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Tips for Successful Professional Life

·        Work in such a way that makes your boss look good. It's not flattery.

·        On downsizing, the first to go are those with few friends. Bosses prefer competent people whom they respect.

·        Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Let your dress reflect professionalism.

·        Workout to get in good physical shape. Unless exceptionally skilled, the unhealthy are at a comparative disadvantage.

·        Be on time. Try to arrive few minutes early. It saves you from stress. You'll be much relaxed & work better.

·        Strive your best to keep a deadline. If you cannot meet it, then apologize & ask for an extension

·        Don't take things personally. If some people are unhappy with you, it's their problem. But always strive to give your best.

·        Spend some time alone every day. Think what's the mission of my life? What do I want to be? And how to go about it.

·        Successful bosses have good communication skills. They learn from people, including their employees.

·        Always remember that the secret of success is passion.

·        Always think big. Spread love & joy. You'll have blissful years ahead.

·        As you move along Plan A of your career, maintain a Plan B as well an alternative course to rely

·        Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.

·        If you must correct someone, don't get personal about it. Do it never in front of others

·        Personal integrity is crucial. Tell nothing but the truth. Bosses can forgive mistakes but if you lie, you're gone

·        If you gossip, people won't confide in you. Mind your own business.

·        Don't talk negatively about people behind their backs.

·        Try to work for someone who'll challenge your powers.

13 Things You Shoud Avoid Discussing With Your Colleagues

"It's a social environment as well as a work environment. However, you must
remember while you can be friendly and develop a good rapport, business is
business and friendship is friendship."
Most workers don't realize that what they say has as much impact on their
professional images as what they wear, Lopeke says. People who say too much,
about themselves or others, can be seen as incompetent, unproductive and
unworthy of professional development.

To avoid your next case of verbal diarrhea, here are 13 things to never
share or discuss with your co-workers.

*1. Salary information*
What you earn is between you and Human Resources, Solovic says. Disclosure
indicates you aren't capable of keeping a confidence.

*2. Medical history*
"Nobody really cares about your aches and pains, your latest operation, your
infertility woes or the contents of your medicine cabinet," Lopeke says. To
your employer, your constant medical issues make you seem like an expensive,
high-risk employee.

*3. Gossip*
Whomever you're gossiping with will undoubtedly tell others what you said,
Solovic says. Plus, if a co-worker is gossiping with you, most likely he or
she will gossip about you.

*4. Work complaints*
Constant complaints about your workload, stress levels or the company will
quickly make you the kind of person who never gets invited to lunch, Solovic
warns. If you don't agree with company policies and procedures, address it
through official channels or move on.

*5. Cost of purchases*
The spirit of keeping up with the Joneses is alive and well in the
workplace, Lopeke says, but you don't want others speculating on the
lifestyle you're living –or if you're living beyond your salary bracket.

*6. Intimate details*
Don't share intimate details about your personal life. Co-workers can and
will use the information against you, Solovic says.

*7. Politics or religion*
"People have strong, passionate views on both topics," Solovic says. You may
alienate a co-worker or be viewed negatively in a way that could impact your
career. Be careful on how to discuss politics and religion. Consider the empathic skills to understand Listner's behavior before opening up such subjects.

*8. Lifestyle changes*
Breakups, divorces and baby-making plans should be shared only if there is a
need to know, Lopeke says. Otherwise, others will speak for your
capabilities, desires and limitations on availability, whether there is any
truth to their assumptions or not.

*9. Blogs or social networking profile*
What you say in a social networking community or in your personal blog may
be even more damaging than what you say in person, Solovic warns. "Comments
online can be seen by multiple eyes. An outburst of anger when you are
having a bad day … can blow up in your face."

*10. Negative views of colleagues
*If you don't agree with a co-worker's lifestyle, wardrobe or professional
abilities, confront that person privately or keep it to yourself, Lopeke
says. The workplace is not the venue for controversy.

*11. Hangovers and wild weekends*
It's perfectly fine to have fun during the weekend, but don't talk about
your wild adventures on Monday, Solovic advises. That information can make
you look unprofessional and unreliable.

*12. Personal problems and relationships – in and out of the office*
"Failed marriages and volatile romances spell instability to an employer,"
Lopeke says. Office romances lead to gossip and broken hearts, so it's best
to steer clear. "The safest way to play is to follow the rule, 'Never get
your honey where you get your money.'"

