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Pass the baton to your Brain || Break the barriers of your thinking pattern

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Do you know that 2% of your body mass controls the rest 98% of your body? Thats true. Residing with in your skull, quietly and perfectly protected, immersed in its job right from birth till death with out a break, your brain forms the most commanding position in your body. Brain commands every signal that makes your body parts perform. The power of brain is so much that in order to declare a person to be dead, the last part of your body which should stop working is your brain. It’s that significant. Your voluntary actions, involuntary actions, senses, emotions, reflexes, responses, and every aspect of your life is associated with your brain in one way or other. No cell can perform its duty unless it keeps getting the instruction from your brain.

A great secret lies with in this 2% mass of your body. The secret of what you are good at! Yes you read it right. It is a known experience that every child is born with some innate capabilities and inclinations. We call there inclinations as inborn talents. Have you heard the stories of little children doing unbelievable act of performances like a 3 year old child remembering the world map in its entirety? Or a 5 year old playing Gymnastics like a pro?

Doesn’t this indicate to us that we all enter in to this world with a pre activated brain? With some level of basic encoding in our brain that helped us start our journey by our first cry, first sense of light, first sense of touch; it is imperative that this very little wonder of your body goes through an enormous amount of coding and programming there after till our death.

This means, every living aspect of your life including where your abilities lies resides in your brain. To know this itself is a good start! Why? Because every effort by a success seeker leads to the ultimate quest in his life – his life purpose!

Until very recently till the millennial generation, we kept trying to define the purpose of ones life through the passion that he is driven by. Which means, it says you follow your passion and you will find the purpose of your life. With the current internet age sweeping the world by a storm of information revolution, the world is getting smaller day by day. Two people sitting at the two poles of the world, seeing for the first time ever in their life makes friends with each other over night. The barriers set by the communities and religion is no longer the precedent to make relationships. Race, colour, creed, nationality all are fast becoming obsolete barriers and identity norms.

Give the command of your body back to your brain. Respect your own intelligence. Take well informed decisions. Find the balance between your logic and your gut. Break the barriers of your thinking pattern beyond what you have been taught from school. Grow beyond academic intelligence. Follow your purpose. Align passion to what you do. Enjoy work!

Raghesh Menon
Director @ COO, IBSC India Wellness Ltd

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Nathan S V, Human Resources Leader at Deloitte narrated the following incident:
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I was a freshly minted graduate of a leading B School and wore its stripes proudly on my shoulders. I was to join a British Multinational in one of their plants in Gomia, Bihar as a Management Trainee. They chose only the best. And I was full of it, all puffed up.
The night train from Calcutta would reach Gomia in the morning. I had a letter that said that there would be a car to pick me up from the station and take me to the guest house.
The coal fired engine creaked up to the station and I alighted with my canvas hold-all, yes we had such things in those days. There was not a soul in sight to receive me. I felt let down. I heaved the luggage on my shoulder and came to the exit.
There I saw a nice car. The driver in a khaki shorts and a white coloured tee shirt was walking towards the car. Aah, my driver, there he was!
I went up to him and brusquely asked him to open the trunk and keep my luggage. He asked me in Hindi, who I was and I introduced myself. All this in a condescending way, and asked him to take me to the Guest House. He said he would be happy to drop me.
The driver heaved the luggage in, opened the rear door and had me seated. He asked me if I was comfortable. This was getting better.
Throughout the ride he asked me questions about my family etc. in a kind sort of way. I responded in monosyllables, irritated with a driver, who spoke too much.
Near the guest house, he alighted and a couple of the staff ran up to the car and saluted me. I thought I saw some exchange with the driver and they respectfully carried my luggage.
I waved out to the driver, who wished me the best in my new job. The next day was a big day. I was to meet the big daddy of the place- the Chief Executive – Dr.S.K.Varma. And I was nervous.
I went in early to the factory. His secretary ushered me into a corridor that led up to the room. I knocked on the door and walked into the large office. The big man in his overalls, had his back to me and as he turned I recognized the man he was the driver in factory clothes.
I burst out –
‘Hey what are you doing in this office?’
He gave me a broad smile and in chaste English said he was Shiven Varma, and asked me to take a seat. I choked and could have died in that instant. My feet were all jelly and I apologized profusely for my behaviour and was at a loss for words.
He said that he had come to the station to see off a friend. And he had seen me and wanted to be of assistance. And played along for he knew I had mistaken him to be a driver.
He offered me tea and had a long conversation. Said that outside of work one should not wear their education, only use them. And never referred to the incident. Almost as if it did not happen.
As I walked away, I learnt the greatest lesson in humility. So, the guest house staff were actually saluting him, not me!!. My ego came crashing down. Shoulders hunched, weighing heavily with lessons learnt, I exited his office.
Humility is playing a role, any role, sans ego, whatever the role may be. Even if this were to be that of a driver. Dr. Varma never referred to this incident ever, not even in any informal chat. He was unknowingly driving home a lesson in humility…!!


