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Managing Our Aggression

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Aggression is good and we all must have, it’s an important attribute to reach your goals . What really happens when this aggression is misunderstood and used in appropriate manner, its catastrophic, derails everything and it creates an environment of mistrust.  Basis my experience while working with different set of people, I have observed, our aggression is more focused on dominating others, having superiority complex or zeal to surpass everything to achieve goals.  People may derive instant gratification but you can’t sustain, someone  more aggressive will overpower you, beware of this situation.

What really is aggression ? Aggression is all about cultivating a fire in you to give the best, best that no else can question and is compelled to applaud your efforts. Your aggression should channelized in a manner to address critical business issues, increasing client satisfaction. Show your aggression while working with people, show  them you are responsible for their career and you both jointly own it. Show your aggression while dealing with business critical issues, handling personal issues, you just to be meticulous in your approach.

I consider myself aggressive but you will never see it in my words, I have practised to control it and channelize it where it matters the most, to our people , to our clients. Never ever fall in the trap of verbal or email aggression, it’s called instant gratification with adverse impact.

Have you ever seen aggressive Harbhajan Singh, when he is aggressive, you can see in on his face, it’s expressed instantly and it goes for a toss. Whenever he has tried to be aggressive, ball always meets boundary. Contrast this with Anil Kumble, you will never see aggression on his face, he channelizes his energies and delivers the best.  If you want to be  successful at work, never focus on instant gratification,  focus on long term goal. Focus on 10/10, don’t settle with 5/10.

Hold on to your aggression for instant gratification, you will see the difference.

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Dear FoodPanda, its early days and you can change

Its getting crazier with every day in mobile app world, you have app for everything and I am simply loving it, what I don’t love is perennial problem with services from these app.  This column is focused on food ordering app FoodPanda and lack of service delivery.

Started using it from last few weekends, off course I only use it on weekend and don’t fancy on weekdays. Used it thrice and with every interaction, the situation got worse.  These app work perfectly fine, with so much exciting features, I think they have cracked the technology but never been able to work through the services.

My last order with foodpanda was horrible and this my third, so practically 33% defect rate.  Everything went fine until I placed the order, the fancy app shows status of my order every single minute and I continued to be impressed till it clocked 60 min. The moment you cross 60 min, it will ask if your order has been delivered and if you say ‘no’, it will request to wait for a call back or confirmation in next 30 min or so.

I just kept waiting for a callback on my order and as expected no follow-up, then I started chasing FoodPanda, helpline was always busy and I tried at least 5-6 times in next 30 min.  Having seen disappointed with call center, I started calling the restaurant and to my surprise none of the phone number mentioned in SMS from Foodpanda was working. Finally the order arrived after a delay of 1 hr and that too in stale condition.

Foodpanda has been extensively marketing and giving lots of discounts to capture customer base as early player but guess what, they have forgotten, customer would request for prompt service as well and they are unable to deal with it.  Definitely not planning to order again, my local restaurant delivery guys turns out be more effective in service delivery.

Meet Amrit, The Cyclist, Runner, Cartoonist, Traveller and Finally at ShaadiGraPher

I know Amrit from last few years through a common friend, loved his talent and thoroughly impressed with his creativity.  Requested Amrit to share few thoughts, his creativity must reach the larger world.

Excerpts from our email interaction.

It was the October of 2009. I used to work in Bhubaneswar. After a little over one year at job, I had managed to pull off 14 days of continuous vacation. Most of it was devoted to doing a solo bicycle trip from Manali to Leh. I had started practicing cycling only a month before that. It was one of the most amazing things I have done till date. The trip was about liberation. About giving up after hours of riding the uphill. And then trying again. Because stopping mid-way was not an option. Of the joy of going downhill for kilometers with zero effort. About falling down in darkness and spending the whole night on the road. About breath loss at high altitude and yet the happiness of being there, on my own, just on my cycle. About feeling close to the world that surrounds us. And to myself.

AmritI knew for sure that this is the kind of life I wanted to live. Where had as much time for myself as I wanted. 14 days in a year was simply not enough. But then, I went back to work and kept working and working. The next biggest stretch that I pulled off, while still at work, was one month. That’s when I went to learn mountaineering with my girl-friend. And once that was over, I knew I needed few such month every year. And it was simply not possible if I kept working the regular 5 days a week job. Even if they kept promoting me or increasing my salary. Because I was not made to buy flats and cars and pay their EMIs. I was made to feel closer to the real world. Feel close to myself. But I still needed money. That was the problem. That was the reason I could not leave my job. My dad was not Mukesh Ambani after all.

But from then on, I was always looking at ways to make a life like that possible. A routine less life. Where I could choose how much time I could give to myself. And my loved ones. And in that quest, wedding photography came up as a suggestion by my school best friend Neelabh. We both were decent photographers and turning a hobby we were good at, to something which could generate money seemed like an ideal solution. And guess what? It actually worked. We opened up this website called ShaadiGraPher.com overnight, started offering candid photography and slowly kept getting more and more job. After about 4 moths, I quit my job (sabbatical to be correct) and took this up as my only source of living. And it has been an incredible life since then!

His work from a marriage event

Image: http://shaadigrapher.com/

 

The ShaadGrapher team contacted through http://shaadigrapher.com/ or the contact details listed below.  You can take a look at ShaadGrapher previous work here .

Shaadigrapher

 

 

Chai Time! The experiments with Tea so far

Chai Time and it has got nothing to with NaMo’s Chai Pe Charcha :-). I simply love beverages and the experiments are simply to spice them up.  Without any doubt,  the typical India tea with milk is all time favorite, with ginger in winter and without ginger in summer. Proudly, I can savor the taste throughout the date, not stereotyped with Tean Time concept.

