1. TICK TOCK GOES THE CLOCK


    by DR. MONICA KHANNA

    Time is undoubtedly the most precious and valuable resource we possess – and yet it is the most misused and grossly managed aspect of most of our lives. When I ask a class of management students whether they read the newspaper daily, their standard reply is, “We don’t find the time.” When I ask them if they manage to work out in order to keep fit, I am once again bombarded with the same answer – “There’s no time for any physical activity.”

    Then I ask them how much time they spend on social media. “A couple of hours every day,” is the prompt response. So, despite our busy schedules, we manage to squeeze some time to chat with our friends on Whatsapp, log in to our Facebook account to ‘like’ the posts of our friends, post pictures on Instragram, tweet a little tweet, and browse the internet, moving aimlessly from one site to another. Ironic, is it not, that we have no time to nourish our minds and bodies, but we do have time for social pleasantries!
    “Time flies!” we exclaim unanimously at the end of the year, lamenting the fact that it had just about begun. “The bad news is time flies,” said Michael Altshuler. “The good news is you’re the pilot.”  When you’re the pilot, time is under your control, and you have to manage it effectively – just like you manage your money. Each penny counts, and so does each moment. One wrong move, and it’s gone – never to come back again!

    Getting distracted is the worst mistake we allow ourselves to make – and with technology at our finger tips and television in our rooms, it doesn’t take much effort to lose track of our priorities. We find ourselves entangled in a web of our own creation. We struggle to crawl out, but we get sucked inwards instead. When we do emerge eventually, it is with a sense of guilt at the time we have lost, and stress about the impending deadline dangling right over our heads like a sharp sword.
    Procrastination is yet another disastrous killer. We dilly dally with the task assigned to us (especially if it is something we dislike), we wait for the opportune ‘Eureka’ moment to begin, we wait to get into the right frame of mind, we wait until we can wait no more... The consequences of procrastination are shabby and often incomplete work, inevitable stress, and a poor professional image.
    Often, we are destroyed by the goodness of our nature – our inability to say ‘no’, whether at the personal or professional level. We take up more responsibility than we can handle, assuming that we will be able to multitask and complete all our work within the stipulated period of time. We do not calculate the amount of time, effort and energy required to do a specific task, only to regret our over-commitment later.

    However, managing time is integral to enhancing productivity and achieving our goals. Unless we prioritize what is essential to our health, personal and professional growth; unless we learn to reduce our distractions; unless we work systematically and meticulously towards meeting our deadlines instead of waiting for the last minute; unless we learn to take up only as much work as we can handle and say ‘no’ assertively yet politely, we will not be able steer our aircraft in the right direction.
    Time is a depleting and scarce resource – you never know how much you have left. It is absolutely imperative to use it wisely and cautiously, like a limited budget in which you need to make ends meet. Mastering the art of time management is indeed a true masters degree in itself!

     
    About the Author:
    Dr. Monica Khanna completed her high school from International School Bangkok. After moving to India, she completed her B.A, M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D. in English Literature.
    She is currently working as Visiting Faculty in several management and engineering colleges in Navi Mumbai. She has work experience of around twenty years in the field of academics as well as in journalism and business.  She is a panel member and resource person for Indiannica Learning (formerly Encyclopedia Britannica) for conducting workshops for school teachers across India.
    She has conducted Faculty Development Programmes, and has also been invited by several institutes to conduct sessions for their students on a variety of topics. She has presented and published research papers at the national and international level for various journals, conferences and seminars.
    Her passion for books, love for kids, and the desire to revive and rekindle an interest in the dying art of reading amongst children have been instrumental in her decision to take up writing fiction. She has published seven books. Her first book entitled ‘Deconstructing Motherhood’ (2010) deals with the ideology of motherhood in Indian culture. Her second book, ‘Peek a Boo Manya’ (2016) is a collection of short stories for children which revolves around the sweet and sour life of an eight-year-old girl Manya. It attempts to create a familiar world that Indian children can identify with and relate to. Her third book ‘Wickety Whack’ (2017) is full of whacky humour, mischief, fun and learning in the classroom. Her book ‘Re-Visioning Mythology in Indian Literature’ (2017) deals with the reinterpretation and subversion of Hindu myths in contemporary Indian literature. She has recently authored three books on grammar and composition for grades 6-8 for Eupheus Learning, the India branch for World Books, USA.

  2. Why Success is not equal to Happiness?


     By Sujit Hemadri 

    We Human Beings are more often confused. Confused as to what we need, what we want and what we have. The fact that we are a living being with a superior intellect, sets everyone of us to succeed in life. Mind the word “SUCCESS” here. It means and holds different meaning to each one of us.
     
    We see so many people today who are highly “SUCCESSFUL” in one area of life tend to be “UNHAPPY” in other important areas of life? Mental Stress & Illness has taken over physical illness as a major health concern across the World!

     

    The above statistics is from the US on Stress. Courtesy statisticbrain.com

     
    So, what is it that piece of the puzzle we are missing? Answer is, we relate Happiness to Success. We tend to get influenced by the Society and People that only 'Success' many a times monetary, leads to Happiness. But the fact is, we get Happy with small acts of joy, help and belonging. We are Social Beings. Helping others and seeing them Happy makes us Happy. Loving our Family makes us Happy. There are many more factors which makes us Happy.
     
    But, we need a proper mixture of both. We are built to Succeed and be Happy. How do we do that? “PRIORITIZATION”, yes that’s the Word my dear friends. Identifying what most we value in life and giving only that much importance to those activities.
     
