Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them." 
-Thomas Edison

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.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners."
-Lord Chesterfield

A Tragedy Or a Blessing?

Years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved, making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the United States. It had taken years, but they had finally saved enough money and had gotten passports and reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the United States.

The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, seven days before their departure, the youngest son was bitten by a dog. The doctor sewed up the boy but hung a yellow sheet on the Clarks' front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for fourteen days.

The family's dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned. The father, filled with disappointment and anger, stomped to the dock to watch the ship leave - without the Clark family. The father shed tears of disappointment and cursed both his son and God for their misfortune.

Five days later, the tragic news spread throughout Scotland - the mighty Tittanic had sunk. The unsinkable ship had sunk, taking hundreds of lives with it. The Clark family was to have been on that ship, but because the son had been bitten by a dog, they were left behind in Scotland.

When Mr. Clark heard the news, he hugged his son and thanked him for saving the family. He thanked God for saving their lives and turning what he had felt was a tragedy into a blessing. 

Source: http://www.liraz.com/Anecdote.htm

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own."
-Latin Proverb

Chinese Bamboo Tree

You take a little seed, plant it, water it, and fertilize it for a whole year, and nothing happens.

The second year you water and fertilize it, and nothing happens.

The third year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens. How discouraging this becomes!

The fourth year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens. This is very frustrating.

The fifth year you continue to water and fertilize the seed and then sometime during the fifth year, the Chinese bamboo tree sprouts and grows ninety feet in six weeks!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom."
-Thomas Huxley

A lesson from a Mad Hatter

One of the first steps to accomplishing great things in your life is to cease dwelling on the negative things in your past. Carefully assess your present strengths, successes, and achievements. Dwell on those positive events in your life, and quit limiting your potential by constantly thinking about what you have done poorly. Alice and the Mad Hatter in Wonderland had a conversation that illustrates this concept:
Alice: Where I come from, people study what they are not good at in order to be able to do what they are good at.
Mad Hatter: We only go around in circles in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself?
Alice: Well, grown-ups tell us to find out what we did wrong, and never do it again
Mad Hatter: That's odd! It seems to me that in order to find out about something, you have to study it. And when you study it, you should become better at it. Why should you want to become better at something and then never do it again? But please continue.
Alice: Nobody ever tells us to study the right things we do. We're only supposed to learn from the wrong things. But we are permitted to study the right things other people do. And sometimes we're even told to copy them.
Mad Hatter: That's cheating!
Alice: You're quite right, Mr. Hatter. I do live in a topsy-turvy world. It seems like I have to do something wrong first, in order to learn from what not to do. And then, by not doing what I'm not supposed to do, perhaps I'll be right. But I'd rather be right the first time, wouldn't you? 

Courtesy: www.liraz.com

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone."
Benjamin Franklin

The Shepherd and the Suit

Once upon a time there was a shepherd looking after his sheep on the side of a deserted road. Suddenly, a brand new Jeep Cherokee screeches to a halt next to him. The driver - a young man dressed in a Bironi suit, Cerutti shoes, Gucci sunglasses, Cartier wrist-watch and a Charvet tie - gets out and asks the shepherd, 'If I guess how many sheep you have, will you give me one of them?'

The shepherd looks at the young man, then looks at the grazing sheep and replies, 'Okay.' The young man parks his car and connects his notebook to the Internet. He logs in to the NASA website, scans the ground using his GPS, opens a database and prints out a report on his portable printer. He turns to the shepherd and says, 'You have 1586 sheep here.' The shepherd answers, 'That's correct, you may have your sheep.'

The young man takes his animal and puts it in the back of his Jeep. The shepherd looks at the young man and says, 'If I guess your profession, will you return the animal to me?'

'Yes, why not.'
'You are a consultant.'
'That's amazing, how did you know?'

'Very simple,' answers the shepherd. 'First, you come here without being called. Second, you charge me for something I already knew and third, you don't understand anything about my business. Now can I have my dog back?'


