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An Alternative Approach to work...& Life!

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 48 seconds

‘It’s not my job' is a very popularly heard phrase in the Corporate World – which is the flip side of an otherwise very useful tool called – Job Description (JD) . JD helps one more clarity on his / her role responsibility & what is expected from the role . Unfortunately most use JD to have clarity on what is not listed therein, to claim as ‘This is not my Job’ While above remains as the time tested, evergreen , conventional work approach , idea here is to present an alterna...

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LABOUR or CARE - What do you choose

Estimated reading time: 0 minutes 57 seconds

    There are two optional routes to approach to a task : LABOUR , CARE o    LABOUR §  Restricts to the ‘ body ‘ of work , understanding of task is through activities alone §  Approach is very transactional – ‘ what do I get for what I do ‘ §  Efforts may be sincere , hard -not aligned with ‘ why ‘ of ‘ what ‘ and  Self centric §  Finally , it is a Job , not a Cause you work for §  Labour approach is best exem...

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Meaningful Engagement

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 27 seconds

In differentiating between aimless activities routine and result oriented pursuit , in my popular management intervention product : “Busyness to Business” ; I have often used the phrase  - ‘ Meaningful engagement ‘ .  In  “Made to Mother”  - another of my unique Leadership Intervention I have said that Maids get busy , whereas Mothers – who work for no less hours , are meaningfully engagedWhile most instinctively relate to it , some of you felt interested for me...

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Value Creation

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 53 seconds

I have a simple - home made - definition of what is adding valueIf whatever you are actively associated with , becomes different & better because of or with you than without you , then you have added value . And if this happens as a directed effort , in a definitive pattern , then you know how to add value - you are in a Value Creation businessI have another , simplistic ( again home made ) understanding of when value gets createdValue is created only when you do something AHEAD of...

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What Did I leave Behind

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 12 seconds

It all began with me asking myself this routine question , before leaving a place . I did not understand the POWER of this innocuous sounding question , till when I paused to reflect on it . I realized , apart from an obvious physicality , it has many more dimensions if you care to hear what it means …. " What did I leave behind ", or rather " What am I leaving behind " can be such an anchoring thought - if you really listen to what it means , that can help keep us / our behavior in checkIf we...

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Human Resonance

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes 22 seconds

Resonance as a word , is better understood than defined in a dictionary . The very dry & restricted definition in a dictionary does not do justice to this beautiful & potent concept — so here is my sense making on ‘ Resonance ‘Resonance is a state of matter where it feels abundance of energy – free flow at will , for attaining fulfillmentWe probably first heard it in our Physics Lab in school in the context of a metal . In an experiment we were given a metal tong / fork to strike...

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Wrong Hire - Cost of Existence

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 27 seconds

Talent management , Employee retention are getting to be of paramount focus for organisations & rightfully so . Increasingly it will be about our ability to spot talent , attract , nurture & our ability to create Human / Talent Resonance ( best alignment between an employee’s talent with the role requirement ) , which will be our differentiator & decider for outstanding success—it is going to be less & less about Knowledge , Capital or even TechnologyAttrition is the opposite...

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KURI : Intent - Action Bridge

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 27 seconds

It is my conviction that“ What you do” is a function of “ How you see “It is not “ What is “ , but what of what is happening , makes what sense to you will decide what you doTherefore Life is about ‘ Sense Making ‘ ; you ( need to ) constantly try & make ‘ sense ‘ of what is happening around you . You need to think & reflect on what is ( & will ) happening – as to what does it mean – is it good / bad , therefore what do I need to do … What sen...

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Sponge v/s Stone - You have a Choice

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 38 seconds

# As a person , you can either choose to be a ‘Sponge ‘ or a ‘Stone ‘ .# A sponge has a tendency to absorb liquid poured on it , a stone does not . In a way a sponge is receptive to what it receives .#A sponge does not differentiate between (quality of )liquids poured on it nor does it apply selective judgement# Its structure follows its belief system . keenness to absorb is evident though very many pores it has on its surface – so that it can absorb as much as it possibly can# Consequ...

