Saturday, 13 August 2016

Wonderful quotes from Richard Branson - being an inspirational Leader.

Courtesy "Google pics"
Courtesy "Google pics"
Courtesy "Google pics"
Courtesy "Google pics"


Courtesy "Google pics"

As we all know there are so many great people, leaders out there urging us to go that extra mile and always inspiring us to make a difference. One such great leader, Richard Branson whose quotes have constantly inspired me to keep going, and giving my best on every occasion irrespective of success or failures. His words and thoughts provide great insights to the attitude of leader working with his team. It is very engaging, one that leaves us with a thought wondering  
- How would working with such a great leader be?


Please feel free to read more about Richard Branson, rightly described as "The world's most social CEO" at  https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/biography


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Monday, 13 June 2016

Great Learning Opportunity!!



Happy to share with you that my friend Srikanth has officially launched his Life Skills Coaching institute called ‘SKILS’ (I consider myself fortunate to have stumbled upon). Life skills are all those soft skills that will help an individual pursue their goals and realize their dreams. The list is exhaustive, A few such are 

·         Public speaking
·         Interpersonal skills
·         Leadership and motivational skills
·         Time Management Skills

These are critical drivers in any challenging work environment today and eventually contribute to overall personality development. Skills and abilities like these are distinguishing factors in identifying leaders. Hence the need for a professional coach is now more than ever. A Coach who is also a friend to you, who can provide unbiased evaluation of your present skill set, chalk out a customized plan to suit your requirement; and finally contribute meaningfully to help you achieve your goal.

Coaching is a process where a professional coach will work with an individual, clarify the goal, create an action plan and will follow up till the goal is reached. This is different to traditional training methodology and has better proven success rate. Please review the website www.skils.net (Skils with a single L) to know more.  There are specific coaching programs for school kids, teenagers, graduates, professionals, employees stuck in their careers, people with motivation or relationship issues etc. Please review the website and book an appointment should you wish to discuss.

In terms of credentials, Srikanth holds an International Certification as a Motivation coach from CCA (Certified coaches’ alliance) and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). His 20+ years of rich experience in varied roles, great interpersonal skills, in mentoring people have put him ahead in the league. His successful track backed with wonderful abilities at people management has carved a niche for himself. This not only earned him a reputation of a trusted person able to build winning teams always; but also has worked wonders to careers of people associated with him.

Please feel free to connect with Srikanth on his fb page to view updates and posts: www.facebook.com/skinstituteforlifeskills/.


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Thursday, 24 March 2016

A salute to ‘The Good Samaritan’ - Paalam Kalyanasundaram





IMAGE: The man who became a bridge -- Paalam Kalyanasundaram. Photograph: Sreeram Selvaraj



As I was browsing the internet for articles and news, I stumbled on a great post on rediff.com. A post by Shobha Warrier narrating the story of an ordinary person who went to lead an extraordinary life - The Good Samaritan named Kalyanasundaram. My heartfelt thanks to the author, Shobha Warrier and refiff.com for the contribution. I really enjoyed reading it. This wonderful post left me thinking a lot. I am sure it is engaging and thought provoking. It is bound to influence our thinking and actions in many ways.

I felt that the story of this great person should reach a greater audience. It should become an example to any and everyone who reads it. I never ever felt the need to share the post greater. This reminds me of the quote..

The noblest of the deed begins with the passion of thinking and caring about another person.

Please find the link below to the original post:

http://www.rediff.com/news/special/he-donated-every-rupee-he-earned-to-the-poor/20160323.htm

What began as a challenge ended up a way of life for 'Paalam' Kalyanasundaram, whom the UN adjudged one of the most outstanding people of the 20th century. This is the story of his inspiring journey, as told to Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Facing the interview…in people/team management – A different point of view.