Monday, September 20, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
-Benjamin Franklin

Bhupinder Singh of Patiala: Biography

He was born at the Moti Bagh Palace , Patiala in a Jat family, and educated at Aitchison College. At age 9, he succeeded as maharaja of Patiala state upon death of his father, Maharaja Rajinder Singh, on 9 November 1900. A Council of Regency ruled in his name until he took partial powers shortly before his 18th birthday on 1 October 1909, and was invested with full powers by the Viceroy of India, the 4th Earl of Minto, on 3 November 1910.

He served on the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy and Palestine in the First World War as an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, and was promoted Honorary Major-General in 1918 and Honorary Lieutenant-General in 1931. He represented India at the League of Nations in 1925, and was chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes for 10 years between 1926 and 1938, also being a representative at the Round Table Conference. He married ten times, and had 88 children by his wives and concubines.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was the first man in India to own an aircraft, which he bought from the United Kingdom in the first decade of the twentieth century. For his aircraft he had an airstrip at Patiala built.

He was well known for the construction of buildings with bold architectural designs in Patiala, including Kali Temple, Patiala, and Chail View Palace in the summer retreat of Kandaghatalong with Chail Palace and Oak Over and Cedar Lodge in Shimla which now house the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab State Guest House respectively.He was also known for an exceptional collection of medals, believed to be the world's largest at the time. According to legend, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh would be driven in a motorcade of 20 Rolls Royce cars. He also got a unique monorail system built in Patiala known as Patiala State Monorail Trainways.

He is perhaps the most famous Maharaja of Patiala, best known for his extravagance, and for being a cricketer. His cricket and polo teams " Patiala XI " and " Patiala Tigers " were among the best of India. He was a great patron of sports.

Sir Bhupinder Singh founded the State Bank of Patiala in 1917.

He was captain of the Indian cricket team that visited England in 1911, and played in 27 first-class cricket matches between 1915 and 1937. For season of 1926/27, he played as member of Marylebone Cricket Club. He donated the Ranji Trophy in honour of Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, Jam Sahib of Nawanagar. He was selected as the captain of India on its first Test tour of England in 1932, but dropped out on reasons of health two weeks before departure and the Maharaja of Porbandar took over. Cricket ground at Chail was made by Maharaja Patiala which is the highest cricket ground in the world. Most of the buildings of Chail Military School were donated by Maharaja of Patiala to Govt. of India.

He served as the Chancellor of Chamber of Princess from 1926 to 1931. He worked tirelessly for his subjects' betterment and introduced many social reforms in Patiala.

In 1930, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh felt slighted at the British Rolls Royce company’s refusal to accept an order from him for a new Rolls Royce car. Reacting to the refusal, the Maharaja put some of his old Rolls Royce cars to work hauling garbage, dung and filth in Patiala city to the chagrin of the all-powerful Rolls Royce-loving Viceroy and the British ruling establishment who quickly prevailed upon the Rolls Royce Company to comply with the Maharaja’s wishes.

In 1935 when the maharaja visited Germany, he sought time to see Adolf Hitler who reluctantly gave him 15 minutes but when both sat to talk the meeting went on for a day. He then asked the maharaja to come again the next day. Hitler gifted the Maharaja a magnificent Maybach.

His elder son, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh and younger son Raja Bhalindra Singh played first-class cricket and later served as President of Indian Olympic Association. Yuvraj played in one Test for India, in 1934.

Yuvraj Yadavindra Singh became the Maharaja on 23 March 1938. He was to be the first Maharaja, agreeing to the incorporation of Patiala into the newly independent India on 5 May 1948, becoming Rajpramukh of the new Indian state of Patiala and East Punjab States Union.

His Highness' grandson Captain Amarinder Singh is a politician in India, and served as Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007.

Source: www.wikipedia.com

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."

