Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship’

The Path Lies Within…

February 14, 2011

The path lies within……..

If eternal Bliss is destination, then the path lies within. You need to surrender to your inner self to conquer the world

You cannot seek an acquaintance with the world when your inner self is a stranger to you.

Peace of mind is something everyone aspires for, and yet nobody seems to know when, where, and how to get it. Over a period of time, term “peace of mind” has undergone a transformation from a qualitative entity to a quantitative entity. People now a days speak in terms of “some peace of mind” to describe their aspiration or achievement. It can no longer be equated with the total tranquility of mind and the body. Peace of mind or lack of it can be the result of conquest over or conflict with self.

“In the final analysis, the hope of every person is simply peace of mind.”

Please read the complete article HERE

Social Entrepreneurship

November 11, 2010

An extract from the text of the lecture delivered by Shyamsunder Panchavati at Hyderabad on 31st October 2010.

“Social Entrepreneurship: A Change in perspective, from “Not for Profit” activity to a “transaction” towards Social Assets Accumulation”

“I am extremely happy to note that so many young entrepreneurs have taken time today to attend my lecture on Social Entrepreneurship. I hope this will probably help in removing misgivings in the minds of the youngsters about Social Entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurial effort like any other business. Only difference is, it is wholly or partially cause driven and more often than not, it complements in terms of increased brand equity to the brand that supports it.

The debate about the capitalism and “All Truism” is eternal and will continue till eternity. We arenow looking at a model that is a combination of the two. “All truisms” is a noble concept, but it is too noble a concept to sustain. What is an ideal combination depends on geographic, demographic and other factors. However there has to be a flexibility and scalability in action & approach as per the need and situation.”

Please read the full text and view the presentation

Best wishes,

Shyam

Body tattoos are exhibit, Mind tattoos are they inhibits ????

May 8, 2009

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Few more University degrees than others does this make you a better educated person than others?
Humility born out of knowledge is divine,
Confidence born out of knowledge is good welcome and acceptable.
Arrogance born out of knowledge is Ignorance magnified.
Ignorance is trait born out of captive mind set.
Kupastha Mandukam are we one?? (Frog in well)
As Intellectuals, well we are not expected to be one.

Mind tattoos, the responsible factors for captive mind set
People are led by the captive mindsets which lead to inhibition and inaction
Mind tattoos, the responsible factors for captive mind set
“Dr Norman Vincent Peale the famous author was walking by a tattoo shop when a confused looking young man came out of the shop with a tattoo in his right arm that read “Born to Lose”. Dr Peale asked the tattoo artist about it and the tattoo artist replied…. “ I did ask the young man if he was sure that he wanted to state “Born to lose” in his arm and the young man was pretty stubborn in that. A surprised Dr Peale asked the tattoo artist – “Is’nt that surprising?” For which the artiste replied “Not really! Much before he tattooed it on his arm, he has firmly tattooed it in his brain, and his body tattoo act is just a reflection of his mind tattoo”.””

But what we tattoo on any part of the body for others to see is not as important as what we tattoo in our minds…. And positive, successful, energetic mind tattoos are a must to attain success…
So, it should be our conscious and subconscious endeavor to keep tattooing our mind with thoughts that are ONLY about winning, what we want be, want to reach, want to achieve, that perfect day as desired, ALL THAT IS SOUGHT BY US FOR A GREAT LIFE.
A few degrees less or more doesn’t decide whether you are intelligent, Creative leader

Creative people are full of curiosity.

Creative people are wonderstruck. They are tickled by the newness of every moment. They have lots of questions. They keep asking what, why, when, where and how.
A questioning mind is an open mind. It is not a knowing mind. Only an open mind can be creative. A knowing mind can never be creative.
A questioning stance sensitizes the mind in a very special way and it is able to sense what would have been missed otherwise.

Problems & the blame game
When there is a problem, some people can be seen wringing up their hands. Their first reaction is to look for someone to blame. Being faced with a problem becomes a problem. Such people can be called problem-averse.
Intelligent people, on the other hand, are problem-friendly. They just roll up their sleeves when faced with a problem. They see problems as opportunities to improve the quality of life. Being faced with a problem is never a problem.

Value ideas and suggestions from the colleagues

Creative people realize the value of an idea. They do not take any chance with something so important. They spot an opportunity in the ideas suggested by their colleagues.

Delegate and define responsibility to make them accountable & responsible.

