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Mastering the art of surviving and thriving !

Life is all about juggling different balls. The more balls you are juggling, the more challenging it becomes and the test lies in not dropping a single one. Mastering the skills require real efforts to develop synchronization between mind, body and soul. More than a billion people are living in the same world but all of them having different types of balls to juggle – these balls may be work, passion, family, education or any other thing. A lot many people just go through life with no aim and leaving no impact on the world but a very few think about changing it for the betterment of others. Depending upon the way you want to live, you would be choosing your balls to juggle.

At times circumstances try to shape us and if we are not internally strong, we will get shaped the way these circumstances want us to but only with our strong will power we can not only push the circumstances to be shaped in our way but we would come out more stronger from tough situations. Life is full of crest and troughs – at times you just have to wait for the storm to go other times you may see clear sky and a clear path ahead and can easily rush through. The key to success lies in mastering the art of making judgment and hitting the nail.

Need for a balanced organization: Thinking + Doing

Henry Ford once wondered querulously, “Why is it that whenever I ask for a pair of hands, a brain comes attached?”

Imagine if Wright brothers had to take approvals from their manager, General Managers etc. to build an airplane; or Thomas Edison had to first satisfy his bosses for his 1093 patents. They would have never been able to contribute to this world what they have given with their crazy unique ideas rather their jobs could be in threat on account of insanity and stupidity.

There exists a dilemma for many Business leaders to tackle. Whether they should proceed and organize their resources in a well disciplined (Army like) way or they should compromise all this on account of openness. There are pros and cons for both the approaches and none of them can be termed as perfect.

Discipline, Chain of command is good enough and in a way it is necessary; especially when you compare your organization with an armed force. But such an organization can not be a source of generating unique crazy ideas. In such organizations, targets/objectives (one form of it is MBO- Management By Objective) are highly regarded by management. As a result, you will find many of the employees running after a piece of paper (i.e. target form) for the whole year; irrespective of the fact they may miss many other breakthrough opportunities by just limiting all their attention to a piece of paper; which may lead to lack of self initiative by the employees and they may consider themselves only as a tool for management. This sort of feeling can especially be prevailing in first line employees. In such an organization, best business is usually handled by the best personnel and the business with less attractive figures is handed over to someone less talented.The leader of such an organization likes to remain at shore, so as the sub-ordinates. As Einstein once said, “A ship is safe at shore, but this is not what it is meant for”. Toyota (being considered as one of the best practicing management organization) did not consider only objectives to be the path to success and believed that first-line employees could be more than cogs in a soulless manufacturing machine. If given the right tools and training, they could be problem solvers, innovators, and change agents. For organizations, who consider innovation as their critical success factor, it is indispensable that they should bring openness in their culture. But on the other hand, there is too much of risk involved in allocating resources to any crazy unique idea.

Before we move on to find out any solution, lets first take a glance of how Breakthrough Ideas get obstructed (you can add some more bullets).

How do Ideas die out?
Lack of Openness
Lack of Culture of respect
Idea generators not properly managed.
Experience given much more preference over Imagination.
‘Doers’ are given preference over ‘Thinkers’.
Employees threatened of failures.
Figures/Numbers are given more preference over capabilities.
Performance considered only for short term results.

Ideally, an organization should be where ideas get promoted and at the same time there exists discipline and a chain of command. The foundation for such an organization is laid by segregating Primary Thinkers and Primary Doers in your organization.

Start changing the roles of people to get different ideas across the organization.

Three pillars of success !

What makes a person a champion whether he / she is a singer, an artist, a student, a teacher or a business man or any other professional you think of. Some say hard work, some say talent, some give credit to luck bla bla. Lots of things to say, we can keep on talking on this and never come precisely on what exactly is required.

Whatever you do! To become a champion only three things are required to be worked on (make your life easier) Knowledge, Skills and Attitude.

Knowledge plays its role as of foundation, basic building block and also supports the other two pillars.

Skills help in doing things effectually and plays a very visible role in dominating over others and becoming competent (like communication and presentation skills help in convincing others and taking the edge).