*13. Off-color or racially charged comments*
You can assume your co-worker wouldn't be offended or would think something
is funny, but you might be wrong, Solovic says. Never take that risk.
Furthermore, even if you know for certain your colleague wouldn't mind your
comment, don't talk about it at work. Others can easily overhear.

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Humor: New Definitions

A pinch of tobacco 
Rolled in paper   
With fire at one end 
And a fool at the other! 

It's an agreement 
A man loses his bachelors degree 
And a woman gains her masters 

The confusion of one man
Multiplied by the 
Number present 

The art of dividing 
A cake in such a way that 
Everybody believes 
He got the biggest piece 

The hydraulic force by which 
Masculine will power is 
Defeated by feminine water-power! 

A book 
Which people praise,
But never read 

A curve 
That can set 
A lot of things straight! 

A place 
Where you can relax 
After your strenuous 
Home life 

The only time 
When some married men 
Ever get to open 
Their mouth 

The name 
Men give 
To their 

A person 
Who tells you 
To go to hell 
In such a way 
That you actually look forward 
To the trip 

A person 
Who while falling 
Says in midway 

A person 
Who lives poor 
So that 
He can die RICH! 

A banker 
Provided by 

Who is early 
When you are late 
And late 
When you are early 

One who 
Shakes your hand 
Before elections 
And your Confidence 

A person 
Who kills 
Your ills 
By pills, 
And kills you 
By his bills!

What is Maturity? Check Yourself !

Maturity is when you stop trying to change people, and instead focus on changing yourself.

Maturity is when you accept people for who they are.

Maturity is when you understand that everyone is right in their own perspective.

Maturity is when you learn to "let go".

Maturity is when you are able to drop "expectations" from a relationship and give for the sake of giving.

Maturity is when you understand that whatever you do, you do for your own peace.

Maturity is when you focus on positives in people.

Maturity is when you do not seek approval from others.

Maturity is when you stop comparing yourself with others.

Maturity is when you are at peace with yourself.

Maturity is when you can differentiate between "need" and "want, and you can you can let go of your wants.

Maturity is when you stop attaching "happiness" to material things.

Subcontractor Evaluation Checklist

By Junaid.Tahir
Cost Reduction has always been one of the most important considerations for all kind of businesses. In order to save more, most companies use out-sourced staff at cheaper rate or utilize sub-contracting companies services. While sub-contracting companies delivers the project at fairly low cost, but quality of goods and/or services is too poor which consequently requires extra rounds of time, efforts and money to resolve the quality issues. On top of that, the prestige of your company deteriorates during the quality enhancement phase. Hence the overall package becomes "Short term gain, long term pain". 

To ensure concrete grip on Quality of Services, strong check points, tough acceptance criteria and strong annual subcontracting evaluation should be used so that better subcontractors may be awarded with more work and poor services to lead to penalization or reduction of further scope.

Following subcontractor evaluation procedure may be used for Annual or Quarter based comparison. The check list covers several aspects of services such as Project Management, Response Time, Quality of Services, Proficiency, Tools, Policy and Procedure compliance. If you would like to get Microsoft Excel version with following features, please drop me an email at
1-      Allocated Space for Your company Logo
2-      Drop down Menu for each evaluation criteria
3-      Ready to Print (Margins set-up completed)

# Criteria Description
1 Project Management Capabilities The PM understands JT-Innovation Inc. projects requirements and produces accurate plans considering scope, time and cost of the project? Ensures overall customer satisfaction for the assigned tasks/projects?
2 Response Time The PM/Team Lead responds back on time for the emails sent or tasks assigned? [Responding does not necessarily means the work is completed, some times only acknowledging/updating is required by the customer that task is being done]
3 Technical Expertise The staff is technical enough to perform the duties effectively?
4 Warehouse Management The warehouse staff/PM provides precised, accurate and error free reports. Hardware is not lost during the tenure of Project?
5 Database Accuracy Effective database management is in place? Error Free and up-to-date Databases are shared on daily basis? [A database management is not effective if the sub-con is unable to share it on daily basis]
6 Response to Urgency Understands [your company name] urgent requests and goes out of the way and beyond expectations to resolve the emergency needs or urgent issues?
7 Compliance with Policies Understands JT-Innovation Inc. polices and procedures and adheres to?
8 Accuracy of Work Completes the End-to-End task in line with required Scope of Work?
9 Quality of Work Follows JT-Innovation Inc.Your company name] Quality standards, Acceptance criteria and does not result Major violations, critical snags?
10 Availability of Teams Ensures adequate number of staff to carry out the assigned activities?
11 Supervision and Follow up Requires minimum super-vision or follow up of low level tasks once the project is assigned?
12 Tools and Equipment Right Tools (software/hardware) are available with all team members to carry out their job?
13 Continuous Improvement over the time, has improved in its policies, work procedures, performance effectiveness? Believes in continuous improvement and portrays the same?
14 Competitive Costs Offers competitive costs for the Products and Services?
15 Spares availability Possesses minor quantities of spares/materials to avoid slippage of urgent activities?

