mind when making sales

Things to keep in mind when making sales

Your success as an entrepreneur depends on your ability to sell. But hardly any business school offers a class on sales. Many organizations offer training programs on sales that are about theories of sales, and not about the practice of sales. Below, we offer some not-really-original but sensibly practical tips on sales.

  1. Never talk cost. Never talk price. Always talk to clients about value. Value to them. Value for them – when they buy and use your products and services.
  2. Explain and re-explain value about how it makes the clients’ life better, or easier or more profitable.
  3. Always quantify what your strengths: 5 years of experience, 5,000 customers served, etc.
  4. Never leave a sales meeting without mutually agreeing what the next action step is.
  5. When making sales, talk more about the clients and their issues, and less about you. Listen, ask questions, understand what on the clients’ mind, and help the clients explain what they are looking for.
  6. When you make cold calls, the point is not to sell – but to have a meeting.
  7. Selling and negotiations are different: First, sell. Then, negotiate discounts, etc.
  8. Sales and marketing are different: Marketing brings/attracts the clients to you; you then make the sale to the clients who have come to you.
  9. Ask your salespeople to deliver to forecast: when they do so, it means they are on top of their work.
  10. Care about your clients. People interact with and buy from those who care. Always help and tell your clients even when there is no direct and immediate benefit to you.

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This is a guest post by Ashutosh Tiwari (Some of the materials may have been collected from other sources).

 

Can social media help unite Nepal?

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Nepal is not poor. It is just poorly managed. And to manage it better, Nepalese are finally getting a unique kind of help that comes in the form of “social media”. This time we citizens have a powerful ally.

This ally is an amplifier. It is neutral. it’s free. In-fact it is inexhaustible and almost indestructible. It makes every citizen have his/her own media.

This ally is ‘social media’. With social media’s help Nepalese are uniting resources, knowledge and action to build a prosperous nation within our lifetime.

So what is Social media, you may ask? Simply it is the use of Internet and mobile technologies to help you communicate simultaneously and interactively with millions!

Here is what I mean. In the old days, to talk or to seek help or to do business with someone you had to go and knock on their doors. Now our technology has reached a point where while sitting in our bedroom, we can actually knock on thousands of doors simultaneously!

In other words, social media makes it possible for you to have communication with tens of thousands at the same time! It exponentially expands your network from hundreds to tens of thousands. It actually strengthens our reach, our impact and our visibility.

Social media has opened uncountable ways for us in Nepal to finally help unite fellow citizens out of the chaos we inherited and into the prosperity we deserve. Just over a dozen years ago we had almost no mobile phones in Nepal. Now, more than 2 out of 3 of us carry one. 10 years ago, none of us in Nepal knew about Facebook (a social media tool). By September of 2014, there are nearly 41 Lakh (4.1 million) Facebook Nepali users.  In the next decade, every Nepali will be on social media.  And everyone will be using their mobile devices (phone, glasses, who knows what more) to do this. Imagine this, we all will chat, write, talk, do business and organize events right from the palm of our hands!

A girl in Humla will answer within seconds a maths question posed by another in Taplejung. A farmer in Rautahat will get advice from a facebook group members from the US on how to negotiate seeds at a bargain for the season with a seed bank in China. The seeds may even be parceled to his village within a day or two through a simple click on his mobile. He will watch YouTube videos on internet to learn how to take proper care of his crops. English to Nepali translation will be instantaneous (Local languages like Maithili, bhojpuri will be readily available).

 

With social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram or Whatsapp, the power we have is limitless and instant. What you choose to show, will be amplified to anyone, anywhere around the world. Your remarkable ideas will no longer be hidden from from the rest of humanity. Even to get services from your own government which could take months now, would be within reach through your mobile to be finished within a day at most. You will be able to track of the progress made by your public officials in making your passports or how local government is responding to your complaint about poor health service in your local hospital (step by step). Within seconds, you would be able to check your local politician’s history and the number of promises kept or not. You can immediately re-share the information you have dug up, with millions.  Information cannot stay hidden any longer and as more facts comes within your reach the more powerful our country and our accountable our system will be.