    By PRIORITIZING your value system, you will clearly understand and give measured amount of time to those activities. Many people start their day by thanking everyone in the Family and being grateful to them. So, it is again a subjective term. Depends on what value system you follow. Again, measurement is important and a difficult
     
    The SXA test measures, analyses and diagnoses you on 34 attributes across 5 dimensions which are important for being Successful at the same time Happy. One of it is Prioritization, which measures our PRIORITIZATION skills and places us on a functionality map. The training sessions post test will help us make functional our dysfunctional attributes. To co-relate to factual data, giving below the SXA chart. The revelation of hundreds of people who have taken the SXA test. The chart reveals what attributes contribute towards SUCCESS for people.


     
    This is very important people! In today’s age of extreme mental Stress it is very important to align your goals and values for Success and Happiness. Take the SXA test today to measure your PRIORITIZATION skills.
  3. Scheduling as a priority tool for Entrepreneurs


                                                                                                                                      
    By Sujit Hemadri
     
    Of course Time is the most important resource we all have. Because we all have limited time in one life. To be of help to others and use our skills.
     
    But our mind tends to run a million things inside which gets us disturbed and lost. And with a mobile in hand you never know when you just click a link and lose couple of hours easily.
     
    Solution? Scheduling each hour of your day into productive and goal based activities. Use the calendar on your phone to schedule these activities. You can schedule each and every important task/activity right from family chores to attending various departments at the company, some alone peaceful time to reflect the day and family time.
     
    What this does is it gives a sense of direction, focus and the feel good factor of achieving those tasks hourly. The World’s top leaders and Billionaires religiously follow this simple productivity tool.
     
    The SXA test measures you on your planning skills and help you know how good you are at planning and scheduling. The SXA test for Entrepreneurs measures one against well researched and tested entrepreneurial success attributes. Checkout the test page www.sxattp.com/entrepreneurs




  4. "THIS TOO SHALL PASS"

    27 Life Tips to LIVE FULLY

    Every crisis makes us stronger, my mentor & teacher Shri Rajagopalan Sir taught me when i was in first MBA (1991). Whenever you are high or low, remember to tell yourself that this too will pass. When crisis comes we get the strength to deal with it but when the crisis leaves, the strength remains. Every crisis makes us stronger.

    Below Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain b Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio is a list we should all read once a week.To celebrate growing older, I once wrote few lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

    1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
    2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
    3. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
    4. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
    5. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
    6. Make peace with your past so it won't mess up the present.
    7. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
    8. Take a deep breath every now and then. It calms the mind.
    9. 'Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
    10. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
    11. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
    12. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
    13. Forgive others and yourself.
    14. What other people think of you is none of your business.
    15. Time heals almost everything. Give time a little time.
    16. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
    17. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
    18. Believe in miracles.
    19. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
    20. Growing old Beats the alternative of dying young.
    21. Your children get only one childhood.
    22. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
    23. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
    24. Envy is waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.
    25. The best is yet to come...
    26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
    27. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

  5. Adding more bricks to the Wall?

    By Sujit Hemadri

     “Hey, Teachers, leave us kids alone!”. I hope many of us know this line. This line created many headlines once. From the popular song “Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd. The UK Government had to ban the song ultimately. The Wall refers to the wall being built by the formal education in the UK at that time. Here’s the link to the famous song and video.



    If you carefully look, every rock band tends to be rebellious in nature. Rebellious against some set systems in this World. Rebellious because the systems which rule us, snatch freedom from us and put us in a set line of rules to adhere to.

    Somewhere, this wall is being built around students throughout the World. Students go through the same education cycle right from their birth. They get influenced by the society around them, which tend to influence reality as they see it.

    In effect, it somehow blurs the true potential of young brains which are capable naturally to be able to learn, create and improvise! But, we need some form of rules to prevent them from going in multiple directions, you may say! To that my dear friends, the answer is mentoring. Mentoring and Restriction are way different. Mentoring carefully guides one to build on there strengths while trying to improvise on other aspects.

    So, how should be begin such a practice right at the start of education for kids. Simple, allow kids to be free. Give them a whole list of activities which will engage them on physical, mental and social aspects. Their true talent starts emerging. Start building these kids with their true talent in the centre. Doesn’t it sound exciting to you? We know many people are trying to tweak how education is being imparted around the World. The only WALL standing is the WALL built by society and the rigid system. If only more people, parents, teachers and communities see the true value in such a practice, we will be really helping kids to be UNIQUE STARS.

    To help the whole community, starting with students, teachers, corporate houses and Governments, we at SXA team, have developed a World Class method to measure the True Human Being inside. Not only measure, we help to diagnose and train people to leverage their strengths while simultaneously improvising on other fundamental traits of success. The test has been taken by people across 20 countries across age groups and sectors. Everyone of them were startled when they got to know in depth the TRUTH about themselves. We see it as helping the HUMAN COMNUNITY EVOLVE without categorising anyone. Because everyone of us is built to succeed! And it is by bringing our true selves to help each other that we truly shape a better World!

    God Bless and Success be with you!
     
  6. What’s Right in our Education System?

    By Sujit Hemadri                                                                           S4S : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Click)

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    People active on the relevant trends in the Education System, know how changes are trying to happen in the Education System. People who have gone through the experience of the Education cycle are trying to change how education should be spread. They are inventing new ways to educate a lot of people. Most of them being digital. Some of them are doing well for sure, and we should be thankful to them for trying to improvise the existing systems.

