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20
Jun

Difference Between What You Call an Experience and What You Call A Mistake

It’s never easy to admit you’ve made a mistake, but it’s a crucial step in learning, growing, and improving yourself.

You can only learn from a mistake after you admit you’ve made it. As soon as you start blaming other people (or the universe itself), you distance yourself from any possible lesson. But if you courageously stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will move towards you. Admission of a mistake, even if only privately to yourself, makes learning possible by moving the focus away from blame assignment and towards understanding. Wise people admit their mistakes easily. They know progress accelerates when they do.

Many times there really is no difference between an experience and a mistake; it’s simply all about how you look at it.

Experiences help you grow; mistakes hold you back.

Experiences leave lessons; mistakes leave regrets.

Experiences make you smarter; mistakes make you question.

Experiences show you the way; mistakes lead you into the dark.

Experiences are necessary; mistakes are inescapable.

Experiences are great for stories; mistakes are for nights you can’t sleep.

Experiences build you up; mistakes tear you down.

Experiences are welcomed; mistakes are uninvited.

Experiences give you character; mistakes make you a character.

Experiences lead to new opportunities; mistakes take them away.

Experiences define you; mistakes bother you.

Experiences are praised; mistakes are pardoned.

Experiences hurt; mistakes hurt more.

Experiences create; mistakes destroy.

Experiences fill you up; mistakes empty you.

Experiences add value; mistakes add weight.

Experiences are for the great; mistakes are for the weak.

Experiences drive creativity; mistakes drive insanity.

Experiences last forever; mistakes last a minute.

Experiences create leaders; mistakes create lamenters.

Experiences drive creativity; mistakes drive madness.

Experience leads to new beginnings; mistakes feel like the end.

Experiences inspire creativity; mistakes create chaos.

Experiences are praised; mistakes are regretted.

Experiences mold you; mistakes burn you.

Experiences shower you; mistakes drown you.

Experiences are collected; mistakes are rejected.

 

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20
Jun

Teamwork

I love this story of teamwork I heard the other day. I think you will agree it is powerful.

A team of about 35 employees had come together for a team building event. They were a young, bright and enthusiastic team. All pass-outs from tire 1 management colleges.

However, one big problem this team had was they wouldn’t share information or solutions with each other. The leader felt they were too focused on self and not enough on team.

So she started off with a fun team activity that would allow her to teach the importance of each team member working together and sharing more.

She brought the team into the cafeteria. All of the tables and chairs had been stacked and put away. Placed around the room were fun decorations and hundreds of different colored balloons.

Everyone was excited, but not sure what it was all about. In the center of the room was a big box of balloons that had not been blown up yet.

The team leader asked each person to pick a balloon, blow it up and write their name on it. But they were instructed to be careful because the balloon could pop!

A few balloons did indeed pop and those members of the team were given another chance but were told that if the balloon popped again they were out of the game.

About 30 team members were able to get their name on a balloon without it popping. Those 30 were asked to leave their balloons and exit the room. They were told they had qualified for the second round.

Five minutes later the leader brought the team back into the room and announced that their next challenge was to find the balloon they had left behind with their name on it among the thousands of other balloons scattered in the large cafeteria. She warned them, however, to be very careful and not to pop any of the balloons. If they did, they would be disqualified.

While being very careful, but also trying to go as quickly as they could, each team member looked for the balloon with their name. After 10 minutes not one single person was able to find their balloon. The team was told that the second round of the game was over and they were moving onto the third round.

In this next round, the leader told the team members to find any balloon in the room with a name on it and give it to the person whose name was on it. Within a couple of minutes, every member of the team had their balloon with their own name on it.

 

The team leader made the following point: “We are much more efficient when we are willing to share with each other. And we are better problem solvers when we are working together, not individually.”

Often times members of teams create obstacles that get in the way of teamwork by solely focusing on their own pursuits and goals. They hoard information, avoid collaboration and distance themselves. It is bad for the team and it is bad for that individual.

Every member of a team should ask themselves on a regular basis what they are doing for the team and can do for the team.

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2
Jun

Fight Till The End…..

Greetings to you on this Saturday Morning !!

Some years ago on a hot summer day in South Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.

In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, that an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother in the house was looking out the window saw the two as they got closer and closer together.

In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him.

From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but she was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal, and on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.

The newspaper reporter, who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs.

And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, “But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Mom wouldn’t let go. So they are precious to me.”

