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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Inspirational Story..Change Yourself Not the world....

*There was a millionaire who was bothered by severe eye pain**. He consulted so many physicians and was getting his treatment done. He did not stop consulting galaxy of medical experts; he consumed heavy loads of drugs and underwent hundreds of injections.

But the ache persisted with great vigour than before. At last a monk who has supposed to be an expert in treating such patients was called for by the millionaire. The monk understood his problem and said that for sometime he should concentrate only on green colours** and not to fall his eyes on any other colours.

The millionaire got together a group of painters and purchased barrels of
green color and directed that every object his eye was likely to fall to be
painted in green colour just as the monk had directed.

When the monk came to visit him after few days, the millionaire's servants
ran with buckets** of green paints and poured on him since he was in red
dress, lest their master not see any other colour and his eye ache would
come back.

Hearing this monk laughed said "If only you had purchased a pair of green
spectacles, worth just a few rupees, you could have saved these walls and
trees and pots and all other articles and also could have saved a large
share of his fortune.

You cannot paint the world green." Let us change our vision and the world
will appear accordingly. It is foolish to shape the world, let us shape
ourselves first.

Lets change our vision..!!

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Think simple,Live simple..

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*"Good Life starts only when you stop wanting a better One"

"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others."

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dissatisfied employees could leak company's information - SiliconIndia

Mumbai: With growing discrepancies, diatribes and trifle salary at workplace dissatisfied employees often tend to take revenge from their organization by falling prey to their company's business rivals.Information theft at workplace is not a new phenomenon, reports Divyesh Singh from DNA.

Private companies need to take note of such discontented staffers. According to a research by Symantec India, most of the confidential and classified data in private companies is done by employees.


"Most enterprises have faced a cyber attack and suffered losses due to it. The report shows that on an average an Indian enterprise loses Rs 60 lakh every year due to data theft or loss. This could go up to Rs 84 lakh loss in productivity," said Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director, Symantec India. Use of smartphones, PDAs and notebooks where employees could store classified official information and also use it for work could be under threat if proper security measures are not taken, Dhupar added.

In the research, 59 percent of 100 companies from various sectors like telecom, hospitality, manufacturing, retail and technology feel that employees put the company's security at stake by infiltrating information about the company.

The report says that around 42 percent companies have lost proprietary data. "In most cyber crime cases reported, it was found that the accused was an employee unhappy with his organization," said D Sivanandhan, Mumbai police commissioner at a conference on cyber safety.

"In many cases, low-paid employees share classified information for money. Also, a disgruntled employee could do it to get back at the company," said Sumit Chaudhary, Chief Information Officer, Reliance Communications. "In many cases, employees shared information without knowing that it was classified or without knowing the consequences of their act," he added.

Communication through social networking sites, instant messages services and blogs could lead to malware attacks. Nearly, 82 percent of Indian companies use facebook for business communication and nearly 69 percent do not exercise policies to control the social networking sites. One of the worst attacks had happened when the private organizations were affected by a Trojan called Hydraq.

According to Symantec, confidential data or risk reduction could be done by creating a congenial atmosphere at the workplace by adopting Data Loss Prevention measures like discovering the data, monitoring it and then protecting using security software and mechanisms.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stop bossing around, your employee productivity is at risk

Bangalore: If employees love freedom then at times when they have controlling bosses, that may affects their productivity, as they think more on how much of freedom is being curbed rather than concentrating in their work, according to researchers at the Duke University.

The study on 'significant others' has found that people deeply value their freedom so much that even an unconscious memory of significant persons, parents, bosses or any controlling persons, stimulates a behavioral reaction. The researchers found that people with an ingrained sense that others are trying to control them tend to have the most intense negative reactions to unconscious thoughts of significant others.



While conducting the study the researchers has found that even a memory of significant others, who wanted the children or employees to work hard make them doing poor work. Because they think that their freedom is being restrained, according to a blog by Andrew O'Connell.

"We love our freedom to choose," opined Gavan J Fitzsimons, Professor of Marketing and Psychology at Duke. He added that "the highly reactant individuals love their freedom and they will do anything to protect it."

The psychological mechanism that connects the love of freedom and the behavioral response is known as reactance. The concept was described by Jack Brehm back in 1966, recently it has become an active area of psychological research with many implications for business.