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जनाज़े लौट के आते,
तो उनको सुबूत मिल जाते ।

सलामत आ गए जाँबाज,
क्या ये बदक़िस्मती हो गयी ??? 😢😢😢😢

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Why did National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Convert to Muslim for 7 Years?

October 1, 2016

Ajit Doval is one person who has the capacity to send shivers to enemies! Not many people know about his adventurous life and posts he held. His life is no less than a thriller-mystery James Bond movie.

Ajit Doval basically is an economist, he graduated from University of Agra in 1967. His keen interest in politics and love our country made him to take up IPS training 1968 in Kerala cadre. After his training he was involved in handling anti-terror operations in the region of Punjab and Mizoram.

In 1980s when India was facing severe threat by insurgencies by the Mizoram National Front, Doval with his intelligent skills had infiltrated the underground of the Mizo National Agency and had weaned and won 6 out of 7 Laldenga’s ( Mizo Politician) commanders and completely destroyed the Mizo National Front. He secretly had joined the Mizo National Army, inside the Chinese territory and passed information to the Indian army.

His unmatched skills and intelligence made him the chief negotiator during the Hijiack of flight IC-814 in Khandar. He was also the master mind behind the termination of all 15 hijackings that happened during 1971 -1999.

His biggest mission was during his stay in Pakistan as an undercover agent. He lived as Pakistani Muslim in Lahore for 7 years. He lived in disguise with a Muslim name. He was assigned the most crucial task of spying the Pakistan Intelligence and ISI operations. He collected information about the militants plans, reinforcements available, weapons and hideouts.

He was regarded as the James Bond of India  after he successfully returned from Pakistan. Ajit Doval negotiation tactics were so smart that in Kashmir he secretly got into the militant group of Kukkay Parey where he brainwashed many militants and turned them into MOLES of their own organization. He then completely neutralized the Anti-India organization which was responsible for killing hundreds of Indian Jawans.

He was appointed as the director of the Indian Intelligence Bureau and Operational wing in the year 1995 where he served for 10 years. During his tenure, he founded the Multi Agency Centre (MAC)and Joint Task Force on Intelligence (JTFI).  He was known for his excellent analytical skills and meticulous planning. After his retirement in 2005, he founded the Vivekananda International Foundation which was a think tank dedicated for both for National security and spiritual orientation.

Ajit Doval was the youngest police officer to be awarded with Police Medal just after 6 years in service. He was also awarded the President Police medal and the Kriti Charka for his meritorious service to the Nation.

After Modi government took over, Ajit Doval was immediately appointed as the national Security advisor for the country. The NSA post is the most crucial and important of the bureaucracy to which the Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing report to….Most important decisions related to security, international relations and strategies are taken by the NSA chief.

Ajit Doval has been a very associate of PM Modi and he personally accompanies Modi to all official foreign trips and meetings. He recently also played a crucial role in secure release of 46 Indian nurses who were trapped in Iraq following the capture of Mosul by ISIS. Doval on a secret mission immediately flew to Iraq where he met some of the most influential people with his high level contacts which resulted in the immediate release of 45 nurses. The ISIS released all captives with no casualties.

