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Story: Change yourself

Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he came back to his palace, he complained that his feet were very painful, because it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very rough and stony. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather carpet.

Definitely, this would need thousands of cows' skin, and would cost a huge amount of money. Then one of his wise servants dared himself to tell the king, "Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don't you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?"

The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion, to make a "shoe" for himself.
There is actually a valuable lesson of life in this story: to make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself - your heart; and not the world

KN Rajan

M Junaid Tahir
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Got hired? Consider these suggestions

You're starting a new job. You're good at what you do... or at least you were good at what you did at your old job. But now you're unproven.

Now you need to get off to a great start... and you don't have a lot of time to make that happen. If you're a senior executive you probably have three months to stake out your position and take a few major – and visible – steps.

If you're lower on the corporate ladder you might have even less time.

I haven't started a new job in forever, so I found someone better to give advice: Jim Whitehurst. He's gone from a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group to Treasurer and then Chief Operating Officer of Delta Airlines and is now the CEO of Red Hat, the $1.1 billion open source software company.

So yeah, he's successfully started a few new jobs.

Here's Jim on how to get off to the perfect start in your new job:

Deeply understand how the business creates value.

Obviously you need to learn how to do your job well, but more than that you need to understand the company's competitive advantage and underlying value proposition to make sure those things happen.

Don't assume your predecessor did.

When I reflect on what I do at Red Hat and what I did at Delta it's absolutely night and day. I didn't think about it at the time, but when I think back to Delta I realize I was pretty hard on people. An airline is a pennies and nickels kind of business with single-digit margins -- if you're lucky. So I would challenge and direct and correct… I was extremely focused on execution and spent the majority of my time going through the details.

At Red Hat my focus is on talking to customers, to M & A prospects, to partners, to CIOs to find out where they think the future of tech is going…. We're outward facing, customer facing, and all about the future, while the airline business is pretty well defined and the goal is to optimize within that box. Strategic long-term planning is a much bigger part of what I do now than it was at Delta.

Don't assume the way you did your old job, or the way your new job was done before, is the way it should be done now.

If you want to succeed – and move up to higher levels – take the time to figure out how the company truly creates value.

Learn how to serve all of your constituents.

You may have direct reports. You may have external customers. You definitely have internal customers. Often many of your constituents have little to do with what you might think is your job.

In my role, over half of my time is not spent "running the business." Talking to the press, to board members, investors, analysts, engaging in civic responsibilities (because you can't be a leader without being a leader in the community where that company lives and works)….

At first I got frustrated by those demands. Then I realized I couldn't run a full schedule the way I once did. I needed to be on the phone talking to legislators about issues. I needed to be on the phone with the governor-elect when he asked if I would host a session to get input from business leaders. All that "stuff" is really important to our company and our community.

You'll start a job with certain expectations, but once you understand the needs of all your constituents you must redefine how you see your job and the way you perform it.

Learn about all of your constituents and determine how to serve them while creating value for your company. That might sound contradictory, but when you deeply understand how the company creates value and you deeply understand your constituents, it's not.

Stay focused on what you do best.

You were hired for a reason. Don't lose sight of that reason as you take on your new duties.

Sometimes a company hires a new employee because they need specific things done and that person has done those things before. Sometimes a company hires a new employee who has the attributes they need instead of the person with the "right" set of skills experiences.

Often it's a blend of both: You're hired because of your skills and qualifications… but also because you bring qualities and attributes the company needs.

Never lose sight of what makes you different. You possess qualities and attributes other people don't. That's why you were hired.

Use them. But make sure you also...

Show what you will do differently.

Never assume what made you successful at one job will make you successful at your new job. Many executives fail because they try to apply what was successful in the past to a new business.

Understand the company's competitive advantage, understand the needs of all your constituents, and decide how you can leverage your skills, experiences, and intangibles to stake out a position and take the job to another level.

Work extremely hard to deliver value... and soon the company may decide to take you to another level.

M Junaid Tahir
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12 ways to keep your ego in check

  1. Monitor the danger sign of a runaway ego
  2. Realize that your success depends on the efforts of others.
  3. Remove self-serving and egoistic expressions from your language.
  4. Stop talking and start listening.
  5. Study the best "balancing acts" you can find.
  6. Place your stature in context
  7. Identify the motive for self-aggrandizement.
  8. Learn to laugh at yourself
  9. When you've offended or embarrassed someone, apologize.
  10. Associate with many different kinds of people.
  11. Serve the downtrodden.
  12. Become a servant leader.