Further recommendations:
- The New Manager's Fundamentals
- Establish Effective Documentation Management System
- How to Reduce Business Costs
- Improve Your Excel Database Management Skills
- Begin Your Leadership Journey
- Employee Feedback System
- Manager's Evaluations System

About Author:
Junaid Tahir, a Telecom Engineer,  a Program Manager and a Blogger, writes articles on Self Improvement, Stress Management and Leadership at his personal blog.
He is reachable at  for all kinds of constructive feedback.

The Power of Purity

A powerful, yet often misunderstood, aim of spiritual study is purity. Purity of the soul means to return to its original divine qualities. The soul has become so polluted with less than divine qualities, it can hardly enjoy being alive. Purifying the soul puts the higher self back in charge - useless and negative thoughts are removed and annoying habits finish. A pure soul cannot be touched by sorrow; indeed the power of purity is such, it serves to remove the sorrow of the whole world. Purity restores happiness - even bliss. All you need to do, in order to re-establish your purity, is want it. But you need to want it intensely, to the exclusion of everything else. The one thought, "I must become completely pure". sparks a fire of love between you and God. This fire melts away all the pollution, and your purity becomes such a power that it frees you from all battles for ever.

Getting Out of Your Boss' Shadow

By : Gill Corkindale who is an executive coach and writer based in London, focusing on global management and leadership. She was formerly management editor of the Financial Times.

I am always reminding my clients of the importance of keeping their boss happy. I tell them to develop positive, supportive relationships with
their bosses, keep them well informed, anticipate their needs, and focus on the good points.

But this advice didn't work for a recent client, whom I'll call Claudia. A senior manager in a Spanish construction company, Claudia had been working with her current boss for 11 years. Each time her boss changed positions she found a senior role for Claudia. The two had developed an almost symbiotic relationship — but unfortunately for Claudia, it was also extremely dysfunctional.

"My boss is quite disorganised, emotional, and inconsistent. She has no personal life, so she is very focused on work, but she isn't very disciplined," Claudia told me. "That means long hours in the office, sorting out her last-minute crises, and generally supporting her emotionally. What's more, she doesn't promote me internally which means I'm working away in her shadow with very little credit."

When I asked Claudia why she had allowed this situation to go on for so long, she admitted that she was shy, so it had suited her to have a boss who looked after her and found her new roles. But she was beginning to feel like her career was going off track. Her boss was taking the credit for her hard work and good ideas, and she was uncomfortable having to spend increasing amounts of time — at work and outside — listening to her boss's personal problems.

So what was the real issue here? For Claudia, it was the fact that she felt psychologically trapped and overwhelmed by her boss. She was literally living in her boss's shadow: no one saw her as a separate person and she felt so disempowered that she couldn't even think about separating herself from her boss.

In front of me was a conscientious and talented young woman who should have been racing up the career ladder, but who appeared depressed, demotivated, and drained. Claudia was a shadow of the person she ought to have been.

I have come across different aspects of this situation before — the charismatic boss who eclipses his deputy, the toxic boss who blocks the progress of a talented junior, the awkward boss who just says no to every suggestion, the boss who takes all the credit, the political boss who charms her subordinates but holds them back to promote her own career, and the bully who keeps everyone in fear. The list goes on and on.
But this situation seemed more difficult to resolve. It seemed to me that the relationship between Claudia and her boss had become co-dependent: the needier and more disorganised her boss became, the more Claudia stepped up to the challenge of looking after her. The more she did this, the more exhausted and disillusioned she became, which left her downbeat and overlooked in the company.