A sweaty palm, increased pulse rate, butterflies in the stomach and in some cases hyperventilating – who doesn’t know about interviews. I know interviews can be nerve- wrecking sometimes. I have been through a lot of them, having a firsthand experience of it. I know that there are a lot of great inputs already available on the net. This post is just an extension to all great points and importantly providing a different point of view to an interview. This article is a result of requests from few of my friends who have understood, tried and benefited out of this different point of view of an interview. Now as I think and write this post after counseling a lot of people on how to ease this entire process; I wish I did this a long time ago.

This post does not talk about do’s and don’ts of an interview, instead, it speaks about what your interviewer thinks about your interview and what should you think about your own.

Interview, as we know, is a process of two people exchanging views with different purposes. The interviewer’s role is to assess the interviewee’s credentials and capabilities. Interviewee, in turn, ascertains the same through documentation or verbal explanation. The result of this process could be varied.

Most of the people who face an interview make the same mistake of over thinking, interpreting the result and allow it to mess; what otherwise could have been a good interview process. I am sure I would be right if I say -In fact, most of the times we can’t help it. However, the following changes to our point of view may change things differently and work to our advantage:

·         The outcome of the interview is a major worry haunting us – the only two outcomes can be whether we are successful at it or we are not.

·         Interview like any other process has various drivers that determine its outcome.

·         Understanding the drivers instead of focusing on the outcome will take us that far towards success. (For understanding the drivers better please refer to my previous post: Knowing the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) well.

·         A key component assessed during an interview along with KSA’s, is our capability to withstand pressure. (All the more reason for our thoughts of the outcome not to mess with the process itself.)

The suggestions above will leave you thinking how it will benefit me should I adopt this approach? A very valid point, once adopted, these suggestions will not ensure that you crack every interview you face. However, one thing it can do is prepare you to face the toughest of interviews; help you give your best shot in each interview you face.

The Interviewer, on other hand, has a set of prerequisites for the role such as KSA’s behavior, composure, ability to handle pressure etc. You are evaluated against your competition on these parameters. The sooner this process is complete and the best match is obtained the better for him/her.

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Magic Quotes - A collection of wonderful quotes that inspire, motivate and celebrate a journey called "Life"

Magic Quotes:



Magic Quotes is a handpicked collection of wonderful posts from great people that really inspires, motivates and urges one and all to celebrate a journey called  - Life. Please find the link below :

Magic Quotes Collection

Majority of these inspiring posts are sourced mainly from my acquaintances on Google+. I would take this opportunity to thank one and all for their contribution. I will update this collection with meaningful posts constantly. I have enjoyed reading the posts and the learning has benefited me immensely. I hope the readers enjoy the posts too and find the learning helpful.  

I request you to share the learning as much as possible so that many more benefit from it. I would be glad to know your inputs both For or Against. Please feel free to post, share or like if you find it useful.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The good, the bad and the ugly in us ...in team/people management. – start making a difference.

Understanding the wolves within us

This post is in continuation to my previous post. We all are aware that there is good, the bad and the ugly thoughts are present in all of us. It is a very natural process, the bad and the ugly thoughts in us too have a definite purpose, they serve as an early warning system or they are useful in moments of danger when we sense a threat and so on. However, here we will discuss the role of these emotions in our regular day to day scenario. In most of the situations these thoughts or expressions work in conjunction with each other even without our knowledge. In situations, our mind quickly calculates and provides us with multiple solutions or options. The above-mentioned emotions form a vital representation in such calculated decisions we make. These tendencies result in a fundamental guidance system and have a direct impact on the quality of our decision making.  These qualities are observable in our decisions by some of the following attributes:

Good - Honesty, absence of ego, gentleness, modesty, proactive helping nature etc
Bad - Selfishness, greed, bias nature, indulging in things that have a favorable outcome etc
Ugly - Hypocrisy, anger, harshness, arrogance, pride and ignorance etc

The list is exhaustive and varies from person to person; it will vary with different situations, surroundings and people involved. These qualities try to dominate each other influencing the decision-making process. The process involved is a complicated one. A similar situation might not have the same outcome when a different individual is involved. In fact, there are hardly any set rules to guide us through this process.  The absence of a standardized approach can make this task, even more complicated, confusing and very often embarrassing. Hence, the effort through this post is to realize the need to standardize this procedure and understand its benefits as far as possible. 