M Junaid Tahir
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How Happy is Your Organization?

By Junaid Tahir
It's a known fact that the efficiency of any organization is concretely linked with the work satisfaction index of the employees. You can hire good people by tough hiring criteria, you can ensure their attendance by installing time-in and time-out devices; you can ensure their availability on their desk by close monitoring through IP cameras etc however you cannot guarantee or enhance their creativity index, their efficiency and their loyalty factor by all these policing techniques. While most of the entrepreneurs want their teams to be the most effective ones and even they want them to move from effectiveness to greatness (as Stephen Covey tells in his book 'The 8th Habit') but least of them take the real effective actions in order to achieve the same.

In order to have highly collaborative and creative teams there should be an environment where teams should love what they are doing. Every morning if an employee while coming to office is enthusiastic and charged about the day, then he will make things happen. However if he is coming to office with sad heart or negative attitude then you have already half lost the project. So the point is that a culture of friendliness and trust needs to be ensured. Encouragement and consistent gratitude needs to be in place since it acts as a fuel and empowers the acceleration of the teams and the project tasks. Below are some of the points you must consider for the sake of monitoring the happiness and satisfaction index of your organization:
1-     When was the last time you did an anonymous company-wise survey to seek feedback from each of the employee? What was the score?
2-    One of the known questions from Gallup® is that "Do you have a best friend at work?" Being in-charge of your organization when did you noticed last time about any employees who don't have their best friends at work? If yes, what have you done with your empathic skills to judge this and then took any action to nourish the culture of friendliness?
3-    Do you have a rewarding culture in your company? Do you give spot awards, appreciation certificates, monetary rewards, free coupons or professional trainings?
4-    Your employees are like batteries, do you measure their 'charge level'. Remember your mobile battery icon becomes yellow and red when charge level is 25% and 10%? Same is the case with employees. You need to have close observatory and emotional intelligence and analytical skills to monitor such things.
5-    Do you ensure that your employees have a great work-life balance? Are they stress free (work related stress) on weekends? Are they over loaded or under loaded or rightly loaded? Are your managers and team leads capable of assigning the right task to the right person?
6-    Do you have family like environment where employees share their emotions, concerns and jokes? Do they laugh/smile while working (not applicable for customer facing employees)? Did you plan any family level or team level get together or any other team building activities?

I believe with the above recommendations you can observe, analyze and eradicate the most common causes of disengaged employees and eventually increase the productivity of the organization.

A final comment is that you should not treat your employee only as a physical human being, instead treat him as a compound of body, heart, mind and soul. Stephen R Covey recommends that once you start behaving according to this philosophy, employees start generating great results for the organization. If you would like to explore more on this, "The 8th Habit" book is the rich source of knowledge and wisdom; Google it to learn more.

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About Author: Junaid Tahir, a Project Manager and a passionate blogger writes articles on wisdom, stress management, leadership and life enhancement subjects. His articles can be read Here

Strategies to make better decision

  1. Recognize your personal decision making biases
  2. Involve colleagues who see the world differently from you.
  3. Fight the temptation to solve today's problem with yesterdays solution
  4. Solve problems with a win-win orientation
  5. Solicit information from individuals affected by the decision
  6. Make sure you are solving the right problem
  7. Consider as many solution as possible.
  8. Realize that even the best solution may open the door to new problems.
  9. If you are using hard data as the basis of your decision, verify the numbers.
  10. When you make a decision affecting others, share the reason behind the decision.
  11. Think in terms of satisfying, not optimization.
  12. Ask a lot of questions.
  13. Learn from prior decisions
  14. Ask for criticism

M Junaid Tahir
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Story: The Young Couple

A Young Couple Moves Into A New Neighorhood
The Next Morning While They Are Eating Breakfast,
The Young Women Sees Her Neighbor Hanging The Wash Outside. 
" The Laundry Is Not Very Clean " She Said 
" She Dosnt Know How To Wash Correctly
Perhaps She Needs Better Laundry Saops "
Her Husband Looked On But Remained Silent.
Everytime Her Neighbour Would Hang Her Wash To Dry,
The Young Women Would Make The Same Comments.
About One Month Later,
The Women Was Surprised To See A Nice Clean
Wash On The Line And Said To Her Husband :
" Look, She Has Learned How To Wash Correctly.
I Wonder Who Taught Her This "
The Husband Said :
I Got Up Early This Morning And Cleaned Our Windows. "
And So it is With Life.
What We See When Watching Others Depends
On The Purity Of The Window Through Which We Look !!!