It was time to change the picture. The action plan Claudia and I came up with may help you if you're in a similar situation:
*       Try to make the relationship more professional. Let your boss know that you have deadlines and appointments to keep.
*       Be aware of your boss's moods but try not to be drawn in and avoid talking about her personal problems — change the subject.
*       Try to coach your boss into becoming more organised: ask to see their schedule, goals, and objectives and work together to plan things more effectively.
*       Don't collude with your boss by picking up the pieces and covering for her — don't always agree to stay late if there is a crisis.
*       Ask your boss for feedback on how you are performing andrequest opportunities to present your work in front of senior managers.
*       Build up your network in the organisation — meet people for lunch, or drop by to ask how they are getting on. Let them know what you are doing and how you can help them. Ensure that they see you regularly and apart from your boss.
*       Think about your next career move and whom you need to approach to find out about other opportunities.
*       Recognise that you and your boss depend on each other but know the limits of that interdependence and when it is affecting you adversely. Start defining yourself clearly to your colleagues and stakeholders.
*       Make sure that you leave the office early at least once a weekand don't be available for work or personal calls at the weekend
*       Focus on people and activities outside work that boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself.  
*       Remind yourself that if you don't act on the above, you will continue to fade away in the shadow of your demanding boss.
It is some months since Claudia put her action plan to work and there has been some improvement, but this is not an easy situation to resolve. Stepping away from someone who has been a big part of her life for more than a decade hasn't been easy and Claudia's boss has not responded well. "It's as if I am withdrawing her life support system," she said.

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Story: Counting the countless

A Man Reached 70 Years Of Age
And He Faced A Disease ;
He Could Not Urinate.
The Doctors informed Him
That He Was in Need Of An Operation
To Cure This Disease.
He Agreed To Have The Operation
Done As The Problem Was Giving Him
Much Pain For Days.
When The Operation Was Completed,
His Doctor Gave Him The Bill
Which Covered All The Costs.
The Old Man Looked At The Bill
And Started To Cry.
Upon Seeing This The Doctor Told Him
That if The Cost Was Too High
Then They Could Make Some Other Arrangements.
The Old Man Said
 I Am Not Crying Because Of The Money
But I Am Crying
Because The Lord Let Me Urinate

Story: The cockroach theory for self development

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.
Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.
The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but landed on another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.
The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.
The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt.When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.
Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior?If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.
It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the ladies.

I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it's my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me. It's not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but myinability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam thatdisturbs me.
More than the problem, it's my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.
Lessons learnt from the story:I understood, I should not react in life.I should always respond.The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.
Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of, just and right to save a situation from going out ofhands, to avoid cracks in relationship, to avoid taking decisions inanger, anxiety, stress or hurry.

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Everyone is unique - The Sooner You Know, the Better

Once a teacher took his class to a park and asked them to observe the park for a short span of time but all of them should not move from their location. After 5 minutes teacher asked each student to share what he/she has noticed. One student mentioned that he felt cool breeze which made him fresh and energetic. All students were cheered up by listening to this comment as they also started feeling the same. Another student said that green leaves and colorful flowers are an indication of life, hope and prosperity. All students felt optimist about this comment. Another student said that the silence in the surroundings and the yellow color of some of the leaves made him sad, lonely and pessimist about life. To this comment, all other students started yelling at him about being negative. The teacher asked the student stop criticizing their fellow being and stay silent. Article written by Junaid.Tahir

The teacher then said to his students that each one of them was given the same kind of situation/circumstances however each student had different observation and feelings like being happy, sad, fresh, cheerful, pessimist, optimist etc however by logic no one was completely wrong.  The Teacher further elaborated that each one of us is a unique personality. The observations and feelings of each individual can be unique however we must not disgrace anyone about what he has observed or felt. Our fellow beings can be slightly wrong, fully wrong or cent percent right at different moments in life. The uniqueness of each individual is as a result of his/her thought process, comprehension levels, mood swings, brought up, judgment style, vision & knowledge of the world, analytical skills and so on. However, the wisdom is to respect the feeling and actions of each individual as much as possible. And in case we want to correct someone, we must adapt a polite and decent approach and advice to the person should not be given in public rather in private. This is to ensure that respect and dignity of the person is not compromised. 

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