“She” – The Protagonist

Her brain is big mystery even for her,
someone controls it and that’s not her

It imagined an accident and someone’s death
such is her dream you don’t want to dream

Anxiety and restlessness is what she feels
far from love and affection as you may see

But those things make her hate who she is
and those things drag her, they drag her to the edge

The edge you don’t want to be standing on
the edge that give her the reason to keep herself on

She wants to learn every second of her breath
but her present does make her feel suffocated to death

She fears she may follow an unfulfilled potential
so she is on a mission to prove her belief wrong
and thus she drags, she drags herself on and on

Her mind is crazy and reminds her
time to time that she is the one who is wrong
so you may always find her finding her true wisdom
the true wisdom that seem to be her only love

All this make her mean and choosy
thus she come across as cold and bossy

Let me tell you it contrasts her personality
and she fights hard but sadly she never wins the fight

She doesn’t want to live such a life every day
and prays to god that her enemies have a better way

anxiety-sucks

Express YOURSELF

I am not good at starting and ending posts. I spend more than required clock banging my head!! to find right mix of words and phrases. Anyway, this post isn’t about how to start and end, actually my thoughts are completely opposite. One thing I learned in the last 90 days is that Don’t you worry child! heavens got a plan for you. Just kidding!!

It’s a human tendency and pretty normal that we want one clear headed road from start to end. Every one of us looks for one path that could change our life completely. We google steps (top 10, to be precise) to go about doing things in the way they are supposed to be done. And right there, we lose focus. Dreams are good! I am totally into dreaming shit! But at times dreaming is simply not good enough. I guess I am going off-track! So, let’s hit the right the track again.

Some of you must be wandering what-the-hell I am talking about. Well, I am raising the curtains! This is not about “focusing tips” either. It’s about expressing yourself.

I had tough time acknowledging that I am damn! bad, when it comes to expressing feelings, emotions and all that crap! So how do you learn this skill? Wait, I am not starting with my “top 10” ways to express feelings! either. I still struggle.

Talking more! I love artists (you know those singers, musicians, painters and what not) I admire them. I seriously do! Because unless you are confident with yourself you can’t produce magnificent artworks. I am not saying they are perfect but they, for sure, do the job better. I am into artists totally! I love the way singers/musicians express their feelings and emotions though lyrics, rhymes, the way they play their guitars and drums and all the crazy looking instruments and the way they sing! God! They do whatever they do so passionately! It is so similar to listening Dr. Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, and all the other great orators. Now, I get it that’s why they are “VISIONARY” leaders. They know who they are and thus they have the courage to lead us.

Some of you may ask: how artists lead people? I hate to break this to you! But I need to. Okay, I am ready, keep your ears open. Don’t you start dancing, whispering, humming, and feeling good with the person standing right beside you (who, by the way, is your girlfriend/boyfriend/ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend/workmate/roommate/annoying cousins/remaining-entities, whom you wish you’d kill) that’s an impact they create! That’s amazing! That’s mesmerizing! Mind-blowing. That’s what leaders do. They make us realize a common goal and head us towards it without anyone of us even knowing it.

I love painters/sculptors. I have been scanning through lot of good paintings lately, may be this is a onetime thing or may be not. Who cares! Continuing with the point…one thing that they all have in common is they ask us to observe and learn from the faces, shapes, bodies and systems they depict. They picture dreams, which become inspiration for people, who ultimately turns them into reality. How incredible that is. Fascinating stuff!

To summarize, I want you to project out the artist inside you. The world really need leaders with artistic talents.

P.S. If you are thinking I am high! Then you are absolutely correct! But one catch, I am high on MUSIC tonight. Listening to: I heard you through grapevine by Marvin Gaye

P.P.S. I read this crazy stuff (can’t help I read, watch and write lot of crazy stupid “stuff”) that when you mention the letter “I” often in your writing then you are a self-centered person. And, believe me, I have tried here that I should not come across and sound and look self-centered. If I do, then you are probably right.

P.P.P.S. My inspiration for this post is: X Factor US

P.P.P.P.S. Don’t look for a clear start-to-end path, just do things that matter to YOU.

P.P.P.P.P.S. And please! please! and please! ignore my grammatical errors as I am a decent communicator, who happens to be a bad writer.