M Junaid Tahir
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Health benefits of Walk

Health :: #241
By Megan Cornellis from Chatham USA.

Strut your Stuff
Taking a 30 minute brisk walk three times a week will lower your blood pressure significantly. In a recent study of a group of caregivers walking the allotted amount produced a beneficial effect on their blood pressure. The participants who walked 30 to 40 minutes at least three times a week experienced a reduction in their blood pressure that was stress-induced.

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders for my last book, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful. All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things - things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful. Below are the eleven most important principles to integrate to become a better leader:

1. Listening
"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." - Ernest Hemingway
Listening is the foundation of any good relationship. Great leaders listen to what their customers and prospects want and need, and they listen to the challenges those customers face. They listen to colleagues and are open to new ideas. They listen to shareholders, investors, and competitors. Here's why the best CEO's listen more.
2. Storytelling
"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today." -Robert McAfee Brown
After listening, leaders need to tell great stories in order to sell their products, but more important, in order to sell their ideas. Storytelling is what captivates people and drives them to take action. Whether you're telling a story to one prospect over lunch, a boardroom full of people, or thousands of people through an online video - storytelling wins customers.
3. Authenticity
"I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become. If I had, I'd have done it a lot earlier." -Oprah Winfrey
Great leaders are who they say they are, and they have integrity beyond compare. Vulnerability and humility are hallmarks of the authentic leader and create a positive, attractive energy. Customers, employees, and media all want to help an authentic person to succeed. There used to be a divide between one's public self and private self, but the social internet has blurred that line. Tomorrow's leaders are transparent about who they are online, merging their personal and professional lives together.
4. Transparency
"As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth." -John Whittier
There is nowhere to hide anymore, and businesspeople who attempt to keep secrets will eventually be exposed. Openness and honesty lead to happier staff and customers and colleagues. More important, transparency makes it a lot easier to sleep at night - unworried about what you said to whom, a happier leader is a more productive one.
5. Team Playing
"Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds." -SEAL Team Saying
No matter how small your organization, you interact with others every day. Letting others shine, encouraging innovative ideas, practicing humility, and following other rules for working in teams will help you become a more likeable leader. You'll need a culture of success within your organization, one that includes out-of-the-box thinking.
6. Responsiveness
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." -Charles Swindoll
The best leaders are responsive to their customers, staff, investors, and prospects. Every stakeholder today is a potential viral sparkplug, for better or for worse, and the winning leader is one who recognizes this and insists upon a culture of responsiveness. Whether the communication is email, voice mail, a note or a a tweet, responding shows you care and gives your customers and colleagues a say, allowing them to make a positive impact on the organization.
7. Adaptability
"When you're finished changing, you're finished." -Ben Franklin
There has never been a faster-changing marketplace than the one we live in today. Leaders must be flexible in managing changing opportunities and challenges and nimble enough to pivot at the right moment. Stubbornness is no longer desirable to most organizations. Instead, humility and the willingness to adapt mark a great leader.
8. Passion
"The only way to do great work is to love the work you do." -Steve Jobs
Those who love what they do don't have to work a day in their lives. People who are able to bring passion to their business have a remarkable advantage, as that passion is contagious to customers and colleagues alike. Finding and increasing your passion will absolutely affect your bottom line.
9. Surprise and Delight
"A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless." -Charles de Gaulle
Most people like surprises in their day-to-day lives. Likeable leaders underpromise and overdeliver, assuring that customers and staff are surprised in a positive way. There are a plethora of ways to surprise without spending extra money - a smile, We all like to be delighted — surprise and delight create incredible word-of-mouth marketing opportunities.
10. Simplicity
"Less isn't more; just enough is more." -Milton Glaser
The world is more complex than ever before, and yet what customers often respond to best is simplicity — in design, form, and function. Taking complex projects, challenges, and ideas and distilling them to their simplest components allows customers, staff, and other stakeholders to better understand and buy into your vision. We humans all crave simplicity, and so today's leader must be focused and deliver simplicity.
11. Gratefulness
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." -Gilbert Chesterton
Likeable leaders are ever grateful for the people who contribute to their opportunities and success. Being appreciative and saying thank you to mentors, customers, colleagues, and other stakeholders keeps leaders humble, appreciated, and well received. It also makes you feel great! Donor's Choose studied the value of a hand-written thank-you note, and actually found donors were 38% more likely to give a 2nd time if they got a hand-written note!
The Golden Rule: Above all else, treat others as you'd like to be treated
By showing others the same courtesy you expect from them, you will gain more respect from coworkers, customers, and business partners. Holding others in high regard demonstrates your company's likeability and motivates others to work with you. This seems so simple, as do so many of these principles — and yet many people, too concerned with making money or getting by, fail to truly adopt these key concepts.
Which of these principles are most important to you — what makes you likeable?
Dave Kerpen is the New York Times bestselling author of two books,Likeable Social Media and Likeable Business.

