Sunday, April 28, 2013
For carrying any problem solving...it can be done by either adopting rational thinking or with an intuitive thinking process.
According to Brian Tracy, author of "How the best Leaders lead" - "Your entire success as a person and a leader is determined by your ability to solve problems effectively and well. Whatever title is written on your business card, your real job is problem solver"
Rational problem Solving Technique:
Brian Tracy suggests 10 steps for rational problem solving:
1. Define the problem
2. Ask yourself, What else is problematic?
3. Restate the problem in a way that is clear and helpful in solving the problem
4. Determine all possible causes of the problem
5. Determine a variety of possible solutions
6. Decide which solution to try first
7. Assign responsibility for the solution
8. Set a timeline
9. Implement the plan
10. Evaluate the outcome. If the problem isn't solved, go back to the first step.
This is analytic, deliberate, conscious and cyclic process.
In this methodology, it is important to take a decision on a particular solution based on information collected to act upon. If the action doesn't result in a solution, it still helps to gain information that may ultimately lead to a solution
"A weak solution vigorously carried out is usually better than a excellent solution weakly pursued" - By George S Patton, as quoted by Tracy.
The classic example is Bill Gates...who has used the rational style of the problem solving in leading Microsoft.
Intuitive Problem Solving Technique:
It is an automatic thinking process. It can produce "aha" moments for people how prefer it and are familiar with using it.
The genius of Steve Jobs have been viewed by many and also in his biography by Walter Isaacson as a intuitive problem solver whose success was based on his unique style of thinking. He did different acquisitions, birth of Pixar Animation, birth of Mac and all his "i" inspired products (iTune, iPhone, iPad....) are based on his intuitive vision.
How does intuitive Problem solving work?
1. Ponder the problem as a question in your mind during a quite routine time, such as before bedtime, on a walk or run, in the shower or when you doing some systemic chore like folding laundry.
2. Leave the question alone - unanalyzed and untouched.
3. Pay attention to dreams and random thoughts so when the answer pops into your mind you will see or hear it.
4. Seek new experiences, such as starting a new hobby, making a new friend or talking a different route to work.
5. Engage in brief meditation. It enhances the intuitive problem solving process.
In nutshell...you end up solving it with "eureka" moment either from a gut feeling or in middle of night you will get a vision or just while talking with your close partner/team or by your creativeness feeder.
An example that we all can relate to is "House, MD. (Hugh Laurie)" from the award winning medical fiction TV serial . He is a genius Doctor but does not follow rational path to diagnose and get a solution to a death nearing disease. He exactly follows to above intuitive process mentioned and guides his team through it. It surely seems eccentric to some who believes in book way of figuring out a cause of disease or medication for disease. Instead keeps all solution open on table, focuses intuitive process and thinking out of the box because obvious course of action does not help any how.
"I get anxious about a lot of things, that's the trouble. I get anxious about everything. I just can't stop thinking about things all the time. And here's the really destructive part - it's always retrospective. I waste time thinking of what I should have said or done." -- Hugh Laurie
Picture Credit: http://www.housemdquotes.com/
I certainly believe in intuitive problem solving technique to get a visionary ideas, solution and breakthrough diagnosis which may not be then possible with rational solving process.
- This article has been inspired by Brian Tracy book "How the Best Leaders Lead" and article in Toastmasters International Magazine by Judith C. Tingely, DTM, Ph.D
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
What is the Leadership Process Model?
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” - Jim Rohn
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adam
Monday, April 22, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Through out 4 years of engineering, I hardly interacted with girls ...yes...you can call me shy or may be too much into studies not to look for beauty around :-). Nevertheless, it were most exciting and fulfilling years of my life. I do have regret for not have to seat a girl on my the Vespa PL 170 which was one of the kind scooter which I loved it. I used to drive it like a rocket and would not trade for anything if given a choice.
Moving on...I did my M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai and my one and half years in powai, mumbai are the most treasured years as of date. The amount of learning by interaction with some awesome young B.Tech fellows, hostel experience, and rigorous learning are some of the highlights of it. Yes..while in IIT I did not make the mistake twice. I had taken my Vespa PL 120 on campus and the backseat was happy to have girl take a ride :-). I still recall the hostel wing water fun fights, sunday mess menu that we awaited every week, eating maggie noodles at midnight and funda of learning with sharing while burning the midnight oil.