SEE YA NEXT TIME!! 😀

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Old Sticky Notes

I finally deleted(decided to delete) all my old sticky notes! Took me one whole year to clear the air. Nevertheless, as I look forward to new saves, allow me write over, for heaven’s sake, few good(decent) ones:

Remember the heartbreak and how much it hurts because the pain of failure will drive you on to succeed for the rest of your careers #SAF

Innovation is the mean to build unique and cost-effective measures to create new customers, which propels your business.

If you don’t try the dreams you believe in, you would never know how far behind you are.

I wanted to beat the best!! Not join them!! #‎Michael Jordan

What is genius?
Small but strong force(s) put together in group with a leap of faith that it will somehow work out no matter what happens. And if this fortunate arrangement shocks you and its results are beyond your wildest dreams, then that particular moment you feel genius.

Once you do what you had to, then you are not allowed to do what you want to.

There is a fine line between coincidence and fate.

Risk everything with no guarantee is a sacrifice.

Cost and worth are very different things.

If you want to enjoy, enjoy as a privilege not as a necessity.

The greater the leap into the unknown, the stronger the foundation for the takeoff has to be.

My pride fell with my fortunes. Bad things happen for a reason.

When you make a mistake you lose the right to play. #Too big to fail

It is so ironic – how we rely on dreams to keep us going in life, and how sad it is when they become the things that tear us down. #Castle Season

Not all who wander are aimless especially not those who seek truth beyond traditions, beyond definitions, beyond the image. #Mona Lisa Smile

Life is a climb but the view is great.

Having dreams that what makes life tolerable.

Cooperation works all the time because nobody’s right all the time and a broken clock is right twice a day.

Sometimes moving backward is like pulling a slingshot back. You are moving forward much faster then.

Life’s all about moments, of impact and how they change our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them? The moment of impact. The moment of impact proves potential for change. Has ripples effects far beyond what we can predict. Sending some particles crashing together. Making them closer than before. While sending others spinning off into great ventures. Landing them where you’ve never thought you’ve found them. That’s the thing about moments like these. You can’t, no matter how hard you try, controlling how it’s gonna affect you. You just gotta let the colliding part goes where they may. And wait. For the next collision.

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The Chinese Renaissance

Only recently, I came across an article, eliciting how China’s one-child per household policy has promulgated its economy assiduously. The thought, without any disbelief, is subtle with knotty implications but we all, with consensus, have to agree that it was a winning stroke by Chinese government, during the times when their fortunes were darting in a wrong direction. This made me spent a few hours to find a rationale on how China made its path to the top. And here are my findings:

First, lets look into the not-so-good factors:

1) Working population: Population, generally, is divided into three groups: young age, working age and old age. With one-child per household policy, the old age group held (still hold) a larger portion in Chinese population, which saddled China due to:

a) Decrement in the % of population involved in any productive work.
b) Distribution of large chunk of Chinese money as pensions.
c) Shortage of funds for investments in various avenues.

2) Supply-Demand ratio: In a large population, like China, demand for basic necessities was relatively higher. But supply too, due to low % of working class people, was low. Hence, there always a disruption in the supply-demand ratio from time to time, which lead to raise in prices, and shambles the economy.

3) Dearth of natural resources: To satiate the needs of a rampant population, and with attenuation of resources, China forced itself to increase imports. This again put Chinese government on back foot.

Inspite of many caveats down the road, China is now able to compete with the USA and other top economies because of following upheaval:

1) Foreign Investments:  China was (and still is) a humongous consumer market and interests from abroad were thus quite imminent. In return, it bolstered infrastructure, and valorises copious job opportunities to Chinese masses. With more and more people now earning healthy income, stirred the demand for better life quality, and lead them to technological renaissance.

2) Education: Plentiful job opportunities, urged Chinese government to invest heavily on education to produce skillful work force. With educated employees and technological support, China’s productivity quadrupled, and its growth became inevitable.

3) Decentralization: With the backing of a huge labor force, it became easier for firms to decentralize labor. This division of labor caused a greater increase in production than any other factor and lead to universal opulence in China.

4) One-child policy: Single child parents, with a  huge pile of money [as they only had one child to spend on] under their beds, created a gemutlich environment for all market segments.

Along with, all the above discussed factors, behavior too helped them to achieve a great success. And I hope they could see back on what they were and help others achieving big without any rancorous. Now, as usual, I would leave you with a quipped quotation.

