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Want to bring change…do you have the roadmap?

Vineet Nayar's Reply

Vineet Nayar’s Reply

Sometime back I asked Vineet Nayar

Hi Vineet! In a well established company, where people are really stuck with old ideas, preconcieved notions about some concepts, how should we bring change, a change that is dependent on the mindset of large target audience.Please suggest.I hate it when someone says…”Naah!This is impossible

Vineet Nayar replied

I agree with you that there are more people saying this is impossible and less saying this is possible and how.However that is what will set you apart as someone who stands apart and asks why not. The way i would approach this is to be clear of point A-IE where we are.Define point B ie where we want to go.Define maybe 10 steps to get to point B and then convince everyone on step 1 which is easier to digest than the idea of Point B.When you break big ideas into small ideas/steps people are more willing to walk with you. Also try approaching this problem by asking questions and not suggesting answers.People love to answer question and love to debate and disagree if you propose answers.Thus strat with questions and navigate the discussions to move to solutions limited to step 1. It is also important that you be clear on what is your goal.To own the idea or to make the change happen.If it is the latter make sure every idea is not your idea but our idea. It is never easy to climb mountains-that is why it is so much fun.It is never easy to change mindsets-that is why it is lots of fun and you have a great opportunity to try and have that fun.Enjoy.
PS: Vineet Nayar is Vice Chairman and Joint Managing Director of HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCLT), a $4.4 billion global information technology services company and author of the highly acclaimed management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010). He is also an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected the company’s “Employees First, Customers Second” (EFCS) strategy, which transformed HCL’s business, through its inverted organizational structure which has helped create transparency and accountability within the organization and encourage a value-driven culture since its conception in 2005. (Courtesy:http://employees-first.com/about-vineet)
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These type of interactions and replies from Vineet Nayar , make me proud working for such a prestigious company HCL :)
Generally, I adopt this concept of Roadmap for my works. When I strongly believe in my idea, I start my work even if I don’t have any support, however above idea of Vineet where involving people in each and every phase and receiving their support slowly sounds very useful.
Cheers,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
 

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Article by David Kerpen : How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

One of my esteemed colleague forwarded me this article and I found this article immensely useful, so thought of sharing the article here. I have shared the link to the complete article, please do follow the author on Linkedin to benefit from his suggestions :)

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We all have weaknesses, and we tend to try to work on eliminating them – on changing ourselves in order to become better. But change is difficult- very difficult. What if instead of trying to eliminate our weaknesses, we embraced them for what they were?

Let us do an activity now. Think about your biggest weaknesses at work and in life. What qualities are you most unhappy about? Of the following list of 16 typical weaknesses, look carefully and choose the three that resonate most with you:

1) Disorganized
2) Inflexible

3) Stubborn

4) Inconsistent

5) Obnoxious

6) Emotionless

7) Shy

8) Irresponsible

9) Boring

10) Unrealistic

11) Negative

12) Intimidating

13) Weak

14) Arrogant

15) Indecisive

16) Impatient
Got your three biggest weaknesses? Great. (Don’t be too depressed, the rest of this activity is more fun). Next, look at the below list, find the same three weaknesses, and look at the traits to the right of each of your three biggest weaknesses:
1) Disorganized —> Creative
2) Inflexible —> Organized

3) Stubborn —> Dedicated

4) Inconsistent —> Flexible

5) Obnoxious —> Enthusiastic

6) Emotionless —> Calm

7) Shy —> Reflective

8) Irresponsible —> Adventurous

9) Boring —> Responsible

10) Unrealistic —> Positive

11) Negative —> Realistic

12) Intimidating —> Assertive

13) Weak —> Humble

14) Arrogant —> Self-Confident

15) Indecisive —> Patient 

16) Impatient —> Passionate
The three qualities to the right of your three weaknesses are all strengths.
Hidden in your weaknesses are your strengths.
Every weakness has a corresponding strength.
The idea here is simple: Instead of trying to change your weaknesses, accept them. Don’t try to fix them – it’s too difficult. Instead, be sure to leverage your associated strengths. You can look to colleagues, direct reports, and even supervisors to fill in the gaps where you are weakest. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help- they can add value where you are weaker. But be sure to embrace your strengths, and build upon them. After all, your strengths (even those disguised as weaknesses) – will get you far in your career, and in life.
Cheers,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
 
 

SIX LESSONS OF LIFE

SIX LESSONS OF LIFE

Lesson 1: Naked Wife
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks,…

“Who was that?” “It was Bob the next door neighbor,” she replies. “Great!” the husband says, “Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?”

Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

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Lesson 2:
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish” “Me first! Me first!” says the administration clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone. “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii,relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone. “OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

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Lesson 3:
A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said,”Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest removed his hand. But,changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest apologized “Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.” Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, “Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.”

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

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Lesson 4:
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him,”Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.

…A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

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Lesson 5: Power of Charisma
A turkey was chatting with a bull “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, but I haven’t got the energy.” “Well, why don’t you nibble on my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it wont keep you there.

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Lesson 6:
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut !

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(Post Courtesy: Facebook page)

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in Humour, Management

 

Knowledge Management in Ancient India – Part 1

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South Indian Temple

Is Knowledge Management new concept???
Nope. Knowledge Management is an inherent concept in our ancient culture.

Ancient India is a pioneer in Knowledge Management. In the coming posts on the same series I would like to present my findings on “Knowledge Management in Ancient India”.

However, in this post I would like to post here a link to a wonderful blog post on the same series.  This blogger has done good research on the subject and shared his views in the post. Afterall, good practice in Knowledge Management is sharing the existing knowledge. Check this blog post : http://ponniinselvan.blogspot.in/2011/03/knowledge-management-in-ancient-india.html?m=1

Do check this space for further posts on the same series.

Best Regards,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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