    But, they are improvising on the existing education base. What if the fundamental base of the system is not designed properly? It such happens that, there will be marginal improvements of a fundamentally ill designed system. I am not narrating a theory here, there will be a lot of examples and facts as we move on this article.
    So, why are we saying the Education System fundamentals is flawed? Because, it is basically designed for a pre-motivated sets of jobs in the Market. Today’s Education System produces Engineers, MBA’s, CA’s and the likes who are suited for a ready to move in job. Of course, they have to have skills to carry out the job properly, otherwise the whole education years will go waste. Because, they are only taught how to manage the job. There are multiple factors involved, one important of which is the growth in population. There are 2–3 broad effects which can be seen.

    The whole system is struggling to match quality with quantity. Look at the number of Engineers that a Country like India produces. Humongous. So, the quality of the candidates graduating drops. You would have obviously heard the Industry Voices. They say about 70% of the Engineers PRODUCED in India are unemployable.
    This also creates a huge risk to the whole system, which is changing everyday. Digital and Automation technologies are shaping every Sector in new and unprecedented ways.
    I would like to talk about capabilities of Human Beings now. We all have fantastic Intellectual ability which helps us learn ANYTHING. We have the natural ability to grasp, understand and excel at skills. The system is also seeing a lot of Skills Based education which is directionally right.
    The problem with the system is the economic motive behind it. It’s not only with the Education System, but everything. Some very important aspects like Healthcare, have gone hazy in value delivery. Coming back to Education, the economic motive neglects the tremendous potential a Human Being carries. He has all the ability to create wonderful paradigms of value. Acquiring skills is a just a very small representation of the potential of a Human Being. Reshaping the World for better Human Value, I think, should be from where Education should start.
     
    RE-SHAPING for better requires all of us to understand ourselves first. This beautiful creation called Human Being. And mind it, we are all unique and wonderful in our own ways! Otherwise, we would not have a Steve Jobs, an Elon Musk, a Richard Branson or a Eleanor Roosevelt.
     
    So, how well do we understand ourselves from inside before we go and excel in the World. Guesstimate? Yes, we tend to guess. There’s no number to it.
     
    We, at SXA team, have built a comprehensive & complete test which will measure objectively the amazing machine called Human Being. The test is built to measure and diagnose oneself against deeply researched aspects to success. So, the test aims to help you use your strengths to best use while also optimising weaknesses. Go on and find who you are — take the test --www.sxattp.com
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    ·        Skills
    ·        College
    ·        Engineering
    ·        Jobs
  7.          

    The Internship Challenge for students



          
    By K. Mohamed Shaffi                                                                                     S4S : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Click)
    former CEO, Tecton Engineering & Construction, India                                                                                                           

    In India and in vast majority of countries even today students just learn from books, they hardly get field experience during course of study. The student exposure to industry is limited to some industrial trips in and around their college. So the first opportunity that the students get exposed to industry and practice is when they get an internship for a reasonable period of time. The challenge of getting internship is as challenging as it was 25 years ago, when I managed to get one.  Mushrooming of professional colleges is one of the main reasons and student population is so huge that it is difficult to provide opportunity to all students, having said that the students today have several options that were not available in our times. Digital world has indeed created a whole lot of opportunities that was not available to us then.

    The best way I can explain the current scenario is through some recent events that I personally experienced. One thing that has not changed since last 25 years is that most companies do not give adequate time to interns. They have to learn themselves or they never get to learn, that’s the reality. From the company’s perspective they have their own challenges, priorities and emergencies to attend to and students also need to understand these aspects. The colleges and their Industry /Placement cells contribute very little to help students get an internship. This is true with some of the leading institutes of this country. I know one of them for sure as my son goes to one such premier and renowned institute. Students reach out to their parents, relatives and friends to get internship for 4-8 weeks. Most often companies are willing to accommodate for less than two weeks and students with no option agree and the interns in most cases do not get paid for the work they do.

    In our company, I had instructed our HR department to accommodate internship requests that reaches us from colleges, once we receive such a request the HR Manager discusses with Heads of each department and requests them to block their calendar and allocate resources to mentor the students, a program is put in place with both concepts being taught in office and then they are sent to project site for practice. The HR department acts as a time keeper with the program and feedback. Being a large company that we are, we had requests from our employees to accommodate their wards and we accommodated, but what we noticed is they took things for granted and dropped off half-way. Some students do not value opportunity when it comes to them with ease. The heads of various departments suggested we need to assess if the students were serious and also internally assess our own work load before we commit time. This one passed by. Last year, my son came to me and requested if I can arrange internship for ten students in short span of time, I knew it is not easy hence had a discussion with our HR department and requested this be accommodated. The team agreed and a plan was put in place, I warned my son he has to make it clear to his friends that they should take this opportunity seriously and there will be feedback sought at different stages. The students were studious and willing to learn and I had received excellent feedback from our managers, the enthusiasm level of students both in office and project site was very high, I also received positive feedback from the project site from officers of the Public Sector Company where our company was carrying out the project. A good program always works.

