Our country is in a paradoxical position. On the one hand, we have a huge reservoir of youth, perhaps more than anywhere else in the world. They say 65 % of India’s population is below the age of 35 and almost 50 % below 25 years. They have aspirations like never before mainly because of greater exposure thanks to TV and the media. Continue reading
Interesting reading this. The principles look easy enough to follow but most things in life are easier said then done! This article speaks of the work done by journalist Napoleon Hill over the years researching what made people rich and successful, among them, most famously Andrew Carnegie, then the richest man in the world. Continue reading
Isn’t it interesting that some words seem to become fashionable in a manner of speaking and they are used till they are overused? The word “like” springs to mind. When I was a kid at school, we didn’t know the meaning of “love” or perhaps didn’t quite express our friendship with the other sex as being one involving love. The word that was commonly used was, ” like.”! One often heard, “He likes her but she doesn’t like him back!!” Every culture has its own nuanced language. In our lingo of those faraway times, if the love (or like if you will) was reciprocated, it was said that “He got a ‘Yeah.” If, on the contrary, his overtures were spurned, he was said to have got “the chop!”
The series of cricket Tests is over. India got thrashed by England once again bringing to the fore the many problems our much-vaunted super stars seem to have when playing cricket abroad. “Lions at home, lambs abroad” has been a phrase used for decades now to highlight how our batsmen who score heaps of runs in India flounder when they play in England, Australia or South Africa. Continue reading
The Rajya Sabha, India’s Upper House of Parliament is made up of 250 members. Most of these are elected by the political parties and are supposed to represent the various States of the country. It doesn’t matter even if you don’t live in a State, you can be their representative in the Rajya Sabha. Our former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh represented Assam for several terms in this manner. Continue reading
I came across these articles which I thought I would share today as they include some important tips to help you achieve success in your career. In the first one, the phenomenon of “procrastination” is discussed. I have written about this myself here in this blog. We tend to put off things we don’t like doing. If I were to be invited to receive a prize for being the Best Blogger On Earth I would be there in seconds, but if you ask me to list all the bloggers who participated and analyse their writing styles, I might think of a million reasons why I shouldn’t do it, now, if at all. Continue reading
I am as relieved as anybody else that young Srikant Balaji is safe and sound, though perhaps a bit under the weather after his recent experience. In case you don’t know who he is, he was with a team from the Chennai Trekkers Club and got lost some 48 hours ago in the Western Ghats near Sakleshpur in Karnataka. The story made the headlines in many newspapers, which is how I came to know about it in the first place. There was the usual scrambling about amongst utter confusion at the start. People feared the missing boy may have fallen prey to wild animals, been captured by Naxalites or worse. His parents said the organisers of the trek had been less than transparent about details (perhaps because they didn’t know too much themselves) and as always there was pressure on the Government to mount a search for the missing young man. The Forest dept, the Police, and even the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) all got involved. The public waited as another human interest story played out in front of them. Continue reading
There is so much going on around us that we are likely to be swamped with an overload of detail from things that we take in. However, there are some things that stick in your mind and many others that don’t. If you see the last few days, here are a few of the things that stayed in my mind: Continue reading
The frenzy of the finals is over. Germany, deservedly in my view, won the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2014 played in Brazil. The first thing I did as we approached the dates for the World Cup dates was to find out the difference in the time zones between Brazil and India, where I live. I watched most of the matches on TV, they being played, as per Indian Standard Time, at 7.30 p.m. ( which was fine), 9.30 p.m. ( which was fine, too) and 1.30 a.m. (which was fine, depending upon who was playing!). Continue reading
Interested as I am in keeping an eye on trends in the corporate world, here are a few published items which caught my attention:-
- Increased collaboration between the CFO and the CHRO is a must for organisations to succeed in present times. Rising costs of labour and the scarcity of talent are but two of the reasons why this has become crucial. This piece from EY gives fresh insight.
- Satisfied employees make a huge difference to the bottom lines of organisations. What makes companies like Google feature year after year in the list of organisations which are most sought after. Here is why Google is named “India’s Best Company To Work For” in 2013.
- Sharad Verma, Senior HR Director at SunGard Global Technology submits his assessment of the trends for HR in 2014 in SHRM.
As the world around us becomes increasingly competitive, the only way to survive is to learn from the best. A study of the trends mentioned above could help keep us on track to stay abreast.