Las few weeks, I have engaged into tasting different flavors and variety, it all started with Earl Grey Tea from Darjeeling.

Earl Grey tea is a tea blend with a distinctive smoky flavour and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit

Lately, I have been grooving on this Cardmon Tea from Ceylon, I am completely impressed with flavour.

Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon), and accounts for 2% of GDP, generating roughly $700 million annually to the economy of Sri Lanka.

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Other flavours I am trying are primarily the regular ones available everywhere now and clearly not in a position to review these products.

  • Lemon & Honey Flavoured
  • Orignal Tulsi
  • Tulsi Jasmine

The process of these experiments makes me a learned person and I enjoy this part of it.

  1.  Do not pour tea bag in hot water, you must put the tea bag first in cup and then pour hot water
  2.  Water should be kept 85 deg, I am too sure how will I measure it…but this is what its!
  3.  For tea with milk in winter, always crush ginger to hell 🙂 ..the typical way your nukkad kaa chai wala does!

Finally, this has also resulted the ultimate desire of visiting tea gardens of Darjeeling, I hope it happens soon.

 

Tea pluckings being done by women tea laborers at a Darjeeling Tea estate - Puttabong Tea Estate ? Image by Benoy

Tea pluckings being done by women tea laborers at a Darjeeling Tea estate – Puttabong Tea Estate ? Image by Benoy

 

The future of Silicon Valley may lie in the mountains of Afghanistan

The benefits of using one single application for human capital management

Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

intern As HR technology improves in the 21st century and numerous software solutions and web apps become available, companies often become reliant upon numerous portals for handling the disparate aspects of human capital management . They use one solution for payroll, one for benefits, another for managing corporate health and wellness, and so on and so forth. The web of applications can become complicated and oftentimes, difficult to manage.

There are many positives of switching to a single solution for managing HR. The technology is more refined, it’s more centralized and it’s easier to use. This is something I discussed recently, in a Ceridian webinar entitled “HR Technology Integration: Less Is More.” To wrap up, let’s explore the topics discussed in Thursday’s talk and go over how they might relate to your business’ operations.

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Our New Startup!

Our new startup (http://whiskeyloversofindia.wordpress.com/) has picked up speed, almost 2000 on FB and 400 on Twitter, 6000 hits on blog so far. Care to join ? as a principle, we no longer send the link to like or flurry of emails in your inbox, if you are really interested…you will come over  Whiskey Lovers Of India @WhiskeyLOI |

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Amrut Malt has identified us as a group capturing whisky movements in Indian Subcontinent, its a very small effort..long way to go! . We are the first of its kind in India, if I am correct.

The Story of Aaloo in Gurgaon

Not much to do today, decided to something interesting…yes ended up doing a market study on aaloo (potato). In Spencers, a kg of aaloo will cost you 14.90/- per kg, they are calling it premium. The other two varieties, regular comes at 11.90/-per kg and the pahadee aaloo will cost you 16/- per kg. Next destination, DLF Phase 1, expected to be a rich area, the local thela wala have escalated the price, the 14.90/- per kg aaloo is being sold at Rs 20 & 16/- per kg but safal from Mother Dairy is saviour in same locality, they are selling at 13/- per kg. Sec 56 HUDA market had the costliest aaloo, Rs 13.90 /per kg sold in Spencers is being sold at Rs 20/- per kg.

Then eventually I moved to local mandi in Wazirbad village, not much difference in cost as normally believed, aaloo being sold Rs 16/ per kg. Online groceries store are selling the same variety at Rs 19.50/ per kg but save time & fuel but it needs some X minimum order. The wholesale rate in GGN is Rs 3./-kg.

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Conclusion: Not that you dont know, purchase aaloo from Supermart or safal, best deal. Supermart only if you have a long list of items, that ways you will adjust parking & fuel cost. Lucky if you have a mart in walking distance, do some maths you might have more saving if purchase from local thela waala bhaiya, save time & fuel, provided you have small list.

Did you know ? There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

English: Map of potato production (average percentage of land used for its production times average yield in each grid cell) across the world compiled by the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment with data from: Monfreda, C., N. Ramankutty, and J.A. Foley. 2008. Farming the planet: 2. Geographic distribution of crop areas, yields, physiological types, and net primary production in the year 2000. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 22: GB1022 / Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/

English: Map of potato production (average percentage of land used for its production times average yield in each grid cell) across the world compiled by the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment with data from: Monfreda, C., N. Ramankutty, and J.A. Foley. 2008. Farming the planet: 2. Geographic distribution of crop areas, yields, physiological types, and net primary production in the year 2000. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 22: GB1022 / Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/

The Symbolism of AAP – eRickshaw Ride

Devil lies in the details and I would have expected the messiahs of the political change in India to behave accordingly or stop preaching at all. This one news is in very bad taste, AAP legislator travels to Assembly on e-rickshaw (gets special permission for entry), personally I have see the havoc it creates on Delhi roads and this act is simply promoting the culture.

The fact “The e-rickshaws are run by private operators in the city with no records available with the Government. According to Traffic Police, e-rickshaws pose a major safety hazard to other commuters due to lack of enforcement since they do not come under the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act.”

At times these e-rickshaw drivers have also been stealing power from street lights.

What are we promoting here ?

Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Rohini Rajesh Garg arrives in his battery-operated rickshaw to take oath in Delhi Assembly on Wednesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

See You Tomorrow- 2014!

SEE YOU TOMORROW- 2014!

via See You Tomorrow- 2014!.

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