It takes a lot of hard work for blooming flowers

Just awe stuck with the beauty of the flowers in their full bloom.

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It takes a lot of hard work to see the flowers bloom – sow the seeds, water the plants and take care of them and most important have patience after putting the hard work to see them bloom.

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Success in life is also similar to the blooming of flowers, you need to plant the seed of thoughts, do your hard work and have a lot of patience to enjoy the sweet success.

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At times the result might not be appealing, however these add to experiences to aid us in future.

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Also remember like the flower fades away and wither, success is also short lived and we should not get carried away by success. People forget your achievements very soon, set new targets and work towards them

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Have a wonderful day and hope you enjoyed the flost – floral post.

Does Life give a second chance?

 

We as humans do make mistakes, or take a bad decision and if I leave apart the intensity and rank them equally, do people stand a chance to bounce back or there are no second chances?

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May be there are occasions when you:

  • Mess up at a presentation.
  • Loose a deal
  • Break a heart
  • Are rude towards others
  • Cant take back your words

I am certain that if you recollect yourself and give your best you definitely stand a chance to get back on track. It is up to us whether we want to ponder and curse about the situation or rise up again and give our best to minimize the damage and break even. During such situation it is always important to have a good friend, relative or someone in your professional circle with whom you can always discuss and seek advice from be it a personal or a professional matter.

Although we must try not to mess with the first chance provided as you will not be fortunate every time and some misses are irrecoverable and it can only be minimized. So it is all about making the best after the worst has happened.

Just don’t loose hope, realise your fault and at times the guilt. Build your confidence to bounce back on life. Always stay positive and prove the world your worth. Don’t stop believing in yourself.

Love to hear from you all about your take on the subject.

 

 

 

 

Decision, Decision, how to make a precision!!!

So how do you decide whether it’s yes or no, right or wrong or good or bad?

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How the pilot decides whether it’s good to land or hover.

Coming from a software background I would share that in IT paradigm we have a GO/NO Go decision. This means whether we plan to go live or not with a product release. So how does one conclude with the decision?

In software product releases we take the help of some stats, pass rate of tests help to decide on the stability and there are certain must have features governed beforehand which must be working ( MoSCoW model is used here which means Must have, should have and would have).

Then on top of it there is always a presence of experience and the GUT feeling of the managers the stakeholders and the client when they sit and decide whether it’s good to go live or call off the release.

It relates to our own personal self also, when we need to take decisions we have our own stats and supporting facts and figures. These help us to decide and draw a fine line between good and bad and whether we go for it or not and narrow our circle of doubts. There is always the gut feeling which one gains using his experience, this is called wisdom and it can never be taught or coached, one has to earn it.

Let me confess this is easier said than done and even the most experience tumbles at time in choosing and deciding, follow and listen to your inner self and moral values too, it will help too.

A few lines before I wrap it up:

When I start my journey to success, I find several roads leading to thee,

Then I land on a crossing, with confusion breeding on me.

Wise men advise, thou take this way or this one, but let me tell you my son,

Take a route and stick to it, thou shall find your destination.

This is my take on How are you more likely to make an important decision, let me know yours.

When the going gets tough

It was Friday, a weekend, I had a many commitments on hand to accomplish.

In no means I wanted to have a bad day ( because of Friday and a weekend) however because the fixtures of the day meant a lot to I and I had worked day and night for this day.

I left for office and the car stereo played Another Brick On the Wall – an amazing Pink Floyd number which I love for their guitar work.

I had an hour to go for the meeting, it takes me approx 15 min to reach work, so an hour’s time was well enough to go ahead and plan my day.

The conference was well ahead the start of the business and people around the globe were to dial in, it was organized by me and the who’s who from my client was involved. It was considered rude if I was unable to make up for the call.

We can only plan, but we cannot plan unplanned activities, at times plan B doesn’t work at all.

As I steered I ended up in a log jam and a traffic mess, and the clock started to tick like a time bomb.

This song turned out to be an omen for me, I won’t play it again.

