Thursday, April 16, 2015

Everyday Nothings!

Snoozing alarm
Jump up and run wake up
Morning rituals
Multi-tasking homely chores
Serial cereal breakfast
Unending laborious road
Voluminous, unending, impersonal
Sometimes pointless
electronic communication
Machine coffee beans
More tele calls
Machine coffee beans
More tele calls
Home cooked goodness
Or grubby mass food
More machine coffee beans
Delayed Homecomings
Forgotten exercise regimes
Home chores
Home work
Home food
Homely to do’s and to do’s
Pointless idiot box
Screaming anchors
An exhausted self
Crash and burn
The tomorrow to do’s
Dreamless hours
….. snoozing alarms
Musings on everyday nothings

Just yours and mine everyday nothings! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

People.. perspectives and points to ponder

Some vital facts/ truths
  • People are inherently different
  • You are constantly trying to fit in
  • Survival and achievement of individual goals before anything is instinctive.
  • You will be happiest doing what you love with people you adore
  • You will adore people who you respect and who respect you
  • You will do your do but you will go that extra mile if you actually adore the people/business/ organization
  • Humane- ness in actions and thought is what matters ultimately
  • Instinctively you will not share or trust at the first go. Both of them need to be built
  • Recognize intangible/ unquantifiable achievements
  • Positivity beckons good times and eventually success
Perspectives on the points above
  • Organizations/ teams need to celebrate these inherent differences
  • Fit in but don’t try so hard. Don’t try so hard to be different also. Be the first rate version of yourself, maybe?
  • Align individual goals to organizational/team goals. But, maybe try and align organization/ team goals to individual goals too! (think about this one)
  • How to adore everyone when people are inherently different- by building a culture of friendship!- laugh (laugh a lot), talk about the weather, world politics, beauty contests, sunscreen, anything! Just make the connects beyond goals, numbers and work. You will then be the happiest in doing what you love, you will do it best because you will do it for the people you adore!
  • Respect beckons respect. Everyone and anyone deserves that. Give it. Don’t demand it. Let your work command respect. Let your style command respect. Let your ideas command respect. Whatever it takes. Try active listening
  • You do the above .. and everyone will go that extra mile.. because you want to not because you have to!
  • Be humane… Need I say more? Treat others like you would want to be treated.
  • People will share in an environment of trust. To build trust you need to build culture. A culture of togetherness, friendship, positivity and happiness. Build the vibe… trust will come.. people will share openly and success shall follow.
  • Recognise the goodness.. You cannot quantify all achievements. Some are tangible like clear goals, numbers etc. Some will be subtle. Recognise those. Call up the guy who stayed up at night to submit the bid. Have lunch with someone who prepared the briefing books. Look beyond the assembly line.. beyond the obvious.. People want to feel recognized, known.. Share success stories.. tell them that U matter!
  • Send out the positive signals.. Start with laughing a lot more.. meet in corridors and talk about the best thing which happened in your day… make it a place/ a team/ a business/ an organization which people want to be with forever.. Build positivity… It beckons everything which matters.. which all of us are striving to.
Random ramblings and perspectives.. Maybe somewhere something will stay with you!
Let me know what you think!

Believe it or not!

A week back, I took the much awaited break and headed of to the hills. A must see list, researched placed to eat et all!
One of the most beautiful places and a hidden paradise on earth is Sikkim.... truly.. Gorgeous landscapes, impeccably clean, mouth watering food and the works. The east Himalayan snow clad mountains stood majestically around. Truly, breath taking!
I can go on doing a traveller's review but want to narrate a specific incident to you ... One of the must see places on our list was Tsomgo lake (changu lake) - lake at an altitude of about 12,000 feet, road to which is narrow and long winding. Now, to get there one needs a permit from the government as it's an army area. The permit needs to be applied for a day in advance with one's photos and a copy of one's ID cards.
Having done my research well, I booked a cabbie the day before from a taxi stand near the hotel to ensure we get the permit on time. One of the local cab drivers convinced me that he will apply for the permit and surely take us the next day. He also organized our local sightseeing. We handed him a token advance and agreed on a 8 am timeline for the next day.
Super excited, we were all ready and waiting from 745 am!! 8 am came and went. 815 - we walked up to the taxi stand and looked for the guy. He was nowhere to be seen. Another cab driver came up to us who we had seen yesterday and tried calling the guy who we had confirmed. His phone was switched off. It did not take too much to figure out what had happened. The permit window closed at 930 am and we were atleast 30 minutes from Gangtok. The hotel had no cars left and could not help us. We were mighty disappointed and spoke of Indian tourism and how badly tourists were treated.. so much for Atithi Devo Bhava( guests are God!)".
We saw the cab driver who had called for us approaching us. He said he can't allow his taxi stand's name to be spoilt and the act of the one guy reflects badly on the entire stand. He said he will take us. He tied up with a travel agency there who agreed to stand near the permit window till we reached. He whisked us into a cab, got out ids photo copied. He kept saying what the other guy did was not right and that customers are key and integral to what they do.
As you may have guessed correctly, we reached safetly. He ran around for the permit. Got the permit and he took no money. We only paid the travel agent who took us to the lake the same amount which was agreed with the other guy the day before.
His name incidentally was karma!
I will never forget Karma. He made our visit memorable. Tsomgo lake was snow laden and beautiful but that's for another day!
The story brings home the point in a core belief- customers determine our success. Karma did not need to do what he did but for him customers were what determined the success of his taxi stand. I will always refer his name to others who visit and I am thinking of doing a write up for the India tourism site and a good story for "Atithi Devo Bhava" .
There are so many stories around us on beliefs- personal or professional .. Do share them..
To me this belief was best explained , lived and experienced through the incident.

There comes a time in life

There comes a time in life
When more is less
And less is more
When quality is key
Quantity not so
When solitary- ness
Need not be loneliness
When riding the tide
Is in your stride
When the twenties idealism
Seems far and forgotten
When crazy ideas
Means risk free and planned
When the entrepreneur you
Is lost to the "sensible" you
When the clouds of responsibility
Always weigh your mind
When it's not about you
By leaps and bounds
There comes a time in life
There comes a time in life