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मेरा अकेलापन आज फिर मुझसे था मिलने आया

सामने मेरे बैठ गया, झाँक कर मुझमे कुछ देखा उसने

कुछ रफ़्तार से चल रहा था मैं, मुझको था वोह रोकने आया

कुछ देर तलक बैठे हम दोनों, गुफ्तगू का दौर शुरू किया उसने

बहुत करीब आकर भी वोह वाकिफ सा नहीं नज़र आया |


क्यों मैं चला जा रहा हूँ ऐसे, कोई एहसास क्यों होता नहीं

मैं क्या खो रहा हूँ खुद से, ऐसा कुछ उसने मुझे समझाया

लौट चलो उस दौर में, जहाँ सिर्फ आगाज़ है

लफ़्ज़ों का दायरा था मेरे दिमाग में, फिर भी मैंने खुद तो चलता पाया |


ज़हन में सवाल हैं, ख्याल हैं और हैं बहुत सी रंगीनिया

पर हर रंग का रंग बेरंग सा क्यों हैं अब तक पाया

वो सामने बैठा था इस अंदाज़ में, कि जीवन था झलक रहा

किसको देख रही है नज़र, क्या वोह है मुझमे समाया |


वक़्त की रफ़्तार थी बढ़  रही, उस दौड़ में था मैं शामिल

किस मुकाम पर है रुकना, ऐसा अब तक नहीं है समझ आया

मुझको मुझसे परिचित करा कर, वोह आगे सा बढ़ने लगा

ओझल सा वोह होने लगा, पर अब मैंने था फिर से खुद को पाया||


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There are many road warriors out there who may beat this story but this week I saw myself becoming one. Hopped on a plane Sunday night, another one Monday night, and another one on Tuesday night and yet another one Wednesday night! It almost felt like navigating Google maps to find a town except that I actually traveled to such places.

So what is it like? Definitely not fun when you find yourself spending more time at the airport than in a bed. But it has it’s own charm. When I am at the airport I make it a point to the local gift shop because that’s one place where you get to learn something about the town/city. Try driving through the downtown, particularly if it is a small town or village. You will find the experience soothing if you are used to living in a big city. Recently I have tried doing one more thing – eating at local restaurants rather than popular chains. You will find amazing food at the local places because most of the time owners use traditional recipes and put their lifetime’s worth of hard work in serving you.

Even with a busy schedule you can create some fun for yourself. It only helps you by relieving some of that work pressure and by relaxing your airplane back!

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It’s Monday afternoon and you have just recovered from Monday morning blues! It is time to get back to work with full force and make a difference!

There is one problem – you have this second thought in your mind – am I really making a difference? Is my job and my years of hard work creating any value for the company and in turn for me? And as you start sorting out these thoughts, your Monday afternoon productivity has taken a dive already. However, you are not alone in this world having these doubts. This is normal. There are probably a million people in the United States alone who have this thought every Monday.

This thought is even more prevalent during this economic downturn when many employees feel obligated to prove their relevance in the company. So what should you be doing? Remember, like all management theories, there is no silver bullet. There are several keys to success, most important ones being patience and perseverance.

Create Value at your workplace – not for one day but every day! Infuse some enthusiasm in you and your colleagues. Here are some things you can start trying tomorrow when you walk-in to your office.

  1. Death by Meeting – how many times you have attended a meeting where you felt you were not providing any value or you felt disassociated with the subject? Next time when you get invited to a meeting, reach out to the host and clarify the purpose and your role in advance. Then prepare accordingly – you don’t have to go buy books for that. Read relevant information on your company’s intranet, talk to other colleagues about it and when nothing else works – Google it! So in the upcoming meeting, walk in like a smart individual and share your wealth of knowledge with the other invitees. You will see people will start respecting your point of view.
  2. Socialize and not gossip – you have just come out of a meeting with a great idea and a list of action items. The project you and your colleagues have been working on is going to bring great value for your company. Top management knows it but besides them it is an unknown entity. Don’t stop there. Create wow internally. Water Cooler talk, lunch time conversation, hallway conversations, message on intranet – use all these tools to socialize the idea and its importance. Don’t brag about it but educate and inform your colleagues. And again, your co-workers will start seeing you as an important source of information while management will view this as a great effort to collaborate.
  3. The Need of a new idea – many management gurus talk about innovation and often people associate innovation with a new idea. I have a different take on it. Statistically, only 15% of human beings on this planet have the genes to be exclusively creative. Majority of them are artists of some sort. When it comes down to corporate innovation, the number is probably down to 5% or something. I am not saying don’t develop new ideas, but the concept is don’t over work yourself on it. There is a merit to taking an existing idea and putting it into execution. Make it successful for your customers, your company, your colleagues and yourself! Not everyone who can think of a new idea can make it happen. You can be the “make it happen” person.
  4. Time sharing is not only for vacations – you have a long list of emails in your mailbox. Then there is a laundry list of items from home. Your manager has asked you for 10 high priority deliverables. And the constraint is – you have one soul! There are several things which are wrong with this picture. I am not going to touch the domestic affairs but when it comes to work I am also swamped with millions of things which I took upon myself. There cannot be 10 high priorities in anyone’s work. It’s math, it’s logic! Even your manager cannot handle 10 high priorities. So learn to distribute or re-prioritize. Share the time with other colleagues who may not be as swamped as you are. Believe me, every organization has some. Just look around your office.

These are 4 simple techniques that don’t require extensive training. Try to make them a habit and spread your influence by creating value for yourself and others!

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