There are different ways that we can remember our difficult times. There are scars from many painful experiences. But the way we decide to remember them is what keeps us from seeing them as traumas or memories. I know its easier said than done, but lets try to make good memories rather than remember traumas out of our life experiences and…..

……..Enjoy weekend !!

5
Apr

Life Mantra : Just a year to Live

 

Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He knows he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a window.

Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.

“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and summer to live through, and would die with the fail of the leaf.”

In that time Burgess wrote energetically, finishing five and a half novels before the year wad through (very nearly the entire lifetime output of E.M. Forster, and almost twice that of J. D. Salinger.) 

But Burgess did not die. His cancer had gone into remission and then disappeared altogether. In his long and full life as a novelist ( he is best known for A Clock-work Orange), he wrote more than 70 books, but without the death sentence from cancer, he may not have written at all.

Many of us are like Anthony Burgess, hiding greatness inside, waiting for some external emergency to bring it out. Ask yourself what you’d do if you had Anthony Burgess’s original predicament. “If I had just a year to live, how would I live differently? What exactly would I do?” 

22
Sep

Monday Mantra : Successful People Who Did Not Let Failure Define Them – Part 1

A wildlife presenter on the Discovery Channel

 

BEFORE:

After leaving school, he briefly considered joining the Indian Army and hiked in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal. Eventually, he joined the Territorial Army and, after passing selection, served as a reservist with the SAS in 21 SAS Regiment (Artists) (Reserve), for three years until 1997.

In 1996, he suffered a free-fall parachuting accident in Zambia. His canopy ripped at 16,000 ft, partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae. He later said: “I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem”. According to his surgeon, he came “within a whisker” of being paralyzed for life and at first it was questionable whether he would ever walk again. He spent the next 12 months in and out of military rehabilitation.

AFTER:

In a showcase of what pure determination and hard work can do, on 16 May 1998 he achieved his childhood dream climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident.

At 23, he was at the time among the youngest people to have achieved this feat. This is the inspirational story of the amazing Bear Grylls. He is known to the world as a television presenter for the Discovery Channel, with his own show called Man Vs. Wild.

22
Sep

Habits of Unsuccessful People Vs Successful People

Achieving success in life is not something one gets by fluke or luck but is something for which a combination of skills, timing, hard work and luck is needed.  Successful people share many common habits with each other and this is enough to prove that success may have a certain recipe and path.

Some of the habits of highly successful people include tracking progress,learning from mistakes, thinking of long term goals, being humble, taking risks while maintaining balance in life, being organizational, embracing changes and handling problems well.

Habits of Unsuccessful People Vs Successful People (Infographic)

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On the other hand, some habits which are common among unsuccessful people are wasting time, getting distracted easily, blaming others, not setting goals, fearing change, holding grudges and wanting others to fail, negative thoughts and thinking that they know everything.

It is a fact that those who think that they have achieved success tend to be 100% successful in the future whereas those who think that they can achieve it have only 80% chance of being successful. Similarly, those who doubt themselves and think that they might achieve it have only a 60% chance whereas those who think that they definitely won’t have a 0% chance!

 

Source – https://successstory.com

14
Jan

Mantra For Life : The Fish Story

Life’s Mantra : The FISH Story

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish, But the water close to Japan has not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring the fish. If the return trip took more time, the fish were not fresh. To solve this problem, fish companies installed freezers on their boats.

They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish and they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish fetched a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, they were tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste. The fishing industry faced an impending crisis! But today, they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan.

How did they manage…?

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks but with a small shark.The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move.

The challenge they face keeps them alive and fresh!

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired and dull….?

Basically in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active. If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy.

Your challenges keep you energized. Don’t create Success and revel in it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.

Put a shark in your tank this year and see how far you can really go. Challenge your Self!.

Wish u a magnificent week ahead !!

9
Oct

Tips : Recruitment through Head Hunting

Tips : Recruitment through Head Hunting

We will Cover –

    • How to be effective in headhunting
    • Different ways of Headhunting and networking.
    • Some important tips.

 

  1. Headhunting – Why and When
    • Quality of CVs – Conversion Ratio is higher
    • Niche Skills requirements – When requirement is very specific
    • When competition stiff – Multiple vendors
    • Lead time less
    • Database Poor
    • To target candidates who otherwise may not apply

You can be a good Headhunter , If you have/are –

    • Knowledge
    • Common Sense in abundance
    • Perseverance
    • Organised
    • Creative
    • Good Networking skills
    • Confident

Knowledge

      • Client’s Requirement
      • Client’s Business
      • Client’s Industry
      • Target company –
      • People, Projects and
      • Processes

Common Sense

    • Am I tapping the right industry, the right
    • people at the right time at the right place?
    • Am I introducing myself in the right manner
    • Am I using the right words while making
    • these calls?
    • Am I closing the conversation at the
    • right time?
    • Am I asking right and to-the-point
    • questions?