I had 45 minutes in hand, and things seemed worse, there was indeed a lot of speculation in my mind, do I leave my car and in the mess, do I call or send a cancellation?

I waited in the log jam, took a deep breath and decided lets steer, if I clear the 600m in next 30 mins then still I will be able to make it.

I finally made it to office and started to line up the meeting, to my surprise an email popped up with one of the board of directors saying to reschedule it, and I was like Argghh….

I was not rushing hitherto to get it postponed, however I thought I could drive it and change directions.

I called him up to explain that I had managed to get the time of many on board and it would again take another decade to line up all of them, he agreed with me and we had the call as scheduled and all went well.

Why am I sharing this bit with you, I wanted to make you realize that the movie is not yet over, give it your best and stay positive in adverse situations, this will lead you out as a winner.

Don’t start blaming and creating myth, this song is cursed for me, this road is bad luck avoid it, won’t wear this shirt again.

We can always plan for events, create a plan B however not for unplanned events, unplanned events are surprises thrown our way, it is us by our experience and ability to manage unplanned activities are at test.

When in deep shit, don’t get bothered, remember this is the worse and now it is going to be better forget everything and take a deep breath and take some time to think, recollect your facts and previous experience, there are no thumb rules in life.

So at the end of the day all’s well that ends well and always believe in the saying:

When the going gets tough the tough get going.

I believe you had a lovely weekend, make it your best.

To end despite all odds I believed in myself and all was right in the world.

Resolutions: Make it or Break It

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It is the time of the year again when we are about to close and reconcile all that occurred in this year. So it’s again time for a fresh beginning, a time to make new friends, dreams and resolutions.

I would like to focus on resolutions and goal. People might be on a different note when taking the start of the New Year as an ignition point of achieving new heights, chasing dreams, becoming best, take resolutions and might argue that the whole year is the opportunity to do so. Why wait for the year-end to start something new. Folks, do you agree with their logic, I do. No time is good or bad enough to make a new start.

Indeed as I was about to write this post, I read an article by Sarah H which is in contrast to what I am about to write. It talks about to follow your calling and to believe “I want you all to realize every day is a new day and every minute is a new minute.”

So why am I or many others up to the spree that we make New Year resolutions and goals, has it become a doctrine over the years which we follow driven by the sub conscious mind. Personally, I am of the opinion that we should use this opportunity to make realistic changes we want to achieve, driven in a proper way and time boxed. This implies we can use this opportunity to carve initiatives, milestone and plan our road ahead with a road map and importantly attach a time line to it.

To emphasize just follow these basics when laying the foundation stones of resolutions or goals for the coming year:

  1. Rational: Think properly before you arrive at your goal and whether it is balanced and achievable goal.
  2. Benefits: What benefits do you drive by this goal or resolution?
  3. Announce: Announce to your family, friends and close group about your goal.
  4. Time boxing: Create well thought, achievable timelines and smaller benchmarks in your goal so that you can track your progress.
  5. Follow: Create a rule or strong vibe to follow the goal and treat the plan as your bible.
  6. Never Say Die: Have a never say die attitude as hiccups occur only during the first few days, once you overcome the tide there will be smooth sailing all through. Keep the Faith intact. Remember there are dark shadows on Earth but its light are stronger in contrast.
  7. Journal: Create a journal for your next year, I do have one. Digital, Printed or whatsoever it be, mark all your important dates and events in advance on the journal and keep posting on it on a daily basis. This journal is a quick reference and reflection of your life. Keep it in a place where you can view it frequently and have a dip check. The idea is to have a quick reference without spending a lot of time on creating and posting to the journal or planner.

Looking forward to hear from everyone, your views; what else you believe can be added to the list and share your experiences around this.

We are on the last day of the year as I write this post; I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who made me smile, taught me, and supported me and to everyone who is part of the blogging world. Thanks for reading and appreciating the posts, following my blog and for the critical suggestions provided. Enjoy your year ahead and may God fulfill all your wishes.

Wish you all a blasting 2015 …..