Attitude plays a front line role and is a major driver for converting potential energy into kinetic energy.

If you have K and S but negative A then still a lot remains to be done for achieving success. Attitude is one thing that is very common in its application whatever form of field or application is whether it be sports, job, teaching that’s why one must have something to do to get the attitude right, that something can be sports or religion whether one is a student, teacher, sportsman, doctor, engineer, scientist; good thing about attitude is, in every field almost the same sort of attitude (positive) required to achieve success (as they rightly say “ATTITUDE DRIVES TO ALTITUDE”), so if you have been a good sportsman and right now doing a job that will certainly be a strong point for having success in your hands.

Knowledge and skills define the area of expertise, specialization and field in which you are playing. To be the champion in your field, you have to strengthen these pillars, not only by gaining knowledge and mastering skills but also by being creative, which will help in exploring new avenues and new knowledge.

Creativity and innovation has played major contribution in the lives of individuals and nations for taking edge; it has proved to be the only short cut available for success.

Knowledge not only supports vertically but also horizontally by supporting and strengthening the other two pillars. Having knowledge of your field will help you strengthening your skills and developing a positive frame of mind with attitude.

One important thing that yet remains to be discussed is VISION which interconnects all the three pillars.

YOU HAVE ALL INSIDE YOU, IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TAKING IT OUT !

WHAT IS ESSENTIAL ?

JUST UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL !

DON’T REMAIN STATIC

BE MORE AND MORE KINETIC!

Trust – building block for an enterprise !

It all starts with a raw idea in mind then you connect this raw idea with the real world and think how different pieces (just like in a puzzle) would join together and form a complete picture? It’s a matter of climbing mountains after mountains and keeping an eye on your next target. But building a bigger enterprise can never be a one man show.

We must be pragmatic to realize that for doing bigger things in life, we can’t deliver alone. Connecting with like minded people is important and it is important to gain their trust for having synergy. Dreams become realities when you have passion to go forth with wisdom and confidence. We have to conquer our fears and have the guts to explore those avenues which have never been seen before. Trust connects people heart to heart and when this level of bondage is established, materialistic considerations become secondary. People start supporting you and become willing to move forth with you even in some cases regardless of any materialistic benefits in return. We must be pragmatic to realize that for doing bigger things in life, we can’t deliver alone. Connecting with like minded people is important and it is important to gain their trust for having synergy. Dreams become realities when you have passion to go forth with wisdom and confidence. We have to conquer our fears and have the guts to explore those avenues which have never been seen before. Trust connects people heart to heart and when this level of bondage is established, materialistic considerations become secondary. People start supporting you and become willing to move forth with you even in some cases regardless of any materialistic benefit in return.

Romance in Business !

Often in business schools and professional training we learn to be diplomatic with whoever we are dealing with, in our job role – be it employees for HR professionals, sub-ordinates for team leaders or customers for sales professional. It is good to be diplomatic but not with the side-effect of becoming heartless to the extent that we become so much accustomed to dealing with them diplomatically that growing more senior we only master the art of giving justifications for everything we come across. We play using our mind and forget to put our heart into our tasks and that is when we forget the art of touching heart i.e. romance.

It is not just academics or number of years of experience that help you excel in your career – if you focus in just these things then you may succeed in learning the art of keeping your chair hot but not the art of touching heart. For touching heart of your customers, employees, sub-ordinates etc.; you must learn to walk the talk, putting yourself in their shoes and feeling their pain.

Last but not the least, for a successful romance (don’t take in the other sense that your wife would start raising eye brows while seeing you reading this article) in business, keep in mind the golden words of Steve Jobs:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

Image credit : ESA

Philae landed successfully on comet : Rosetta update

Image credit : ESA
Image credit : ESA

A remarkable feat in human history has been achieved by European Space Agency (ESA) when Rosetta mission’s Philae lander landed on a comet successfully.

This achievement is not only a great achievement for ESA but it can be useful for space science and technology in general as now humanity knows that it is doable!

Congratulations ESA and all the scientists, engineers and everyone involved with the mission.

 

Following is a tweet from @Philae2014