-Charles Dickens

The Starfish

Strolling along the beach, a woman catches sight of a young man who appears to be dancing at the water's edge. The young man bends down, straightens to his full height and then casts his arm out in an arc. Drawing closer, she sees that the sand is littered with starfish and he is throwing them, one by one, back into the sea.

She says, ‘There are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. What difference can saving a few of them possibly make?’

Smiling, he stoops down and tosses another starfish out over the water, saying, ‘It made a difference to that one.’


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." 
-Thomas Edison


There are certain attitudes that you will not find among successful employees. These attitudes resemble illnesses and if left unchecked, can destroy careers. Here are some of the most common:

1. "If they promote me, I'll show them how capable I am." This person has the process exactly reversed. Capability needs to be demonstrated in order to secure the promotion. This means doing far more than the basics of the job. It requires extraordinary performance and loads of initiative.

2. "I won't turn down any requests because I want to have a reputation as a can-do person." This is more controversial. I know of some consultants who recommend this approach. Unfortunately, there are some projects that will consume too much time and will seriously inhibit the successful performance of other, more important projects. A person who overpromises and then underperforms is unlikely to succeed. The successful person knows his or her limitations and carefully explains the choice of priorities. You succeed both by the projects you take on and the ones you avoid.
3. "I'm going to stick with this until I make it a success." Persistence is admirable, but it can become foolish. The persistent person needs to learn when to drop projects that have become a drain of resources and time.

4. "I'm a turn-around artist." That may be the case and there's no doubt that such skills can be sorely needed. Turn-around artists should recognize, however, that they have short shelf lives. Eventually, management will want to put this wizard into another hot spot. If the turn-around artist wants to stay put, new skills will have to be acquired and new expectations negotiated.

5. "I don't need people skills. I'm in a technical position." If the lack of people skills is not noticeable, the techie may be safe. If it becomes an issue, a very harsh lesson may be coming.

6. "I'm a perfectionist." That's all well and good, but the perfectionist had better be able to meet deadlines. As Ronald Reagan quipped about his B-movie career, "They didn't want it good. They wanted it Thursday."

7. "I don't have time to schmooze." Finding some would be wise. Isolation from others keeps out important information and reduces influence. It can be amazing how much can be accomplished today because time was taken for a cup of coffee with another manager six months ago.

Source: Michael Wade

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"Well done is better than well said." 
-Benjamin Franklin

Welcome to Athens

Socrates was sitting outside of the gates of Athens when a man came up to him and said, ‘I am thinking about moving into Athens. Can you please tell me what it is like to live here?’ Socrates replied, ‘I would be happy to tell you, but first would you please tell me what it was like in your previous home city?’ The man quickly roared, ‘Oh, it was awful. The people stab you in the back and rob you blind. I am not leaving any friends, only enemies.’ Socrates frowned and sadly continued, ‘Well, you best be on your way because you will find the same thing here in Athens.’

A little while later another man stopped to speak to Socrates and inquired, ‘I was considering moving here to Athens. Can you tell me what it is like to live here?’ Socrates again replied, ‘I would be happy to tell you, but first would you please tell me what it was like in your previous home city?’ The man smiled and said, ‘Where I come from the people all work together and help each other. Kindness is everywhere and you are never treated with anything but the utmost respect.’ ‘Welcome to Athens,’ smiled Socrates,‘ You will find the same thing here.’

Courtesy: http://www.mwls.co.uk/anecdote.htm

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"We won't even attempt to achieve what we do not believe at a deep level we can have or deserve."
-Ruth Ross

OFFICE INFLATION: the Boss Who Gives Lots of Praise

Consider two bosses:
Boss A is reserved, rarely gives praise, demands that people meet production and quality standards, has increasingly high expectations, and gets rid of people who cannot do the job. Boss A will tell you in words of one syllable if there is a problem with your performance. Boss A does not suffer fools gladly but, if you are performing well, you'll be left alone.

