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Joy of small things in life. Thank you photography

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August 10, 2015 · 9:48 pm

Benefits of saying ‘No’ , when you really want to say ‘No’

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In the year 2000, I prepared for a presentation for the senior management of an organisation on information strategy planning. In order to impress the audience, I stuffed the presentation with ‘cut and paste’ jargons which even me, the presenter did not understand well. It was the last hurdle, before signing a big contract and the audience included the senior most stakeholders from the customer’s side. I started the presentation well, could manage most of the questions from the audience, and when everything was going as per the script, i walked backward and hit the podium, and it fell down with a big noise, along with my self confidence. After that I could not utter a single word, and the rest of the presentation looked totally alien to me, under pressure. We lost the mega order because of me. That was a great and the most expensive lesson I learned ever in my life, ‘Never present anything which You have not experienced either positively or negatively’, and that great lesson helped me to sail through the corporate consulting world, in a successful manner during the past decade.
Temptations are the acid test of your convictions. Yesterday I had a meeting with a multi national customer, who wants me to teach them project risk management and project financing. It is very tempting to say ‘Yes’ to this assignment. Even if I know these concepts, I have not practised them extensively. The financial package is tempting, so is the temptation to prepare another ‘cut and paste’ presentation. Just manage one more show, thats it. If I say ‘Yes’ to it, I may be able to manage it, and at the same time I will never get a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the show.
I do not want to start an assignment knowing that I will not be able to do well. So, I am saying ‘NO’ to it, and the benefits of that ‘NO’ are;
1) I know that I have a reputation to loose in the industry, and the risk of loosing that reputation is managed.
2) I will not be cheating myself by pretending enthusiasm about the concepts, I am not that enthusiastic.
3) Every failure pushes me into a bout of professional depression, and I take almost a month to get out it. Avoid it proactively.
4) That client may come back to me with another assignment in the area of my current strengths. A failure can shut the doors to that client forever.
5) It takes integrity for not repeating the mistakes..and I feel good about it.
6) My business partner feels bad about the lost business. He would have felt worser with a failed assignment.
7) I am walking my talk by advocating the power of failing fast, than failing at the last moment.
8) Better health
9) Better work life balance
10) More time to focus on the important things in life
Still at times I say ‘Yes’ when I really want to say ‘No’, and as an afterthought I say ‘No’. That is an improvement, which needs further improvement. I am thrilled.

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No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha

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We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha

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Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi

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The perfect irrational decision turned daily inspiration

I wanted to have a doIMG_7048g, and I was hell bent on the German shepherd breed, we had two of them earlier. Apart from having a pet dog, I had security also in my mind. Everyone else in the family was against that decision, and they had very valid reasons, based on our circumstances and my track record of getting bored with anything new very fast. They knew that eventually they will have to take care of him.

As a coincidence I saw an ad about German shepherd puppies for sale, and the seller was from our neighborhood. I could not resist the urge anymore. When no one was at home, I went and brought him home.After an year, when I look back, Theo (his name) is the darling of our home. He brings in lot of sunshine into our home. He is more like family. Every day the first thing he wants to do in the morning is playing Frisbee with me. Evenings he wants me to walk with him. Then he wants to sit outside the gate and watch people and vehicles. Theo is smart enough to make out to whom he should turn to for good food. He follows my wife like a shadow. Every day evening, he waits for the family reunion after a days work, around the small family dining table. He is committed, loyal, loving and intelligent. He inspires us in some way or other.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inspiration.”

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August 6, 2015 · 3:09 am

From outsourcing hub to product development hub

WordPress disqualified my earlier blog with more than 1000 followers and nearly 300000 visits. This was due to violation of their policies. To the best of my knowledge, it was unintentional. Everything is for good. That gives me an opportunity to blog afresh, and this time more focused towards management excellence starting at a personal level and then moving to team and organization.

Sincere management rethinking is required to move from the status of followers to leaders, especially when the third world is becoming the hub of product development. This calls for rapid innovation based on serious introspection of the current statuesque based on compliance and conformance.  Individuals and teams need the space to take some risks and cut loose. It is risky, and one can fail. The systems must be conducive for risk taking. Questions must be asked about the validity of our conventional processes, which will not hold good for the new era. Fast failures and learning must be promoted. I know that this is not easy, and at the same time, without these the transformation from project space to product space will be incomplete.

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I did not study well when I was in the university, and ever since I got my Bachelor’s degree, I was continuously studying books and learning from my on the job experiences. Some of the books when I read them last, was slightly ahead of their time, at least for this part of the world (India). Another possibility is the fact that I was not matured enough to understand the meaning between the lines when I read them first. Now, after three decades of work as team member, manager, profit centre head, freelancer, entrepreuner, agile practirioner, project management trainer, consultant, husband and father, I think I am ready to probe the inner meaning of the print.  So I have started going through them once again, with a research mindset, and I check the applicability of the concepts in the present day. I will be sharing my journey through the pages of the books in my personal library and the thoughts it triggers through this blog of mine.

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