Sunday, March 31, 2013

Simple...spread happiness...

8 Easy Ways To Spread Happiness Around You | Tiny Buddha

....happiness will never leave you!!

Ordinary》Smart 》Wise 》Game Changer

To summarize. .

  1. Think different
  2. Show courage
  3. Have Passion
  4. Aim for greater good and purpose
  5. Be humble
  6. Be Authentic
  7. Persevere

Winning is not everything...sharing, caring and loving strengthens you to become much bigger person than what you are!!

In this particular case, I adore Amitabh Bachchan ...truely Game Changer!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Creating your future!

How to Become a Future-Maker | Leadership Freak

It starts from living and doing your best  in present...learning from past and planning for future.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mapping your careeer for bigger purpose!!

What Will You Create to Make the World Awesome? - Greg McKeown - Harvard Business Review

Live Life - Choice is yours!!

If you choose to live life, the universe will embrace you and the world is not enough; once you die, 6 feet is more than enough!!

"Success is to get what you want, Happiness is to want what you get"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Leadership and Gratefulness

A beautiful and novel thought process around acknowledgement and leadership by Judith Ulmas from Tanveer Hussain

Acknowledgement is the true foundation of grateful leadership for culture of appreciation.

5C's of simplistic approach for grateful leadership and positive transformation.

  1. Consciousness
  2. Choice
  3. Courage
  4. Communications
  5. Commitment

The golden two words: THANK YOU!!

More gratefulness leads to more mindfulness that leads to more joy and happiness and that in turn leads to more success both personally and in career.

"There is simply no substitute for delivering heartfelt and authentic acknowledgments to your stakeholders whenever you see the opportunity and feel they deserve it."

Go Grateful! Have the courage to learn, the vision to lead, the passion to grow.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Accomplishing Creative Vision and 4C's

Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration | Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center

Very novel thought and clear distinction provided by Jessenon these 4C's.


1. Colloboration
2. Communication
3. Cooperation
4. Coordination

Teamwork = Cooperation + Coordination + Communication

To reach the height of success of creating something new in this interdependent environment and to foster innovation requires colloboration.

Accompising Creative Vision = Teamwork + Colloboration

Currently, I am involved with a Gamification project from from a leadership and Visionary role, and we happen to accomphishing creative vision with these 4C's.

What are your thoughts on it?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Are you feeling lucky?

Luck happens when opportunity intersects planning for what you persevere!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spiritual Laws & Success

I believe in The Holy Gita (Indian Spiritual Guide). The one narrated by Swami Chinmayanandji is outstanding and enlightening.

Deepakji has provided the spiritual essense of it and how it relates to success and happiness in a very easy to understand and to the point.

The principle of "Karma" and  "Dharma" are the core of The Holy Bhagavad Gita. These two are the founding principles to attain spiritual, career and personal success.

Video on Karma Yoga

Profoud message by Swami Chinmayanandji:

"Be regular in your pursuits. Be sincere in yout studies. Be heroic enough to live what you have understood and pursue diligently, without compromises, the deep convictions that the irrefutable scriptures have taught you."

Keep Smiling ! Live Life Divine ! Hasten Slowly

Creating "Aha" moments in life!!

In the above article, Hiten has suggested and comprehended nice self-help excercise in order to help you live a wholesome and happy life, you need to consciously create life options for yourself.

Here are 7 simple disciplines you can follow to create "aha" moments:
  1. More Mindfullness
  2. Do more that what you think you can
  3. Learn more whenever you get chance
  4. Have gratitude for things happening in life
  5. Learn to make lime from lemons you get in life 
  6. Learn to look for something more from whatever you do
  7. Make exercise and meditation part of routine

Life is full of possibilities and open for it and be always  ready to take it up when it knocks your door.

Think Possibilities all the Time and Keep Chugging!!!

It is all about mindshift and choose to be responsible for yourself

Harnessing Career Power: The Beauty of Personal Responsibility | LinkedIn

Saving is Earning

Business Insider

Are you inspired to strive?

Business Insider

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ordinary + Aspiration + 3P's = Extraordinary


Have a dream...
Have a vision....
Follow it with all you your heart, might and aspiration!!

Strive for Good --> Better --> Best --> Distinct....Keep pushing the boundaries to achieve Excellence!!!