    I also sought students feedback from our HR department and HR department invited all students for a tea session in our office and the feedback was collected, the ratings were higher than we expected, HR Manager wanted me to address the students and I took this opportunity to speak to them and understand what did they hear from their friends who went other organizations, they informed me that most students felt that they were treated like a herd, went to the office/work place/project site and sat in a room all day, had lunch and returned to their rooms later in the evening and this continued till the penultimate day when they were taken and shown the factory or industry. We also got to know that some of them informed that they had classroom sessions and never got to see anything at work place due to maintenance etc., but there were some organizations where in time was allocated with specialists to interact and physically see the plant. This confirms that industry is not going to change any sooner when it comes to internship, this is going to go on unless there is going to be serious structural changes that are brought in as policies for industry to accommodate interns. I expected the skill India campaign to address these ills, not sure if this is just a slogan.


    Guidelines for Interns and Internships

    Now I would like to put forward some suggestions for students, firstly students need to understand, just as a saying goes “If you expect God to help you, you should first help yourselves”, this is basic rule for life. It was utmost important in our days to depend on companies to accommodate us as interns because, information was limited to books and journals, we hardly had any exposure to digital world. Today, with information available with a click of button, it is important that one should explore continuously to learn new concepts. The first time I had a detailed look at a boiler or a cooling tower was when I actually went to work. With my engineer hat on I sat down with the technician to know the ins and out of these systems. So what is important is the attitude, start the learning process from scratch, recently a relative of mine wanted me to help with internship in US for the boy studying there, the boy is pursuing Electrical Engineering and I asked the boy if he had visited the power plant in his city, he said ‘no’ and I went on to ask him did he make an attempt to seek a time with the plant manager for visiting the plant. The answer was no, all information on power plant is generally available over the internet, all that he had to do was read and understand and later seek a time for a day or two to know first-hand about the power plant. Students should not depend on companies to spoon feed, they should learn themselves to clear basic concepts and see how they are applied in practice. Given a situation that loads of information is available, students should see how they can use the time available to carry out some actionable small projects rather than just doing internship in large companies just to earn a certificate. Most students feel this is one important thing in the resume, it is actually not, most interviewers may not give weightage to what actually you have done, but ask a question, just to see if you are able to explain the concept clearly. So would it not be a good idea to do a project that you like with all the information that is available in public domain rather than earn a certificate.
    Some companies really take the internship of students seriously, but they provide a topic and seek a solution that is actionable, these companies pay a stipend during the internship and provide all support during the internship. When students come across such opportunities they need to prepare themselves and interact with industry experts to come up with actionable solutions.

    It is not possible that students wait with hope endlessly, so my advice would be that students should do as many as smaller projects with industry visits and develop reports and this will help them a long way in their career as professionals. The industry, I am sure will accommodate short visits by a small group of students with no hesitation. Most industry shy away from internship because it is a responsibility. It is important students self-certify themselves before anyone can certify them, it is beyond doubt the moment one has done one or two small projects, the confidence would be high and there is no looking back thereafter.

    On one hand, the government does seem to recognize the seriousness but is just not able to create enough jobs so has put the issue in back burner, on the other hand Educationist have a huge responsibility to push the government to ensure that there is an improved Institute –Industry interaction for skill development. The gap is just widening every year. This is not a healthy sign for a society with huge young population.

    K. Mohamed Shaffi – formerly Chief Executive officer of Tecton Engineering & Construction, India is a Charted Engineer and a Water & Waste Water treatment specialist. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and post graduate degree in Management. He has held several leadership positions with significant responsibilities in organizations that he worked in the past.
     


  8. Hiring the freshers – What companies look for!


    K. Mohamed Shaffi
    formerly Chief Executive officer of Tecton Engineering & Construction, India

    Freshers in India are referred to students who have finished college and never worked for an organization ever, most students in India are exposed to an organization for the first time only just during the internship which is usually for about four to eight weeks and more importantly this is very common with the professional courses, very few students work while they study. I have had the privilege of recruiting students for over 15 years either from the college campus or just when they are out of college and can share some bits and pieces of what companies look for.

    It is important for students to understand that organizations are aware that the students have just completed an academic course and their expectations are fairly simple, but unwanted hype is created around this subject. Secondly companies that hire fresh students from college campus or outside are hiring with a long term plan which is connected to their organizational growth. So in the entire process they will want to be sure if the candidate is going to stay with the organization for a long time. Most companies would like to have an aptitude test followed by a face to face interview. The aptitude test is built around basic concepts from the respective fields of specialization. Most students clear this with ease.  They start to get nervous in the face to face interview.

    The interviewers at first sight tend to judge the confidence level of the candidate and best way for them to do that is straight away ask a question and allow the candidate to do the talking. Thus the confidence and communication both gets assessed. This is then followed by a series of question that would help them judge the clarity of thought, here is what most students flop. They simply are not clear what they exactly want to do in life and at times spell out goals that are at cross purpose.  Next, the interviewers would pose a question in the related field of specialization or general life situation and ask how to resolve, this is to judge the analytical ability or understand how he or she is responding to a situation. It is important not to fake and be diplomatic, listen to your heart and answer, because that’s you!

    Very rarely, but interviewers sometimes tend to ask technical questions and it is important that you make an attempt, if you are not comfortable talking through, see if you can take a pen and paper and sketch the concept and explain. If you don’t know the answer, admit it and move on.

    The most important thing the interviewers look for is how focussed is the candidate throughout the interview process, focus is key for success of any individual or organization, it is only with focus the impossible is always accomplished. The interviewer also would try to dig the past to assess the level of focus.
    Apart from what is mentioned above, seasoned interviewers would look for what is unique in a candidate, so don’t forget to highlight what is special in you.

