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review Infinite Vision Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¼ THE WISDOM OF AN IMPOSSIBLE ORGANIZATION “Again may I say how profoundly I admire your work and how deeply gratifying it is for me to hear that you appreciate mine” —Peter F Drucker in a letter to Aravind’s founder Dr V When a crippling disease shattered his lifelong ambition Dr VOmes at less than a hundredth of what similar services cost in advanced nations Its model is emulated by organizations everywhere from Rwanda to San Francisco Infinite Vision uncovers the radical principles behind Aravind’s baffling success Charged with profound insights and stories it draws readers to the heart of Dr V’s selfless vision proving how choices that seem uixotic can when executed with compassion and integrity yield incredible results results that can light the eyes of millions “Reveals the power of a model that combines business discipline with compassion May the wisdom of Dr V and Aravind shared here inspire many such initiatives for the well being of future generations” Muha. The life of Dr V is astonishing How does he find the time and the patience to do so much for so many people But the book is a slow read Gets boring at times Read if you are interested in helping out people and in understanding the economics of an institution that changed so much The book makes everything seem so simple and yet we don't see many hospitals out there working for the poor Three cheers to Dr V and his ideas and ideals

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THE WISDOM OF AN IMPOSSIBLE ORGANIZATION “Again may I say how profoundly I admire your work and how deeply gratifying it is for me to hear that you appreciate mine” Peter F Drucker in a letter to Aravind’s founder Dr V When a crippling disease shattered his lifelong ambition Dr V Venkataswamy chose an impossible new dream to cure the world of blindness The tiny clinic he founded in India defied conventional business logic and is now the largest provider of eye care on the planetAt Aravind patients choose whether to pay or not Millions are treated for free yet the organization remains stunningly self reliant Serving everyone from penniless farmers to the president it delivers world class outc. In 2009 when I took my aged mother to the Aravind Eye care hospital in Coimbatore for a cataract surgey I was struck by the kindness courtesy and professionalism of the staff right from the front desk clerk to the nurses and doctors What is it didn't cost an arm and a leg to do the initial consultation the surgery and the post operative care As one who is born and brought up in India I tend to take indifference and lack of courtesy as part of life in our hospitals I wondered then as to how come this hospital is so different from others I have encountered in India beforeWhen my mother's surgey was complete I remember seeing a big photograph of DrV in the main hall and also pictures of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Little did I know the true story behind the institution and the vision of its founder Now that I know the full story from this brilliant book by Pavitra Mehta and Suchitra Shenoy it makes me proud that we in India that too in my home state Tamilnadu could create something so original innovative and of such high uality It makes me inspired to strive for better all the time and also specially for the right humane reasons The authors show that Aravind is an unconventional model built on the power of integrating innovation with empathy sound business principles with service and external change through inner change Though all this sounds esoteric the extensive data related to Aravind's performance over the past 30 years shows that it has been achieved in reality and what it is a model that can also be duplicated independent of the presence of the eminent personalities of the founding team of Aravind DrV the founding father of Aravind believed in the following to be of service to others is to serve ourselves Our limitations do not define us Embedded in the human spirit is a wisdom and strength that can rise to meet our greatest challenges' This was enough to make him start at age 58 a 11 bed eye clinic in Madurai with no money no biz plan or safety net and turn it into the largest eye care provider in the world in three decades It is difficult to enumerate here all the revolutionary things Aravind has pioneered over the years That is why one must read this bookThe most important take away from this book for me is the business model of Aravind The revolutionary departure points in this model are as followsService to the poor as the primary goalMaximizing service instead of profitPatients choosing either to pay or not for the serviceThe enterprise built on the principle of 'Do the work first and the money will eventually follow'Applying the McDonald's and Burger King's service model to attain consistency reliability low costs and clear standardsTraining their competition in all the key areas for success in the same businessIt is a real challenge to all the well intentioned people of this world to try and see if this can be the new business model especially in areas of fundamental needs of humanity I know that another enterprise Narayana Hrdalaya in Bangalore has applied many of these principles successfully in the realm of heart surgery Perhaps this is the way forward for developing nations in the area of healthcareFinally it is also important to understand the spiritual inspiration from Sri Aurobindo in DrV's efforts and how he creatively applied them in Aravind 'Man is a transitional and not a final being' is central to Aurobindo's Integral Yoga Since Man is a work in progress Aurobindo emphasised the ecumenical approach of Aspiration Rejection and Surrender as a means to achieve transformation DrV creatively applied it as follows He saw Aspiration as a commitment and determination to move in the direction of one's highest purpose that is curing needless blindness all over the world He saw Rejection as not allowing mental prejudices to cloud one's thinking and not limiting oneself to small things but aspiring for higher He saw Surrender as overcoming the pull of the conscious and rational mind and making crucial decisions through the inexpressicable logic of his deeper awareness of the unconscious This book is highly inspiring and is important in the way it integrates the ideas of innovation creativity courage and spirituality

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Infinite VisionMmad Yunus Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder Grameen Bank “A must read for anyone interested in leadership service and the building of institutions that release the best energies of the human spirit” Jacueline Novogratz founder and CEO Acumen Fund and author of The Blue Sweater “Aravind may be a case study for MBA students and a model social business but to me this book told a story with elegance clarity and intimacy” Fred de Sam Lazaro Correspondent PBS NewsHour “In the world of blindness Dr V has performed a miracle” Ram Dass author of Be Here Now and cofounder Seva FoundationOne hundred percent of the authors’ royalties are being gifted to Aravind’s sight restoring work ?. This is a 20 page story that has been stretched across 280 pages The initial few chapters were interesting Aravind Eye Hospital is such a uniue and laudable business model and Dr V its founder is a really inspiring personality but less than halfway through the book it gets really boring and repetitive Aravind is uniue because its mission and vision is so different and compassionate X 10 Would recommend Chapter 1 6 only