Legendary Michael Jordan: Journey from Ordinary to Extraordinary!!

Postive company culture: Why, what, how...

According to me, the building positive culture needs having Transparency (How).....that gives birth to Authenticity (What)...and that creates environment of Trust (Why).

Motivation is the key

An important way to further establish your workplace culture is understand motivation. As a manager, you have the ability to influence your team member’s motivations. When motivation is strong, performance is usually also very strong.
Remember these facts that apply to workers on all levels:
  • People want to do a good job. People feel good when they do well and feel bad or discouraged when they do not.
  • People want control at work. Managers maximize motivation when they maximize the amount of control people have.
  • People do not want to be held accountable for things that they believe are beyond their control.
  • People want their efforts to be respected and appreciated.

Inspiring......Winning from Nothing!!

Wiggo, aka Bradley Wiggins, has now won more Tours de France than Lance Armstrong andMy Time, which will be released in the U.S. next month, is an endearing reminiscence of his extraordinary 2012 bike racing season during which he achieved one of history’s greatest sporting feats by becoming the first person to win cycling’s classic races - Paris–Nice, theTour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de France - and the Olympic timetrial in the same year. This was more than a sporting feat. It was excellence triumphant.

Time, obsessive perseverance and a collision of happy circumstances have conspired to make Wiggins the rider he is today.

When you apply yourself to the your goal/vision/dream with a disciplined effort anything is possible because then LUCK starts favoring you to help you achieve your aspirations!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Communicate Effectively and Efficiently with Email

7 Email Efficiency Tips To Get More Email Done, Faster

5 key elements to write effective emails:

1. "To" must include intended audience and "subject" must convey the purpose clearly.

2. The opening of email  must provide details on "why".

3. The body of email must provide "what".

4. The actionable items must be clearly stated with "who" is resposible for it.

5. The closing of email must provide the outcome needed and "when" that is ETA.

Overcoming fear and doing it...

5 Ways to Stop Fear From Holding You Back | LinkedIn

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dr Seuss tips on Social is not only about green egg & ham :-)

Love the analogy of Dr Seuss quotes to that with Social Media...

It applies to every day life too....Be yourself: transparent, real, dreamer, executioner, achiever, learner, admirer, quirkier, sensible.....just do have fun!!

1. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
-Be authenticitic and transparent. .. in social media is the green in the green eggs and ham. 
2. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those that matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter!” ~ Dr. Suess
- Be real!
3. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss
- Design and build your life in your own way!
4. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss
-You’re in love with the Twitter bird and you know it! If you’re dreamin’ of him, it’s a fact.
5. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” — Dr. Seuss
-Make your own path and make it happen!
6. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” -Dr Suess
- Get Engaged...things will become simple!
7. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr Suess
-Each person has his own worth, qualities and potential..Never under estimate anyone!!
8. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”-Dr Suess
-Listen and learn. 
9. “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” -Dr Sues
-Be quirkier, its ok :-)!
10. “Being crazy isn’t enough.” -Dr Suess
- Be Sensible and Meaningful.
11. “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” -Dr Suess
-Social Media: Embrace it, Love it, Thrive on it
12. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”-Dr Suess
-Stick to your words and make your words stick!
13. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” -Dr Suess
–Be different. Be bold. Stand out from the crowd.
14. “In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!” -Dr Suess
-Build your plan and work your plan!
15. “How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr Suess
-Just have fun!
“You’re off to Great Places!  Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

Creating a beautiful day....each day..every day!!

Four things we need to have a 'good' day at work | LinkedIn

Secret revealed: Building self confidence and meaningful relations

Secrets from the Professional Sisterhood: 15 Insider Tips for Building Self-Confidence and Connections | LinkedIn

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Trust and Engagement

When when workers are passionate about the day-to-day tasks involved in their jobs, they won't be engaged in the workplace unless they click with their immediate bosses and trust in how senior executives are leading the company.

"Engagement increases dramatically with four variables: enthusiasm, confidence, empowerment and inspiration," said David Fagiano, chief operating officer of Dale Carnegie, a leadership consulting business based in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Building credibility is the foundation of trust. According to Steven Covey, there are 4 cores of credibility: Integrity, Intent, Capabilities and Results. The combination of these with positive culture and environment results in strong trust culture in organization resulting to guaranteed collective success at all levels...