    Before I close, let me share an experience, it is a standing instruction from me to the HR department that I would like to have a look at the candidate before he is given an offer letter, for the first time in life I delegated this to my management colleagues. The result was the attrition was 80% within few months, because they had not looked into things I mentioned above. In the past, I have hired students with not so high scores or in other words, the back benchers who are today holding key positions in other organizations and last year I hired an engineer who was average in academics but an outstanding athlete in his college, I know what it takes to be an athlete, he would not have achieved that without focus and he turned out to be the best Trainee Project Engineer and was elevated to a position where he is empowered to make decisions. Similarly, a student with high score in academics after an interview told me he was not interested in field work or services but design and process engineering and he said he would opt out  if such an opportunity is not available, I liked his honesty and got him into the process team and he is today an outstanding engineering and process specialist. I hope these small stories helps the readers to get a glimpse of what companies actually look for! 

     K. Mohamed Shaffi – formerly Chief Executive officer of Tecton Engineering & Construction, India is a Charted Engineer and a Water & Waste Water specialist. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and post graduate degree in Management. He has held several leadership positions with significant responsibilities in organizations that he worked in the past.
     
  9.  14 tips for being Happy for a Happy New Year and Life.


    Did you know that at Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the most popular and successful course teaches you how to learn to be happier? Harvard’s Positive Psychology 1504, taught by professor Tal Ben-Shahar (PhD), will enter the history books as the most popular course in the history of Harvard University.

    The Positive Psychology class taught by Ben Shahar attracts 1400 students per semester and 20% of Harvard graduates take this elective course. According to Ben Shahar, the class - which focuses on happiness, self-esteem and motivation - gives students the tools to succeed and face life with more joy._ This course is about the psychological aspects of life fulfillment and flourishing, by teaching about empathy, friendship, love, achievement, creativity, spirituality, happiness, and humor, all part of the Self X Analysis Testing & Training Programme (SXA TTP) 6 Dimensions and 34 attributes.
    See more at www.sxattp.com


    This 35-year-old teacher, considered by some to be "the happiness guru", highlights in his class 14 key tips for improving the quality of our personal status and contributing to a positive life:


    🚩Tip 1. * Thank God for everything you have: * Write down 10 things you have in your life that give you happiness. Focus on the good things!
    🚩Tip 2. * Practice physical activity * Experts say exercising helps improve mood. 30 minutes of exercise is the best antidote against sadness and stress.
    🚩Tip 3. * Breakfast: * Some people miss breakfast for lack of time or not to get fat. Studies show that breakfast gives you energy, helps you think and perform your activities successfully.
    🚩Tip 4. * Assertive *: Ask what you want and say what you think. Being assertive helps improve your self-esteem. Being left and remaining silent creates sadness and hopelessness.
    🚩Tip 5. * Spend your money on experiences..a study found that 75% of people felt happier when they invested their money in travel, courses and classes; While only the rest said they felt happier when buying things.
    🚩Tip 6. * Face your challenges *: Studies show that the more you postpone something, the more anxiety and tension you generate. Write short weekly lists of tasks and complete them.
    🚩Tip 7. * Put everywhere nice memories, phrases and photos of your loved ones *: Fill your fridge, your computer, your desk, your room, YOUR LIFE of beautiful memories.
    🚩Tip 8. * Always greet and be nice to other people *: More than 100 inquiries state that just smiling changes the mood.
    🚩Tip 9. * Wear comfortable shoes *: If your feet hurt you, you become moody, says Dr. Keinth Wapner, President of the American Orthopedics Association.
    🚩Tip 10. * Take care of your posture *: Walk straight with your shoulders slightly backwards and the front view helps to maintain a good mood.
    🚩Tip 11. * Listen to music * (Praise God): It is proven that listening to music awakens you to sing, this will make your life happy.
    🚩Tip 12. * What you eat has an impact on your mood *:- Do not skip meals, eat lightly every 3 to 4 hours and keep glucose levels stable.- Avoid excess white flour and sugar.- Eat everything! Healthy- Vary your food.
    🚩Tip 13. * Take care of yourself and feel attractive *:70% of people say they feel happier when they think they look good.
    🚩Tip 14. * Fervently believe in God *: With him nothing is impossible! Happiness is like a remote control, we lose it every time, we go crazy looking for it and many times without knowing it, we are sitting on top of it ...


    WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018. Wishing you Perfect Health Y+4 and Fulfillment, Happiness and Evolution in Spiritual, Intellectual and Material dimensions.



    Presenting Y+4 & Urgent Need for Compassionate Leaders at ELLTA Conference Jul'17 Bangkok


  10. Preparing for Placements – Bloopers & Solutions

    Placements are simultaneously every student’s ultimate dream, but also their worst nightmare. Often, the very objective of procuring a degree is to get placed in a good organization. Students choose colleges that offer good placements. Yet, the onus of placements is not merely on colleges, but students as well.
    The first step towards placement is preparing a good resumé. With the plethora of material available on the internet today, students tend to look for an easy way out. And what could be simpler than copy pasting an existing well-written resumé that is readily available? Or using the standard format as the rest of your classmates? However, when a company comes for college placements, it needs to distinguish between the prospective candidates and shortlist the best for interviews. With each resumé sounding more or less the same, it becomes increasingly difficult for the company to make appropriate choices. If your resumé stands out from the rest, is unique and different, it will automatically attract attention.
    Unless you understand yourself, and are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, you cannot present yourself in your resumé, or at an interview. Self-awareness, self-assessment and self-analysis are the need of the hour. Hence, it is imperative to spend time in self-introspection, and analyse oneself critically. It is also important to remember that humans are not perfect – we all have our shortcomings, and our personalities are not coloured in black and white, but shades of grey.  When one is aware of one’s limitations, one can work towards improving them. Believing and projecting that one is flawless is the gravest mistake one can make.
     
