Sunday 18 October 2015

People Management a culture, not a team/people management. - Live it.

A Big Thank You

PS: Before I start writing this post, I want to convey my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all readers. The reason I am congratulating you all is that  I consider this blog as "Our blog" as you all are equally responsible and an integral part of the success. I really appreciate one and all for your inputs, continued support and success of this blog. Words can't express my feelings. 

It all started with my SEO training that I had got enrolled to. As a part of the training, I got to know that I could write articles on topics (that I know a thing or two about) one that i wanted to do since a long time. And ...It was the beginning of it, what started as a hobby quickly became a passion! The blog that started as a single post is today a collection of 50 posts and has clocked 12000+ views worldwide on the home site and affiliated sites. A small milestone crossed (I know it is a small number nevertheless a great beginning). 

Thanks to one and, friends and especially to the readers for their continued support without which this was not possible.

I would be happy if the articles is helpful at least to a few people and they are able to use the learning and create a happy and successful work environment for themselves and others. Having said so, I am always eager to learn, should you find objection/difference of opinion to any part of the article/s, or think otherwise please feel free to let me know.

Looking forward to your continued support!!!

People Management a culture, not a course...Live it

That is right people management is a culture and not a course. As with a course, it cannot be taught over a specific duration of time. It needs to be learnt only by practicing and living it. It can be witnessed only by the development in people's life that you are associated with; the personal satisfaction that you derive out of it. 

Let us first understand what is culture in general and why its important to embrace valuable and beneficial practices as a part of a culture. Culture is defined as a way of life of a group of people--their behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication  and teaching from one generation to the next. Over a period of time, the culture that people adopt becomes their identity. It forms a sole purpose of their existence; so much so that they defend it with their life, should there be a need. A misrepresented culture can have a disastrous outcome. Unfortunately, frequently it results is creating bias, injustice, discrimination and fanaticism. Now for the advantages of a good culture: 

  • always promotes the good in a group or society. 
  • it preserves the best practices and passes on to the next generation (so that they do not have to re invent the wheel). 
  • always provides the desired good outcome from time tested methods.

Having discussed about the need to adopt treasured practices as part of a culture, we will now focus on advantages of people management as a culture. People in general always require a leader who can teach them by practical behavior. The various roles that we are part of in our day to day life, like a good friend, father, mother, brother, sister, teacher etc are all to be considered as natural leaders in general. All such natural leaders have a great responsibility towards their dependents to lead them towards progress. Remember, a leader is not born; a leader evolves of training, education, learning and a never-ending passion to work with people. Starting from an early stage in our life, we knowingly or unknowingly display leadership traits throughout our life. It is only a matter of realization of our capabilities and a constant effort to fine tune it. Generally, in the above mentioned roles, it is usually a single person's development that we are centered on. Whereas in the modern day work environment, it is a group of individuals that we need to focus on. The dynamics may be different as you are working with different individuals simultaneously, yet have to deliver results of the group as a "single entity". However, the fundamentals remain the same, which are:

  • Genuine interest in the betterment of each individual and the group.
  • Guiding the group with strong principle based leadership.
  • Providing guidance devoid of perception towards any individual or entity.
  • Encouraging the participation of the individuals for a common cause and also their own development in the process.

For a detailed explanation and an in depth understanding of the process involved, please refer to my previous posts below:

Key aspects of being a leader.

You and I…Together We Make a Great Team.

Breaking our perception barrier to work with people effectively.

As we practice, the leadership culture in our professional and personal life, we convert each task to success and every relationship into a meaningful one. Great leaders like Mother Teresa, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and so many others have inspired us going a step ahead, dedicating their lives for the betterment of  others. It takes great courage, sacrifice and challenges, to dedicate life for others. Such people are remembered for a real long time. They live even after their time and are remembered through their work. 

"Anyone can live life for their own self; the challenge and the beauty however, is living it for others."

I really appreciate your time reading this post. I hope you enjoy reading the post and find it 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.

Happy Learning! and Happy Sharing!

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Mind your team/people management. - Train the trainer.

Mind you mind

PS : The purpose of this article is to understand our mind a little better than that we are currently aware of. The posts from various renowned Authors included in this article talk about much more advanced concepts such as mindfulness - meaning and how to practice it. It is difficult to understand and practice these concepts unless we understand the basics. In this post we will discuss and focus on the basics of relation between mind and body, understand them, explore ways and means to benefit out of it.  