During the study, the team at Duke- Tanya L. Chartrand, Amy N. Dalton, and Fitzsimons- who sought to see whether reactance, usually thought of as a conscious effect, could be unconscious too. Their findings show that indeed it can. The researchers suggest that in certain circumstances, "reactance becomes automatized."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Q: Do you really need to have purpose for life or can you just be happy?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You have already made being happy as purpose of your life. You already have a purpose. But can you be happy if your family is not happy? Can you really be happy if people around you are not happy? You know, when you expand your vision and awareness, you see that you are a part of everybody. If people around you are suffering, you cannot simply shut your eyes and say, ‘I’ll be really happy’. The subtler you go and the more refined you are, you feel for everyone in the world. You start feeling for trees, animals and plants as well. You begin to care for the environment.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Q: Why is it so difficult to let go and surrender the past, what should I do?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Don’t do anything. Just live in the past. It’s not easy to live in the past. Accept it. Encounter it. You are in the right place. Surrendering the past is not trying to run away from it. Alright, move on. Embrace the past with both arms. It is ok to have had the experiences. Don’t be afraid of it. You can handle it. It won’t go if you are tying to avoid it or being averse to it. Somebody is making a book that describes the five levels of surrender. How do you define surrender? Surrender has been misused so many times. First type of surrender comes into play when there is failure. When you are defeated, or you are miserable, you let go. Letting go, when life is a burden or mainly associated with defeat, is one type of surrender. Another type of surrender, which happens out of love, like a mother’s love for a child. Nothing else is important to her. If it is a choice between her own pleasure and that of the child, she will choose the child’s pleasure. In a love relationship between husband and wife, they feel completely at ease, fearless, with no concerns. A mother is so attached to the child; She willingly gives up small inconveniences or pleasures because she loves the child so dearly. Third type of surender mostly happens with knowledge. There is nothing anyways. It happens when you surrender to God. Fourth type is knowing that it is an illusion. Thinking that you have to give up something which you do not have is an illusion. This is the surrender of wisdom, it is just a sense of ease, knowing it all belongs to the one. This very state of surrender leads to the same place - the small mind opening to the big Self.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Never Lie to your Wife

This man was sitting quietly reading his paper one morning, peacefully enjoying himself, when his wife sneaks up behind him and whacks him on theback of his head with a huge frying pan.

Man: "What was that for?"

Wife: "What was that piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name
Marylou written on it?"

Man: "Oh honey, remember two weeks ago when I went to the horse races?
Marylou was the name of one of the horses I bet on."

The wife looked all satisfied and goes off to work around the house.

Three days later he is once again sitting in his chair reading and she
repeats the frying pan swatting.

Man: "What the hell was that for this time?"

Wife: "Your horse called."

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The health hazards of IT professionals

Bangalore :Majority of the doctors say that it is high time for the public to change their mindset about IT professionals being the happiest ones since they make a good deal of money. But the long working hours, less inter-personal interaction and deadlines affect the psychological well-being of techies and they end up paying heavily on health front.



"IT sector contribution to India's GDP has increased from 1.2 percent in 1997-98 to 5.8 percent in 2008-09.The sector is contributing a lot and there are few empirical studies related to the physical and psychological problems associated with the demanding and strenuous routine of IT professionals." said Sharma.

Around 52 percent complained of headache, body ache and backache. Only 10 percent confirmed of visiting a doctor regularly. On the psychological well-being scale, 8 percent were found least competent, 51 percent were competent and 41 percent were in the category of competent, but these too were borderline cases. When questioned about job satisfaction, only 8 percent confirmed fair liking, 15 percent did not like their job and 77 percent were just doing their part. Of the 1,000, 61 percent had started consuming alcohol and 43 percent smoking as an alternative to beat stress.

In a recent research, conducted on 1,000 software proffessionals in the age group of 20-30 years, a young MBBS from city Dr Himanshu Sharma, under his mentor Dr Mudassir Azzez Khan and team members Dr Aman Kumar and Dr Abhinit Kumar found that most IT professionals did not like their work.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

IITian becomes 1st Indian-American dean of Harvard - SiliconIndia

Boston: When Nitin Nohria, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, joined Harvard as a faculty in 1988, none would have thought that a history is in the making. Today, after 22 years he stands to be the first Indian-American dean of the prestigious Harvard Business School.

His latest work include a combined effort with his colleague Rakesh Khurana to instrument an oath for businesses globally. Nohria and Khurana were also the protagonists behind the introduction of the MBA Oath in 2009 that emphasized on the ethical behavior of MBA grads.



Though one of the highest profile HBS professors, Prof Nohria was not necessarily the most obvious choice for the job. Many insiders predicted that senior associate dean Srikant Datar or Carl Kester, deputy dean for academic affairs, would be appointed. However, his experience within India and his stints at London Business School made him the right choice to bring in a global perspective to the dean's position.

The 48-year old leadership professor will serve as the 10th dean of Harvard Business School by succeeding the current dean Jay Light. The chemical engineer turned professor Nohria, accepted the role on Tueday and will resume his post from July 1st. "I feel a profound sense of responsibility for continuing Harvard Business School's proud legacy of ground-breaking ideas and transformational educational experiences," he says. Currently he is the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at the century-old institution and co-chair of its Leadership Initiative.


Some of his students also recall how he, along with his brother-in-law Bharat N. Anand, the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration at Harvard, are known for their hospitality and the receptions to celebrate Indian festivals and its culture. "As his student, I found his discussion techniques and detailing immensely informative and thought provoking," said Manoj Kumar, managing partner with the Hahhurabi and Solomon, a legal and corporate consultancy firm.