    Another blunder several students often make is focusing only on their academic performance. While grades do indeed play a significant role in one’s future, they are not the only criteria for getting a job. It is the overall personality of an individual that is scrutinized at the time of placements. Hence, participation in extra-curricular activities is integral to self-growth as they help individuals to develop their leadership skills and give them an opportunity to work in a team. Such activities also inculcate values of pluralism and acceptance of differences in thought and ideology.
     
    Moreover, while technical knowledge and a sound understanding of one’s specialization are vital to getting a job, communication skills also play a critical role during the interview. It is not enough to merely possess knowledge – what is equally essential is the ability to express and share that knowledge with interviewers.  Effective communication is not an art that can be developed overnight. It comes with practice over a period of time. Reading out loud with correct expressions and pauses, listening to good orators, engaging in conversations and discussions on a variety of topics, enhancing one’s vocabulary through extensive reading, all help in improving one’s communication skills.
     
    General knowledge and the ability to voice one’s opinion on social and current issues are also fundamental to preparing for placements. Questions during an interview are not merely restricted to one’s curriculum, but extend to all aspects of one’s socio-political environment. Therefore, it is imperative to read the newspapers regularly, so as to be well versed with the developments, not only within one’s country, but globally as well.
     
    Getting placement in a good organization is only the first step to the fulfilment of one’s dreams. It is the start of a beautiful, albeit difficult journey. When climbing a steep mountain, one is bound to face numerous obstacles that will pull one down. One needs to view these obstacles as challenges, and believe that they can indeed be overcome. The key is perseverance and not giving up mid-way – for the view from the top of the mountain will be worth the effort and struggle that one undertakes to reach one’s destination.
     
    About the Author:
    Dr. Monica Khanna completed her high school from International School Bangkok. After moving to India, she completed her B.A, M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D. in English Literature.
    She is currently working as Visiting Faculty in several management and engineering colleges in Navi Mumbai. She has work experience of around twenty years in the field of academics as well as in journalism and business.  She is a panel member and resource person for Indiannica Learning (formerly Encyclopedia Britannica) for conducting workshops for school teachers across India.
    She has conducted Faculty Development Programmes, and has also been invited by several institutes to conduct sessions for their students on a variety of topics. She has presented and published research papers at the national and international level for various journals, conferences and seminars.
    Her passion for books, love for kids, and the desire to revive and rekindle an interest in the dying art of reading amongst children have been instrumental in her decision to take up writing fiction. She has published seven books. Her first book entitled ‘Deconstructing Motherhood’ (2010) deals with the ideology of motherhood in Indian culture. Her second book, ‘Peek a Boo Manya’ (2016) is a collection of short stories for children which revolves around the sweet and sour life of an eight-year-old girl Manya. It attempts to create a familiar world that Indian children can identify with and relate to. Her third book ‘Wickety Whack’ (2017) is full of whacky humour, mischief, fun and learning in the classroom. Her book ‘Re-Visioning Mythology in Indian Literature’ (2017) deals with the reinterpretation and subversion of Hindu myths in contemporary Indian literature. She has recently authored three books on grammar and composition for grades 6-8 for Eupheus Learning, the India branch for World Books, USA.


  11. Challenges and Solutions in Human Capital Management.

    REASON: Traditional HR METHODS are limited.
    • Continuous evaluation instead of continuous coaching and development
    • Alienating high Performers and costing mangers valuable time.
    • Employees being viewed strictly as "workers" whose performance could be accurately measured by output.
    • Measuring the wrong Metrics across service or knowledge-related jobs.
    • High Level of frustrations, Less willingness to take risks, Working against each others.
     
    NEED: 360º Assessment tool
    SOLUTION: SXA TTP- Revolutionary 360º Talent Management Method
     
    Self X Analysis (SXA) is a global innovation to help Human Evolution, a Multi-Dimensional System that Measures, Analyses and Diagnoses the SELF quantitatively and qualitatively on 34 attributes across 5 dimensions. It further helps Train, Fulfil and Evolve the person leading to clear measurable progress towards material, intellectual and spiritual fulfilment.  SXA is partnering companies and organizations across the world to reach millions of individuals and employees to help enterprises identify, engage and retain their best talents, a revolutionary talent management system.
    SXA is a unique approach as it offers a complete package of pre designed interventions mapped to the emergent training needs as part of the solution.
    • Highly specialized online assessment instrument & system.
    • Evaluates the complete employee portfolio individually.
    • Generates a report across 34 parameters (covers all the fields required to assess the resource's personality, fitment and needs.
    • Un paralleled allocation tool for the human capital department
    • Single window system to your talent assessment needs.
    For more details please visit www.sxattp.com
  12. Go to the profile of Sujit Hemadri

    In all of the life forms on the Earth, we Human Beings are the greatest gifted species. In terms of adaptability, in terms of using resources. We, today, literally rule the World! What is that special gift we have had which made us special? Surely something to do with intelligence. Our ability to create useful tools out of the resources available makes us superior to other species. The others who come close are orangutans and dolphins. Of course, we all know this, I just wanted to set a little background.