No Time to Waste…

Life is too short to keep cribbing over small things, be content with what you have and enjoy it to the fullest.

People who always crib about what they don’t have, about their job, about office, about the neighbour, of not being given opportunity should refocus on their attitude towards life.

Life is too short either keep on cribbing and cursing your life or stand up, create the opportunities, chase your goals and be what you want to be. We all are blessed with 24 hours and God has given us enormous gifts, these gifts lie within us, it is time we realize that we are always in a much better position than millions, stay positive and explore our best potentials which are hidden within us. Imagine its like you receive a gift and you don’t use it – Gifts are not meant to be kept wrapped, so unlock your wrapper and explore the gifts within – your power of creativity, wisdom, leading, presentation, drawing, singing, cooking, whatever you are best at and win the world.

Stay surrounded with positive people and good friends. Once I was having a chat with the Vice President of an MNC who had a quick rise to success. He narrated since he started his career and climbed every step of the corporate ladder he had many hands(mentors or coaches) which he could hold to climb up. It was for him to decide which hand he needs to hold to get to the next level, He was fortunate enough to hold the faithful hands and climb the ladder efficiently. We can rectify our destiny by our choices and unleash a world of opportunities by taking the correct decision. This is only possible when you are content and having a peace of mind which in turn enables to do the next level of proper planning and execution.

So lets stop cribbing and remember:

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

Happy posting month #NaBloPoMo

Impediments: Do they really exist or merely created|Raising the Red Flag

People are trained time and again to inform or mitigate risk in the team by raising the red flag.

“To raise a red flag it means that something potential is blocking which needs immediate attention”. In Agile world it is termed as an IMPEDIMENT.So team members raise a red flag when they are stuck and cannot proceed, this may be due to some internal or external dependencies.

When presenting topics in a seminar the organizers have special dedicated persons who peep in when the last few minutes are left to make the speaker aware that they need to wind up quickly to allow the next person otherwise he may eat up his slot. Some even use a small alarm bell.The point of concern is while we have observed, heard, demonstrated and made people aware of this philosophy; I still find two most important point people forget while administering this:

1-People tend to defeat the very purpose

Why the flag needs to be raised, although they raise the flag but still the aim is defeated for which it was raised. Let me dig more into this as to why this happens.

Imagine the scenario of the seminar mentioned above, the person just waves a flag and leaves without having confirmed that the speaker has had an eye contact with him. This was not the aim after all…The aim is to make him close the event on time, and if he did not notice he will continue as it happens on most seminars when in the last minutes Q & A sessions are in full bloom. So the very purpose of showing the flag was defeated.

Although raising the flag promptly is a proven practice, more important is to ensure whether the flag has been noticed.

We often hear, I have emailed to the database DBA that the database is down so I took up another task. The server was not connecting; I have emailed it to the IT guys since morning and also raised a ticket for this.

And the most wonderful among these were I saw a person put up a red flag on his seat.

People are aware of the fact that the task they were having was of high priority and his manager has made some commitments based on it, they feel they are doing justice as they have some impediments or blockers which is beyond their scope to resolve. So by shooting an email their job is done.

A person with a higher sense of responsibility and ownership will be chasing this down with the external party involved in the transaction and then conclude on it. He might call up the person and request him to look over to the email or note he has left for him. So there is just a change in the way you think and work.

The reason I am highlighting this is because the person on whom the dependency is on, might be having other high priority activities, and your email does not bother him for the day. He might have a look in it after 2 days. So once you chase it up it just gets fast, albeit taking the proper channels and having the correct communication.

2-Have you tried other alternatives:

This is another subtle point but ignored most of the time, before going further and raising an impediment have we explored what all options are available.

There are other alternatives by which I can complete this, raising the red flag should not be taken as a handy tool to pass the buck to other person.We should look for all possible ways to resolve the challenge which in our way to proceed.

So to sum it up we always have different option in our hand; It is for us to decide how to get to the problem solving approach rather than just raising the red flag.