Boss B is friendly, gives lots of praise, is flexible on production and vague on quality standards, has comfortable expectations, and rarely fires poor performers. Boss B dislikes confrontation and expects you to read the indirect signals of displeasure if there is a problem with your performance. While Boss B will never make you uneasy, there is a lot of management by crisis.

For whom would you rather work?

The advantage of working for Boss A, of course, is you know where you stand. Moreover, you won't have to shoulder the workload of coworkers who aren't performing because Boss A will either turn them around or fire them. You can take pride in working on a team that produces and you may learn a lot about anticipating and heading off problems. You can be sure that any praise you receive has not been devalued through inflation.

Unfortunately, far too many new supervisors slip into Boss B mode. They equate being demanding with being cruel, unpleasant, or uncaring. They seek an arrangement with the employees in which neither side demands too much from the other. In their quest to be kind, they can create a highly demoralizing environment for those who are looking for challenging and meaningful work.

Strive for a blend, but if you have to pick, go with Boss A.

Michael Wade writes Execupundit.com, an eclectic combination of management advice, observations, and links. A partner with the Phoenix firm of Sanders Wade Rodarte Consulting Inc., he has advised private and public-sector organizations for more than 30 years.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On demand!

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided."

Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her - generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and drove away.
 Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."


  • Offer help to anyone who needs it

  • Thank others for helping you.

  • If you help someone. Someone will help you.
If everyone does just these, the whole world will live in happiness.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"He who has faith has all, and he who lacks it lacks all"
-Sri Ramakrishna

Touching life story.....

A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. 

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. 

Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book. 

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care things. 

When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those   words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL. 

"How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not 
packaged as we expected? "


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."
-Ronald. E. Osborn: Quotations on Risk

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."
-Stephen Covey


A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.

"Listen," said the CEO, "this is a very sensitive and important document here, and my secretary has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work?"

"Certainly," said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.

"Excellent, excellent!" said the CEO as his paper disappeared inside the machine. "I just need one copy."

Courtesy: www.afunnystuff.com

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

"Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."
-Barack Obama


e-mail one
Attention: Human Resources 

Joe Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found
hard at work in his cubicle. Joe works independently, without
wasting company time talking to colleagues. Joe never
thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always
finishes given assignments on time. Often Joe takes extended
measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping
coffee breaks. Joe is an individual who has absolutely no
vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Joe can be
classed as a high-calibre employee, the type which cannot be
dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Joe be
promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
executed as soon as possible.

Project Leader 

e-mail two
Attention: Human Resources 

Joe Smith was reading over my shoulder while I wrote the report sent to you earlier today. Kindly read only the odd numbered lines [1, 3, 5, etc.] for my true assessment of his ability. 

Project Leader

Courtesy: www.comedy-zone.net

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”
-Logan Pearsall Smith


(Audi Type B)

The company traces its origins back to 1909 and August Horch. The first Audi automobile, the Audi Type A 10/22 hp (16 kW) Sport-Phaeton, was produced in 1910 in Zwickau

In 1909, Horch was forced out of the company he had founded. He then started a new company in Zwickau and continued using the Horch brand. His former partners sued him for trademark infringement and the German Supreme Court (Reichsgericht in Berlin) finally determined that the Horch brand belonged to his former company.
August Horch was barred from using his own family name in his new car business, so he called a meeting with his best business friends, Paul and Franz Fikentscher from Zwickau. At the apartment of Franz Fikentscher they discussed how to come up with a new name for the company. During this meeting Franz's son was quietly studying Latin in a corner of the room. Several times he looked like he was on the verge of saying something but would just swallow his words and continue working, until he finally blurted out, "Father – audiatur et altera pars... wouldn't it be a good idea to call it Audi instead of horch?"Horch!" in German means "Hark!" or "hear", which is "Audi" in Latin. The idea was enthusiastically accepted by everyone attending the meeting. 
The first Audi car, the Type B, 10/28PS was delivered early in 1910.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On demand!