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Cartesian System - X and Y Coordinate axes

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes 16 seconds

Basis of Coordinate Geometry we learnt is the set of X ( Horizontal ) & Y ( Vertical ) Axes Cartesian system , with their intersection point at (0 , 0 ) coordinates , as the ‘ Origin ‘Here we take O as ‘ Origin ‘ and assign (0 , 0 ) as coordinates . This helps us to measure locational position of different other points ‘ from ‘ the Origin  . e.g. a point P which is away from O by 3 horizontal units & 4 vertical units is designated as ( 3 , 4 ) as its coord...

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Trader or Business Outlook

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 12 seconds

I found that approaches / outlook different people hold for work or even life can be categorized into two distinct buckets : Trader mentality or  Businessman mentality . The way I am using this terminology here ; the words : Trader , Businessman , do not denote actual professions they represent , but to describe ‘ mentality ‘ or ‘ approach ‘ with different peopleSince I believe ; ‘ What you do ‘ is a function of ‘ How you see ‘ ; people with these two mentalities have two di...

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Right Selection, not Recruitment

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 23 seconds

The more I have work on Strategies , more I traverse through the landscape with Successes & Failures & the more I learn about Business , the more & more I am convinced that — Strategy / no strategy , Technology / no technology ; the most fundamental factor for sustained business success is RIGHT  people  . Right human resource is a multiplier & wrong resource is a dividerTherefore Right Selection is a fundamental business process for an Organisation — it’s fi...

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Success of Democracy is in knowing where it ends

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 57 seconds

Success of Democracy is in knowing where it ends  I do not know whether people who swear by Democracy , understand what it means . Let’s see howFor most it is unidirectionalThey understand it only in one way … from ‘ me to you ‘ & not from ‘ you to me ‘ . What it means is that I have full freedom to say & do what I like . You accepting my freedom is incumbent on you ( you don’t have a choice ) . If you don’t , you are intolerant . However the reverse is not true...

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Incentivising v/s Bribing

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 39 seconds

Is there a difference between Incentivising & Bribing  ?  For those who don’t think , these two sound different ; for those who can think , would not have thought so , but will get confused , once I ask this question & will start thinking .In the first instance , when you start thinking deeper , it may appear to you more that both are in principle similar , the more you start thinking …. however think even deeper & the real difference will start getting clear to you .Th...

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ROLE OF MONEY IN LIFE

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 19 seconds

Money is neither good nor bad . It is our intent and application which makes it appear coloured . It is important to understand how is money connected with each of us – what role it plays in our lifeThere are 2 categories of people : (i) One for whom Money is the reason of their work , (ii) There are others for whom Money is the result of their workMoney as Reasono Without ascribing any judgmental adjectives ( Good or Bad ) to the focus of these people , it is always on money … they work onl...

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COACHING IS NOT PREACHING : IT’S ABOUT ACTION

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 14 seconds

Coaching is about creating awareness for the Client , bringing in meaningful realisations & help client get new insights . It may hence appear more knowledge focused — but Coaching is not preaching , hence it’s not about ‘ knowledge creation ‘  as an end objective ; but about it’s about application , it’s about maximising client advantage in reaching pre set goals . That requires action .Coaching is action oriented . Action is the catalyst to creating change .Action helps fo...

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Sharing Couch 1 : Social Entrepreneurship Summit

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 39 seconds

Was invited today to attend Social Entrepreneurship Summit , organized by Future Competency seminars & events .  Here is sharing with you a few points from my notes . Would be glad to have your reflections :SpeakersMr. Ramesh RamanathanThe Founder and Chairman of Janalakshmi, he has a proven track record in addressing many of the issues faced by urban India. He possesses an Honors degree in Physics from BITS Pilani, and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management. He has co-aut...

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