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Right Place, Right Time

January 9, 2012 2 comments

While I was walking out today morning to catch my office cab, I noticed the usual mendicant-young-boy. He doesn’t match with usual beggars or anything like that; he walks with some ingenuity, dignity, seldom talks, and mostly talks of either good doings and/or gods. I have seen him growing, have seen him visiting our streets several times.

What’s so special about it?

I didn’t noticed it much, but this guy doesn’t come along every now and then. He comes on specific days, only on days which hold some mythological values (in India) and when its “said” to be among good values to donate some eatables or household items on those days. This guy calls out importance of these days, and what all is generally guided to be donated on those specific days. He comes almost very early in the morning, I don’t think I have ever seen him around beyond 9 or 10AM.

Now, this guy’s chances of carrying full bags are way much higher than other’s (and he carries a large bag). And simple reason, he spends time to identify what’s the right day and time, and he is around at that time ! And his USP (unique selling proposition) is the information he repeatedly calls out at different common points in a street (and information is mostly re-validated to be always correct by the elder one’s in our family). He is prepared (like many other’s of his kind), but key differentiator is that he tries to be at right place at right time !

There are so many other cases where a person or product has reached great heights just for the reason that it hit right place at right time. There’s a book named Outliers which circumvent around similar idea (though at different intellectual levels obviously!). So, how would one know what’s the right time and right place ? Well, we are far from a formula (at least for now). Till then, follow your heart, be always prepared and look for patterns that you can make use of. Chances are that you too would know the right time and place which is right for your success !

Handling Challenging Times…

Everybody talks of Industry been through tough and challenging times recently, and progressing into another slow down. But that’s too vast a situation. But I believe in thinking individually. You either have a job at hand or don’t. And you either enjoy the job at hand or don’t. Statistics and percentages are for Government, and they are never out of their paying job !

Problems also creep in when you are doing something “un-enjoyable” for a long slot. Chances are you wont do your best, with peers and/or leads being unhappy about it. Now, that’s too challenging / rough times in a way – you being into something that you don’t like, and which you don’t have much control upon !

What do you do then? Start saying no to everything that comes your way (that you don’t want)? Or, Switch? Well here’s the news. Switch doesn’t happen over-night. And with you saying no, chances are you would soon be shown the way out, or worst, be put on to PIP (performance improvement plan).

From aforementioned context, seems odds are all lined up against you (or who-so-ever been in such state). Well; no, that’s not the case. You have some good options which you can try:

1. Remind yourself that its just a patch and will sooner or later be over. As an employee you always have an option to quit, but real joy is in succeeding against all the odds ! Think about the fact what you would have done if you owned the “task” as its real owner.

2. Remind yourself that what you are delivering is probably not your best. And that, there are people who would be ready to do the same job, and yet it will be an upgrade for them (in some cases at least).

3. Talk about the situation with someone who can do something about it. Don’t warm up your phone receivers, or spill coffee in the corridors cribbing about what you are doing and how bad it is. They can’t do anything about it ! And believe me, same message would be something else when it eventually reaches someone who should have been approached in the first instance.

4. Take some time out, at least weekly if not daily. Go over your “wow” moments from the past. Remind yourself that people did appreciated you and your work. And if that happened, chances are that it happened because you took interest in what you were doing. And importantly, remember that if you can “fake” your interest to yourself, you would be back bang-on. 

5. Dont miss out any opportunity to take time off, not deliberate or sick-time-off’s (unless genuine obviously). Enjoy your time. Its generally being said (but hardest to follow), keep your love-life and work-life separate. That’s a really good thing if you can manage for that, atleast attempt at it (its another story though that am till struggling for this last statement). Spend time with your loved one’s. Spend time with someone who appreciates your time – be it from family or at any charity. You will cherish such moments, I can really tell you that !

Now, I am not a Psychologist or an HR pro talking about it. Am talking from my own experiences (Yes, am open to admit that I had some challenging times too, am sure everyone had). And am sure there are more good things that people (i.e. You) would have tried themselves. I will be obliged if you have anything to add to the listing.

Library vs Shopping Mall

They both are kind-a stress busters – but to completely opposite set of audiences.
How they match up to each other? Read on, and decide on where you should be going next.

Library…

Shopping Mall…

Increases your intellectual assets. Decreases your financial assets.
Doesn’t try to sell you something. Sell & Sell – whole idea for mere existence.
Gives you some silent time – a rare thing in today’s world ! Malls and Silence, forget it !
A Mall will haunt you if its silent !
Has a Librarian who isnt bothered about your presence – no mutual interest. Has many Sales people all-around-and-over-you.
Getting advanced to facilitate your quest, better and efficiently. Getting advanced to get more money out of your pockets, surely and efficiently!
Inspires you to get immersed into a topic, a chapter or a page. And that’s for you, only meant to you. Only lets you to see-it-from-far. You can try the outfit, but yet to try to know if its looking pleasant to others.
Should be the place to visit when you feeling low, but generally isnt. Shouldn’t be the place to visit when feeling low, but generally is.
Is a result of a sharing nature, intended to support the poor more. Is a result of monopolistic business nature, intended to take out more of everyone.
Are needed more, but getting extinct. Are needed less, but mushrooming along.
Generally, have no Parking issues ! Says: Parking at owner’s risk !
(if you at all get a slot)

Client Presentation ? Stay Within Your Time !

Here’s why: http://culturaloffering.com/2011/02/28/a-bad-meeting-case-study.aspx

I could have added some commentary around it, but the write up is so precise, there isn’t any need for that. Save Time for actual Talking, and Stay Within Your Time !

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On Wishes…

February 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Wishes are nothing but like Mirage.. you think they will do something.. but they seldom do so.. Its all about calculating things, deciding and marching ahead…
And then, see your decision as a wish and work with all energies to make it work..!! Remember, you have it in your will to make or break it !

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Be the Choice, not the Alternate

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Dont settle down to be just-yet-another-one. Dont be the backup. Dont be second.
Dont be the Alternate!

Be kind, respectful and yet energetic – As even mightiest needed guards and support.
But, choose to Be the Choice !
Be “The One”. And you would be sure of what you are doing and what you would do next. And, remain in touch with the one elderly & wise – those who are “the choice” themselves.

Why – “be the choice” ?
Because that’s fun. 
Because only that can give best results.
Because that would make you fearless of what other “Alternates” have to say about you.
You want to help others, help yourself. But do that taking “be the choice” route.
DO what you do best. And let others Choose You to get even more done for themselves.

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Finally, something which makes sense, on Presenting well…

January 26, 2011 2 comments

I have always admired Arup Nanda (Oracle fame) as a Public Speaker and Technology person. He has huge experience to support himself. Recently he said few things about what makes a great presentation. It makes lot of sense; I can relate quite well to it.

Jokes and entertainment helps, but its the core message or content that matters. Audience, specially tech people, arent there to admire how complicated and mesmerizing your “speech” can get, they are there with an objective, and you better stick to it. Give them what they dont have or what they dont know, that’s the core principle of liking something. And that applies to Public Speaking as well…

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