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You Need a Hero: The Project Manager

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This article is for you, the plucky entrepreneur with an app idea in your heart and a bit of cash in the bank. The diagrams that you’ve scribbled on cocktail napkins will disrupt the entire world, and dump trucks full of money have already been dispatched to your house. To ensure that they arrive on time, here’s some simple advice for making your production cycle run smoothly.

Why You Need A Project Manager In The First Place

“Computer programs are the most complex things that humans make”, says Douglas Crockford. You may not have heard that name before, but he’s pretty famous for a programmer. He’s currently a senior software architect at Paypal, and he has pioneered all sorts of cool technology that is beyond the purview of this article. He is someone who knows a great deal about working on large projects.

As for myself, I’ve been programming for 13 years, and even now, at some point, every project takes me into uncharted territory. There are so many different technologies out there, and new techniques are being devised at such an alarming rate that I never feel I’m completely on top of what’s going on. While every project has its unique challenges, there are some constants:

  • The project has time pressure.
  • The budget is smaller than I would like.
  • I am a more expensive than the client would like.
  • I do not listen as perfectly as the client would like.
  • The client does not explain things as perfectly as I would like.

Clearly, we need a babysitter. Someone has to step in to establish the ground rules, keep everyone honest and make sure that we’re not forgetting anything important. Someone has to facilitate communication between all parties.

This someone, this hero, is the project manager.

Why A Programmer Does Not Make A Good Project Manager

Certification by the Project Management Institute aside, the most important thing that a project manager can bring to the table is experience. As a result, many programmers would make pretty decent project managers; we have more experience with technical projects than anyone else and our analytical minds are adept at cataloguing information and setting concrete goals.

Goodness knows, you’re paying us enough, so it seems reasonable to expect that we could manage ourselves rather than force you to pay for someone else’s time as well, right?

Well, for starters, you’re paying us to code.

When we come out of our programming daze to make decisions about what to prioritize, or to argue about how much is actually going to get done this week, code is not being written. It then takes at least 10 minutes to get back into “the zone”, especially if we’re stressed out by the conversation that we just had, which is likely if we’re arguing feature priority. Boo hoo, I know, but this is all about making the most efficient use of costly resources.

Most importantly, we really can’t see the forest for the trees. If you take nothing else away from this article, please understand this: When I spend all day staring at a few specific bugs, my brain loses track of the bigger picture.

My brain rewards me when I fix those bugs, and I assume that I’ve done great things and can go play video games now. When someone reminds me that the home page is still broken, it comes as a complete surprise because I have spent the day filling my brain with very detailed knowledge of a very small piece of the overall project and sort of forgot about the rest of it. That’s just how my brain works, and a lot of other programmers have a similar psychological make up.

Why A Client Does Not Make A Good Project Manager

Well then, if we programmers don’t want to take the responsibility for getting project managerial things done, then it must fall to you, the client. It’s your money. It’s your vision. You’re ultimately responsible for the whole thing, anyway.

You, however, also have a lot on your plate.

Many clients are mere mortals with day jobs like the rest of us, and some have even been known to suffer from procrastination or forgetfulness. Although this certainly does not describe you, please entertain the idea of having a Professional Rememberer around so that you can get back to the important work of keeping the whole project alive.

If you have worked on, or overseen, a technical project of similar scope, you may indeed make a good manager for your project. If you have not, please don’t underestimate the value of someone who can predict the issues that may arise. Time estimates are always just estimates, and bugs tend to pop up at the least opportune times. It’s worth the cost of another (if only part-time) employee to have someone around who knows which parts of the process need, or are likely to need, the most attention.

Take quality assurance (QA) for example. Proper QA is essential for getting what you want out of any project, and it never ever gets the attention that it deserves. A good project manager will make the most of limited QA resources, and also quality-assure your programmers for you. Sometimes, we get out of our depth, and sometimes we make mistakes. You need a technically-proficient person in a supervisory role to determine whether your programmer is just having an off day, or if he or she is, in fact, a bad fit for the project. Heading off personnel problems early could mean the difference between life and death for your project.

