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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Five Lessons in Five Minutes Management Course

I read these write-ups somewhere, though it sounds funny there are real lessons we all can learn and practice. Invite you to read, enjoy these lessons and share your views in comments.

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor.

Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.' After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob the next door neighbour,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story:

If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.' 'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.' Puff! She's gone.

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.' Puff! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.'

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 3:

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.' So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 4:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.'

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Lesson 5:

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.

The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:

Not everyone who shit on you is your enemy, not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend and when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

Thus ends the five lessons in five minutes management course...

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Yes, Married but to the Job – Workaholism

Workaholism, this is the buzz word among working professionals today. Everything goes fine until he or she get married. That is the time they realize that they already got married, but to the job. Read on to find more about Workaholism and how you can learn work-life balance to lead a joyful life.

It is bitter truth that our thoughts and energies got directed towards work than our personal relationships. Work dominates our thought process whether we are in office or home. There are people who feel comfortable at office than home. Work has come to occupy the central part of our life. We often forget that “work” is something just part of our life.

Workaholism is to be considered as an addiction. It is the choice made by an individual to overcome the psychological stresses. It might be a result from fear of job security or to sustain lavishing lifestyle. The worrisome fact is that workaholic people doesn’t realize that they are under addiction and they tend to find solution to their family problems in other way around.

If you are a Workaholic, you will face more hurdles in your personal life. Strain in personal relationship, it will affect relationship with spouse, children, extended family and friends. It will have definite damage to your health in your later stage, but you don’t find anyone to take care of you at that time. You will not be flexible since you enjoyed more power at office and you will try to have the same authority in your personal life. You tend to do all the stuffs by your own and you are reluctant to delegate which affects your overall productivity and will setback your career growth.

How do you find that you are Workaholic? If you find that weekends and vacations are terrible and you cannot wait to go back to work. If you don’t have any interest in anything other than your work and you forget your spouse, child’s birthdays, wedding anniversary but you make all efforts to gift your boss’s birthday. Yes, this is the time you need to hear your inner voice and chart out a plan for work-life balance.

Workaholism is preventable or recovery is possible from the addiction, but one has to be ready to make the choice at right time. This requires lot of support from loved ones and do need careful planning.

Schedule your time, this way you can finish your task in a preplanned way. This helps you to do more task in a stipulated time.

You should force yourself into more social interaction, have more weekend parties with family, friends. You will soon realize how your personal relationship is getting strengthened.

Allot time to take care of your health, go for regular exercise, and go to spa to rejuvenate your energy.

Have five minutes short break every hour amid of work to say “hello” to your office friends.

Sharpen your mind, attend workshops, read books, go to theater to keep your mind working.

Revive your goals and set new targets for both your work and personal life.

I believe this post helps to do self evaluation of your work-life balance and make a choice of changes if you find any imbalances.

There is a famous saying, “No one on their deathbed ever says they wish they had spent more time at the office”.

Work is important for us to live, but life is more important to live. Inviting your comments…

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Don’t develop "Can't Do" mindset in your Children

As a parent, we always tend to protect our Children when they grew up. It is very much required to guide our Children in right direction and develop good manners when they are growing up. But, it shouldn’t leads to monitoring everything they do and discouraging them when they try to do something new and explore the World on their own way. This will unconsciously develop “can’t do’ mindset in their inner soul and they fear to take risk at later stage in their life. I would like to explain this with a small illustration.

An elephant can lift in excess of a ton of weight with just its trunk. Still an elephant is conditioned to stay in one place with a weak rope and a stake. Only a small rope tied to its front leg holds an elephant. Even no chains or no cages are required. It is obvious that the elephant can, at anytime, break away from its bonds but for some reason, it does not. The reason is that, when the elephant was a baby and much smaller, it was tied to a strong chain and strong tree. The baby is weak but the chain and tree were strong. The baby was not used to being tied, so it keeps tugging and pulling the chain, in vain. A day comes when it realizes that all the tugging and pulling will not help and it gives up, thinking that it cannot break away from the bond. It stops and stands still.

And when the baby elephant becomes the mighty giant elephant, he is tied with a weak rope and a small stake. The elephant could with one tug, walk away free, but it goes nowhere because it has been conditioned to believe that it cannot break away. It believes that the rope can still hold it, so the elephant never tries to break free.

Reflection: Like the elephants, our Children also go through life hanging onto a belief that they cannot do something, simply because parents failed to make them believe that they can do it. They also being held back by old beliefs and avoid trying something new because of a limiting belief about themselves and past experience of discouragement from parents and society. At times, they also held back by someone else limiting beliefs about themselves.

As a parent, we need to develop clarity of mind, due application, adequate skills, focus on goal and lot of initiative in our Children which makes them to break all obstacles in future to explore and conquer the success in their chosen field.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Thinking Out of the Box – Your way to success

"Thinking Out of the Box" - I’m sure we all heard this phrase often, but how far we used this in our life. Is that thinking out of the box really leads to success that we foresee? Why certain people tasting success in almost all their attempts, but others couldn’t?

Success is very much influenced by the differential thinking which otherwise called “Thinking out of the Box”. All the inventions are triggered by these thoughts. You might seen, some business grown to the sky level in short period of time. This is only because the businessman got the differential thoughts or idea which he used in right channel.

What are the qualities required to develop this skill? Can it be learned by reading? Yes, but we should have courage to learn and experiment the same in our daily activities. Over a period of time, our attitude will get changed and all our activities will have definite meaning and goal. This is how we are challenging and taking up with the conventional wisdom.

Creativity plays an important role in thinking out of the box. This is how we can imagine different ideas and experiment the same to get the desired result. One should have the ability to take risk and should strive for results by trying the same activity in different ways.

Listening to others – this is the one important attitude we must possess to develop the out of the box thinking ability. Thus, we are able to learn from others’ experience and mistakes. We will have the chance to try in different ways and no need to try the same in which others already tried and failed.

You must be ready to get into uncomfortable zone if you want to think differently. This is because, people won’t accept your thoughts at first sight and you, yourself left alone to try hard to show the success. You should get into the unknown World to find the solution which may get huge success. Be ready to face new challenges on the way.

We all are going to live each moment only once, we shouldn’t take it up as granted. We need to strive for best results by out of the box thinking everyday, every activity we do. By practice, we can fine tune our brain for out of the box thinking.

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