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You harvest what you sow
And to harvest great crop
You must feed right kind of fertilizer
You must feed right amount of water and
You must feed right amount of sunshine

Similarly our BRAIN is a fertile ground for IDEAS
And to harvest great ideas
You must feed on positive thinking
You must feed on walking the road less travelled
You must feed on the wisdom from your and others failures

Work gets done when you have fun

You are known by the company you keep Aesop’s Fable.

This is the half truth, the 100% truth is you are influenced by the company you keep.  The serious company rubs the seriousness on you and the fun company leaves a fun perfume in you.  You might say how is that possible?  Well the scientific research says so and it is based on facts.

And the proof is so powerful that few companies like Scripps Network, include  “humour” as one of their core values. Southwest Airlines encourages its employees to come work with a “warrior spirit, Servants Heart and fun loving attitude.”    The belief is ingrained in the corporate world that the management encourages culture of fun, collaboration and openness.  Boston Pizza employees send one another golden banana awards for “having fun while being the best”; Intuit employee have potluck breakfast and play their own version of jeopardy.

Encouraging culture of fun pays off in retention, employee engagement and increased productivity.   Tomorrow morning when you  wake up, plan to be around people who are fun, upbeat and optimistic because work gets done when you have fun.



How to Manage your life Energy ?

This Article appeared in  “THE KHALEEJ TIMES” – OPENSPACE on August 3, 2011

I am a good Time Manager and consider myself better at squeezing more activities in an hour than squeezing myself in size 34 trousers.   Yesterday I watched my favorite movie “Braved heart” for the 8th time.  The movie ended at 23:30hrs and it was 00:15hrs before I could hit the bed.  Next morning no sooner I got up, had gulped two strong cups of freshly brewed coffee before 7:00 in the morning.

I quickly gulped my 2 egg omelet sandwich and reached office after an hour of driving.  When driving I spent time listening to a CD’s “Arabic in 30 days.”   In between I switched on to business news on 103.8fm.   I was excited to catch up so much in so little time but my 9:00am internal meeting was a disaster, could not keep up my attention to the questions put forward and neither participated in the discussions.  What a disastrous start of the day ?

Sound familiar ?

A month ago I came across an article in HBR  “MANAGE YOUR ENERGY, NOT YOUR TIME” a profound statement and after browsing through realized the ton of gold in the wisdom scripted.  Organizations are demanding ever higher performance from their employees and employees are trying to comply through putting in longer hours.  Result…….. employees are disengaged, dissatisfied, burned out and getting their health out of fashion.  Longer hours in the office don’t work because time is a limited resource, but on the flip side personal energy is a renewable resource and by adopting simple rituals you can recharge yourself regularly and pour passion and zeal in your work or whatever you exercise.  These rituals are as simple as taking short brakes at a prescribed interval, expressing appreciation, reducing interruptions and noise pollution.  But before we go further let’s put a system to the renewable energy formula to get a better understanding and better still become a recharged person at your beckon.

You can manage and renew your energy by constantly focusing on four dimensions of personal energy.  And they are…..

  1. Physical Energy
  2. Emotional Energy
  3. Mental Energy
  4. Spiritual Energy

Wow looks intimated but not so when you practice and see the results .

Physical Energy:

  1. Improve quality of your sleep by setting an earlier bedtime.
  2. Reduce intake of alcohol and strictly no before bedtime.
  3. Reduce stress by engaging in cardiovascular activity at least 3 times a week and strength training at least once a week.
  4. Eat light meals and snacks every 3 hours.
  5. Take regular but brief breaks away from your desk at 90 or 120 minutes intervals throughout the day.

Emotional Energy:

  1. Practice deep abdominal breathing.
  2. Daily in the morning and evening practice Pranayama to diffuse negative emotions.
  3. Express regular appreciation of others at fixed intervals to start with; either verbally or through email or phone.
  4. Laugh for a minute three times a day.
  5. Stay away from pessimistic people.

Mental Energy:

  1. Practice high concentration task away from distractions such as phones and emails.
  2. Respond to emails and phone calls at predetermined time period during the day.
  3. Every night before going to bed identify the most important errand for the next day and give it the top priory for the day.