Lastly, even you, oh glorious client, sometimes need a little check and/or balance. That’s hard for me to write since we computer programmers are not well known for our outspoken natures. Suffice to say, I have worked on many projects where the client was adamant that everything was top priority and absolutely everything needed to get done. While I have no doubt that this was absolutely true, these clients, sadly, did not have control over the number of hours in a day. They did not end up with the positive result they desired and/or deserved, and I feel that this outcome could have been avoided had the client entrusted a project manager with the authority to assess the workload and tactfully, yet firmly, keep things in check. It’s difficult to make the dispassionate judgment calls that most technical projects require when it’s your idea and your money on the line and the computer doesn’t care if you or I cry and scream at it. (I know this to be true because I’ve tried it many times.)

An Incomplete List Of Techniques For Managing A Technical Project

Whether you’ve decided to ignore the previous 1,000-something words and manage your project yourself, or whether you are going to hire someone but want to be more knowledgeable about the process, this list will help you. I have never (officially) been a project manager, so I can’t say which tools any given project manager would use, but I’ve had good success with all of these techniques:


When beginning a new project, most people intuitively know that it’s important to split the project into slightly-more-manageable chunks, with each chunk ranging from a couple of weeks to a couple of months worth of work. At the beginning of the project, it’s good to have a kick-off meeting to establish these milestones. It’s OK to be a little vague on how you’ll reach them, the most important thing is to keep checking in after each milestone so as to benefit from everyone’s enhanced understanding of the project, and to make sure that the project’s milestones are still (roughly) the same size as initially believed.

Time Estimates

We programmers absolutely detest estimates because we know they will be wrong and we know they will be used against us. It’s OK that they’re wrong because, by definition, they’re based on a handful of unknowns. It’s also OK that they’re used against us because our jobs are pretty cushy and it doesn’t hurt to have the whip cracked every now and again.

So feel free to ask for estimates every time work begins on a new milestone. You should expect a line or two for each major feature along with a rough estimate of how long that feature will take. I usually make an optimistic estimate, then double it. More often than not, this extra time accounts for unseen pitfalls.

User Stories

User stories are brief descriptions of a single piece of functionality within the app. They are useful as a record of important features and should be bite-sized, able to fit on an index card and often accompanied by a little drawing. More importantly, they serve as a bridge between what the client wants and what the programmer has to tell the computer. They are simple enough for you, the client, to knock out in a couple of minutes, but detailed enough for us, the programmers, to sink our teeth into.

For some quick info on user stories, I found these tutorials by Mountain Goat Software and Roman Pichler to be high-quality and succinct. For more information on the entire philosophy of “Agile Project Management”, try this Toptal blog post The Ultimate Introduction To Agile Project Management by Paul Barnes.

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Digital Nomads Can Manage Teams, And Manage To See The World

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You always read about those individuals who travel the world, freelancing their tanned asses away, enviously concluding that it is easy for them; they must be alone and well off, while you have a spouse and a dog, or a kid or two, along with a whole team of people working with you. You can’t imagine how it would even work if you didn’t come to the office every day and have your daily stand-ups with the team, and then have lunches together and gossip about the latest developments in the endless iOS vs Android battle, debated in comments beneath a Techcrunch article.

OK, if you have a kid and a dog (or maybe a cat), I agree you might have a few more obstacles to overcome, and in the end, digital nomadism might not suit everybody, although, nothing is impossible when you really want something, right? Besides, you might not like moving that much and going through the ordeal of adapting to a new culture and new sets of rules. Or, on the other hand you might get so distracted by all these new, exciting things and forget that you actually need to work your 8 hours a day, and not just roam the streets, exploring.



Anyone who has ever worked from home knows that you get shedloads of work done without constant interruptions. However, many bosses still view remote work differently. Even if you really are at the beach, chances are you are super focused and productive, inspired by the waves and the sun. If conditions around you are relaxed and calming, isn’t that the best situation for doing a super neat job? Not to forget that you might even feel a bit guilty that you are having it too good in your life, so you put more effort into your work, to compensate for not being with your team.

If you are not there yet (at a beach, that is), this article is for you. It explains how you can also achieve the luxury of working while traveling the world in four easy steps, as a freelancer or as a part of a team, maintaining the same level of communication and productivity.