    Today, after all the developments and revolutions, we are talking of creating robots, using AI algorithms to make our work easy. Tremendous evolution has happened! 'EVOLUTION’, that’s the word! To evolve. To improvise. In between all of this sits the HUMAN BEING. The machine, if you want to call so!

    If we study ourselves on a broader level, we all have a Mind which gives us intellectual ability, a physical body which gives us the ability to manoeuvre the physical World and a soul which gives us the special interplay of emotions. Throughout our development from childhood, we tend to get influenced by people, society, and the moments & experiences we go through. And somehow, unfortunately, these things get imprinted in our memories and the mind, mysteriously plays games to believe and not believe parts of it. Our personalities get developed by these experiences and moments which we go through. Of course, this is not who you are! Every Human Being, when born is a pure representation, meaning we are all equipped to grow and evolve to our full potential.

    But, how do you define potential? Is it the physical energy, the intellectual ability or some other hidden higher purpose. Seems like all of them! We do need a perfect blend of body and mind interplay to excel in our day to day goals. Once we achieve this to a fair extent, a sense of higher purpose seems to develop in us.

    But, how do we measure these dimensions in us? These dimensions are very important on an economic point of view too. Companies need to know the people they are hiring, people need to know themselves first before they present themselves to others. We do know, but in bits and pieces. On the three dimensions where do we stand? I tried doing some research. Found personality tests which again tell you who you are in bits and pieces. You have to do one other test to know your body type and needs. So, a holistic measure seemed lacking. One of my business friends, recently told me about a test called SXA, Self X Analysis. I studied the fundamentals behind it. It does seem to understand the Human Being comprehensively.

    The test measures an individual on 3 dimensions. The 3 dimensions fit the fundamental requirements, namely the Intellectual, Material & Spiritual. The test further on goes to measure these fundamental dimensions across more than 30 attributes relating to the motivation, personality type, communication skills, effectiveness of our behavior and how well we follow the nature’s laws.

    I even spoke to the creator of the test. A compassionate and down to earth individual, I must say! He says every Human Being is built to succeed, only if we correct and align our personalities and behaviors to the fundamental success rules. That, definitely hit my mind! To tell everyone that they are built to succeed sets such a great potential! To companies, it helps ease the process of putting the right candidates to the right job, given the skillsets. For students, it helps them know themselves and act upon before facing the World. It is complete, in that, the team also trains you on how to align yourself to success! The statement, that you are born equal and to succeed is so uplifting!

    This is very interesting people! I am giving the link to the test website here www.sxattp.com.


  13. Enjoy Whatever you do and do whatever you enjoy. Human life needs to be fulfilling. A basic principle of holistic education is the beief that our life needs to be meaningful.
    click on image to read....

    Just as being able to see your reflection in the mirror helps you to fix your own face and hair, feedback on your characteristics and behaviour helps you to develop your management skills and improve your judgment. Self-awareness or SXA method or knowing your personal characteristics and   how it helps to deal with   actions that affect other people, business results, etc.--is an essential first step toward maximizing   the management skills.  It is the antidote to CEO disease.
    SXA is that path which helps you to know yourself which is extremely important for all individuals. It has its unique way of finding out the self in you.  It focuses on our strengths and weaknesses, our drives and personalities, our habits and values.    
     As human beings   we are complex and diverse.  To become more self-aware, we should develop an understanding of ourselves in many areas and SXA I believe can be the approach.
    Bratati Bhattacharyya 
    Sec Gen Shikshayatan Foundation ,Kolkata, India (Estd 1920)
  14. Companies invest money in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Well, on the surface, I suppose this should be seen as a ‘good’ thing that they realise their responsibility towards the society. However, I would like to ask them a simple question: Instead of looking for some mega projects for the so-called CSR, can they actually take a more responsible role in the society by doing less damage, if not more good?

    No, I do not intend to get into any discussion regarding the wounds that Mother Nature has suffered due to the corporate greed - though this adds to the list, it is still more evident and concrete and, in some ways, already in discussion in some form or another.
     
    I want to bring to our notice some other, more subtle and, therefore, more dangerous forms of harm. Have you ever given a careful ear to the advertisements that you watch, sitting in front of the television on your comfortable sofa, getting entertained apparently? Let me invite you to think critically of the content and ideals that are being sold to our kids and younger generation in Asia (and, of course, to us too) in the name of entertainment and marketing.
     
    The ideals that the media sells to our children are, for instance: Misbehaving with adults for a little fun is acceptable; Talk time with friends on phone should be ‘unlimited’ and ‘uninterrupted’; Life is a constant pursuit of momentary pleasure; Seek comfort and luxury in life; Status and style are the most important goals in life; and so on and so forth. This is, in effect, becoming the curriculum for our children; this is what they learn and adopt as life pursuits and we, as a society, get surprised when we see the disintegration of the societal fabric and the prevailing shallowness in the society!
     
    We, thus, need the corporate sector to focus on CSRA - Corporate’s Socially Responsible Acts (Advertisements)!       
     