To begin with our mind can be better understood as a trainer of our body, a natural guidance system to see us through situations of threat, an information processor, a decision maker. It is a vital part of our body that guides the rest of the body, from simple day to day functions to much more complex things that we encounter. So what does it take to train this trainer? How can we get the best out of an excellent tool that is readily available to us? The answer to this is very simple, let us first understand what our brain wants and when will it function at its best. We will now look at a couple of scenarios to get an idea of what our brain wants and how does it influence our body. 

Scenario 1 : Now most of us can recollect the painful times of our childhood when we were told to get up early in the morning to study and prepare for the exams that are fast approaching. Imagine the plight of the body, when it had to wake up very early in the morning to study, with very little sleep, especially after a tiring day. How many times do we snooze the alarm? We literally force ourselves to get out of the bed and probably curse ourselves and hate the studies maybe our life too. 

Scenario 2 : Now imagine that it is your vacation and you have to get up early to go to a picnic or meet up someone that you are longing to meet. Even in this case you had an equally tiring day before and had very little sleep. But yet you get up in a jiffy. I am sure you can relate to this incident.

So whats the difference between these two instances? The answer is your mind's influence over your body. Mind prepares the body well in advance for things that it is interested in. It influences the body to act and react to different situations differently, as it perceives. The brain records all the conditions present at the time of the experience. It re enacts and influences the body when similar situation arises in future. Probably, that is the reason that you enjoy a movie or an outing with a group of friends, and you won't enjoy doing the same with a group of people that you are not so keen on bonding. 

The mind and body work closely together. They regularly influence each other. Understanding this process can be very helpful in improving our day to day activities and also in influencing our mental and physical health. Many medical professionals, scientists and researchers are now devoting much more attention to the mind and body connection with relation to restoration of health. If our mind can cause our brain to instruct our bodies to get sick, then it can also help us to get well. 

In order to understand in depth, we need to know a more advanced concept known as mindfulness. Please refer to the posts below to get a clear understanding of the same:

The Amazing abilities of the Human mind - Jayaram V

The meaning of mindfulness : It means to be now and here and perceive with clarity what is going on in your mind, body and environment. Mindfulness is whole body awareness. The practice of mindfulness, although sounds easy, is rather difficult, because the restless mind does not confirm to a pattern of behavior without adequate preparation and strong commitment. However, at the most basic level, mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and everywhere by anyone with some discipline, guidance and preparation. Right mindfulness as an excellent tool on hand has many applications in the sphere of everyday activities.

I really appreciate your time reading this post. I hope you enjoy reading the post and find it 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.

Happy Learning! and Happy Sharing!

Saturday 10 October 2015

The power of constant team/people management. - Discover it.

Nourishing the learning habit

We are all aware how education and learning are synonymous with our development, career and growth. Education of a certain level has long become a fundamental requirement for a position or a job. In the modern day societies, a clear distinction is set between people who are learned and those who aren't. This purely translates to success and growth in a career. However the learning that we are discussing here is a little different. It is the learning that we acquire in our free time while we are already on a job. It may or may not provide a direct value addition to your current role. Adding skills to your personality should be viewed as a mind nourishment process; just as vital as food nourishing the body for smooth functioning. It could be as simple as reading a book or getting enrolled to a course or anything that you are comfortable with to begin. 

However, nowadays, unfortunately due to constraints of time or stress, we have stopped the process of active learning once for all. Little do we realize that the learning that we pick up never goes waste. Even if it does not bring about visible results in the beginning, it transforms you remarkably within. It is no doubt an investment in your time and energy, but is definitely worth it. The key however, is to learn and add new skills with a willingness to do it. We need to be passionate pursuing it; just as we do with our hobbies. Remember the equation:

"Constant Learning  = Results
Willingness + Constant Learning = Outstanding Results"

There are more than few benefits that you derive out of constant learning process. Following are just a few of them:

  • It brings about discipline in life.
  • It keeps your mind open and receptive.
  • Helps you become more observant, sensitive and understanding.
  • New knowledge bring in new awareness.
  • Ability to adapt to situation and deal with difficult problems increases phenomenally.

I would like to share a few more inspiring articles from renowned Authors, on the benefits of constant learning and value addition to our skills, to our personality:

The fact that you are reading this post itself is proof enough that you already possess this remarkable habit of acquiring new learning. All that is required now is to provide structure to this great habit of yours and nourish it with perseverance.

The post below may serve as a guide to prioritize your learning, what and where you want to begin with :

Knowing the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) Well in People/Team Management - A Key Requirement. 

I hope you enjoy reading the post and find it helpful. I request you to share the learning as much as possible so that many more benefit from it. 

Happy Learning! and Happy Sharing!

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your time reading this post. 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.