A Change Of Pace Often Helps

Some people like the known and predictable. They freak out when their daily routine gets disrupted. But, I’ll bet if you are doing any kind of creative work like programming or design, you are not one of those people. You like humanity’s evolutionary advantage of being able to adapt to new circumstances and actually get a kick out of it.

  • Remove yourself from toxic environments and into working remotely. Your sanity will thank you, even though clients will be demanding.

Ordinary day-to-day office work will kill you. It will eventually strip your motivation, creativity or flare for what you do. I’ve been there. It’s not that you don’t like your job, your colleagues or your office, it’s just that you don’t like it every day. You are a creative being and you strive to gather new experiences, learn new things, get inspired by new situations, new people, and new cultures. Two weeks of vacation a year just doesn’t do it. The good news is that you don’t need to be on vacation to travel or to change your daily routine.

  • Think no-one wants a remote worker? Ask any of the many freelancing sites what they think about that!

I know, I know. Your current job is your safe place. You don’t have to worry about anything. You don’t have to put yourself out there and find work yourself. Your bosses are doing that for you. They are taking care of operational stuff and making sure that you get your paycheck. The step of quitting and finding clients yourself seems as terrifying as Mount Fuji spewing lava all over you. Besides, you know your mother would throw a fit if you came to her with such nonsense ideas. If you like to play it safe, then you should definitely take a gradual approach. Try it out by doing some side jobs via one of the freelancing sites and see where it takes you. See if you are able to fight your own battles, bake your own bread, sleep with the wolves, and so on. If you manage to gather a team, even better. There is strength in numbers, and you will be able to find and complete jobs quicker.

Technology Makes Remote Work Efficient And Affordable

  • Technology, nowadays, provides everything you need as long as you have a good internet connection. There are no excuses left.

There is Skype, and Slack, and Viber, and Hangouts, and a myriad of other tools designed to make your life easier. There are tons of collaborative tools, project management tools, and virtual conference tools. You just need to pick the ones that best suit you and your team and voila! You are ready to go anywhere in the world there is a reasonably stable internet connection.

It is true that many things get solved and clarified faster when you are sharing an office with your team, but even if you are 2,000 miles away, you are just a video call away. I do believe that it is important to be able to look at a person, not just hear their voice, especially when important discussions are in order. For more routine meetings, or short questions, you can still use chat. You will be even more efficient because if you are in the same office, you would ask that question, thus interrupting everyone. But remotely, you ping your colleagues on Slack and they can quickly reply.

Here is a useful link with a list of top tools for remote workers.

  • No, you don’t have to win the lottery to travel.

You usually read about couples (even with kids!) who sold all their belongings and hit the road. They sold their house, their car, their furniture, even little Suzie’s teddy bear! I never cared much for such radical moves, which seems to be more common for people from in North America. We Europeans seem to be more in touch with our roots and rarely decide to leave everything behind; perhaps most Europeans who were in the mood to leave everything already emigrated to the Americas.



This doesn’t change much in the scheme of things. You might like the place you live, but still want to see the world. There may come a time when you’ll want to settle, so you might not want to sell your condo or your grandma’s house by the sea. Good. You shouldn’t! You can rent your apartment while you travel. If you fall in love with another place and decide to settle there, you can take care of your affairs later. Basically, if you have real estate, it can be a huge bonus in becoming a citizen of the world.

Recently I tried house swapping and that was the best discovery. I live in Zagreb, Croatia, but thanks to house swapping sites, I spent a month on Bali. We had a house to ourselves, all for free, pool included. These were some crazy times, I tell you. So, if you own real estate, try that and maybe save a small fortune. Also, traveling to countries with lower relative incomes is a good idea. There is a reason why Asian countries are the top choice for many digital nomads.

(original article in Toptal) Click here : https://www.toptal.com/remote/digital-nomads-can-manage-teams-and-manage-to-see-the-world

He who controls anger, controls life: A Must Read story

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Anger is just a letter short of danger. Controlling one’s anger is the key to success. This beautiful story will make you understand the importance of taming the Green Goblin within you.