In essence, social media helps us align all the positives in the same direction, making negative irrelevant.

Here are 5  cases to showcase how social media is doing just that and transforming Nepalese and Nepal.

  1. Back in 2011, do you remember seeing photos of “Jamuna” a malnourished child from Rukum? People created facebook groups to support her, contributing hundreds of thousands of rupees, doctors volunteered to help, Nepali from Australia and US banded together to work with ones in Nepalgunj to save her life.
  2. A small project called “Shanti School” won thousands of dollars simply by rallying Nepali citizens to “like” them on a facebook “like” competition.  They went on to build schools and train teachers in remote Nepali villages. They won much visibility and donations through mobilization of friends in social media. Social media is helping unite us to help those less fortunate.
  3. Maggie Doyne, an American girl working with orphans in Surkhet ,manages to get on YouTube and share a  video which immediately touches thousands of hearts. She raised enough funds to unite Nepali orphans for a better future.
  4. OccupyBaluwatar, Nepal Unites, Paschim Paila, Help Nepal Network, Save Dorje Gurung (in Qatar) and hundreds more Nepali campaigns have used social media effectively to push for citizens and organizations to unite with helpless Nepalis to solve big and small problems.
  5. A remote health clinic in Achham called Possible (formerly ‘nyaya’), share their stories on facebook to tell well wishers and donors living thousands of miles away, each life they save and details of every rupee they spend. What a way to unite the less fortunate Nepalese and fortunate citizens of the rest of the world, towards a healthier future?

Thanks to social media, the unorganized here in Nepal are finally organizing into platforms. Tired of forced strikes ‘bandhs’? Join anti-Bandh groups on facebook. Want to build entrepreneurs?  Fight for consumer rights? Hold politicians accountable? or simply want bike modification laws changed in Nepal? There are groups for each issue.  Youths and elders are uniting to clean up of squares, rivers and communities themselves. With the help of social media, Nepalese have finally restarted working together as a nation, to help realize that prosperous Nepal we all have dreamed for so long.

With great power comes great responsibility. I believe we will harness this great power so that Nepalese help Nepalese! I hope we use social media responsibly to build more positive networks and platforms to solve every problem we come across. Lets go! The entire world is our ally now.

In the end, I leave you to ponder over this:


‘If you align all the positives in the same direction, the negative becomes irrelevant’

What is 21st century relevant leadership for Nepal?

“What is 21st century relevant leadership for Nepal?”

(नेपालीमा पढ्नुहोस् )

In the past few months, there has been a lively discussion in the national media. All about an acute need for an alternative ‘political’ force in Nepal. I am encouraged by this intellectual discourse which surely will help build 21st century relevant leaders for Nepal. Thank you everyone who have consistently kept this important agenda into the limelight.

Here are my 2 years of fresh experiences building a political force in Nepal that would be relevant for the 21st century.

2 years ago, Nepal was going through a tumultuous period. A syndicate of incompetent political parties who had little will or vision were taking turns ruling Nepal. Bitter political wranglings topped by acute corruption was rapidly dismantling any good governance we had left. All of a sudden, Nepal’s constitution building body was abruptly dissolved, leaving behind a power vaccum with a deeply divided society.

This created much hatred towards the country’s political forces. Every Nepali then, had only one question in their minds, “ (Oh god!) What Next?”

At such crucial times, many Nepalese from different professions and backgrounds came together and started searching for an answer to this “What Next?” We publicly brainstormed for 22 continuous weeks taking feedbacks from more than a 1,000 concerned Nepalese from all walks of life. Students ,house-wives, CEOs, teachers, social workers, businesswomen, everyone had one consistent advice for us. “Only a 21st century relevant leadership carrying political force would end this ever-growing crisis and help bring about lasting positive transformation for Nepal. This laid the foundation for “BibekSheel Nepali” party.

“So what is 21st century relevant leadership for Nepal?” For the last 2 years, we have built Bibeksheel Nepali from ground-up by answering this pertinent question. We identified 12 key 21st century leadership values/traits a political force should have to lead us to a prosperous Nepal within a generation.