Delegate and clearly define responsibilities to each member of the team. Allow them controlled discretion & inculcate a sense of responsibility & accountability in them. A responsible and winning team can only make you a winning leader.

Visible enthusiasm for achieving set goals

Effective leaders are enthusiastic about their goals. This enthusiasm works as fuel for their journey, propelling them to their goals. This is also extremely contagious and spreads fast in the team.

Perennially dissatisfied.

Leaders are acutely aware of their dissatisfactions and unfulfilled desires. However, this awareness does not frustrate them. Their frustration never reflects in their behavior with colleagues. As a matter of fact, they use this awareness as a stimulus to realize their dreams.

Be an optimist, regardless of adversities & constraints.

Creative people generally have a deeply held belief that most, if not all, problems can be solved. No challenge is too big to be overcome.
This doesn’t mean they are always happy and never depressed. They do have their bad moments but they don’t generally get stumped by a challenge.

Creative people make positive Judgment.

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn. It can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a right man’s brow – a businessman Charles Brower

The ability to hold off on judging or critiquing an idea is important in the process of creativity. Often great ideas start as crazy ones – if critique is applied too early the idea will be killed and never developed into something useful and useable.

This doesn’t mean there is no room for critique or judgment in the creative process but there is a time and place for it and creative people recognize that.

Academics excellence should not bring about arrogance of Endemic proportions

Your having more knowledge than your colleagues is the most natural thing and that should not make the other person less of a human being. If that knowledge gives you a sense of arrogance and self righteousness, You are endemic diseased get yourself cured immediately. Your superior knowledge should be used to help build ladders out of ignorance for lesser qualified colleagues & students.

Great people are good at reframing any situation.

Reframes are a different way of looking at things. Being able to reframe experiences and situations is a very powerful skill.
Reframing allows you to look at a situation from a different angle. It is like another camera angle in a cricket match. And a different view has the power to change your entire perception of the situation.
Reframing can breathe new life into dead situations. It can motivate demoralized teams. It helps you to spot opportunities that you would have otherwise missed.

It does not mean that excellent academics make you less educated. It only means that excellent academics & education are not interrelated directly or inversely. We had great academicians who were also excellent human beings. Dr. Rejendra Prasad, Dr. Radhakrishanan, Dr. Zakir Hussain, and Dr. Kalam. Remember our word action directly impacts the destiny of the future generations. Our actions should help to mould the youth to become future leaders and fulfill Dr. Kalam’s dream to lead India to lead the world by 2020.

Best wishes,

Shyam,

Adversity An Excellent Opportunityto Deliver

March 24, 2009

Adversity brings the best in human beings. We have seen that happening at many organizations. With less manpower, and reduced financial inputs, leaders are delivering, and accomplishing the set goals.
It is quite clear that adversity has converted itself into an opportunity for excellence.
Not knowing what we do not know has often been the bane of many a leader. and has resulted in precious man hours being wasted in the pursuits with no logical conclusions, depriving the knowledge area of the precious time for task accomplishment.
Concentrating on the knowledge area helps us to set an example for our team members, and motivate them for higher achievements. Since this is the time when organizations are expecting more output with reduced man power. It is imperative that managers bring about small changes in their attitudes and work pattern.
The important things to know are
1. Know that you must execute
2. Know what you cannot do
3. Know what you can do

Shyamsunder Panchavati

What India’s Talent Shortage Means for the US

March 15, 2009

Here is your article. Please read and comment.