An approach to resolving an impediment :

The person does not explore all possible ways he can resolve the impediment.
The person does not explore all possible ways he can resolve the impediment.

A smarter way to work before terming an issue as an impediment:

Being Proactive,"Smarter Approach"
The person explores all possible ways he could think to resolve the issue before raising an impediment.

 

No Gains Without Pains….

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” These lines are from Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

However I firmly believe in doers and not on people who are waiting for luck or destiny to strike the chord to make the day.

If hard work is the key to success most people would prefer the lock. Pick the key now and prove yourself with short term goals to achieve it.

There are no shortcuts in life or shortcut to success, Success or gain in life is always backed with a strong sense of commitment and hurdles which one crosses to accomplish every milestone in life.

The Taj Mahal, Agra. India
The Taj Mahal, Agra. India

It took 12 years to complete the The Taj Mahal with a strong work force of twenty thousand workers.

Burj Khalifa Dubai the tallest standing structure took 6 years to complete.

The Eiffel Tower took 2 years to complete.

Rome was not built in a day, all great work takes time and patience to complete and accomplish, and it is only dedication, patience and perseverance that leads us to achieve our ultimate goal. There are no gains in life without a pain and patience and the ability to stick on to it.

Thus start every day with the following thoughts:

  • Push your limits, Take a stand and Leave your mark.
  • Chase your dreams, conquer your fears.
  • Take a risk, push your boundaries.
  • Trust your instincts, Never give up.
  • Prove your words, Right a wrong.
  • Challenge yourself; Raise the bars Dream of a new high

It’s your life, it’s your attitude towards it, just beat all odds.

At last I would like to quote Swami Vivekananda:

See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest.

Learning from the Kids: Keep the faith

The thoughts I wish to share today starts with an experience I had with my child who inspired me to think about the way we handle everyday relations both at home and at work.

I had just reached home exhausted as usual and was greeted by my 5 year old which works wonders to ease the fatigue of my mind and body. She took me through the events of her life through the day and narrated each incident.

As the night drew it’s dark curtains we sat together for supper and we asked her to go to bed after she had finished as it was getting late and she had to get up early for her school.

Restless and hyper as she is, she got up from bed to get herself some water. She was back with a glass of water at the wink of an eye and dropped it on my leg during the ordeal. Though I got a bit irritated, owing to my mental tiredness, I kept my cool and softly responded that she needs to be careful.

Planting a kiss on her forehead I left the room, pulling the blanket on her. I was leaving for the living room when I was surprised to see her behind me. She grabbed my hand and asked me to follow her which I did still wondering what she might be up to.

She took me to the living room, got her towel and made me sit and began wiping the water from my leg with it. I was touched by her gesture and feelings and kissed and thanked her.

I put her back to bed and told her not to touch anyone’s leg to which she proudly responded “I can do it for Mom and Dad”.

This little incident taught me that with a little bit of patience and composure I could discoverer the love and passion for fixing things up. You just had to close your eyes and believe in the goodness and positiveness of the person you are dealing with.

Do we experience similar situations while at work… Yes we do.

When something goes off-track in the team or when we are involved with a person in reference to a situation who has not been behaving or performing in the desired manner. We often tend to make things worse by making him feel responsible for it.

Quickly managers look upon him as a culprit and dominate over his thoughts and subsequent steps, even if he tries to explain at times people tend to become deaf and guide him to the next steps.

A Leader handles this situation by leading and mentoring the team and keeping faith in place for his team he trusts his expertise. He tries to understand what led to this situation and give space to the person to come up with a solution and then assist him further on it.

Whilst taking this approach we nurture the following:

  • Imbibe confidence in the team member.
  • Earn his trust.
  • Enable thought process for the person; this in turn makes him more independent.
  • And Overall an elated feeling from the team or person and in yourself.
  •  In turn all these leads to happier workplaces.

So while people read and have so many traits regarding leadership and management however when the tide comes people tend to turn a blind eye and become reactive.

Hence, to conclude “Life is full of lessons, even in miniscule activities, we just need to open our eyes and ear and an open mind to grab it.”