As a carpenter went home after shutting down his workshop, a black poisonous cobra entered his workshop.

The cobra was hungry and hoped to find its supper lurking somewhere within. It slithered from one end to another and accidentally bumped into a double-edged metal axe and got very slightly injured.

*In anger and seeking revenge, the snake bit the axe with full force. What could a bite do to a metallic axe? Instead the cobra’s mouth started bleeding.*

Out of fury and arrogance, the cobra tried its best to strangle and kill the object that was causing it pain by wrapping itself very tightly around the blades.

*The next day when the carpenter opened the workshop, he found a seriously cut, dead cobra wrapped around the axe blades.

The cobra died not because of someone else’s fault but faced these consequences merely because of its own anger and wrath.

Sometimes when angry, we try to cause harm to others but as time passes by, we realise that we have caused more harm to ourselves.

For a happy life, it’s best we should learn to ignore and overlook some things, people, incidents, affairs and matters.

It is not necessary that we show a reaction to everything. Step back and ask yourself if the matter is really worth responding or reacting to.*

Let Treat people with kindness even if they hurt you.

People that show no inclination to change, are best handled with silence and prayer.

THIS is really a touching story and could help us take some good decisions. Do like and share!!!

What is Maturity? – Let’s find out

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Maturity is a rare quality, especially in today’s fast changing times. It’s a skill, which only few master, bringing happiness and peace in life. So what really is maturity? Let’s find out from the words of wisdom of Adi Shankara.

  1. Maturity is *when you stop trying to change others, …instead focus on changing yourself.*
  2. Maturity is when you
    *accept people as they are.
  3.  Maturity is when you
    *understand everyone is right in their own perspective.*
  4. Maturity is when you
    *learn to “let go”.*
  5. Maturity is when you are
    able to *drop “expectations” from a relationship and give for the sake of giving.*
  6. Maturity is when you
    *understand whatever you do, you do for your own peace
  7.  Maturity is when you *stop proving to the world, how intelligent you are.*
  8. Maturity is when you *don’t seek approval from others.*
  9. Maturity is when you *stop comparing with others.*
  10. Maturity is when you *are at peace with yourself.*
  11. Maturity is when you *are able to differentiate between “need” and “want” and are able to let go of your wants.*

*& last but most meaningful !*

  1. You gain Maturity when you *stop attaching “happiness” to material things!!*

 Golden words. Do share and spread happiness!!!


Why so serious? The art of using HUMOUR to get things done

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Humour is magical.

Oftentimes, the idea of humour is taken rather jokingly. A joke or a smart phrase or a witty repartee can do wonders, if used at right time and right person.

In a professional set up, the ambience is usually made to look very serious and business like. But with changing trends and rise of millennial influence in setting up cultural framework, if you get too serious, people might not take you seriously.

Hence ask yourself, “Why so serious?”

Let me share an anecdote. A fellow colleague of mine, let’s use the alias Mr Serious, often had the habit of being overtly reactive to any given challenging situation. Meet any stumbling block and he used anger and flexed up vocal cords to deal with it, only to increase his troubles.

Day by day, vexed and fumed, he led his life, only to get caught in the quagmire of negative emotions.

Once, looking all worried and confused, he shared his sad story with me. I am not some guru or life coach to have given him some secret mantra to wriggle out of the condition.

However, I did share with him some very important gyaan which was once given to me by one renowned television producer and a very dear friend of mine.

I asked the producer friend, “What’s according to you is the key to success?” He smiled and replied, “There are many answers yet not a definite one. But for me, I feel keeping calm, maintain nerves at crux scenario is key. Being confrontational and edgy never helps. I will tell you a secret.”

He continued: “Suppose you are dealing a tough boss or a situation, use subtle humour. It helps in defusing tension and you take charge of the scenario. Be mirthful and all will be fine.”

True words of wisdom!!!

I shared this with my colleague Mr Serious and thankfully, he took note of it. How much he applied in his day to day functioning is something I wouldn’t know. But he certainly looks happier and more at ease these days.

Personally, I feel, humour is the essence of life. In this fast paced world, a little smile can enliven lives of many, be at work or at home.