"Prof. Nohria also made the curriculum and case studies very relevant to issues in the Indian business context. He deserves a special mention for making the programme so very insightful," Kumar added.

Nohria received his degree in chemical engineering in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, which also awarded him with its distinguished alumnus medal in 2007.

He then received his doctoral degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management in 1988 where he earned an outstanding doctoral thesis award in behavioral and policy sciences.

Following that, he joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 1988, became an associate professor five years later and then served as the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration since 1999.

His current academic interests include the theory and practice of leadership, the study of human motivation, the analysis of management practices critical to corporate success, and the strategic and organisational challenges of globalisation.

Among his 16 books, the latest -- "Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice" - has been co-edited with his Harvard colleague Rakesh Khurana and reflects a colloquium he organised as part of Harvard's centennial in 2008 to stimulate serious scholarly research on leadership.

"Nitin Nohria will be a wonderful dean of Harvard Business School," said Jay Light about his successor. "He is widely respected within our extended community as a perceptive scholar of leadership and as a thoughtful and able academic leader."

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Should IT companies allow trade unions? - SiliconIndia

Hyderabad: Nearly 2.3 million employees in IT and ITES sector in the country are badly in need of unions, shows the distress of techies. According to techies, though the sector is one of the largest employers, but the freedom to express problems within organizations is mostly curbed and it can also cause danger to their jobs.


According to Express Buzz, techies are citing examples of losing jobs and facing troubles. In October, 2005, when 57-year-old J S R Prasad volunteered to spearhead the trade union activities, his working conditions were 'altered,' forcing him to quit. In another case in 2007, when another techie, Sam Jose applied for one year leave to pursue further education, his employer gave necessary approvals, but axed him citing poor performance without his knowledge

"Employers want power neutralization and strongly oppose unions. Agreed, they offer favorable working environment, but that's not enough. Several issues, be it promotion or differential treatment by co-workers on caste and community basis can occur. Who will employees turn to when in need?" questions, Karthik Shekhar, General Secretary, UNITES, trade union representing IT & ITES sector in Hyderabad. He added that, employees prefer to live with the prevailing conditions or move out in search of other jobs instead of fighting for their own cause.

"Working hours is being stretched and work pressure is going up. It's high time we have a platform that can fight for our rights and give some relief," said a team leader working for one of the big four IT giants in the country.

"Companies don't want to talk anything negative. Periodically, they talk about innovative HR practices, but have they ever publicised 10 or 100 top most concerns faced by employees? The hype and fanfare attached to the so-called big brands, sometimes seems inflated." But employers seem averse to the very idea of unions.

"We interact with employees across all levels. I dont see the need for a union. Anyone can contact the CEO directly," said HR head of a city-based IT services company.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Social networking forces companies to be alert

New Delhi: Social networking sites forces companies to rethink strategies due to reasons like a customer from Jammu & Kashmir wrote about the delayed delivery of a Mahindra Scorpio on M&M Vice Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra's Twitter page. Mahindra replied with just two words "Arun, Vivek?" referring to his senior executives Arun Malhotra and Vivek Nayer. The effect was instantaneous, reports Neha Dewan & Ravi Teja Sharma of Economic Times.



As online social networks become an integral part of our lives, it is also changing consumer behavior like never before, and making marketers sit up. Blogging, Facebook, Orkut, Twitter and the like, people have begun making choices based on interactions and feedback from friends who also visit the online world. They are also generating content, using it to get information on purchase plans and, of course, air grievances to a truly large and spread out audience.

Social media has provided the perfect powerful medium to express positive or negative feedback. The statistics reveals its growing significance. According to marketing research firm comScore, the social networking category is growing faster (37 plus percent) than the Internet overall (14 plus percent), with some sites experiencing particularly dramatic growth. Facebook, for instance, with 14.5 million unique visitors is inching closer to market leader Orkut's 18.1 million visitors in March 2010. Given that the demographic profile of many of these websites is young people with impressionable minds and long friend-lists, companies can?t ignore the multiplier effect that engaging with them provides.

So static advertising has been put on the backburner and companies are going all out for interactivity on this medium. So the strategy is now to interact or make consumers interact with each other via clever calls to action. For most companies, the mode has been to create fan pages, communities or blogs that give consumers a chance to interact with the brand.

"Traditional product management doesn't apply to social network/media since the primary relationship is no longer user-to-platform, but user-to-user. Therefore companies need to think about themselves as a market regulator, setting the rules and users creating whatever they want within those limits," said,Jennifer L Aaker, General Atlantic professor of marketing at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Internationally, Dell has been improving its revenues and generating sales through Twitter. People following Dell on Twitter get messages when discounted products are available the company?s stores. Dell also uses Twitter to service its customer requests and support queries. Closer home, there's Slumdog Millionaire, which was promoted 90 percent on social media.