When I was growing up, my parents told me, ‘Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.’ I tell my daughters, ‘Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job. – Thomas Friedman

Pointers by Dominic Barton

Last week, I was a part of a rampant YouTube drive [my own creation], revving my knowledge on major business issues. It, not only, retrenched my intern work but also galvanized office bandwidth. It was a fun week as I was less saddle with onerous work. My drive shrouded by Dominic Barton and here are his pointers to the business world:

1) Center of gravity of world’s GDP is shifting back to Asia (North of India).
2) Technology is running at a jarring speed as compared to management.
3) China, Indonesia and India have copious investments opportunities.
4) Ethics among business executives is an obnubilate topic.
5) World is facing an adrift inequality (42% people in Spain are unemployed).
7) Need to shift focus from “Time” management to “Energy” management.
8) Agri-Food has a humongous business potential.
9) Businesses have to study consumer markets as cities not as countries.
10) Infrastructure is a solid motivation behind China’s GDP.
11) Issues related public, private and social sectors are now interconnected.

His advice to future leaders:

1) Take risks to learn resilience (one has to fail a lot to succeed).
2) Chuck out boring aspects of your personality (Be a story teller).
3) Coming days will be about “who leaders are” rather than “what leaders do”.
4) Leadership is about character (it is a muscle and can be build).
5) More successful people have more bad luck. Posturing should be avoided.
6) The more you give (without expecting to get back), the more you get.

Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight. – Henry R. Luce

“Rocket Science” behind Team Building [Part-3]

After, hiring and decentralization and coaching, one may argue that’s it. I hired, prepared teams and also coached my employees well for both good and worse times. I’m done with my part. I ask you! is he right to assume that his role is finished. Sadly, the answer is NO. There still one task left for him i.e. finding his successor; that is what we are gonna dig deep in this post.

Last brick in the wall: Finding your successor

I, recently read The curve of Talent, in which, Eric Paley, the writer, discusses about A, B, and C type of players in an organization; A being the most productive, basically the top dogs, B are good followers and C, the least productive. So, by common sense, finding a successor is a easy pick. One must put A on the hot seat! Isn’t it. Sadly, the answer again is straight NO. This step is similar to the hiring process [we discussed in the first part of this series], the only difference being that, it is a much broader and difficult task as here, we are looking for someone who could take the whole organization forward.

But, before jumping into the appreciable qualities of a successor, we must see why an organization needs a successor? Here are some of the reasons:

a) Age constraint: Though, with age every manager becomes more and more wise, the problem here is actually not his age but his energy management. Yes, you are reading me correctly. If you are at the top level of management, you have to deal with regular meetings, high-profile clients, fraud and sue cases, competition, so many freaking mails and not to mention your spouse and children. Thus, you have to be efficient in how you manage your energy. With time, of course, everyone face health issues. This calls for someone who is both young [relatively] and efficient to take everything and everyone forward.

b) New era of thinking: Different times, need different type of leaders. This fact perfectly explains the success gathered by the great American president Abraham Lincoln and British politician Winston Churchill. Sometimes, with experience one becomes more rigid and it becomes increasingly tough to bear new ideas. Even if that’s not the case, time and time again organization needs a new era, a new vigor, to shuffle up things around. Thus, the need of a new leader.

c) Not up to the mark/involvement in mal-practices: The former can be sorted out as even the most efficient people sometimes don’t perform to the level others expected of them due to a variety of reasons. But that doesn’t mean the organization should scapegoat them. Instead, everyone should help them out. If surroundings are getting more and more foggy with time, even after dealing with all the issues, then its the right time to look for a new candidate. As far as, mal-practices or wrong doings are concern, there is no room for a another chance. His/her employment should be terminated effective immediately [obviously, after looking into every aspect of his/her fraud].

Now, lets look into the appreciable qualities of a successor as I pointed out earlier:

a) Should be a people’s person.
b) Tough but fair [though sounds more like a filmy dialogue, but its a must].
c) A person who not only has seen success but a lot of failure too.
d) Broad knowledge, a lot of experience, empathy, humility, and conceptually strong.
e) Firm believer of his/her own thoughts and actions.
f) High level of commitment for the organization.
g) A person with highly effective time and energy management [as discussed earlier].

I may be a little off with the facts in this series but that’s what I believe. This completes my 3 posts series on “Rocket Science” behind Team Building, I hope you’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. I will leave you now with an inspirational thought:

I don’t need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation. – Billy Graham

 

“Rocket Science” behind Team Building [Part-2]

In Part-1 of this series, I looked into “Hiring” process. This post revolves around Decentralization & Coaching.