Pehchan Kaun......

Thought for Today

“When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.” 
-Maxim Gorky


The social problems arising out of this compulsive behavior are plenty. We mentioned health as a major consequence. Workaholics have a tendency to neglect their health. They delay seeking medical treatment for their sickness and prefer to spend their day working in office than recuperating at home. Sometimes, it may be delayed so much that the sickness becomes incurable. Common ailments are blood pressure and heart problems, caused mainly by the work pressure they put onto their shoulders.

Besides physical condition, the emotional aspects of a workaholic have to be considered. The moment he hits home, he would be too tired to give any attention to his family members and loved ones. He may be listening to his children, but his mind is somewhere else, probably thinking of the uncompleted assignments and projects. With little emotional bonding within the family unit, it is a matter of time that he splits ways and the spouse files for divorce.

There are telling signs of work addiction. Look around your office or place of work and if you spot someone with several of these symptoms, they are either already workaholics or have the potential to be:-

·         Works extraordinarily long hours.
·         Always in a hurry.
·         A perfectionist.
·         Does not like to delegate work.
·         Likes to stay in control.
·         Emails you in the middle of the night.
·         Wants everything done urgently and quickly.
·         Impatient and has a low tolerance for mistakes.
·         Always talking about work matters.
·         Does not socialize unless forced to.
·         Routine is home – office – home and nowhere else.
·         Possibly temperamental and hostile.
·         Takes little care of personal health and hygiene.
·         Goes to work when on medical leave.
·         Does not take vacation leave.

Within this broad generalization, there are also those who choose to overwork themselves. We shall deal first with the true blue workaholics.

True blue workaholics i.e., those who take their work seriously and cannot kick the habit of working. Such people have to progressively understand that work is never-ending. Rather than undertake the work alone, they should learn to delegate and farm out the work. Bosses often pile work on workaholics because they can produce results. A person has but two hands and there is a limit as to how much work he can handle. It is therefore useful to learn how to say “No” and to reject work. If attention is spread too thin among all the assignments, quality is adversely affected and it would not benefit the company. Devote more time to relationships. Be convinced that success in life is incomplete if it is only a success at work but a failure at home.

The second group of workers intentionally put themselves in that position of a workaholic for various reasons:-

1. The pretender

He works hard only when his bosses are looking. One Japanese bank manager we knew had this daily routine. He would leave his computer on, switch to a password-protected screensaver mode, and sneak out of the office at about 5pm. He had his dinner, shower, booze and returned to office at 8pm. He then worked till midnight and returned home after that. His boss would leave the office at about 11pm, and was always pleased to see this manager at his desk even at that late hour.

2. The opportunist

There is a rosy opportunity, a managerial position that is recently vacant and up for grabs. This person has been eyeing it for a long time and decides to become a work addict overnight to prove to the management that he has the cut for the job. He makes a lot of 'noise' while at work just so that people know that he is working hard.

3. The insecure

At the other end of the spectrum, instead of a possible promotion, this person senses a threat to his position. He may get fired because he handled something badly or there is a new employee who is better qualified. The feeling of insecurity motivates this person to work.

4. The procrastinator

He sits on files, drags his feet. Close to the deadline, he suddenly wakes up to the reality that his career is on the line if he does not complete the assignment. During this last stretch of the race, and so close to the deadline, he has no alternative but to work doubly hard.

5. The escapist

Family unhappiness causes him to stay out of the home. With nowhere else to go, he stays in office for as long as he can and dives into work to keep his mind away from his marital problems.

Curing the habit for these lots of people will depend on the reason for them wanting to work long hours. A good boss should encourage his employees to have a balanced life. The best way to do that is to be the exemplary figure. If bosses leave the office right after office hours, openly talk about their golf and other social hobbies, and party away on weekends, the workers are likely to follow suit.

what's your type?

Coutrtesy: fairy-tales-fables-business.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 7, 2010