Mynamar operation in 2015 is also said to be a master plan of Doval which resulted in the killing of over 50 terrorists.

It is also said that Ajit Doval played a strategic role behind the resignation of KP Oli who was hardcore left ideologist and posed serious threat to India. There are also many controversies about the role played by Mr Doval in the Sri-Lankan presidential elections last year in which Mahinda Rajapakse  lost badly Maithripala Sirisena.

The surgical strike in Pakistan couple days back, is another master plan by none other than Doval himself. He should be definitely applauded for his unmatched ability and intelligence.

Doval is no ordinary man, the data available about him is just 10% of what is real potential is. He is the most intelligent officer India has ever seen. His diplomatic and security master plans are considered to be one of the best. And this is exactly why all countries and especially Pakistan is seriously worried about his moves.

And this is the reason he is called the “Supreme Guard of Nation"

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Sharing a very interesting perspective

Eat dessert first…

My wonderful daughter made me a red velvet birthday cake this year. It was huge and I cut myself the biggest piece. With the first bite I closed my eyes and smiled. I savored every bite and added a few scoops of ice cream as well. My sons and I polished off every bit of it. We had followed that wise saying of a happy existence: “Life is short. Eat dessert first!”

I have spent way too many years of my life putting off the desserts I was given until everything else was done. Like far too many people in our society, I thought that work came first, duty came second, and joy was somewhere way down the list.

It took me a long time to see the simple truth that: “We work to live but we live to love.”

Thankfully, I finally realized that when you put love first in your life, everything else tastes so much sweeter.

Don’t put off the simple joys that life can bring. Eat dessert first!

Give your kids hugs before homework. Jump in the leaves before bagging them. Dance on the floors before sweeping them. Do random acts of kindness and goodness. Play with your dogs. Pet your cats. Watch the sunset. Shine your smile. Spread your sunshine. And share your love with everyone.

You will be amazed at how wonderful life will be when you “Live to Love” while you “Work to live.”

~ Joseph Mazzella

“Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.”

~ Karolina Kurkova

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast everyday”

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast everyday”

There is a lot coming thru in social as well as print media . One I found most comprehensive is : Forwarding.

If you were operating at or connected to the senior levels in the technology industry, the news of Sikka’s exit from Infosys would neither be shocking nor unexpected. It was a question of when – not whether – Sikka would be out of Infosys. So what went wrong ?

The History

When Sikka took charge, Infosys was in doldrums. Once an industry bellwether, Infosys stood still as industry peers like HCL and TCS grew quicker and delivered better returns. Its efforts at moving up the value chain through Infosys 3.0 came a cropper. Murthy’s second stint as CEO under those tumultuous conditions was a largely forgettable one The only positive event were Murthy’s efforts to bring in a new CEO.

The CEO search

The Infosys board envisaged what it needed in a new CEO: a successful technology executive with a global perspective and proven track record. Sikka’s academic success and credentials at SAP looked impressive: additionally, he seemed to have the depth of strategic skills and the right vision for an organization Infosys’ size. He took charge as the first non-founder CEO in 2014. All good? Not quite. Two areas simmered in the background right from beginning:

1. The very first clue comes from Infosys’s tagline: “Powered by Intellect, Driven by Values”. While Sikka’s Stanford PhD and SAP HANA success ensured his intellect stood out, his values’ fitment is unlikely to have ticked all boxes. Sikka was a global executive schooled in liberal values – diametrically opposite to te values of a traditional Infosys. Sikka’s masterful strategic skills and intelligence were an unlikely replacement for his mismatch of cultural values, especially for the top job at an organization that prided itself precisely on theoe very values,.

2. Sikka’s due diligence about the role of Infosys’ powerful and domineering founders presented an important potential fault line. There is a likelihood that Sikka mistook his experience in the West – where executive freedom is nearly guaranteed – as a benchmark for what to expect at Infosys. Little did he understand the true meaning of Murthy’s line “Infosys is my middle child”: Sikka, like others, might have laughed it off as parting words from a genius – not as literal words from a very possessive strong personality.