    Roshni Kumari, Co Founder, ELLTA
     
    (Acknowledgment: The ideas presented above are an outcome of my collective work with Dr Muhammad Babur, Co Founder ELLTA)

    About ELLTA
    ELLTA, which stands for Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia, came into being as a reaction against the pre-dominant assumptions and the tendency to treat most of the theories as if they are universal. It responds to the need to examine/ challenge generalizations related to learning and leadership across cultures and geographical boundaries, between East and West, but of course also between the Eastern contexts.
    With an outreach in 70 countries, ELLTA is an academic organisation of credible domain experts drawn from diverse fields and disciplines across the globe (https://www.ellta.org/iab-members/), with the core purpose is to explore, recognize, strengthen, and promote theories (and thereby policies and practices) in Asia in the broader domain of leadership and learning.
    www.ellta.org
    SXA TTP and AseanAffairs media of T.I.M.E. are KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS of ELLTA.
  15. Have you ever thought about it:
    • Why are our schools such boring places that the children wait for this punishment to get over?
    • Why do the creativity and excitement of the child get killed in the name of the so-called ‘discipline’ or ‘good behavior’?
    • If one purpose of education is to think, reflect, ask questions and seek answers, why are children discouraged to ask questions? Why is the focus on compliance and conformity, not creativity, reflection and critical thinking?
    • Why are the children not allowed to read what they want to read and when they want to read? Why is learning compartmentalised unnaturally into grades, subjects and lessons/ periods?
    • If every child is a unique creation of God, why do the schools expect them to learn (in fact, memorise) the same thing, the same way, and why do they measure them against exactly the same standards?
    • What rights do the schools have to tag the children as ‘slow’ learners or as ‘failures’? And, why does the system see it as a fault of the child, and not that of the school or the educators that they have failed to provide a context where the child can take interest, engage and evolve?
      If you think deeply, you will realise that the whole system of schooling is geared towards matters (uniformity, competition, standardization, grading, conformity and compliance) that are the least important for our children’s upbringing and education, whereas, the most crucial matters (collaboration, cooperation, compassion, gratitude, creativity and critical thinking) get completely ignored!
     
    John Taylor Gatto’s article (cf. http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm), though an old one, is still very relevant - it highlights that the real purpose of schooling is not to educate but to create ‘not only a harmless electorate and a servile labor force but also a virtual herd of mindless consumers’.
     

    Should we really allow the schools to cripple the creativity and liveliness of our children, thus, limiting their potential to evolve as greater beings and as responsible citizens of the globe?  
     
    Disclaimer: I understand that some good practices exist in some small pockets but the above scenario depicts the larger picture.
     
    Roshni Kumari, Co Founder, ELLTA

    About ELLTA
    ELLTA, which stands for Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia, came into being as a reaction against the pre-dominant assumptions and the tendency to treat most of the theories as if they are universal. It responds to the need to examine/ challenge generalizations related to learning and leadership across cultures and geographical boundaries, between East and West, but of course also between the Eastern contexts.
    With an outreach in 70 countries, ELLTA is an academic organisation of credible domain experts drawn from diverse fields and disciplines across the globe (https://www.ellta.org/iab-members/), with the core purpose is to explore, recognize, strengthen, and promote theories (and thereby policies and practices) in Asia in the broader domain of leadership and learning.
    www.ellta.org
    SXA TTP and AseanAffairs media of T.I.M.E. are KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS of ELLTA.
  16. It is our nature to emulate people who we look up to as role models. Our attachment to their ‘good qualities’ makes us blind to their faults and we become so much like them without realizing the effect on us and on our surroundings. A society’s values are reflected in its role models. When a Donald Trump, Barak Obama or anyone else becomes a President/Leader elected by majority of voters it is clear what that society values the most. Role models are the best specimens of that society at any given time for good or for worse which only time can tell when we look back in history and see what they really did for us. Their impact is long lasting and spawn millions of copies in varying degrees of reflection.
    In the battle of Mahabharata 5200 years ago in which 4.5 million lives were lost, Draupadi (the Queen of the Pandavas) asks Lord Krishna why was the war necessary, she has lost all her sons, father, brother and so many millions lost their lives. Why did Krishna not use his magical powers to make man follow Dharma (Righteousness)
     
    Lord Krishna:  “Free will of the Soul has no boundaries, Man has the Freedom of Choice, the paradox is he does not consider virtue or sin when he performs any action, he simply copies the powerful of the Land’, The Soul is part of Parmatma (The eternal). To follow Dharma or Adharma, is the Free Will choice of the soul. It cannot be influenced by any magical powers. People end up BLINDLY following the powerful of the land instead of using Vichar (reflection) and Viveka (the power of discrimination) to decide what is Right and Wrong. The son follows the father, the disciple his Guru and the subjects their King. When the King is evil, the people follow adharma (wrong) speedily. This was such a time when the King’s were greedy and lustful for their own riches and selfish gains. Bhog and Vasna (Consumption and Lust) became more important than Tapasya & Tyag (Austerities & Renunciation), In all the 16 large kingdoms across Bharat (India), there was not one King who set the example of Dharma. All of them were obsessed with power, greed and lust.

    Draupadi: Yes, but why so much destruction was needed? Was there no other way?
     
    Krishna: No, that is the sad and unfortunate reality. The tree which gives poisonous fruits, you have to uproot and plant anew if you want sweet fruits. The poisonous tree if you give it better fertilisers, or prune its branches will not start giving sweet fruits. That is the nature of creation and Nav Nirman (New Beginnings).
    To make a pure beginning you have to break this vicious cycle of impurity. Before you plant the new crop, you burn the field, the heat may become unbearable but the ashes make for good fertilizer for the new crop to grow.

    TODAY THE LAND HAS BECOME PURIFIED WITH THE BLOOD OF ALL THE EVIL RULERS THAT PEOPLE WERE FOLLOWING.
     
     

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