Spiritual Energy:

  1. Identify activities that give you the feeling of effectiveness, effortlessness and fulfillment.  Find ways to do more of these.  These are your SWEET SPOT.
  2. Allocate time and energy to what you believe most important.  For example spend deep 20 minutes after returning home with family.  Spend deep 30 minutes on dinner table with your family.

Live your core values.  If you are late for office due to traffic jams.  Get out early and try reaching office 10 minutes early.

Try these simple steps and stay at the plateau of your energy level all day long.  Good luck.


This article appeared in “THE KHALEEJ TIMES” – OPENSPACE – on August 3, 2011

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Planning: “ I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Planning is essential because it helps you to visualize and equips you with tools to go forward, however plans are useless because they change as we move forward. Having said that Studies have found that planning will reduce project budgets by an average of 20% and duration by almost 40%………..Wow

Motivation: There are two great motivation in life….. Pain and pleasure.  And we work harder for pain

Internal dictionary: I have amended my internal dictionary to substitute  – money to  value, Sell to Help and problems/challenges and change as opportunities for the next 72 hours and observe the difference in my attitude.

Triggers: I was on autopilot until I sat down to LIST,  what  makes me happy, what motivates me, inspires me, makes me sad, upsets me.  And once you know your triggers you can program your triggers for happiness, motivation and inspiration for the day, for the week and for the month.

Butterfly effect: The butterfly effect “a chaos theory” says a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Similarly a small act of kindness will have a profound effect in your future. Why not commit yourself to small acts of kindness every day and you can expect a hurricane of positive effects in your future.

Space for little Things: “Happiness is creating SPACE for the little things in our life” ……… A morning walk on the beach, sipping masala tea early morning, calling up your parents to say I love you, reading your favorite book, listening to your favorite song, special meal with your family, a hug to your kids, gifting chocolate to your loved ones, going out with your friends to watch first day first show movie release………….
Recipe for Happiness: A recent British study boiled down the HAPPINESS recipe to six and half hours of sleep, a 20 minute commute, 5 home cooked meals a week, a night out with friends or loved ones and regular exercise. Our brain has Mirror Neurons that mirror what our eyes see & observe. If you want to be happy surround yourself with happy people, activities, literature and things. If you want to be inspired surround yourself with successful people.”
Action:::: For the next 24 hours visit places that inspires you (art gallery, beach, bookshop, movie,  )
Action:::: For the next 24 hours visit places that inspires you (art gallery, beach, bookshop, movie,  )

Replace your Thoughts: Over 60,000 thoughts cross our mind in a day wherein 90% are repeat thoughts, 9% are new negative thoughts and only 1% are creative and positive thoughts. For the next 48 hours write down those 9% negative thoughts and analyze them. How many of them are just thoughts? Change them. And how many are facts? Correct them.
Sell yourself to you: “Toughest thing in life is… selling yourself to yourself – its conquering that hidden voice that says..U R too young, 2 inexperienced, 2 old, what if I look stupid, what if audience don’t like it. The hidden voice is ur enemy # 1.”
Action : For the next 30 minutes write down your fear and shoot them down 1 after the other.
Create your moments : “If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin.” —Ivan Turgenev

Plan you next day: “When you know clearly what you want, you will wake up every morning excited about life”………… Mark Victor Hansen
Decisions: A young MBA graduate was given the opportunity to interview a very successful businessman. The MBA graduate asked him, “Sir, What is the secret of your success?”

“Two words, young man.”
“And, Sir, what are they?”
“Right decisions.”
“But how do you make right decisions?”
“One word.” he responded.
“And, sir, What is that?”
“And how do you get Experience?”
“Two words”
“And, Sir, what are they?”
The businessman replied with a wry smile, “Wrong decisions.”

Gratitude: Action Plan:
1. Make as list of all important groups of people in your life ( friends, family, direct reports, customers etc )
2. Write down the names of every important person in every group.
3. Twice a week review the list of names and ask yourself “Did someone on this page do something that I should recognize?”
4. If the answer is “YES”, quickly recognize them either by phone, e-mail, voice mail or a note.
Source…..”What got you here won’t get you there”

Leadership: Successful people become great leaders when they shift their focus from themselves to others.

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