Friday, November 6, 2009

The Queen’s Language

Placements is one thing which has intensified the whole atmosphere. All over students are so busy trying to get ready for the interviews etc. Well that is truly the demand of the time. As the renowned author Stephen Covey explains about being 'Proactive'. Well, I see practical examples of proactive people around me. It is a known fact that Indians speak better English. Now I know what is the reason behind it. Indians can take trouble and the efforts to learn a alien language. With so many budding managers around me, I have seen the efforts people can put to learn the Queen language.
The past few days made me come across many people who are so excited about improving English and enhancing chances their placability. Reality checks through mock interviews and group discussions have indeed shaken many.

I agree to the saying " A ship in the dock, cannot face a storm". How apt this is to the brave people who realize the need to change. Only these who have realized will face problems but eventually they are the one's who will emerge as leaders.

Facing problems may make one look foolish but these people emerge winners....So a sincere request to all...Lets respect the queen and her language..

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Whats the cost of professionalism!!!

Down the memory lane there were a few strange and puzzling facts that came to my mind.... I asked a question - Why am I here? What do I intend to learn??
Many answers came to my mind..
1. professionalism,
2. managerial skills and many more

Pondering on professionalism - Well, many around have really become professional. But whats wrong. Was it not for what we came here. I think they learnt what they intended to learn.

I have a big question, many people are too career oriented and therefore want to learn professionalism to survive. What better ground to learn and practise the same, than with talented manager like us. Why are these people(learners and practitioners) treated like the ugly duckling. They are practising what they are learning.

But I have seen people pay a big price for being transparent enough to accept that they are professional. They are left alone, they find no one around because others are busy building relations and having fun(which of course is essential). All alone in the crowd, no one to look back to, when under pressure. Why this heavy price?? This question has been bothering me ever since I saw a few people upset because they committed an mistake - The mistake of learning to be professional.

Prioritizing work, demanding work from people to ensure the target is met, performing acts which your role demand(whether it doesn't support a friend), being passionate about a task in hand, giving time to work rather than fun....
Whats wrong in all this...Have we all not come to imbibe this...Then why the ugly duckling feeling?? Why do the budding professionals feel like a newcomer when they join their friends. The jokes have all changed, the expectations change, the outlook changes, no one feels happy when they rejoice..

The path to professionalism is tough...and we want to be "Professionals of the 21st century"....
Are we really ready..Professionalism has a heavy cost attached..Are we ready to pay it???

Down the memory lane!!!!!

It was 1st July 2009, I was standing near the lift to the campus with a few friends.

I just memory lane, just 1 year back, I was smiling with amazement.

1st July 2008, I 'had to' climb up to the campus, with unknown people all around. The whole atmosphere was so strange.
I couldn't just believe how my life changed in this one year. I grew my network of contacts by at least a few 100 and not in just my hometown now but places like Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore and so many...

I was a no body but today I have a identity. Member of a few respectful committees, modest achievements and lots of hard work, and today that nobody is somebody.

Its true, 'Time and tide wait for no man'...Had I missed this one year of my career in just enjoying, I would have regretted all my life.

Make a mark now or regret for the rest of your life. This one year of my life has taught me more than any all courses put together in the country could.
Friends, Wake up, India is waking up, we, the new ray of hope, too have to..

If such changes have happened to me, I am sure, you must have also realized such things in your life.

Lets share what changed in the past 1 year..(who knows those old memories bring smiles on the exam-tension-stress struck faces!!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Reality check and resolution

Diwali resolution may sound a little unfamiliar but festivals like these give you a lot of time to introspect and explore yourself. Otherwise we live for others, with others, during holidays we get time to look at our selves. During my last few days in college in trimester 4, when I did the same, I realized that there are few instances which happen repeatedly to make to realize " I have committed the same mistake twice"
It was a meeting with 2 senior members where my belief and assumptions were proven wrong. Difficult to accept, what I assumed that my batch mates would respond to a certain activity, they proved me wrong. Kids are kids and they like to be pampered and given attention, else they don't work, which I thought was wrong for grown up kids like MBA's . Hard to believe, and astonishing, even MBA's want to be pampered like kids. My analysis of the audiences went wrong. ( Instance 1)
During my summer internship, my mentor liked my work, but had a problem with my audience analysis as the presentation i made were not suiting the audinece. He was disappointed. My analysis of audience went wrong again. (instance 2)
गलती एक बार हो तो ठीक है, दो बार हो तो माफ़ है, बार बार हो तो वह बेवकूफी से कम नही है.
So I took a resolution, I want to start understanding why people react in a peculiar manner, but how to do it?
I found two solutions
1 . Read books and try to judge what will come next
2 . Write blogs and ask for real time feedbacks and know people reactions.
So, with due respect to my resolution I have written my 1st blog, and also read the book
"Every second counts - Lance Armstrong"

Help me find more solutions!!!