Monday, October 29, 2012

Culture

Employers can have vastly different corporate culture models. Have an open mind and learn to embrace the corporate culture.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Career choice

Make your own career choices. There is no good reason to let someone else do this for you.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Approach

Never give up on a task. Instead, learn to readjust your approach when necessary. It is okay to take a break if you are overly frustrated.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Time Management



"Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else."  Peter F. Drucker

Availability of Time: Not an Issue

I am short of time. Day's 24 hours are not enough for me. Wish I had more time. These are the various phrases we hear from many people often. But it is not true. Every body has enough free time after accounting for all the hours one spends on all the essential activities.

Here are the calculations for a typical week:

Total available hours 24 hours X 7 days = 168 hours
Minus Average sleep 7 hours X 7 days = 49 hours
Total waking hours = 119 hours
Average time at office 8 hours X 6 days = 48 hours
Average time commuting 2 hours X 6 days = 12 hours
Total work time = 60 hours
Total work time as % of waking hours 50% approximately
Free time available after accounting for work time and sleep time = 59 hours

Time availability, therefore, isn’t an issue. Most important thing is “how to take control of your time (and therefore, your life)”.

Every person has 168 hours a week. What you do with these hours impacts your life in short term as well as long term.

You Are a Great Time Manager

If you can manage or find time for:
  • spouse
  • children
  • family
  • professional work
  • introspection and self improvement
  • relationships
  • sleep and relaxation
  • hobbies and interests
  • exercises and walks
  • enjoying the nature
  • reading
  • humor and laugh
  • music
  • travel
  • watching few good movies and few good television programs
Peculiar Nature of “Time” Resource
  • Time is a “resource”; perhaps the most important resource of existing and emerging scenario
  • Time can not be stored, it can not be preserved and so it is irretrievable once gone
  • Time is not transferable; it is personal
  • Time is irreversible
  • No rework is possible on time
  • Time itself can not be sold, therefore it can not be purchased
  • Therefore, Time is a peculiar resource: needs to be handled differently and more carefully
Ask this question frequently: What is the best use of my time right now?
  • Work out goals for a chosen period (or if possible, work our lifetime goals)
  • Resolve goal conflicts
  • Set priorities
  • Select your top three goals
  • List the possible activities for each of the three goals
  • Set priorities to allow you to select the most effective activity to do now
  • Prepare "weekly to do list" and then "daily to do" list
  • Act as per priority activities chosen
  • Choose the most effective way to accomplish the task
  • Move on to the next priority task and so on till you achieve the goal
Resolve Conflict Between Urgent and Important Tasks

Go by the following sequence in terms of prioritising your tasks or activities:
  1. Important but not urgent tasks (If you take these as your top priority, the urgent tasks will minimize. As urgency minimizes, your stress levels will also come down. Refer: work pattern questionnaire at http://managing-stress-strain.blogspot.com/)
  2. Urgent and important tasks (You will have to take them up as priority but you should try to minimize instances of such tasks by concentrating on important but not urgent tasks)
  3. Urgent but not important tasks
  4. Not important and not urgent tasks
Thus, Time Management is a Five Stage Process
  1. Planning: Goal setting/target setting, prioritizing the goals
  2. Activity analysis: Selection of activities, eliminating or minimizing non-optimal/non-value adding activities
  3. Prioritizing the activities and scheduling: Their sequencing, preparing activity network and putting them on a time line
  4. Resource organization: Plan out and position the required resources
  5. Execution, review and correction: Carry out the activities, review them on a planned basis and incorporate corrections/modifications to ensure timely and economic completion
Most Interesting Thing about Time Management: You Can't Waste It in Advance

This point holds a very important lesson to learn. And that is- howsoever badly you might have goofed on your time management in the past, the time that will be available to you from this moment onwards for your entire future is still intact, uncorrupted and full in quantity; as much as all of others will have.
So learn time management right now and apply it properly from now on. If you feel that you wasted your time in the past, you just have no power to waste the time that you have for your future. Your future still remains spotless. You lost nothing much, you can still make up for it and still go further.
You still have the power to plan out your tomorrow. Use all the good time management principles and reshape rest of your life on personal, family and professional fronts. Your second, third and many more innings can still be brilliant.
And its not too late either since tomorrow is just a day away from now.

Procrastinating (Thief of Time)

Why Do We Procrastinate?
  • Boredom
  • Fear
Areas of Procrastination
  • Difficult people
  • Boring tasks
  • Risky/unfamiliar work
  • Difficult phone calls
  • Large projects
  • Public contacts
  • Small tasks
Pick on the two which you find particularly problematic and make them the focus of your attention over the next few weeks.