M Junaid Tahir
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Story: The Gardener And His Garden

There was once an earnest gardener who loved his work and his produce. One day he was walking through his delightful garden and happened to notice a weed. The gardener was particularly tired so he decided to leave it.

The next day he had to leave to visit his relatives in another country for two weeks. When he came back, the back yard was covered in weeds and all his produce was dead!


Likewise, if we allow just one bad thought in our head and fail to remove it, it will sprout and instead of having to pick one weed, we will have too much to control.
If we destroy our negative thoughts, by allowing positive ones to grow, they will display in our personality like a beautiful garden.

Thats the power of positive thought. We are, what our thoughts are.
We should always entertain only good and positive thoughts in our mind and never give way for anything negative!
Be alert and conscious of your thoughts and pick out the weeds of your negative thoughts consciously and quickly, at the right moment--

M Junaid Tahir
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Story: Paid In Full

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on.
After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:
   For cutting the grass: $5.00
   For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
   For going to the store for you: $.50
   Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
   Taking out the garbage: $1.00
   For getting a good report card: $5.00
   For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
   Total owed: $14.75
Well, his mother looked at him standing there,and  the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I carried you  while you were growing inside me:
No Charge

For all the nights that I've sat up with you  doctored and prayed for you:
No Charge

For all the trying times, and all the tears that   you've caused through the years:
No Charge

For all the nights that were filled with dread,  and for the worries I knew were ahead:
No Charge

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose:
No Charge

Son, when you add it up,  the cost of my love is:
No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked  straight at his mother and said, Mom, I sure do love you.
And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: PAID IN FULL.

Lesson from the Above Inspiring Story:
1) You will never know how much your parents  worth till you become a Parent
2) Be a giver not an asker, especially with your parents. There is a lot to give, besides money.
Advice: If your mom is alive and close  to you, give her  a big kiss and ask her for forgiveness. If she is far away call her. if she passed away, pray for her

M Junaid Tahir
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Tremendous Powers of Words You Speak

Think about the tremendous power of words:
  • Do you keep telling yourself how difficult life is? If you do, you will always see difficulties everywhere.
  • Do you keep telling yourself how poor you are? If you do, your subconscious mind will always be busy justifying these thoughts.
Change the words and sentences you use, and you will get different results. The way you phrase a sentence will always affect the results, and some results could be quite dramatic.
This applies to words you repeat in your mind, words you say aloud, and words you read.
Different words affect people and differently and cause different reactions. This applies to work interviews, dating, advertising, relationships, conversations and every sort of communication.
The words you repeat in your mind, in your inner conversations, also have a tremendous power. If you change them, you can change your life, and also how people treat you.
Pay attention to the words you constantly repeat in your mind. Be aware of what is going on in your mind, when you are not too busy, such as while waiting in line, travelling by bus or train, walking, or at any other time you are mentally not busy.
What kind of words do you repeat in your mind?
If you always say:
  • I am weak
  • I am poor
  • I cannot...
  • This is a problem
Change the words, and instead say:
  • I am strong.
  • I am rich.
  • I can.
  • This a solvable challenge
Say these words with faith and conviction, not just uttering them without believing them. This might be difficult at first, but if you persist, the inner resistance will get weaker, and the words would sink into your subconscious mind. When this happens, things would start changing in your life.
Remember that words have power:
  1. Words can change your life
  2. Words affect how you feel
  3. Words affect how you react
  4. Words affect how you treat people, and how you treat them
  5. Different words bring different results
Are you seeking to improve your life, earn more money, develop new habits, achieve success, or make changes in your life?
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James Iday.