Shyam

Ms Kanter

Ms Kanter

Seventeen hours of air travel and dozens of aloo parathas later, I am back from India, where I gave a keynote speech and workshop on innovation for NASSCOM. NASSCOM is the association for software and services companies, AKA the BPO (business process outsourcing) companies that some Americans think have “stolen” American high tech jobs – that is, the ones left after China supposedly stole American manufacturing jobs.
I am not sure what I expected in terms of mood. Maybe it would be a bit funereal due to a recent scandal in a large Indian BPO’er, or some ethical wrist-slaps to a few leading companies by the World Bank? Or perhaps I would hear glee over the cost-cutting moves by U.S. and other Western companies that could result in sending more work to India?
Instead, I found a sober, reflective mood about the limits to growth in a global downturn. There was a call for more innovation by Indian companies and for changes in the business model to stress high value-added services instead of inexpensive labor. There was a desire to become less dependent on large Western company customers by targeting emerging countries and smaller businesses.
And there was one interesting worry: that talent could not be developed fast enough to meet the demand as IT services continue to burgeon and find more applications. My first reaction was that this is good for America, as the IT innovation capital of the world (at least to date). My second reaction was that if India, which graduates about 10 times the numbers of engineers as the U.S., worries about a technical skills shortage, what about us?
Cisco CEO John Chambers, who spoke before I did with his usual charm, repeated his company’s investment in Bangalore as its second global headquarters because of the 600,000 engineers a year that India produces. Similarly, the 80,000-plus employees of IBM India make India the second largest country after the U.S. in terms of a concentration of IBM employment.
India’s importance will only increase. Its population will surpass China’s by 2020, according to U.N. projections. Of course, the competitive race continues – NASSCOM had attendees from China who want to create a Chinese IT industry to surpass India’s. And India has a huge problem of rural poverty and urban social problems. Still, the largest and best Indian IT companies, such as Wipro and Infosys, have become increasingly sophisticated in terms of human resource development; Infosys was recently named to a Fortune magazine list of the best companies for leaders.
In the uncomfortable pause caused by a terrible recession, there is time for Americans to reflect and learn.
America will create new jobs by tapping the inventiveness of entrepreneurs who can draw on a large pool of talent with so-called STEM skills – science, technology, engineering, and math. I wish that the federal stimulus package included less money on banks and more on investment in higher education and companies of the future. Venture capital is viewed as a purely private matter in the U.S., but there can be a public sector role. Singapore’s technology leadership derives from government investment. Massachusetts had a public seed fund starting in the 1980s that lent small amounts of money along with great credibility to startups that could then more easily raise private money after the vetting and state imprimatur. (BTW, the fund made a profit for the state.)
If we cannot learn a little more of the latest sciences ourselves, we can demand this from our children’s schools. We can find or found supplementary schools, like the Saturday math school in a Boston suburb founded by Russian immigrants (and whose attendees tend to be kids from families with Indian, Russian, and Israeli origins – are parents without recent immigration status too complacent?) We can support community science and math contests and make them as popular as the Putnam County Spelling Bee of song-and-dance fame.
More knowledge of India and its talent development efforts would be a good thing for America. If more Americans might find business opportunities through ties to India or knowledge of how to stay ahead of a formidable competitor, that would be a contribution to rebuilding the U.S. economy. Even better would be a determination to improve STEM education at home.
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SELF PROMOTION ESSENTIAL TO MAKE YOURSELF RELEVANT IN THE PINK SLIP ERA

March 6, 2009

There are any number of reasons why you should advertise the value you deliver to your unit and your company. But mastering the delicate art of selling yourself isn’t easy. Overdo the self-promotion, and you can get a reputation as a grandstander. But duck the limelight, and you miss out on well-deserved plaudits.
Following are some examples of managers who learned how to put themselves and their good work forward–without putting others off.

NETWORK THROUGH WORDS AND DEEDS

Build a network of appreciative associates and bosses, not just by communicating with them, but by taking on tasks for them and following through on projects with them. Effective networks are simply mutual obligations between people. Show your boss and others in decision-making positions that you can get things done through others. Show them you’re connected.

TAKE A STAND AGAINST CREDIT THEFT

Don’t steal credit that belongs to another, and do all you can to prevent others from stealing credit that rightly belongs to you. As in sports, a good offense is often the best defense against credit theft, Instead of directly confronting a credit hog–usually a futile enterprise–frequently inform the boss in meetings, emails, and informal chats about your role in the team’s recent coup and your ideas for future successes.

DON’T BRUSH OFF COMPLIMENTS

When the team leader compliments you on the job you did organizing the client meeting, don’t brush it off with an “Oh, it was really nothing.” Say how much the recognition means to you. Acknowledge the good effort you gave. And add something worthwhile that underscores the importance of the contribution you made. “I think it’s really important that these meetings are a valuable experience for our clients,” you might say, or “I put a lot of advance work into that new technology panel, so it was really rewarding to see the clients so engaged in the session.”

OVERCOME PHYSICAL DISTANCE
If you telecommute, you might worry about losing out to a rival who has his face before the vice president every day. Even if you don’t work from your home, you might need to cultivate someone whose office is 3,000 miles away. Today’s technology, makes it far easier than in the past to self-promote from a distance. Stay on someone’s radar through e-mail, voice messages, and the occasional phone call.
When contact is infrequent, people tend to think the worst about you or, even worse, think nothing about you at all.”