The best leaders recognize that trust impacts us 24/7, 365 days a year. It undergirds and affects the quality of every relationship, every communication, every work project, every business venture, every effort in which we are engaged.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Getting back in the field...with strong and indomitable will!!!

Just viewed SKYFAll ..Bond 007. It exactly shows that Willpower has to be reignited and recharged when you are in your lows to get back into this exciting world. And only you can do it for yourself.

Life has its rises and falls but that should not falter your willpower because that belongs to you and only you.

It is important to develop the coping techniques as mentioned in the article by Linda and one of the most important one is Mediation. You will find these techniques handy when rough times come on your life journey.

Build a solid framework and fortress of strong mind with help of meditation. It has helped me to the core for building my willpower and has helped me in my difficult times to get back into field roaring.

Also equally important is building meaningful relationships, good friends, exercising regularly and reading good books.

Thus, when time comes to get up from a fall, you can tap into your own resources to rise with stronger, smarter and laser focus achiever.

I believe in Art of Living  and its helps to develop foundation to live life with Joy, Purpose and Confidence. Building of the Willpower happens naturally and is the by-product...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Information --> Knowledge Management --> Power

Not one or team of people can hold all the information of multiple projects/initiatives and legacy systems in the head. It has to be managed with strategical practices by establishing the culture for each and everyone to be responsible to contribute to it....if not then the collapse or breakage is evident. It becomes matter of time when the growth ceases.

And Ron mentioned it very well in his article...

You can relate this to nurturing the soil with ample water. As you put water in soil if there are no grass to hold it or potency in soil then water will evaporate and won't be useful to anybody..neither soil, plants, grass or people. And then this leads to desertification.

Three key reasons why actively managing knowledge is important to a company’s success are:

 1.) Facilitates decision-making capabilities
 2.) Builds learning organizations by making learning routine, and,
 3.) Stimulates cultural change and innovation.

For our group at BoFA, we use Microsoft 1-Note to preserve, collaborate and grow knowledge. My good friend and colleague (David Tinney) has been evangelist for it. It is a great success and slowly I am able to get it adopted across organization and then hopefully across corporate.

SOARing Success #5: Building your Team

SOARing Success!!

Following are the the thoughts inspired by Jay Hayden..

Principle #1 - Be Curious (To stand out)
Principle #2 - Bring out best from people around you of what they can do
Principle #3 - Finding work-life rhythm that you can maintain
Principle #4 - Caring Deeply
Principle # 5 - Building your Team (Collaboration)

It is important to have "My Team" of people with whom you can share the success with and who can freely advise, provide prespective, support etc.

Make sure you have people in your life who you can always turn to and for whom you will always do the same.

As Meghan pointed out...

"Collaboration isn’t about giving up your individuality. Quite the opposite: it’s about realizing your potential. It’s about bringing your many gifts to the table and sharing them in pursuit of a common goal. It’s about bringing your ideas, your passion, your mind, heart, and soul to your leadership and culture."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Social Media and Business Strategy

SOARing Success #4: Caring Deeply

SOARing Success!!

Following the the thoughts inspired by Jay Hayden..

Principle #1 - Be Curious (To stand out)
Principle #2 - Bring out best from people around you of what they can do
Your true potential is only realized when you truly care for the company and associates you are working with. It is important to get deeply invested in success of company and success of employee.

This only happens if you build constructive culture within your group, organization and company. 

Constructive Culture 》Positive Environment 》Higher Productivity >> Success

As Matt describes:

A constructive culture is one within which people are encouraged to collaborate and connect with others, as well as approach their work, in ways that are conducive to them meeting their higher-order human needs. Rather than a dog-eat-dog, hyper-competitive, Machiavelli-himself-may-or-may-not-have-made-here environment, a constructive culture is more characterized by an emphasis on the good of the collective.

It helps to build drive and mutual respect among each other. This in turn helps to go above and beyond.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Brand promotion nailed...