After couple of other adventures like going to Phillippines, I came to US for further studies. I am now ingrained in lifestyle of US and love it here. Though miss India especially friends with whom I grew up with and who have been partners while learning and growing.
And after 19 years of leaving L.D engineering , I happen to meet climax of connecting with a classmate with whom I did not exchanged a single word. It is through a common friend A, with whom again I must have hardly interacted but we came to meet each other in L.D Alumni meet last year. This was a trigger that lead to other events which again was not foreseen at all.
Thanks to Face book and social networking that made it possible. I added A as a friend and I happen to click "like" to one of the nice family pictures of A after 6 months since that drew my attention since it was very nice picture will everyone wore bright red dresses. Well, that got attention to someone in India who was a classmate too. She happen remember me by name, not that I was famous among girls :-) ..but yes may be as some one who never bunked classes!!!
Instantly she sent me friend invite. I was taken by surprise since I had no idea who she was. But then though I was intrigued how could I deny a friend's request. So I accepted it. We then happen to exchange notes about having studied together in L.D and she tried to remind me of other girls whom she hanged out with. Still I could not recollect...must be surely disappointing to her. Coincidentally, B who is another classmate put our class photo on internet and that was was a changing factor. She was tagged on the photo and then she asked me if I could now remember her. I still said no...but then I thought hard ring my bells in brain looking at her photo...and light bulb went on!!
I did remember her and instantly mentioned it to her. For me that was no less than Archimedes "Eureka" feeling. And then while exchanging notes some some amazing coincidences....that she is born on the same day, date and year as me. And around same time. How crazy is that?
I still am not able to fathom the fact that we never talked for 4 years of Engineering and got connected in mysterious ways after 19 years..to be a closest friends and found an instant connection and bond between each other. She is C.
"When it is meant to be...It happens...All out of the Blue..And that is destiny!!"
GOD has His mysterious ways...He has created you with a plan…it is up to you how you lead it along the journey and make it into a beautiful masterpiece!!!!
"Treat everyone important and worthy, there are some strengths and qualities in each individual which you can learn from, share with or get help with at the needed time".
"Always keep the open heart and mind when you meet some one on the way, since you never know in which shape and form you will meet some one GOD send and you will be grateful forever"
(p.s: names are fictitious for privacy)
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Who Am I?
Where did I come from?
Where am I going?
Why I am here?
A Sanskrit term used to describe the supreme reality is sat-cit-ananda, which means "existence-knowledge-bliss.
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Building meaningful and extraordinary relationship
1. Meditation & Mindfulness (MM)
"Just be in the present moment, and you will start unleashing the simple moments of joy around you"
2. Meaningful and extraordinary relationships
It is about developing attitude of gratitude. Being thankful for what you have. Being grateful for life you have and making the best of it.
We need to be grateful and feel blessed for small things that happen in life. Today is a gift from God - that is why it is called the present.
I am grateful to everyone who has come in my life and to be where I am, how I am and what I am. I am grateful to my parents, my wife, my friends, my family. I am grateful to breathe the fresh air every morning. I am grateful to wake up with a smile every morning. I am grateful to be grateful.
In conclusion, these three principles have transformed my life. Meditation has been center of these 3 - Mindfulness, Building Meaningful Relationships and Gratefulness.
I am sure it will transform yours too and will make a positive difference in quality of your life.
Let me play this small video that summarizes the core around the Happiness Project.
“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Relationship is one of the prime single entiries that can help to you make a difference...for you and for other person.
You are in control of it and choose to do more with your interactions with other person.
Care more...involve more...help..understand the context and meaning when you do conversation...have deeper feelings...reach out...
We all are thirsty of luv...so spread the luv and happiness...it will all come back to you...that is the law of universe!!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
You don't need words to understand person's response if you learn to observe and interpret the body langugae.
Building self confidence is like building a thing step by step ...brick by brick. It does not happen automatically but with hard work, persistent effort, and self correction.
To build self-confidence the secret is start dressing to look confident, walking with expanded chest & shoulders back and lastly talking with eye contact.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.
Make your life a mission - not an intermission.
Make your life a mission-not an intermission.
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.
Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.
1- An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde
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- Howard Aiken
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