In the battle of nature vs nurture, Infosys founders expected Sikka to get nurtured by existing values whereas Sikka expected his nature to turn Infosys around. That dichotomy – as time would tell – made all the difference.

However, difference in such subtle yet vital areas rarely manifest themselves overnight: they build up overtime and blow over soon.

Enter Sikka

Sikka scored some early successes:

1. Sikka loosened the office dress code, promoted 500 employees, gave away iphones, strengthened grassroot communication and did everything to engage employees.

2. Sikka next wooed the investor fraternity and the stock markets by presenting a grand and aggressive vision of a $20 billion organization by 2020. For an organization known to under-promise and over-deliver, this was a cultural shock. The tall talk raised expectations drastically and while that enthused the stock markets in the short run, the expectations – as we now know – made it difficult for Sikka to live upto them.

3. Last, for a conservative organization known to harp on its brand but never known to pay top-of-the-line salaries, Sikka raised the salaries of his top reports to unheard-of levels.

Seen from the perspective of Infosys’ founders, these initial “successes” were not success at all: they were cultural failures, disturbing enough to lead to uneasy relationship with Sikka, but yet not alarming enough to cause a blast.

Meanwhile, Sikka brought an army of top people from SAP to change the culture and help him transition Infosys from a lumbering elephant to nimble cheetah. Unfortunately, Sikka misjudged what it would take to bring about a cultural change: if a culture of a 30 year old, hundred-thousand employee traditional organization could be changed with a handful of imported top-managers, Drucker’s powerful line “Culture eats strategy for breakfast everyday” would not have stood the test of line.

The challenges

All of the above would still have sustained but for a few areas where Sikka and the board crossed Murthy’s red line.

1. Awarding CFO Ravi Bansal a huge severance pay package raised question marks on corporate governance. Infosys prided itself on its disclosure standards. The board’s decision of not disclosing the contents of reports from an external law firm – especially when all was deemed “fine” – gave an already disenchanted founders’ team a stick to beat Sikka and the board with.

2. Within months of the Bansal episode, the board raised Sikka’s already high salary by 55%. The stick in the disturbed founders’ hands now got a poison tipping and became a lot more potent with Murthy incessantly and publicly lynching the board.

3. After some initial success, Sikka’s turnaround strategy missed its target by an embarrassing $5 billion: finally in June 2017, the board scrapped the $20 billion target.

For an organization that consistently beat investor expectations for years, this was a strategic Freudian slip and the Infosys stock – and Sikka – lost support of some of the vital institutional investors.

And for Sikka – long dismissed as a cultural misfit – who had strategic results as the last armory in his toolkit, a slipup in strategy, positioned his rhetoric as “all bark, no bite”. This was the last straw on the camel’s back.

The Exit

With a frustrated founding team led by combative Murthy, allegations of corporate governance, a failed turnaround strategy questioning the very competence of Sikka and missing investor support, Sikka had nothing to fall back on and nothing to look forward to – except a good nights sleep and the much needed peace of mind. Exiting Infosys provided him precisely those benefits – and Sikka cut his losses.

There are some really valuable lessons:

1. With the infamous Tata episode still fresh in memory, Indian founders and family business heads would do well to rethink if they really want to let go in the true sense when they hang up their boots. If all they want is to remote-control a strategically minded executive – who is tasked with the responsibilities of a CEO without the requisite authority, they should stop searching the market and instead stick to the comforts of loyal insider.

You can have loyalty or results – rarely both.

2. For prospective CEO choosing a top job at any organization – specially with powerful founders or families, it is well worth developing a thorough understanding of the cultural factors and sensitivities involved. Raw Intelligence is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to succeed – emotional intelligence provides the much-needed sufficiency. And that involves recognizing stakeholders interest before picking up the top job.

There is no point in diving in deep oceans and complaining about sharks.

The forces of nature are so strong that in the battle of nature vs nurture, nature often wins hands down. As Sikka learns that lesson and walks into the sunset, he would do well to recall Peter Drucker’s golden lines that Cyrus Mistry at TATA group learnt equally painfully:

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast everyday”.

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