Brand Storytelling in 4 Steps | Branding Magazine

Passion 》Motivation 》Enthusiasm 》Produces Results

As Jeremy says, Passion is that …

1. intensifies our focus
2. enables innovation and creativity
3. provides the drive to persevere, to avoid cutting corners and to pursue excellence
4. creates energy among colleagues that allows work to be completed more quickly
5. helps people deal with fear
6. makes employees want to stay in their jobs and contribute even when they’re not feeling at their best

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman
 I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
"Passion is the source of motivation, drive, enthusiasm and generates results...It is ignite it, share it, pass it on!!" 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

SOARing Success #1: Be Curious and Stand Out...

SOARing Success!!

Principle #1 - Be Curious (To stand out)
Principle #2 - Bring out best from people around you of what they can do
Principle #3 - Finding work-life rhythm that you can maintain
Principle #4 - Caring Deeply
Principle # 5 - Building your Team

Every one of us work hard to check "If I am doing great in my Job". But to be a leader you must stand out, truly care and understand the big picture and larger issues of the company.

Always be on look out for any issues and be curious about causes for it. Make it your mission to find out what can be done about it. And then DO IT!!!

Six Powerful Ways to Stand Out at Work | LinkedIn

Here are few thoughts shared by Jeff Hyaden around ways to stand out!!

Be first with a purpose.

Don't just be the one who turns on or off the lights – be the one who gets in early or stays late in order to get things done. Not only will your performance stand out, you'll also start to...

Be known for something specific.

Pick a worthwhile mission, then excel at that mission. People will notice.

Create your own side project.

Excelling at an assigned project is expected. Excelling at a side project helps you stand out.

Put your muscle where your mouth is.

Everyone talks about problems. The people who help fix them stand out.

Show a little of your personal side.

Let people know a little about you; a few personal details add color and depth to your professional image.

Work harder than everyone else.

Nothing – nothing – is a substitute for hard work. Look around: How many people are working as hard as they can?

I don't have special talents. I am just passionately curious - Albert Einstein

Are you a morning person?

Why You Should Try to Be a Morning Person | LinkedIn

Morning Dawn is the time as per our mythology the time when God do their morning chores of bestowing blessings and fulfilling the wishes!!!

I love mornings and cherish each and ever moment when I am an abode of nature at 7 am for my run!!! These are the few scintillating glimpses of Sunrise which is at its best showering the lovely and soothing shining rays.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Non-Violence and Meditation

Most people want to go through the day in peace without getting injured in any way. We want our children to be safe. We want our parents to be safe. We want our brothers and sisters to be safe. We want our friends to be safe. We want ourselves to be safe.

Unfortunately, life offers many challenges. We worry about our family getting hurt. We worry about violence to our families, friends, and community. We hear about violence when countries go to war. We pray for an era of nonviolence when people everywhere, including our own families and selves, are free of violence.
This physical world is filled with violence, challenges, and dangers. From the moment we are born until our ultimate end, we face illness, accidents, mishaps, losses, and disasters both man-made and natural. The news contains one event after another filled with violence that can bring fear and panic into our lives. People worry about crime, illness, financial loss and disasters such as floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, and other threats to our lives.

Is there any way to lead our lives so that we are not engulfed by fear or violence? Can we navigate through the roadblocks on our way to happiness so that we can lead a life of calm, peace, and joy? Although people have prayed for an era of nonviolence for centuries, history shows there has not yet been a single period without war. Is there any way then to end violence and have a period of nonviolence on this planet?

Yes, there is. Meditation is the medium with is common across the world irrespective of geography, religion, class, color and creed.

The main purpose of meditation in to go within ourselves and find out WHO AM I. Its purpose is to give each person self driven proof there is something greater than everything which is SOUL that lives on after death living the body behind.

Each and everyone needs to experience this feeling which can only happen with Meditation where you (Self) comes closer day by day to an ultimate Supreme and to  feel the Oneness with HIM. Each one us start feeling connected with the Supreme and then you start let go of fear, hate, greed, anxiety, and worries. The culmination of each and every one practicing it results into creating a  oneness feeling, peaceful environment and equanimity among each other. We become forgiving, kind and happy where we are and how we are!!
Isn't that a beautiful feeling…a beautiful world to be…a beautiful life to live!!!!!!

Power of Meditation: Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Heart & Beautiful Soul

Roopak Desai

Honing Creativity....Product Development