Like all other good qualities that we possess this great structure too needs a solid foundation. Encouraging the good thoughts in us to dominate the other two is a good way to begin. Few other pointers in this process are:

·         A strong foundation based on good principles ensures a long lasting ‘Quality Decision’ making capability. 
Not giving up for some temptation.
·         Being decisive irrespective of how many ever times similar situations arise; similarly not being biased to a particular situation or individual.
·         Emphasis on ‘standardization rather than making exceptions’ will further reinforce your self-confidence.
·         Strict adherence to your principles even when things do not work in your favor will improve your resolve even more.

These methods that are tried and tested, that works out better to you will ensure that you always make quality decisions. It not only helps you take impeccable decisions always but also help you stand as an example and improve your relationships both personal and at work phenomenally. 

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Do we understand enough? In people/team management – practice to perfection.



Yes in a situation do we understand enough? And most importantly is our understanding right? There is a huge difference between both as we will discuss further in this post. This aspect does have a great impact in our day to day situations and without any doubt is imperative in our toughest situations with people. I cannot emphasize enough on this ‘Deal maker or breaker’ ability. We often encounter simple problems escalate to a mess, as either due to a lack of understanding or failure in understand it right. Either ways it spells disaster in relationships with people when handled incorrectly.

Just the other day, I was facing a difficult situation with a person. We had to arrive at a resolution for this ongoing issue. I just did not know how to come out of the situation. The other person’s opinion and solution seemed so unfair. I did not understand why his decision in this situation was so different from an exact similar situation that he was involved in the past. I was getting extremely frustrated as to why the other person is so unreasonable. The situation was so intense probably one of the biggest turmoil of my life, involving sensitive decision making. I wanted to be doubly sure on my decision hence I thought would discuss this with my friend (sort of taking a second opinion).

I discussed this with a nice friend of mine explaining him the facts of the situation, references of the other person’s judgment in a similar situation in the past and his total unreasonable behavior in the current situation. I narrated the entire episode to my friend and asked him for his opinion and support in arriving at a fair resolution to this issue. Following are the pointers that he suggested in resolving complicated issues, especially when things are sensitive.

·         We need to understand the basic thing that when the other person is at loggerheads and arguing in a situation they feel they are right in their thinking and have their own reasons in thinking so; irrespective of how you or others feel.

Reason being they lack the general understanding, or could be under wrong influence of others, or are obsessed with their thought and hence simply not willing to understand.

·         When discussing a particular situation we should not refer to any past experiences involving either person; (however similar situation it may seem).

Reason being both parties would stress upon their favorable outcome of the past situation and imply it on the current situation; an aspect which will not be acceptable to the other person. 

·         While discussing in a situation we always need to leave the emotional baggage out and be as practical as possible (I am aware that this is most difficult part in relationships as our emotions bound to jump in at all times).

Reason being our emotions act as a catalyst and quickly escalate a problem into a mess. We are bound to take fair and strong decisions only if take care of this aspect.

For further impacts of emotions such as anger, frustration and hate please refer to my previous post:


I will add to the above, sensitive discussions like these are best resolved on an open, face to face conversation rather than over the phone. These one to one conversations done in person tend to be more fruitful and binding rather than other means of communication.

Normally we tend to resolve most of the situations by ourselves; even complicated and sensitive ones. There is no harm in taking a second opinion from a trusted friend or an expert. Things would be much simpler if we take good advice from friends and well wishers; especially when we are unsure or have a slightest doubt. I am glad that I approached a right person for advice. I really appreciate my friend’s maturity of thinking. His suggestion to approach an issue devoid of emotions has seen me out of what otherwise was a really complicated situation.

The learning out of this entire episode will emerge as an important experience in life and guide us take “Quality Decisions” whenever and wherever similar situations arise.

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