My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Thursday, October 25, 2012

DECORATE YOUR OFFICE WITH THROBBING LIFE


A lion's share of one's time is spent in official life. Therefore the ambiance surrounding your work place, specially, your desk should be carefully planned, if not, at least readjusted to make it more creative, productive all through those working hours.

The world's most creative company : Google has a very flexible system where the employees can have the liberty to decorate their desks according to their interests, so as to remain enthusiastic, creative during working hours. In fact the company has nap pods  for their employees to let exhausted employees enjoy a quick nap during afternoon hours.

Once you are in a sedentary job, you are very prone to weariness and some times no work also leads to laggardness. So, it is quite essential to keep yourself in an enthusiastic mood and not to
loose your cool. More over, it is very important to protect yourself from occasional emotional outbursts which is an activity of reptilian brain i.e. Fight or Flight. Once, we have been evolved as humans, it means we must be more contemplative in our actions.

Irrespective of gadgets you put on your desk, don't forget to put a plant or sapling, in and around your work space. Once you put a plant, it means that you put a throbbing life in front of you.

In a study conducted by researchers at Texas A& M, workers with plants in their offices showed more creativity in thinking up new ideas and approaching old problems. The studies further reveal that the employees not only increased their efficiency but also added colour and freshness to otherwise dreary office environment.

So, what you are waiting for ? Plunge into action and decorate your desk with a sapling which needs less watering to you burst into creativity.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

TURN ME OFF !


Television is a powerful medium that goes like wild fire and garner public opinion instantly. In today's context, it's influence is wider than known horizons. Nobody knows exactly how it stealthily seeped into our lives. It made children glued to it leaving the young minds guardless to whatever the stuff that appears on that dreaded oblong box, called television.

The role of parent is  now increasingly becoming complex. It is a tight-rope walk. If you yell on children not to watch television excessively, they complain that they shall not be deprived of
freedom to choose their mode of  entertainment. One of my friends who watches television in high dose says that it provides incredibly a lot of information and entertainment. He has given it a status of "companion". His contention is that multimedia almost replaced as a source of knowledge, compare to book reading which he averses vehemently.

True to his assertion, satellite TV channels have dramatically changed the landscape of entertainment resulting children to hook to TV like never before. Any step to restrain them from watching fumes  them and sometimes torn the relationships. So the solution lies in taking a middle path by giving fair chance to children to get their slice of entertainment,  and at the same time put a tab on their habit of sitting long hours before television sets.

But the paradox is, parents  give a whip to children to sleep in time but they watch as if the rule is not applicable to them. It puts their minds in quandary and act as counter-productive.  This precedence needs to be changed by ruthlessly following the moral lesson first by parents.

From health point of view, each hour of TV viewing after you are 25 can cut 22 minutes of your lifespan, according to researchers from University of Queensland, Australia. The problem is more alarming, if the person is in sedentary job and having unhealthy eating habits.

Considering the health hazards, it is the time to redefine the way we feel about recreation. Noted personality development guru Robin Sharma says that after a tiring day at work, it is so easy to curl up on the couch and spend the next three or four hours watching television. Robin further adds that it actually makes you feel more fatigued after watching too much TV. He says that recreation must serve to re-create you. Effective recreation then must involve some pursuit that soothes your soul.

The best way to desist the children from excessive watching of TV is to spend quality time with them. We must play with them and take them to friends & relations so that their minds accord priority to relationships instead of plug and play syndrome. Another advice which may look pale but will certainly change the mindset of both children and parents is,  to have family dinner without TV on. Children must be encouraged to play physical games which not only put them in good shape but tremendously improve their brain power. So the next time when your children try to switch on TV., don't yell at them, but patiently replace their old habit with new one diligently.

Of course, grooming children is not a child play !

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH

There is no straight-jacket formula for success. It is an assortment of strategies combined with precision, and of course luck and destiny play  their roles.

          When we see the history of great leaders, it looks that they have not been extra-ordinary to reach to that level. Only their passion made them insanely great. What factors most is their  personality that has driven their companies to the pinnacle of success.

         Steve Jobs falls in this rare category of unconventional leaders. The world is abyss to carve out his difficult lessons. His biographer Walter Isaacson says that he acts as if the normal rules don’t apply to him.

          Jobs’ life is a story of rags to riches. The reason behind why people attentively listen to his words is due to the fact that he brought passion, intensity, and extreme emotionalism to everyday life that helped to shape his products viz. iMac, iPod, iPod nano, iTunes Stores, Apple Stores, MacBook, iPhone, iPad, App Store, OS X Lion.


            For me he is an essence of arduous spiritual practices doing silently behind scenes. He abhors the idea of ''market research'' to see what customers wanted. He says that customers don't know what they want until we have shown them. He invoked Henry Ford's line " If I had asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, Á faster horse !

           His earthly sojourn of 56 years is worth to be remembered. He redefined the way we do personal computing. Now computers not only shrank their size, but envious features were injected  into their circuit boards and processor speeds reached to dizzying heights making sharing of data & multimedia an effortless spool across all devices and platforms.

          The company, Apple he co-founded in his parents’ garage in 1976 rose as the world’s most valuable company. When asked why he has a tendency to be rough on people, he replies that “look at the results”.   His inspiring leadership could be emanated from the fact that each year he takes his top 100 people on a retreat so as to indoctrinate them with his philosophy. He loves white-boards because they give him complete control of  situation and they engender focus.

         The ads of his products are always unique in a sense that they give much larger meaning. Take this ad appeared in his first marketing brochure : “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

       His product launch sessions are worth to be watched. Even being in the midst of provocative technological aids, he hates power-point presentations.  His argument is palpable. He says that ‘I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking. People would confront a problem by creating a presentation. I wanted them (his team) to engage, to hash things out at the table, rather than show a bunch of slides. People who know what they are talking about don’t need Power Point’.

           One would never forget his immortal words at Stanford University on June 12, 2005 ”Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not follow your heart’.

         At another occasion, he says that “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Though, the fate has mercilessly taken away jobs from us on 5th October 2011 by pancreatic cancer, his pragmatic approach to life continues to inspire succeeding generations.
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