In the course of a conversation I had recently with people of my age (60 +) the topic turned, as it often will, to the youth of today. Some felt they were extravagant and spent as if there was no tomorrow. Examples were given of how there was a running battle in most households in urban India regarding the amount of money to be given to kids each month and the effect of peer pressure on these kids. Sure, some of them are big spenders. Here’s an article in Trak. in. which speaks of the spending power of kids these days. It claims that they spend about Rs. 6000 per month on cosmetics, mobile phones and apparel. Continue reading
The eight edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is on. Probably the richest cricket tournaments in the world, this T20 tournament has 8 franchisees vying for the prestigious cup. The Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders have both won this twice in past years. It has been galling for faithful fans of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) the team that I support, as I live in Bengaluru, that we have never won the trophy even once, despite the rich talent we had. We have been losing finalists twice.
There are several sectors in India where the worth and potential of their assets have not really been fully utilised or harnessed. The tourism sector is one of them. Tourism accounts for 6.8 % of India’s GDP and is the third largest earner of foreign exchange with earnings of $18.13 billion in 2013. Continue reading
Today is the birth anniversary of one of India’s greatest sons, sadly one who was never fully given his due, Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, independent India’s first Law Minister. We can never forget that he was the principal architect of our Constitution, and one who wanted an uniform civil code apart from his phenomenal efforts to eradicate untouchability and the evils of the caste system. In this article, the eminent journalist, the late Mr. B. G. Verghese writes about some of Dr. Ambedkar’s contributions and how we as a country went wrong through blind hero worship.
The secret of effective communication of a Government-led initiative which holds out strong economic and social developmental objectives is to use simple terms which can be easily understood by a large cross-section of society. A good example of this is the “Make In India” program launched by our dynamic Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi. As the very name suggests this is a “major new national program designed to transform India into a global manufacturing hub.”
A few news items that grabbed my attention in the past few days feature in today’s blog post. I found them interesting- and amusing. Perhaps reflective of today’s day and age. Doctors, at least a few of them, seem to take pride in uploading pictures of their surgeries, with or without the consent of their patients says this article in the Times of India. As usual, Facebook is a target for such ‘bragging rights”. Imagine one doctor telling another, ” The tumor I took out is bigger then the one you did” and watching with glee the increasing number of number of shares, likes and so on!
A friend on Twitter pointed me to this old film titled “Planes of Hindustan” on the website of the Imperial War Museum about the Indian Air Force which was officially established on October 8, 1932. I found it quite fascinating especially as it had has rare footage of the No. 1 Squadron of the Air Force commanded at that time by Squadron Leader Subroto Mukherjee. Continue reading
The goal of every person is to grow and to succeed in his/her endeavour. What makes some people more successful than others? What differentiates “winners” from “losers”?
Here are a few tips that can help you succeed:
1. Here are Three Personal Development Goals that successful people practice habitually. This article from Entrepreneur .com is re-published in The Globe & Mail. The key points of Getting to Know Yourself; Improving Yourself, and Sharing Yourself are universally applicable whether you work for yourself or in a large organisation. It underscores that you need to act yourself if you want to be successful.
2. The IT Industry News Daily has this article to explain what the new trends are to foster development in your workforce. If you want to capture the imagination of the Millennials who are so caught up in social media, you will need to adapt to match their needs for interactive learning.
3. As if to underscore that people development issues are as applicable in the UK as they are in India, here’s an article in CIPD which claims 25 % of the workforce in the UK believe they receive insufficient support from their employers in their development.
There have been many posts on Executive Coaching in the past in this blog. I love to read about the experience of others in the field and get new perspectives as the years go by. I have always had deep admiration for the work of Dr. Kenneth Blanchard and I still recall the very informative and educative discussions I had when I visited Blanchard in San Diego many years ago. Continue reading
Republic Day is one festive occasion I look forward to most eagerly every year, especially the military parade. This year’s parade was exceptional. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as good as we would have wished it to be. There was a slight drizzle when the ceremonies started but the weather improved as the parade commenced. President Obama was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations this year, the first time a President of the United States had accepted this honour. Continue reading