The word “Decentralization” was first introduced by Peter Drucker. It includes dispersal of employees [based on their skills/attributes] in the sectors like engineering, economics, psychology, management, consulting, and many others.

But the question not lies in what it does but in why we need it? To answer this question, you’d to have a basic understanding of a term civilization. From ancient days, people are living and working together as a group [or civilization]. Thus every civilization had its own culture, values and structure. This shows we love to live with people who share same knowledge, beliefs and thinking. But why? Its simple, having same kind of people around, we feel more confident, we take more risks, and we tend to feel happier. And this altogether lead to more productivity.

Now apply same theory to the question: why we need decentralization. If employees having same skill-set, attributes and thinking process work together on a day-to-day basis, they will learn faster, understand each other much better and their productivity would be much, much higher. For that reason only, we have teams within a team i.e. dividing a project into several small tasks. All working simultaneously but differently, which not only saves our time, and money but also ensures us better quality. Therefore, managers must carry out decentralization keeping above explained fact in mind.

…..Now, what next? Coaching!

Well! you hear this word quite often in sports but in business world, its not that popular. Lets look upon reasons behind its unpopularity:

1) Firms are too mainstream i.e. they invest money/time on customers/products to get ahead in competition [not to mention, all the time], thus they left with less or nothing to see what their employees are thinking/doing.   

2) Managers are too bossy to involve with their team at personal level.

3) “Who gives crap about development, it would happen automatically with time. I want money. It satisfy me.” attitude of employees.

4) “My firm is making money, employees earning profits and most important of all I’m getting riches” attitude of managers.

These are some of the problems we all face while leading a business. But think for a second, if your people are not competent enough how you gonna survive in a long run. To my knowledge, it’s a manager’s job to look upon his/her team members’ shoulders. Managers have to step-up and do what they have to do.

1) Follow a parent-child ideology [spectate when they talk, scold when they go off the mark, go out for a dinner to know what’s going in their lives, arrange tournaments to know how they react to stiff opposition, push them hard when they take things too easily].

2) Get ready a feedback mechanism to review how good they had perform over last 3-4 months [Remember! give them a good amount of time to prove themselves].

3) Ask them their opinions on matters you think they are too young to handle [you may be amazed].

4) Starting mentorship programs, seminars, etc. are okay. But also carry out some sort of survey to see whether your spending is on right track or not.

Before I end, just want to add: DON’T neglect the importance of coaching as it is a stepping stone for success not only for an organization but for your country too.

“Rocket Science” behind Team Building [Part-1]

Building a team is tougher than it sounds. There is no chemical “X” which could offer you a miracle. Instead, you have to push yourself to the limit to pull out decisive steps to prepare a team for present and future. The three phases in a team building [In my view, of-course] are:

1) Hiring 2) Decentralization & Coaching 3) Finding your successor

I’m going to cover this broad topic through a series of 3 posts. Each post  precisely covering one of those 3 phases. So lets begin!  

1) Hiring:
“Get ready to fire up your brain and prepare some kick-ass interview questions”. If that’s your first reaction, then you better stop and settle down first or you wouldn’t be able to dodge bullets later. Here is what one must do.

a) Decide min. no of applicants you want aboard.

b) Heat-up your applicants by a written test [This is your golden opportunity to test applicants’ thinking process. Don’t waste it by asking stupid standard questions; Give a case study].

…….Now come interviews.

c) By this step, you already knew your interviewees’ thinking process [to some extent]. Therefore, to be absolutely sure, give them a modified version of the previous case study [it should sound/look absolutely different].
Whatever their answer is, just tell them the opposite. For say, if there is no variation in their approach; ask them why same concept to two different situations and if you see some variation, then question: why different approach to a same situation.

Sole purpose here is to check: interviewee’s sharpness and whether or not they have an eye for details. 

d) Final stage: Ask them tough questions [to dig deep]; preferable ones are:

d.1) What similarities and differences you can point out b/w you and “ABC” firm?
d.2) Whom you talked with, in “ABC” firm and what did he/she say that inspire you to join us?
d.3) What initiative(s) you took? What challenges you faced? Do you consider yourself successful in those challenges? and why?
d.4) How much changed person are you now?
d.5) How much “ABC” firm can help you with your long-term prospects?
d.6) What you want to be remembered for, lets say after 15 years from now? And how you gonna achieve it?

You can definitely add more to the above list as per your liking. But remember! judge your interviewee on behavior and not on attributes.

I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.
– Larry Bossidy