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“The Best” is not Good – Check Performance

When we do, we do our best. While performing an act, we often forget that sometimes the best performance is not even good for others.  It is disappointing but the ultimate fact. This doesn’t mean that the interest with which we perform best has some lacking. This also implies to the fact that the act has been done with the purest of the intention and was targeted to bring brilliant and the best output. Then, where is the deficit? To understand this, we need to look into some facts and this has to be a real close analysis.

“Better” is not always “Good” –

We all work, at times to survive, at times to perform. Our share of effort may vary from person to person. This is to be noted that the kind of effort we put in defines the quality of outcome. Since, the effort is a dynamic attribute, even if we do better, at times it fails to meet others expectations.

Have you failed to understand? –

We should ask this question more often. In fact, we should maintain a list of self check. To perform and to deliver, understanding expectation is much needed.

Let’s understand this with an example. Say that you work for a company and there are certain set of key performance indicators. The work assigned to you demand for closure within a day. Historically the task was not completed within the time frame but things have improved and delivery as per actual time frame is now possible. Your subordinate completes the task with all his efforts but not within the same day. It is good to appreciate him/her but clearly you missed to understand the expectations. It was expected that the task should complete within a day.

Are you too difficult to feel emotions? –

Let’s say you are into customer service industry. You do a job and customer appreciates you. Be aware – Understand whether the appreciation was true or it was said out of emotional outcome. My employee performs a repair task and delivers the electronic product to customer in two days of time. Customer is happy and appreciated him despite of the fact that the said employee has not met the turnaround time. We should not be happy. Customer has not appreciated him for his work. Customer appreciated him because his previous experience might be worse. Ask yourself – Is it a healthy situation?

“Humans” are “Machine”, if they stop; they catch “Rust” –

We humans are machines. If we stop, we catch rust. Machines need continual check-up and maintenance. For us, Self-development, Self-motivation, Training, Regular Briefing and Scrutiny are the keys to stay up to mark. To my employee, my approach should exactly be in same direction. I should be encouraging him for self-development and self-motivation. To achieve this, I should be training them, coaching them, briefing them and if required should be doing a regular and periodic scrutiny.

Accept that you can’t be perfect. Accept that this may be your mistake. Accept that you will correct the wrongs. Your acceptance to the fact that you failed to perform, prepares you to perform right.

Apply above and you will see a different personality within yourself.

Recommended readings:

  1. Six Sigma - Remove Defects
  2. Tips to improve personality
  3. Manage the project effectively
  4. Transactional Analysis – Eric Berne
  5. Wear Six Hats – Edward De Bono
  6. SWOT Analysis
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Welcome to Adulthood !

So, You are a graduate now.. First and for almost all, welcome to the Adulthood! The real and truth of hardship is waiting for you. Get ready for it. Think how much fun it was when we were in college. No stress, No financial problem – Parents are there to take care of worries. Now what?

When I came to New Delhi, in 2003, I was clueless. This was not because I did not figure out what to do. This was because I was not having ample back-up to support my studies. Back then one of my alter-egos Rahul Shukla told me a story which I would like to share here..

He said, “Those who are pursuing higher degrees are there to earn a “Brahm Astra”. “Brahm Astra” in Hindu mythology is known as a super Arrow which can destroy the enemy in a jiffy. If it is released there is no question that it can miss its target. Once your rival has higher education from reputed college as Brahm Astra, it would be next to impossible to defeat him. The only way left is to break their Bow which can release the Arrow. In order to do so, one has to gather many small Arrows which are sharp and can be released without even getting stopped. This way before the rival could release his super Arrow, he is bombarded with many small arrows blocking his sight, his senses and his consciousness. You would be able to hit him hard at the right point. I understood what he wanted to say. He meant to say that I should go for small but powerful certifications and hit the target much before the others.

Check Finances and its source –

There is nothing to get offensive about it. I too have gone through similar phase in my life. We need to see our financial status before taking any further decision. It is not the only deciding factor but certainly the most important one. If you are financially sound then go for further studies and strengthen your profile. Nothing to worry, if you are going through the bad patch of your life.  There are multiple options to look at.

Explore for a quick and handy job –

Grab the first job if need be. Waiting for right opportunity is a myth. The thing which is in front of you is the Opportunity. Go and Grab it. Think later on what needs to be corrected. Anything you do will be a value addition and ultimately becomes your experience. Feel confident about it.

Problems are of two type, Don’t worry and face it –

Problems are of two types. a. Problem which comes with solutions and can be fixed immediately.  Problems which are required to be judged and acted as in when time demands. Give time to your problems. You are the best to solve your problems, No one else can.

Stay Calm and Composed during Adulthood –

Best way to handle or deal with situation. Make a deal with yourself. You are one who can be defeated if you think so.

Strive to Learn –

Learning never stops. What stops is our endeavor. Try not to give up and learn at every step. Remember this is the time when you can make a difference.

Time is precious –

Use the most of it. Fun time has gone and will come again if time is valued. Remember, time has no attribute. Those who don’t respect time, it come as a bad time for them.