MAKE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS KNOWN TO OTHERS BESIDES YOUR BOSS

Some might think it sufficient to earn their supervisor’s appreciation; after all, he is the one with the most impact on a report’s evaluation, raise, and the other rewards of work. But the savviest strategists understand the importance of self-promoting to an even higher level, as well as horizontally to other units and their managers.
Your boss’s boss might be in a better position than your direct supervisor to give you a promotion or plum assignment. And a manager who shares rank with you today might be in a position of greater decision-making power tomorrow
Shyam

Pres.Obama rebuilding trust , capping salaries boon or boomerang

February 17, 2009

President Obama’s   argument  looks quite convincing superficially. But on intense analysis it looks a bit arbitrary.The top executives will not mind the cuts so much as the way they have been suggested by President Obama. President could have reached the top brass through his government agencies or through the chamber of commerce,held discussions with the business leaders. The executives themselves would have come forward voluntarily with cap on their salaries as Citi Bank CEO has done. President’s decision has made them appear less patriotic than they actually are.

We should not forget that these are the same executives who contributed to the growth of the organizations thus contributing indirectly to the growth of the US economy and creation of jobs,If US is the only economic super power in the world,the contribution of these corporate bosses is more than substantial.

The economic slowdown is not entirely of their making, though they are also responsible partly.they are as much US citizens as other populace,and responsible for Presdient Obama’s victory.

Better option would have been to take them into confidence, and get voluntary
salary caps from them.This people Vs Industry battle does augur well for the growth of the country, because these two are interdependent.

Shyamsunder Panchavati

When clichés rhetoric’s fail, It is human values that win you hearts and bring Transformations.

February 16, 2009

When cliches rhetoric’s fail, It is human values that win you hearts and bring Transformations.

Qualities that make a good leader

Attitudes towards goals & goal setting for the team

It is important to take a personal and active look when setting the goals. Get into the shoes of the team members. Think analyze & understand the likely thought process of the team members the moods the attitudes, the fears, the resentments. Allow them to express & justify. Understand and agree with their justification. Bring them into totally non combative mood. Appeal to their human side.

One thing every one appreciates in a leader is honesty. One thing everyone hates in a leader is duplicity. If duplicity is a part of professional leadership, then it is better to be a personal leader than a professional one.

Explain to them how each member can help save a few jobs, or create a few jobs at the junior most level by reaching the goals. How many more can he help create by exceeding it?

Arouse the philanthropist in him and see how he suddenly becomes pro-active in goal setting process. The leader has to relate to the team directly intuitively & emphatically .the focus should clearly be on the substance of the decision including the repercussions.

Implementation  & Work.

It is important to understand that every member has his own approach to goal attainment listening to them in fact increases the options for the leader. So long as they go with the organizational policy, ideas should be encouraged. The best way of making most of the opportunity is accommodating the members thinking, even if it involves a little risk. This will ensure an involvement of heart soul & body into the task.

Human values require the leader to have a sense of self, an ability to profoundly alter the human, emotional, and economic relationship, the ability to feel separate from the organization. Here the order of preference is the team member, team, and organization.

I know the management purists may not agree with me. But as I said, when nothing works, It is the human values that get you through.

Best wishes,

Shyam

Esteem Elevation Highway to Employability

February 6, 2009

Esteem elevation the highway to employability

Self esteem elevation is very critical factor leading to employment. It is a natural tendency to be low on self esteem during unemployment. Add to this are the discouraging remarks of the friends and relatives. .Even well meaning people with their pity &sympathy hit a severe blow on your self esteem. Even false praise will do no good. Come on!!! We are mature enough to distinguish between true & false and it hurts.
How to elevate your self esteem?

Remember, not so long ago, you were employed, considered competent, even had boss & colleagues singing your praise. You cannot become incompetent suddenly. Your low self esteem is dominating your mind set and thought process. It needs to be rekindled

There are many things you are good at, May be they do not give you job or money, but they give you leadership status. You may be good at cooking, drawing, interiors, or any thing. Just before you structure your resume or before an important interview, do something you are good at, let people see and appreciate, you know it is genuine. You can even visit an orphanage and give pep talk to the less privileged. Management will also like it. This gives you a leadership status, now you are a giver not a seeker, being a giver always adds to the self esteem. When you attend the interview with high self esteem, you outperform beyond your own expectation.

No body can provide employment to anyone. One’s own talent at full bloom can do it, and that is possible only at elevated levels of self esteem. work on your self esteem. Go and conquer the world, and when you are employed, spread the good word, others will get motivated; this could well become the successful employment process.

Best of luck

Shyam