How Do We Procrastinate?
  • Small versus large
  • Perfectionist
  • Phoning at lunch
  • Waste of time
  • Avoiding the task
Action Plan for Less Procrastination
  • Commit yourself to start times.
  • Break large projects down into manageable portions.
  • Control the amount of paper on your desk.
  • Prioritize your tasks.
  • Reward yourself : Give yourself a deadline and then plan a treat when you reach it. This will give you something to look forward to.
refer Shyam Bhatawdekar’s website: http://shyam.bhatawdekar.com/

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meetings

Only attend meetings if you are on schedule with the tasks that are required of you. If you are behind, kindly ask your boss if you can skip it.

Self-confidence


Source: Shyam Bhatawdekar’s website: http://shyam.bhatawdekar.com
  • Self-assurance
  • Poise
  • Self-possession
  • Composure
  • Coolness
  • Calm self-assured dignity
  • Buoyancy
>>>>Signs of self-confidence
  • Impressive external personality
  • Calmness and coolness in appearance and behavior
  • Absence of tensions, stresses and strains
  • Positive outlook
  • Organized
  • Absence of inferiority complex
  • Absence of aggression and boastfulness
  • Humility and modesty
  • Absence of complaining and passing the blame
>>>>How to Build and Improve Self-confidence?
  1. Keep balance- don't be under-confident and don't be over-confident
  2. Good personal grooming
  3. Impressive and acceptable dress sense
  4. Use classy accessories (not necessarily very expensive)
  5. Personal hygiene
  6. Improve your appearance
  7. Keep physically fit
  8. Keep mentally fit
  9. Keep a good posture
  10. Walk smartly and faster
  11. Don't bite your nails
  12. Do a firm hand-shake
  13. Stand by your fundamental truths or values
  14. Keep examining your paradigms (mindsets) and change them if necessary
  15. Openness to learn and to learn continuously
  16. Openness to unlearn and to relearn
  17. Keep positive outlook
  18. Yet, be abreast with the realities of life
  19. Keep up-to-date in knowledge in your technical/professional area and in human skills (behavioral and soft skills) (This is one most important factor in improving your self-confidence)
  20. Keep up-to-date in skills/competencies in your technical area (hard skills) and human skills (behavioral and soft skills) (This is one most important factor in improving your self confidence) (
  21. Focus on your strengths and only critical weaknesses and improve them
  22. Control your anxieties and fears
  23. Communicate effectively.
  24. Have a good command over the languages through which you deal with others
  25. Speak up whenever and wherever required
  26. Don't mumble
  27. Walk the talk (actions speak better than words)
  28. Good sense of timing
  29. Have an active orientation
  30. Design successes by achieving your objectives and related tasks by way of seeking opportunities, joining opportunities and creating opportunities that suit your strengths.
  31. Smart and hard work
  32. Make decisive decisions.
  33. Work speedily and then accelerate
  34. Be energetic and exude enthusiasm while working
  35. Handle mistakes calmly
  36. Learn to be humorous and have fun
  37. Build trust
  38. Build team work.
  39. Delegate effectively.
  40. Use your and other people's (your subordinates’) creativity
  41. Take care of your people.
  42. Maintain good human relations
  43. Compliment others (that makes you an I am OK- you are OK person)
  44. Accept compliments graciously
  45. Keep your eyes and ears open (without being a part of politics, being completely professional)
  46. Learn the art of negotiating the system.
  47. Be flexible in your approaches
  48. Good interpersonal relations.
  49. Be firm but friendly
  50. Be friendly but not familiar (familiarity breeds contempt)
  51. Be assertive (do not be submissive or aggressive)
  52. Be dependable and live up to your promises
  53. Live with integrity and dignity.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Challenges

When you are able to overcome challenges, you feel a sense of achievement.When you are able to tackle the problem successfully it tells you that you can push with yourself to face the challenges.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Excellence

When you strive for excellence in everything you do, you quite naturally surpass others in your work. That gets you ahead

Monday, October 15, 2012

Discipline

One should have discipline to do the things that need to be done on time. No one appreciates tardiness. Deliver on your promises be it to colleagues, clients or suppliers


Positive attitude

Career Tip: Maintain a positive attitude even in moments of stress. It makes you appear confident and in control. Your colleagues and superiors will notice this


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Optimistic

Be optimistic There is positive energy in optimism. This energy propels you to do things as you feel there are better things to look towards.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Compatibility

Make every effort to be the easiest to work with in the office, this means not to complain and grumble each time there is a team meet. No one likes to work with someone who nags all the time


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Be Competent

You will get a career booster because you are the most capable and competent on the team

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Professionalism

You are a working adult now and it means being professional in the things you do. You need to conduct yourself with the highest of professional standards

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Purpose

A sense of purpose can also mean knowing your role in the organization. Remember, no matter how low ranking you are or how fresh you are at work, we all have a role to play