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.

Abu Dhabi

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Hi all, This is my first Video post. Welcome all of you to Abu Dhabi. Cheers, Ramesh Menon
http://www.youtube.com/get_player

Discipline Opens Up A Whole New World

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Discipline Opens Up A Whole New World
22 Jun, 2007 l 0029 hrs ISTlDiscourse: Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

How can the mind learn to perceive its own source, the light of Consciousness or Chitprakasa? By learning to keep its energies centred. This is possible with discipline.

Krishna describes the necessity of discipline when he says to Arjuna: “The yogi should constantly discipline himself,/ remaining in solitude, alone,/ with mind and body well restrained,/ having no desires, and without avarice”.

In yoga, the word discipline has nothing to do with the rigours of boarding school or military life; it means to purify thought, speech and action.

Baba Muktananda placed great importance on spending time alone: “One should abandon all thoughts and practise watching what is happening within”.

This is not just a matter of distancing yourself from people, buildings and professional obligations. You must make space in the region of the mind. The mind consists of four psychic instruments: the intellect, subconscious mind, ego, and conscious mind. When you make space beyond all your mental activity, you discover the company of a deeper silence within.

Krishna began with discipline; then he asked Arjuna to remain in solitude. He added the word ‘alone’. Being alone means separating yourself from the things that keep you from being with God. In this aloneness, kaivalya, there is no loneliness.

‘Having no desires’ is the next teaching in this verse — becoming free from the clutches of sense objects, from the desires of the senses. When desires are not under your control, they drive you into a ditch. A yogi, therefore, must develop the power to say ‘no’ to unwanted desires. A yogi is free from avarice. When you look at history, it is clear that greed is the cause of downfall of empires. Avarice is like a disease invading the body. For the fulfilment of yoga, to become free from desires, one-pointedness is vital, ekagra manas. A stable mind is a tranquil mind. A scattered mind can never gather enough momentum to progress on the path of discipline. When you focus the mind on something, whatever it may be, you absorb its qualities. In a very real way, you take it into yourself.

At the same time, you infuse it with your own bhav. Devotion to God is much more than a feeling. Through your devotion, God comes alive for you. Through your devotion, you also invite the one you worship into your body and mind, into your life. The formless takes on a form that you can relate to.

Krishna says: “Whenever the unsteady mind,/ moving to and from, wanders away,/ the yogi should restrain it/ and control it in the Self/ with niyama, regularity.” In the Yogasutras, Patanjali lists the niyamas as cleanliness, contentment, austerity, regular recitation of scriptural texts, and the surrender of one’s limited will to God.

Contentment, austerity, chanting mantras, and samarpana or surrender to God, help liberate the mind and receive God’s grace. Constantly remember how much grace there is in your sadhana. It’s like going for a walk and having the wind at your back. When that happens, it’s as though when you are walking, the wind is behind you, supporting you.

When You Create Music, Become The Instrument – How to overcome fear when performing before an audience?

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When You Create Music, Become The Instrument
21 Jun, 2007 l 0000 hrs ISTlSatsang: Sri Chinmoy

How to overcome fear when performing before an audience?

Whenever you perform, feel that… there is only one person listening to you, and imagine that that person is a child only two years old. This is the human way.

The divine way is to see immediately the Supreme before you. If you see the Supreme and feel that you also are the Supreme, then how can one Supreme be afraid of the other Supreme? There is only one Supreme. If you bow to the Supreme inside each individual in the audience, then immediately you become one with each indivi-dual. Then you will not be afraid. Because you do not feel your oneness, you are afraid. But if you are one, then you do not feel afraid. This is the divine way…

What makes music full of supreme beauty?

Remembering constantly that your music is only an extension of your inner consciousness and that it is also an expression of the divine within that is crying for manifestation. If you can be aware of the divine within you, then you can bring to your music, supreme beauty. But always feel that the divine within you has accepted music as an expression of its reality for your own perfection in life. When you play music… feel that you are the instrument and the Supreme is playing in and through you. You are His instrument and He is playing you. He is the musician and, at the same time, He Himself is the listener. You have to feel that He is the player, He is the listener, and He is the instrument itself. If you have that kind of feeling, automatically divine perfection dawns in your music… How to keep ego out of art?

Think that you are one individual and your ego is another… From experience you know that this ego is really your enemy. The ego will stand in your way when you try to run towards your goal. By feeding someone who has a different goal from you, you are only delaying your own progress and weakening your own strength.

The Supreme is waiting for you… to reach Him. Yet you are giving half your strength to somebody who is really your enemy. The Supreme gives you the opportunity and capacity to run the fastest, but you are sharing half your capacity with somebody who is running to another goal, of des-truction. If you see the ego in this way, then you can easily separate your creative capacity from your ego…

How to infuse music with spirituality?

Each seeker-musician has a golden opportunity to please the Supreme with his music. Whenever you play music, you have to know whether or not that music is going to please the Supreme. If it pleases you and you feel it will please God, then play it. If you feel it will not please God, then never play it. …A sincere seeker needs to play only spiritual music that elevates his and others’ consciousness. Play music that inspires you, that comes from the very depth of your heart and illumines your consciousness. When you play this kind of music, you will see that in each note God Himself is blossoming like a lotus, petal by petal. When you play divine music, please feel that God is unveiling His own inner Music and fulfilling Himself in and through you…