Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Power of Smile..

About Sixteen years ago I was struggling to build my career.  After the college hours, I was working as an consulting editor for the local newspaper to earn some money.  I used to work till midnight and then get the bus to go home. One day before going to the newspaper office, I went to the next restaurant to have a tea. The restaurant was small and crowded. I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair. As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her chair. I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck and torso. She was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots. They took the girl outside the wheel chair and came inside. Couple was looking for the place to seat and they found one near to me. I turned my head toward the girl while having the sip of tea and gave her a wink. I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen. All of a sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl, whose smile just melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense of what life is all about. She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and brought me into her world; a world of smiles, love and warmth. That was Sixteen years ago. I'm a successful professional now and whenever I get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

The last ride

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes, I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift, I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.

'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If your boss thinks that your growth has limitations, what will you do?

Your Exit Strategy..

Vikas was the Line Manager of Prabhanjan, one of the senior technical sales manager in one of the well-known MNC.  Prabhanjan was around 52 years old, working almost for 10 years in the company. He was not doing well for last few years. He was qualified engineer, expert in his segment, but was not doing well for last few years. Vikas has concluded that Prabhanjan was reached at the level of complacency.  In spite of giving several feedback, Prabhanjan was not trying to fulfil the expectations of his line manager. Vikas communicated to the management  that he didn’t want the person in his team. Of course he had taken all actions, to bring the Prabhanjan at expected level. The issue was the attitude of employee.  

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Ability & inability…consciously & unconsciously…

When I was in school, I never thought that I would be public speaker & trainer. But when I started my professional life, I thought I can do the same; even better than others who claim they are good. Do we aware of our full ability? There are lot many things in life we do first time and before doing that we never would have thought about those. When there is any change in technology, people fear that it would be difficult to manage that technology. There are lot of tasks which change over a period of time, you struggle to adapt and then you do it professionally.  You do it consciously.

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