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Human race has evolved with time. The pre-historic man’s main challenge in life was survival. The clans and kings that followed focussed their approach on expansion and protecting their territory. The evolved and advanced being faces new and higher challenges in the current digital world.
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people” – Mahatma Gandhi
- The drive and impetus
A leader has a mission and that mission drives his action to deliverance. They have the courage to follow their heart and intuition and will-power to shape their dreams to reality.
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results “– Mahatma Gandhi
- The approach
The story goes that Thomas Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. By his own admission,”The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps”. It is an approach that defines a great leader; whether he wants to keep trying like the spider that inspired King Robert Bruce of Scotland to never give up or relinquish the efforts like the fox that walked away from the grapes.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle “– Martin Luther King
- Tag the team along
Nobody can function in a void, we need more hands and brain to sail the boat. A great leader magnifies the strength of his people not their weaknesses.
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others “– Jack Welch
- Eye the opportunity
Life offers a lot of opportunity to us. It is up to us to take it or leave it. A great leader eyes every opportunity as a way to make a difference. At worst, he fails. He may even fail again, but the best guess, he fails better.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work “– Thomas Edison
- Exceptional delivery
A remarkable leader does not compromise on his work. He imparts and tries to excel on his job. He strives for the finesse required at his level.
“When you are a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you are not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it is there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through “– Steve Jobbs
- Ditch the “me and myself approach”. Empathy
A boss normally tries to get the action underway by pressure and by instilling a fear of his position. A leader on the other hand generates a trust and understanding and leads his pack by example. Involve the team and like they say in olden days – let everyone enjoy the fruits of labour.
“A good leader takes little more than his share of blame, a little less than his share of credit “– Arnold H. Glasow
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William Shakespeare has said, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” But we are all humans. In our relationships, no matter of whatsoever nature, we expect reciprocations or initiatives. Even as parents, we expect our children to obey, to appreciate what we are doing for them, and be there for us as we get older. Friends expect us to be there for them. In business or professional relationships, there is a clear give and take policy.
Having said this, how many actually get what they want out of the people in their lives? Think…
The Marathi movie Natasamrat, that recently released is an excellent example of this imbalance. It speaks about a famous theatre personality who wanted to retire peacefully and in that desire, he wills away all his property and wealth to his children. Upon staying with him, he realizes that things are not how he had dreamt. The children he thought would behave with him in a particular manner suddenly seemed so different and his world changed slowly.
This is very much how life is. We expect that in a given situation will behave in a particular manner and more often than not, these expectations are never met with.
There are two major reasons for this. One is that the way the other person thinks and perceives may not be in the same line as your thought and perception. The other probable reason could be the person concerned does not care for you. Either way there is bound to be disheartenment. While the relationship suffers, you will also feel so much pain in your heart.
So what do we do to keep our minds very happy and fluttering? Simple, expect almost nothing from anyone. This is well said but is that practical? No. Our bonds are based on the expectations of support, trust and love that will strengthen only if reciprocated.
However, the greatest strength lies in our hearts and we are our greatest support. If we engage ourselves in positive activities and positive company, we will have more positivity within us to deal with issues ourselves rather than to lean for support on any one person. Some few important tweaks that will make a huge impact on your life
Always make and keep friends
Continue to make good friends whenever you come across people with whom you can match your wavelength. That way you will always have someone or the other up for you at your time of need reducing too much dependence on any one relation.
Engage in hobbies
Find your own happiness in what you do. That will not only keep you positively occupied but will fill your life with a lot of joy. It will also give you ways to vent your expressions and feelings and alternate propositions to get over any negative thought.
Keep yourself healthy and fit
A healthy body will harbour a very healthy mind. As long as you are fit, you will not easily succumb to negative feelings. You can continue to keep your mind happily engaged.
These are important so that you are strong by yourself. The stronger a personality you are, the lesser you will depend on anyone else for support. The lesser you will look around for assistance and support, the lesser you will be hurt.
We are living in an extremely fast paced world. Here each one has their own routine and is hard pressed for time. Similarly emotions that were precious earlier are not so valued anymore. People want faster gratifications and for much lesser investment of time and emotion.
Similarly we are living in a world where material requirements are eating into the time and leisure. It is becoming very difficult to get time from anyone. In such a world, we must also measure our expectations and vet out whether it is possible for one to deliver what is expected.
The key to remaining smartly engaged in any relationship is therefore to expect less. The relationship will always sail through most smoothly.
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This wonderful story will make your day…
A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”
Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…
“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…
“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”The old man smiled and said…“ I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.
Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.
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There is a popular saying, “Effort is important but knowing where to make it makes all the difference!”
In earlier times, there would be a lot of emphasis on hard work. Those were the days of overtime when the people would stay back and wait to finish. Hard work back then paid them with returns.