But be cautious, too much of it can get cocky and end up irritating people. Know the person and moment, before using the ploy.

Humour is one of the best ways to get things done. Try it. When you can achieve with smiles, why get serious?

-Siddhartha Laik

Get Charged: These Powerful Quotes on LEADERSHIP will make your day

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True leaders are a rare species these days. Leadership is more than mere words. It’s a talent which can change the world. SuccessYeti brings some powerful quotes on leadership which will charge your veins with motivation and enthusiasm.

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'”

— Lao-tsu

“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch.”

— Jesus Christ

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”

— Winston Churchill

“If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.”

— G.K. Chesterton to Alexander Woollcott

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”

— Henry Kissinger

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”

— John Buchan

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”

— General Douglas MacArthur

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

— General Colin Powell

“Without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance..”

— Eric Shinseki

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

— Harry Truman

“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”

— Henry Peter Brougham, The Present State of Law, 1828

“A leader is one who influences a specific group of people to move in a God-given direction.”

— J. Robert Clinton

“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.”

— Sam Rayburn

“Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated.”

— Dag Hammarskjöld

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”

— Walter Lippmann

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.”

— Harold Geneen

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”

— Max DePree

“Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“He who has great power should use it lightly.”

— Seneca

“How do you know you have won? When the energy is coming the other way and when your people are visibly growing individually and as a group.”

— Sir John Harvey-Jones

“The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows.”

— Clarence Randall

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”

— Ken Kesey

“As a leader, you’re probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you’re not around.”

— Patrick Lencioni

“Leadership is difficult but it is not complex.”

— Michael McKinney

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Start-Up India, 2016- A Review

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I catch a metro everyday to reach my college and that day was just another day…I plugged in to my headphones listening to the song, “Socha Hai”- from the movie Rock On. The lyrical beauty of the song brings so many dispersing thoughts on a beat of drum and a rhythm. Like he mentions – “Badal neele kyon , Ped hogaye hain kum kyon……Socha Hai ”- A subtle pointer to the existing environmental problems, that need a solution…but we remain ignorant or try to neglect them. Unless we are a victim, we do not react! Umm, it sounds too much of a value education lecture but these proverbs and small moments in life have their own significance that could teach us a life changing lesson.

Another anecdote that reminds me of opportunities in life was while leading the contingency to IIT Bombay, E summit in the month of January.  There I got to know a lot about what is the stage for entrepreneurs in India. We were presented with huge amount of information that elevated us on subjects like technology, finance, innovation, talent, creativity in India and global level. The amazing fact about E summit was open to copious chances to listen from Kunal Shah, Ashish Hemrajani, Sachin Bansal and Rahul Yadav… apart from these chat sessions there were also a fair for students to seek internships and jobs at emerging and well to do enterprises. Finally the two day carnival had its closing seminar from Rana Kapoor, CEO Yes Bank where he clearly said, “For him entrepreneurship in India comes from the concept of DICE – Design Innovation Creativity and very spirit of Entrepreneurship that he will be promoting at his CEO level and also bring that culture through his children”—–Who says India doesn’t have scope?

But after returning from IIT Bombay, I was pondering over the opportunities that will be soon flooded in Indian Start-up ecosystem. This is what I came across while researching over the Internet.

After going through a lot of facts, stats in the newspaper about the start-up buzz, I personally an entrepreneur who is at a very nascent stage believe that the year of 2016 has brought revitalization into the start-up ecosystem. Some facts that throw light to the fortunes of 2016 are as follows:

A great kick-start to the year with the most awaited start-up stand-up India plan which has given a sunrise to the Indian start-up ecosystem.  Our honourable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has created his objective as Start-up Stand-up India boosting the budding entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists. I remember few words from his speech addressing us, In the address during Start-up India launch, Modiji expressed, “Everyone has a idea, if Government stops working the youth has that potential to drive the nation, there are dreams deep embedded but due to risk and our insecurities we Inhibit ourselves”. He inspires that people who have started haven’t thought of bank balance but how are they imparting to society in a good way!….So what is required is a long term approach.