Apart from above, it is very important to focus and decide your goal. Choose you strength and related certifications wisely. Strengthen yourself and convert your strengths into your identity. Work on your weakness to convert them into Strengths. There would be no use if you avail many certifications and all from different fields of study.

Once you are aimed and you do it. In due course of time you will see yourself above your rivals. You will have knowledge, supporting certifications to support your knowledge, experience and your enhanced personality.

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Five Basics of Project Management

Project Management Institute also know as (PMI) defines project management as:

The application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project management.

The process of delivering and controlling a project from start to finish may be simplified into 5 basic phases:

1.       Conceptualize and Initiate Project

An idea for a project in Project Management will be carefully examined. This is to determine whether or not it benefits the organization. During this phase, a decision making team will identify if the project can realistically be completed.

– Project should benefit the organization

– Project can realistically be completed

2.       Define Planning map for a Project

A project plan, project charter and/or project scope may be put in writing, outlining the work to be performed. During this phase, a team should prioritize the project, calculate a budget and schedule. Also, determine what resources are needed.

– Product Outlining to be done for execution

– Defined Project Charter or Project Scope

3.       Lets Go – Execute the Project

Resources’ tasks are distributed and teams are informed of responsibilities. This is a good time to bring up important project related information.

– Creating WBS (Work Breakdown Structure)

– Defined Roles and Responsibility Matrix

4.       Check Project performance and apply control mechanism

Project managers will compare project status and progress to the actual plan, as resources perform the scheduled work. During this phase, project managers may need to adjust schedules or do what is necessary to keep the project on track.

– Project Progress Report

– Manage necessary changes in Project

5.       Closure of the Project

After project tasks are completed and the client has approved the outcome, an evaluation is necessary to highlight project success and learn from project history.

– Project Success Report

– Note Project Take Backs

Project Management when applied along with skills gives positive results. Some more worth reading articles:

Do share your views in comment section. or if you have more references to Project Management, feel free to post links in comment section for readers to read.. Cheers !

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Personality Development – Be better every day

Personality eventually changes into Aura. One should always strive to develop personality. Apparently most of us, don’t know, Where to start, What and How to move forward? Here are some tips which can help you in personality development.

Start with Believing in SmileS –

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S – 1 mile – S: A mile distance can be covered with SmileS. Break-up of words in our own language sometime gives insight to the actual meaning. Personality cannot be developed in a day. Regular practice with self cultural change can bring drastic and fruitful change in long run.

Allow yourself being an Optimist –

An Optimist is one who carries positive attitude. A positive personality is always recognized and admired by people. To be an Optimist, one has to be a solution provider. Remember that there are many who can create problems or put problems across. However, the Solution Provider and an Optimist are very few out there. Try to be a part of Optimist Community.

Understand difference between Confidence and Over Confidence and apply it –

‘I can do it’ is an example of Confidence. ‘Only, I can do it’ is considered to be Over Confidence.

I recommend avoiding ‘Only’ attribute in your accomplishments. This trait of human nature brings self possessed attitude and if not succeed then sudden drop in overall persona. It’s always good to think that you are capable of doing or completing a task, however it is advisable that learn from others too. There are many who may deliver the task better than you. Your speed of Personality Development process depends on your acceptance, understanding and applying this fact in your life as early as you can.

Avoid being a part of Chinese Whisper –

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Chinese Whisper can be a game in which a message is passed on, in a whisper, by each of a number of people, so that the final version of the message is often radically changed from the original. This is ok till the time taken as a game. Anything more that is considered to be negative and attract negative perception resulting diminished Personality.

Listen to them first –

Be an active and patient Listener. This helps in getting to the solution. Also, it is an amazing art of putting your thoughts across. You can explain things better if you listen first. People share their thoughts openly if you are a good listener which helps in building good perception in their minds in no time.

It’s time to say good bye to your EGO –

EGO is considered to be good till the time it is not damaging emotions of others. It has often observed that people with high ego state are left alone. For personality development, we recommend you not be alone.

Are you well dressed –

We all have already read and understood this point very well. Many of the times, we have taught to be ‘Well Dressed’. People often take this as dressing sense. Yes, it’s true but not always. Neat and clean attire as per occasion will be a thumbs up. Nowadays, people notice your presence more than anything else.

Be consistent in your Personality –

Remain to be consistent. Try to make few things in routine. Very simple yet effective ways are listed below:

  • Try to stick to your favorite perfume or use similar fragrance – Your body perfume is a very small thing for you however in long run it becomes your Trade Mark.
  • Not too bold not too light – Try to go mild and average. Too bright or too strong attract distraction which is not considered to be a good personality development tool. I am sure you do not want yourself to be stared and unwillingly dragged in a Chinese whisper

Keyword – To be consistent, your follow-up needs to be strong. Keep Pen and Notebook handy always.

Reverse Osmosis Process: Be Pure –

Reverse Osmosis is a process where you de-ionize water by pushing it under pressure through a semi-permeable Reverse Osmosis Membrane. This principal of physics can be very fruitful if applied in life cycle. Going under pressure and attitude to learn new attributes make you Pure with every event. People love those who have learnt to be strong and yet ready to mild as per situation.

Adaptability is the Key word. Personality development is a process which takes time