Then by time, hard work stopped reaping direct dividends. The concept of overtime stopped in most white collared jobs. Then came the concept of smart work and all management talks related to work started using smart work in place of hard work.
But is it really very different and if so, how.
Hard work simply means to try relentlessly to achieve what you have aimed for. If you cannot achieve something the first time, then stay at it and repeat your trials till it shapes into various sculptures of success. Even the most talented people have been able to shine only due to consistent relentless efforts.
Then what is so different about the new term “Smart work”. The difference is very is- hard work when more planned and constructed guarantee better results.
Remember : Smart work is not a substitute of hard work
Well, taking shortcuts is not smart work. You have to work hard but in a more goal oriented way. The amount of mental and physical labour you put should be channelized to get the desired results much faster. Planning, time management, skills, attitude, etc. are taken into account while defining smart work.
So how do we shift from hard work to smart work? Here’re some tips…
Plan and be proactive
Plan your day in advance. Make your list of priorities and adjust your activities in accordance with the plan. That was your efforts will be consistent and in the desired direction.
Create a production schedule for self to achieve your personal milestones. Do not wait for your boss to push you. Take charge, be proactive. This would further gear up your work pace.
Time management is the key
Staying back at your desk past your office hours doesn’t necessary entail that you are working hard. Rather, it’s a mark of incompetency. So how do you work smart? Deadlines, yes… they are very important. Stick to them… Follow the clock rule whenever you are assigned a task. Finish before and leave your desk on time (unless something really urgent comes up)
Read here to know how successful people maximize their time
Focus! Get things done
While doing any activity, converge all your energies towards the activity. So keep all the distractions away. This is how you can get things done!
“Work smart. Get things done.” – Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube
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Learn and adapt
There will be advancements in any field as a result of research and technology. Never stop learning. You can keep yourself equipped with the latest tools and abreast of the latest advancements. These will definitely help your improve your productivity.
This article should help you more: 5 tips to be a quick learner at office
Do not be repetitive and stick to your old ideas. Things are changing around you, so use your brain. Innovate different ways to get your job done effectively! Discover and rectify your mistakes to work smarter.
Your attitude makes you smart
Last but not the least, your attitude matters the most! Be agile, physically fit and composed to be able to perform better at any task. Stay positive, be solution oriented and do not give up…
Like Steve Wozniak says, “Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.”
Success is not a stop, but a journey. For there are milestones ahead of everyone that we have achieved for ourselves. And this journey can be made possible only with the help of channelized untiring efforts. Smart work and hard work should go hand in hand to help you progress towards better light at all times.
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Scouting for the precise talent is a mammoth task in itself, not only by the pure nature of the process run associated with it, being sourcing candidates, psychometric and medical tests, short listing, interviewing candidates but also the drain on the company’s time and money resources.
Moreover, hiring the right talent is a still bigger perceived challenge. Like Steve Jobs effectively put it, it is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
Revisiting the job description
The job description would have changed manifold with the changes in the company’s environment and also the scale in which it is in operation.
So, it would be worth the time to revisit the earlier job description to boost it up to present and future needs. Any job profile needs an evolution. The candidate needs to assured and informed of his role in the company. A disappointment on his part would boomerang in a much larger way to the company. Also we are sure only to canvas for the applicants which suit our profile the best.
An employee is not only an investment in the human capital of the company but he is a major thrust to deliver the company’s results. The cost of selecting a wrong employee can be perennially damaging to the job and the company.
“When I find an employee who turns out to be wrong for a job, I feel it is my fault because I made the decision to hire him.”
Akio Morita, co-founder of Sony Corp.
Work atmosphere- Being able to fit in the culture
The pursuit of the correct talent would need investment of time and resources on the part of the company. Along with recruitment agencies, nowadays LinkedIn, Facebook etc have also become vital methods for sourcing talents. Visit the potential candidates’ profiles and screen them before making a choice. It is as much an important factor that the potential candidate is able to fit into the culture and atmosphere of the company. It would enable him or her to blend in well if you make an informed choice.
A candidate is apt for the role if he/she remains focussed on his role and is an asset for the company and also employee relations. The company secures his commitment to the job. A disgruntled employee would ruin the office environment and would have perpetually nothing to offer on his plate. You can hardly expect a return on your investment!
“If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won’t require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external.”
“Often the best solution to a management problem is the right person.”
The right talent can make or break your company fortunes. At the senior and top management level, often the vacancies are kept on hold for months together for this very reason. The company is run primarily by its employees; one can never undermine the task of the Human resources.
By hiring an employee the company not only gains the vast amount of experience he or she brings on to the job, the company plays an important hand in adding experience in his pocket. Financial security aside, gaining and imparting experience is vital in any employer – employee relation.
“Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?” – Thomas John Watson Sr.
Hiring apt personnel
More often, we notice that a candidate is hired more for his likeability or pleasant mannerisms and appearance rather than his experience to the profile. Like minded people need not necessarily breed better scalability and profits for the company.
“If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.”
To sum it up, in the words of Warren Buffet, “Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.
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Time is valuable, but a waste of time is the most overlooked aspect of our lives. Besides the time machine hasn’t been invented, so it’s best to use our time in a constructive way.
Below is a list of 7 habits which we indulge in our daily lives which we should avoid in order to be more productive with our time.
Using your phone too much
Phones today are an impressive piece of technology, almost as powerful as computers, they have a dramatic impact on our lives. From emails, news to social media, we have the control right in our hands.
Even though the social media is informative and fun it can be a constant distraction from work. Today we interact more on social media than personally which is another negative aspect.
Some are glued to their phones even when they are among friends or family. This is not just a waste of time, but also a means to disconnecting with the people you love.
Make it a habit to not use your phone between work or in the company of your loved ones.
Use your phone for communication and convenience rather than a device to kill stress. While phones today are capable of being entertainment devices, too much use is a sheer waste of time.
“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
In modern times, most problems exist in our minds and not in reality. Stress and a perceived negative future are the cause of these imaginary worries.
Most of these are complete non-issues, but we tend to carry this luggage unnecessarily.
To avoid such worries one should develop a positive and a sound mind by meditation, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
The above quote clearly explains what is productive and what isn’t.
Restrain yourself from the vague talking as well as avoid the company of people whose favorite pastime is gossip.
It adds no value to your life, is a sheer waste of time and tends to make you negative.
Waiting too long…
Change is the most certain thing in life, but this change is what most people avoid.
There are times in your life when you need to make radical changes, break the status quo, e.g. some of us dream of being entrepreneurs. Such ambitions need bold changes in our otherwise routine lives.
These changes don’t come easy, it takes courage and sacrifice to cross the bridge and venture into the unknown.
Most people spend more time thinking rather than doing. Sometimes we need to realize that the right time is ‘now’.
Strike while the iron is hot, for if you wait, the iron will get cold, along with your will.
Holding on to grudge
‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’
While the origin of this quote is debatable, the lesson isn’t.
Holding a grudge besides being a waste of time is an extremely negative emotion. It causes more harm to the person holding a grudge than the person one is holding it against.
Revenge does not add an ounce of value to your life and is best avoided.
Try to find solace in the fact that ‘what goes around comes around’. Karma will take care of one’s misdeeds. Forgive, forget and move on.
Being overly messy
When you have too many possessions, you tend to lose track of them…You forget where you keep your stuff and end up searching again and again. Be it at office or at home, looking for things when they are disorganized is a sheer waste of time…
So what’s the solution? De-clutter and arrange things properly so that you can utilize the time for better things.
Trying to be someone else
This world has a lot of people we look up to, so it’s a challenge to be yourself.
Originality is a gift of nature and it must be cherished, we are all born with unique personalities and must be true to them.
Don’t change just to impress or please someone, the right people will like you for who you are.
Before I end, you must read this article – 7 things successful people do to maximize their time
Remember the old saying, “time and tide wait for none”… Grab the moments to make your life better before it’s too late.
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It easy to get agitated than staying calm, it’s easy to lose focus than keeping it intact…And we human beings are choosers of easy things. Aren’t we? But what would it lead to ultimately? Think…Anger, disturbance, lack of sense and at the end you won’t be able to keep a track of where your life is going…You will lose control of it.
So before you meet with these disastrous consequences, let’s make some effort to be good human beings, with a calm and composed demeanor and immense focus in whatever we are doing.
Spend enough time with self
Often we lose our mental peace because we do not give enough time to self. By self, we mean you, and only you. At times you need to draw a boundary and not allow anyone infringe upon your personal space. This will help you think better and remain calm and poised even under difficult situations.
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Flip your mind from the present
If your present is bothering you, making you agitated and restless, then take time off temporarily. Distract yourself and indulge in something delighting…Go on a short vacation, make plans with your friends or family to rejuvenate your spirit once again.
Control your anger quickly
Anger is one of your biggest enemy, yes it’s a fact. It further fumes harmful feelings like hatred, jealousy and ego. Where would your mental peace reside when you are angry? Give up on anger; read this article for self help – 7 ways to cool down instantly when you are angry
Collect your thoughts to improve your focus
We have explained in the very first point that it’s essential to spend time with self…You would be able to collect your thoughts, think rationally and gain a better perspective of your actions and life altogether. When your thoughts are sane, you can focus and concentrate better.
