A lesson for the aged

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A lesson for the aged
Seema Burman
June 27, 2007

Older people grumble that nobody pays attention to them. A mind that is not trained to be spiritual feels lonely in old age. But those who develop affinity with live souls, love to feed them and look after them. This gives us a happy connection with existence.

Those who build up their love for God or a guru establish a relationship with their favourite deity The satisfaction of such a relationship is soothing for the mind, body and spirit.

With changing times, rules too are changing. Children find elders a nuisance and neglect or abuse them. Gurus now advise the old not to relinquish their property to their children as long as they are alive.

In a true case, a retired man distributed his three floors to his three sons after his wife died and lived with the eldest son. One day the son complained that his brothers were not contributing to the father’s food and an arrangement reached that each son’s family would cook food by turn. The arrangement soon fell apart. The father started going to a nearby dhaba. His friends got together and hatched a plan. One day he gathered his sons and gave them tickets for a vacation. When they returned, a builder was waiting for them to take away their belongings as the house had been sold and their father had left without leaving behind any address.

The biggest mistake we all commit is of getting attached to people and possessions. When discarded by our loved ones, we are saddened. That is why saints ask us to devote more time to spiritual attainment.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa said that the best way to live life is like a caretaker A caretaker is not attached to possessions. When worldly things are snatched from him, the caretaker remains calm and unconcerned.

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Rain rain go away

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It’s rain, rain and more rain every where. Here are some photos.

How organizations were named….

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This is again a nice forward by Mr. Shanawas & team from Bangalore. And it was again an opportunity for introducing the Team 1 for the new members. With Team 1, an opportunity will never be wasted.

Read on……

Yahoo!
The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

Xerox
The Greek root “xer” means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying.

Sun Microsystems
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network.

Sony
From the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

Motorola
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.


Microsoft
It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.

Hotmail
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.

Google
The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders – Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google

Apple Computers
Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.


And last but not the least Team 1.
In 2005, it was just a spark – a thought – an idea to motivate a select group of students who joined the MBA programme of IGNOU and to request the IGNOU Partner Institution in Dubai to organise regular contact classes for those students who were interested and available. From then on, it gently started its growth and took various size and shape – first that of a yahoo group, then came the weekly newsletter, then the daily mails and now the blog.

Several of those joined during that time had to discontinue the programme due to various reasons, but many of them remained on board to continue their quest for knowledge.

Like a passenger train, when many people got off, many new came in and the train journey continued – of course some regular passengers who took season ticket for life and the GUARD remained.

It has a long way to go, as it has certain destinations in mind, which will all be announced at appropriate times. Till then enjoy the journey, feel comfortable and bring along your friends – because this is one place where you will love to come back often and often. Because WE ARE COMMITTED TO QUALITY & CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT – WHEREVER WE ARE AND WHATEVER WE DO.

Have a pleasant journey throughout.

God Bless and let God’s Grace Prevail.

Ramesh Menon
26062007

Advertisements at its best

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Our Bangalore team member Mr. Shanawas send me these. We all know that it is very difficult to capture the attention of consumers. Many times we glance through newspaper ads in full page, color and promising words. The cost for releasing such ads may go into thousands of Rupees or Dirhams. But they never remain in our mind or heart and fail to generate the intended results. However, many other times we see a small insert getting into the hearts of millinos.

This is one item that I was looking forward to, the Art of Presenting things in the right way within the right space and time. Here they are – some of the successful ones during year 2006.

Of course, you can revisit our Saturday Special news to imagine the value of time, space, content and deciding NO when it is required to – I am learning more about it by each week.

You will also see in due course some of the ones which failed to generate the results.



The four blessed looks

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A nice post by Vijay Kumar, please read on

The four blessed looks:

Look back and thank God.
Look forward and trust God.
Look around and serve God.
Look within and find God!”

“I asked God, ‘How do I get the best out of life?’

God said, ‘Face your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. And prepare for the future without fear!'”

“Without God, our week is: Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday,Fightday, Shatterday and Sinday. So, allow Him to be with you every day!”

Life is short, so forgive quickly. Believe slowly. Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that makes you happy.

Have a wonderful journey of life!

God bless!

Easy way

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This is a new way someone tried the other day. In the FM they said, Take it Easy and he just followed………

Forgotten Mail

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Communication is a very important factor to keep alive Team work. It is the same in personal life too. With the advent of internet, mobile and the latest 3G technology PDA phones, Mail Boxes have become a history. How many of you write a letter or send a post card these days? The condition of this mail box in one of the street here tells you the number of users it has..

Reflections of Rain

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It’s raining heavily back home and getting the smell of it here. Not a recent one, but taken WHEN IT RAINED HERE IN ABU DHABI LAST YEAR. We too get one or two days of rain every year.

*Two moons on 27 August*

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*Two moons on 27 August*

*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for…*

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.

It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will
cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be
sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth
has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it
again.

$152,000 for Your Thoughts

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$152,000 for Your Thoughts

by Gary Carini and Bill Townsend

To draw out employees’ creativity, get tougher on them. Don’t let them get away with summarizing their ideas on simple forms. Make them prove their concepts’ viability, right from the start.

That advice may sound counterproductive, considering the dearth of worthwhile innovations that are emerging from the rank and file. In our interviews over the past 12 years with more than 300 managers in technology, media, venture capital, and other fields, executives have said that employees don’t come close to filling the need for workable ideas. So why would we recommend raising the bar?
Because putting the burden of proof on the proposers results in well-formed ideas and knowledgeable, motivated employees who understand the value of their innovations. Raising the bar won’t stifle innovation as long as the company couples that policy with the right support and incentives for encouraging employee entrepreneurship. Companies must give workers the tools to prove their ideas’ worth—in other words, firms must teach the economics of innovations. Managers must repeatedly instill in employees’ minds the concept that ideas are valued. The process for reviewing proposals must move quickly.

Companies must also put serious rewards on the table. All too often, bonuses don’t inspire employees to shape and articulate their ideas. We estimate that in most companies, the ratio of employee reward to savings or increased revenue from innovation is about .001%, or $100 for that $10 million idea.

Firms should establish specific and trackable rewards or bonuses, preferably a set percentage of the savings or the increased net, and should publicize success stories internally. Companies that required employees to present business cases for their ideas and offered substantial rewards saw the number of workable innovations rise significantly. (We’ve found increases in the 20% to 40% range, depending on a variety of factors and baseline conditions.) Firms that had implemented such programs but discontinued them, usually as a short-sighted cost-cutting measure, observed a significant decline in workable innovations, our research shows.

Interminds, the consulting firm that one of us (Bill Townsend) founded, is a good example of a company that puts its money where its mouth is. An employee who comes up with an idea to save money while promoting the company’s vision gets half of the first year’s savings. The policy was instrumental in drawing a great idea from a $38,000-a-year executive assistant. Her process improvement was to automate the laborious system of manually tracking 900 field representatives. She built the business case with an individual in the finance department. The company implemented her plan and saved $304,000 in the first year. She earned a $152,000 bonus.
This was a success story for Interminds’ employee entrepreneurship program, which proved its value in generating a money-saving idea and in energizing an employee to think more creatively about her job. This new attitude became contagious at the firm. It can happen at your company, too.