The start-up plan also brought a lot of conditions and policies that enhance and leverage the status of start-up hub in India.People believed that even though it is difficult to start a company in India, it is almost impossible to shut one down. However, he said, “an unencumbered easy exit option will be provided under the bankruptcy Act so that start-ups can exit within 90 days. The master of quotes as he is, Narendra Modi futher added, “Those who run from water will never learn to swim. You have to drown once to be able to learn to swim.” He also made the tax regime better in terms of profit and capital gains. Now the patent registration has become fluid & easy. It also allows self-compliance via mobile platforms. The plan also proposes investments in education, innovation centres, incubation centres and research &Infotech parks.  Isn’t it great!

Another event that catches my eye is Global Investor meet Karnataka in the early February of this leap year ( 2016) . Karnataka being the hub having a confluence of culture , technology and knowledge  sets an exemplar. The meet brought proposal of investor penetration into following sectors including : manufacturing , IT services, IT parks, Infrastructure, tourism, Agra infrastructure , technology clusters ,healthcare and education. It paved way for ease of conducting business via online portals and computerised planning implementation. The online portal provides all information with respect to setting up a business including policies, Whom to concern, entry modes and where to seek information. Every sector has also defined its policies uploaded on the portal of investor Karnataka to attract potential investors or foreign traders on board.

The Mid –  February  saw a carnival at Mumbai BKC—Make in India Week  which  created avenues for showcasing, connecting and collaborating for manufacturing in India. A platform where global CEOs, think tanks, policy makers, Diplomats and Political leaders converged. There were a lot of B2B and B2G deals that happened like Government of Jharkhand and Adani group and Vedanta limited. For youth and startups there was on spot 2 crore prize by Qualcomm , hackathon  for entrepreneurs to contest and even showcased stories of sculptors of India through their startups, products and platforms. The Australian government has given a nod for their co-operation and confidence for the same agenda.

The recent announcement of Budget brings a basket full of opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow, a ticket to tax holiday till March 2019 with a criterion of eligibility saying it should be innovative in its nature. The budget promises to elevate woman entrepreneurship by investing 500 crore for the same. It also brings a special patent regime. Though many our disappointed because the budget is not start-ups centric.

I personally believe that there are many opportunities only one has to realize sometimes it can be from one’s own learning curve for example  somewhere in Maharashtra there is no electricity , to drive a water pump a boy connected to batteries of his motor bike acting as a power source for the pump.  It is rightly said when it comes on you, you will realize. Rasi seeds since 1973, coming up with hybrid cotton, maize , vegetables —-so what is the requirement? People like Kiran Mujumdar Shaw, Biocon believes that India is a transforming economy  from agrarian to urban  hence it brings a load on farmers , leading to suicides , quality of food and health issues but bio manufacturing and high valued bio- services (like biometrics ) have made it so easy.  The current environment is so lucrative with development in communication and information system our age is the most informed one. So it’s the time to master around whether a process, product, management, channel. The world now calls for creativity that is human centred (figuring issues around us, just locate), capturing all human senses , multidisciplinary (involving from production to Launch and even extended to end receiver).

Be the next Marco Polo , Be the next  Albert Einstein, Be the next Larry Page …Be the next You. The time is yours, just use it as a powerful instrument and it will fetch fortunes to you.

Souce of review: Some of the facts have been adopted from leading newspapers like economictimes.com and news portals like firstpost.com


Gautam Chada

Author- SuccessYeti

Qualities That Separate Great Leaders From Average Ones

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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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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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Sheeba Lekhak

Author- SuccessYeti

Hard Work Vs. Smart Work

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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.


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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

Get more tips on: How to stay focused at work

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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Sandhya Parmeshwaram

Author: SuccessYeti

Importance Of Hiring The Right Talent At Office

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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.

Human capital

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.”
Stephen Covey

Clear roadblocks

“Often the best solution to a management problem is the right person.”
Edwin Booz

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.

Experience counts

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.”
Soichiro Honda

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.


Sheeba Lekhak 

Author – SuccessYeti

Motivation, Communication, Leadership, Success, Inspiration, Start Up, Business