Do not keep on complaining and whining about your problems. Be a solution oriented person, who knows how to manage and get out of tricky situations. And this is possible only when you have a cool and composed temperament. So, you know what you should do— manage your emotions, do not lose your calm, instead think and act smart.
Enjoy, laugh more
Laughter is a wonderful medicine for all woes. Simply put, be a happy soul. Do not depend on others for your personal happiness. Find it within you. Be easy on self and enjoy life.
Invest time in good things
What do you love doing? Painting, reading, singing, travelling, cooking, playing instruments, exercising, meditating, etc. etc.? Never let go of your passion. Dedicate sometime to those leisurely activities no matter how busy you are. It would offer you immense satisfaction.
Last but not the least; a positive mind is a reservoir of peace and happiness. You remain calm when you foresee good things and have an affirmative approach towards life. Your concentration improves and you are able to perform better in every walk of life.
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Does anyone remember the story of this dare devil- the founder of Virgin airways? Yes, I’m talking about none other than Mr. Richard Branson. We always get to listen so much about him in social media posts, even motivational stories, etc. etc. But do you know the guy who is a source of inspiration for billion has seen a lot and has overcome a lot. Today he is the 4th richest man in the U.S. but contradictory to this, people are hardly aware that he is a major risk taker in his business. It is clearly evident from his business records that when he grew his brand by signing the most controversial acts of the time. He took these risks to gather some attention in this trafficked industry…But what has he made Virgin today? You know the answer…And Sir Branson is the man behind this successful venture.
I certainly feel that there a lot of obstacles in the world but if one has the locus of control and passion, then one can move mountains. Certainly, not as easy as we perceive; but not impossible.
Today the risk taking scenario has changed, and almost everyone undertakes some kind of risk to raise the bar. Be it Bollywood producer investing in difficult plots like Masan or The Lunch Box, or a bunch of friends going to a trek to Mt. Everest or launching of a new product, risk is involved everywhere. But risk taking has to be smarter rather than being reckless because it’s one of the key essential of an entrepreneurial process. And more than 60% believe that taking smart, calculated and planned risk is a good option to bring dynamics to business. There are a few examples of risk taking abilities which I can quote from what I read and discussed:
Ready to part with personal finances
It is very important that initial source of capital comes from the personal financing i.e. via savings, life insurance or fixed deposits. The personal finance. There are two types of risks involved: one is a pure risk and the other is a speculative risk. A pure one is the loss incurred owing to some event or calamity (i.e. money is lost) while in a speculative risk the money can be lost or gained money. In either way, one should be very clear that he or she should be able to part with his money.
Trust in the newly hired
Indeed a big risk! An entrepreneur is dependent on his man force for the success of his business and an organisation is not only a single man’s work but also a product of collaboration with others. This may require hiring people for various functions. The newly hired may be un-trained as seen in many start up requires. And moreover affording training may be beyond budget and time. Thus, allowing the responsibility in hands of newly recruited bunch and aligning them to the company’s vision requires some margin and risks.
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Market risk – the consumer scenario!
If one is running an E-commerce business, one may need to identify whether the business is relevant to the market, if it is incompatible then it is difficult. One should know what competitors are doing. Like if Naptol plans its positioning they need to see what are Snap deal and Home Shop 18.
So you need to check these points- Do you have customers for proposed e- business planned already existing online? What does it require them to get online? Does it extend a cost? What is your plan for digital growth and presence?
Technology and operational risk
It broadly deals with the implementation and ease of doing activities & business. This risk throws innumerable questions such as – is it possible to select the product design with a limited allocation to R&D? Will the product work as intended? Can you provide with a proper support framework for product design and distribution? How will you firewall your start–up against cyber crime elements and hackers? Is there a Plan B to run the company if some major equipment goes due to calamity and accident?
When operation comes into picture there is no standardization or benchmarks, this creates a lot of variability in delivery so in order to prevent that one can gauge experience effectively and use it as a benchmark. One can learn from past experiences and the mistakes committed.
Legal and regulatory risks
Last but not the least, it is very important to pay attention to the legal and regulatory environment of the business. If you are planning to expand the business then you need to consider certain things compiled under Company’s act 2013. You might have to face numerous processes when it comes to a company as a legal entity, like tax complications, law suits filed by competitors, copyrights and patent issues, disputes arising from poorly agreement structure etc. Thus, you need to have the right attorney or law consultancy involved in the firm practices to provide effective guidance.
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So did I scare you? No don’t be!
What I learned during my MBA is paying attention to a seven element matrix that includes risk factor (judgemental), type (Categories of risk), Likelihood of risk , consequence, mitigation tactics, mitigation cost and status of risk after first six elements are adopted this is nothing but risk management plan.
Be a smart player, take calculated risk and nullify them with your resources. There you start your entrepreneurial journey!