Monday 5 October 2015

Self talk...the best self team/people management. - Practice it.

Self talk..the best self help.

In the previous posts we have learnt about various emotions such as anger, fear, happiness and other such emotions. We have also understood their impact on our behavior that eventually contributes towards our character. The methods and techniques we have learnt in the earlier posts, will help us gain control over our negative thoughts. It also improves the quality of our life as it directly depends on our thoughts and actions. In this article, we will discuss what can we do to improve the quality of communication within ourselves. For further insight into positive communication, please refer to my previous post on : 

Positive communication and a powerful mind ...wonderful tools 

Self Talk is a natural process that develops with us since our childhood and we do not need any external help to attain it. We possess certain instincts that guide us differentiating right from wrong, good from bad and so on. We only need to practice and train ourselves on how and when to listen to our inner voice. These effort go a long way in keeping you motivated, taking responsibility of your life, will also help you live life with an open mind and appreciation. Once trained in self talk, you will experience a significant difference in the quality of your decisions. In fact it will help achieve a meaningful approach towards life. 

Let us first understand, the science involved in a situation that you are faced with; and the subsequent decision making process to counter the situation. 

'Your thoughts play a major role here'. It is through our thoughts that we shape our lives, aim to realize our dreams, implement our decisions and indulge in actions. Thoughts are controlled by various desires, emotions, beliefs, education  and experience. These are the drivers that impact your decision and propel you towards a solution. They influence your actions, decisions, attitude, responses, relationships and behavior. 

In any situation, we indulge in a lot of "Self Talk" knowingly or sub consciously. It is in this phase that we start processing our thoughts. We need to understand the need to possess a strong "guideline or a standardization process" while these thoughts are being processed. You can define your own guidelines. The better guidelines you set and ensure strict adherence to it, the better will be your decisions. Following are some general pointers to have a fair idea of the process:  

  • In any situation do only what is right - Never make any exception to this.
  • Think positive always - A positive thinker reacts positively to all the events in life.
  • There is a limit to criticism - Do not to crush yourselves with self-criticism.
  • Always be in good company - Surround yourselves with positive thoughts and company.
  • Trust the person that who has made the decision which is "You" - It may be a good decision or a bad decision, but it will always be a right one, better still than being indecisive
  • Have the courage to face the principle based decisions you have made - To communicate and implement them.
The self talk process will be more fruitful if it is conducted before an event or a situation occurs. After an incident, there are a lot of factors that influence this process, such as anger, fear, ego and defensive mode etc. 

The quality of communication with your own self determines your happiness, once you practice and master the art, it will guide you to adopt happiness as a way of life.

Remember, happiness is an invention of mind. So invent your happiness through positive thinking.  - by Jayaram V

I hope you enjoy reading the post and find it helpful. I request you to share the learning as much as possible so that many more benefit from it. 

Happy Learning! and Happy Sharing!

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your time reading this post. 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.

Thursday 1 October 2015

Fear a never-ending team/people management. - Conquer it.

Fighting Fear

Fear has been and will continue to be our constant haunting emotion at all different stages through out our life. At an early stage, it could be fear of completing assignments and at a later stage it could be fear of competition, securing good education, choosing a career. Further down the line it could mean fear of losing a job, reputation, fear of change, fear of failure etc. Fear has many forms in different stages of life. 

It is the most dominant emotion of the human mind. In fact, it is so dominant that in worst case scenarios it will threaten a person's mind and convince it to commit suicide, as the only solution to a problem at hand. At that stage, a person cannot reason and foolishly thinks that death is the only solution to that problem. He fails to understand even the simplest fact that death has never been and can never be a solution to any problem in life.  If it were there would be so many people waiting in a line with such solutions (there would be no problems at all, only solutions).

Fear can be explained as a biological and physiological response to threats created by the mind and body. There is no way to completely avoid or win over it, however there are certainly methods to control and deal with our own fear. 

The following posts from renowned Authors, will provide us with a clear understanding of our strongest emotion, how and why fear is formed, what it does to us and most importantly what can we do to control them. 

A clear understanding of the causes of this strong emotion and learning to deal with goes a long way. The sooner the better. Once we have understood the science of fear and ways to deal with it, we would be very confident and make better decisions concerning career and life. The learning has a wonderful effect both on our personal and professional life. 

Remember - "Once you understand your fears, make a commitment, challenge yourself and conquer your fear, win over it the feeling would be awesome." 

I hope you enjoy reading the posts and that you will find it helpful. I request you to share the learning as much as possible so that many more benefit from it.

Happy Learning! and Happy Sharing!

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your time reading this post. 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.