  1. Results oriented & pragmatic: A political force has to be simply results-oriented, with an evolving, pragmatic philosophy to help meet that. It’s foundation would rest on at least these eight 21st century basic values; responsibility, accountability, prosperity, empowerment, freedom, diversity, servant government and pragmatism.
  2. Follow the middle path (balance): This progressive force follows a middle path whereby on one hand, it inspires citizens to be responsible while simultaneously builds systems to hold leaders accountable. It plays a delicate balancing act by enabling citizens to become the agents of prosperity while also building a servant government system that guarantees public welfare for those in need.
  3. Moderate views: This moderate force has a leadership that prescribes balanced, pragmatic solutions to keep this country united and progressive.
  4. Equitable prosperity: It doggedly drives the country towards ‘equitable prosperity’, concentrating politics on an economy that provides opportunity for every citizen to prosper.
  5. Systemized: In Nepal, the crux of the problem lies not in an person but in their system (culture). Hence this political force will rely upon a effective system and not on individual charismatic leaders.  It’s structure is made of 3 parallel ‘check and balance’ systems; the legislature, executive and judiciary. Just like an effective 21st century democratic government. The legislature is made of politicians who want to get in to government to rule (like any traditional political party). The executive has managers and experts who professionally manage the organization efficiently and transparently. The judiciary has those whose primary goal is to keep up discipline, protect the values (culture) and the constitution of the organization at all costs. These 3 wings independently and inter dependently work with each other to check and balance each other. This ‘check and balance’ system makes this political force run accountably, transparently and effectively.
  6. Self reliant members: The primary reason Nepal’s current political forces are corrupt and thus inept is because their members (cadres) are often reliant upon others for their daily livelihood. This problem has to be tackled at its roots. That is why any 21st century relevant political force has to make sure its members become self-reliant by being entrepreneurial or self-employed, or simply employed. This way, the party members do not have to compromise on their ideals and values because of their family’s livelihood concerns!
  7. Values based: A political force will still survive even if there are sharply differing views, policies or working styles between its members. But it shall self-destruct if its members don’t carry within themselves the same values of the institution! In order to always stay on the right path, this power has to provoke its members to live up to its core values.
  8. Meritocratic leadership building system: It consistently trains and produces leaders who not only know how to get elected but also how to consistently deliver once they are in the government. The leaders produced will be skilled at creating win-win environments. Their contributions are calculated on the basis of their merits and judged using scientific performance measurement systems.
  9. Transparent: It will be a model of transparency for others. From fund-collection to expenses to decisions, it will inject transparency into every level of its system.
  10. Regular leadership change (regular power fluidity): In the end, absolute power and position corrupts absolutely. That is why an alternate political force has to build a system that regularly and consistently filters its leadership.
  11. Youth centric: Youths will make the bulk of this political force. And thus it will be led by youthful leadership who will enthusiastically spread its core values to all corners.
  12. Marathon runners:  It does not run like a hundred meter sprinter, but more so as a relay marathon runner in any agenda it takes up. In Nepal, only such power will win which is not overtly opportunisitic but actually spends more time to persistently builds enough stamina to outlast everyone else in the work it handles.

You might ask, would such a political force succeed? Using these ideals, we ran in Nepal’s 2nd constitution assembly elections in the November of 2013, in 4 tough test areas in Kathmandu The constitutencies 1, 4,5 and 8 where we ran were one of the toughest because we were up against political heavyweights of Nepal. In only a month-long shoestring campaign, We took the symbol of a “dog” securing a respectable 5th place out of 26 or more political parties in 2  test areas ( 6th and 7th in the other 2). In these test areas, we managed to prove ourselves as a force to be reckoned. Going forward, we have already reached more than 100,000 Nepalese from 73 districts out of 74 in Nepal and created an informal network in 25 different countries.

Because of these 21st century relevant leadership values we have incorporated in the past 2 years, we are now confident of this. The only forces that will lead this country in the future are going to be the ones that consistently create a win-win environment.

In conclusion, the end goal of any political force who wants to stay relevant in 21st century Nepal should be to build a peaceful, prosperous Nepal within our life-time. And the only ones to make sure this are those stacked with 21st century relevant leaders.