Organised

      • Do I document the relevant details after every call I make.
      • Important names and nos. etc.
      • Do I document the research findings for future reference.
      • Am I able to retrieve the information whenever I need them

Good networking skills

    • Establishing relationships with other professionals.
    • Join associations, talk to new people, talk to people you know , and to people they know.
    • In case, you cannot network openly do it with with discretion, but do network!
    • Remember, just because you’ve interacted with someone once does not mean that you’re networking job is done. You must keep the communication open on a continual basis.

Perseverance

    • We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.“

Creativity

    • The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas

Confidence

    • I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. Brian Tracy
    • I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways

Process Flow

    • Present CVs to client and then schedule the profiles that have been short listed by client

Map companies where similar skills are available Try getting in touch with candidates from these companies Expect closures .

Map and identify similar companies

    • Understand client requirement/company
    • Take ideas from client about head-hunting prospects / related industries.
    • Brainstorm and note down similar companies in the same line of business .
    • Search Internet for better understanding.
    • Talk with colleagues about similar past requirements.
    • List down all similar companies with phone numbers in an excel sheet

Headhunting

Trying to get through reception or other probable barriers. Common excuses:

      • We are organizing a seminar.
      • I am a summer trainee.
      • I am calling from CII/Management Associations
      • I am calling from College – Technical positions
      • I am calling from a vendor/supplier company
      • Calling from a Market Research Company
      • Once the reception is convinced get connected to the person whom you are looking for

Head hunting contd..

      • The opening statements determines the fate of the call
      • It makes or breaks the head hunting exercise
      • I am calling from a staffing company.
      • Is this a good time to talk to you?
      • Would like to speak to you regarding a job option/placement with a client of mine
      • Describe the job option in detail
      • Send an email with JD and company details

Unable to get past the reception

    • Take references from placed candidates.
    • References from candidates in database.
    • Generating leads from friends
    • Reference from team members.
    • Check job portals for candidates from target companies

Tips on Headhunting

    • Cracking extension numbers of the identified cos.
    • Speaking to candidate using aliases
    • Calling them up leaving your name and mobile number asking them to call back.
    • Using personal email ids to send mails to candidates
    • Using job portals to identify candidates from targeted companies, and generating references from identified candidates.

Challenges and Threats

    • Threat of getting through wrong people who may not be looking for a change and might escalate.
    • Risk of getting into rude and awkward situations.
    • Getting escalated to one of the existing client managers.
7
Oct

What you see may not be the reality

A lovely little girl was holding two apples with her both hands. Her mum came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile, “My sweetie! Could you give your mum one of your two apples? ” The girl looked to her mother for some seconds with no expressions on face, then she suddenly took a quick bite on one apple, and then quickly on the other.

The smile on the mum’s face faded. She tried hard not to reveal her disappointment .

Then the little girl handed one of her bitten apples to her mum and said, “Mum, here you are! This is the sweeter one.”

Moral of the story : No matter who you are, how experienced you are and how knowledgeable you think you are, always delay your judgement. Give others the privilege to explain themselves. What you see may not be the reality.

2
Jul

Life Mantra : Strengths and Weakness

 

MONDAY MANTRA : STRENGTHS & WEAKNESS 

There was a King with 1 eye and 1 leg.

He asked all the painters to draw a beautiful portrait of him. But none of them could — how could they paint him beautifully with the defects in one eye and one leg.

Eventually one of them agreed and drew a classic picture of the king. It was a fantastic picture and surprised everyone.

He painted the king AIMING for a HUNT. Targeting with one Eye Closed and One Leg Bent …

Moral: Why can’t we all paint pictures like this for others. Hiding their weaknesses and highlighting their strength.

 

About me
Creative-Enthusiastic-Positive and People oriented HR Professional. My 10 years in HR as an assistant, then generalist, and now manager, have allowed me to grow and develop professionally and as a leader. Currently I am working as a Sr. Human Resource Consultant with few Start-ups. I am helping them Strategically in building best HR Practices. I have experience in below areas of Human Resource – Talent Acquisition (Recruitment & Selection), HR Policies & Procedures, Talent Management (HR Generalist), Performance Management System and Training & Development.
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