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Newsletter Issue 35 : Jan 2015

He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

Confucius

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Happy New Year

2015

 

"How was last year?" is not such a good question as "How will be my new year?"

Even a better question is "How will I make my new year better than the last one?" supplemented with 'What am I going to do to make my new year better?"

May you ask the right questions, seek the right answers & experiment with new ideas in the oncoming new year.

Better or, Effective

I was witness to a discussion among two of my friends recently.

The point of discussion was: Is it necessary to be better or effective?

Argument from one side:

One of my colleague was not able to discharge his duties effectively. I observed that he was not honest with his feelings and this interfered with his job outcome. Had he become better at his values and behaviour, he would have been more effective in his job.

Argument from the other side:

I had a colleague who was very honest. He used to express his feelings openly and respectfully. This made him ineffective with his colleagues from other departments and in negotiation with outside parties. He was good in his behaviour but ineffective in his job.

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Academic Training Programme

The business environment in India is changing. The changed environment requires varied skills & attitudes from new entrants to industry. (Abhimanyu & Chakravyuha)

Every industry craves for prospective job seekers to have (in addition to the subject knowledge) a fair idea of the challenges faced by an industry and the way modern manufacturing practices like Lean, TQM etc address these challenges.

Young professionals coming out of academics & aspiring to join the industry are at a disadvantage with respect to knowledge of modern work practices. (a new beginning)

 

LearningIFEarning

 

This module focuses on the essentials that will help the students realise their potential and help them look beyond the ordinary.

To organise these programme in your organisation, please contact us.

The Local Spiderman

Traditionally professional climbers (thandan) have been engaged by coconut planters for plucking the fruits from the top of the coconut trees. But with time, the art of tree climbing has lost its lustre and it is now quite difficult to find such professional climbers. Late Mr. M. J. Joseph foresaw this problem and developed an innovative tree climber that makes life easier for the person. This tree climber helps in climbing tall trees like coconut or areca nut trees.

The palm climber consists of two metal loops that are meant for holding the legs. They have a handle at the top for hand grip and a pedal base at the bottom. The loops are put around the tree trunk on the opposite sides. The loop on either side is lifted up by the simultaneous movement of the hand and feet. By such alternate motion, one can easily climb a coconut tree in minutes.

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Structured Learning

I was enjoying my dinner at a restaurant. The ambience was great and I was enjoying the sumptuous meals. The enjoyment was topped by the company of loved ones. While the dishes were being served, I could not help but notice a quote from Chanakya printed on serving mats. (see picture)

Around the same time we were involved in designing a Shopfloor Leadership Training Programme for supervisors of a large corporate house.

The objective was to ensure behavioral & performance improvement in actual work. Also, the organisation wanted the results of training initiative to be tangible & measurable.

We decided to use this concept in the programme design.

 

 

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A New Life

An article by Reg Green

Six years ago, America's Chris Klug, world champion snowboarder, was fighting for his life. His liver was so diseased that it could not be repaired.  At 33, he looked like a yellow and haggard old man. He was saved when someone completely unknown to him was declared brain dead and whose family decided to donate the organs to whoever needed them most. 

The liver went to Klug and two years later in a sport that places inordinate demands on the body, he took the bronze medal in the 2002 Olympics.

In the US, about half of all families put aside their own grief for a while and say yes. Each of those decisions saves an average three or four lives.

In India, by contrast, donating the organs of the family member who has just suffered brain death is almost non-existent. In the past 12 years there have been fewer than 150 liver transplants, fewer than 40 heart transplants and only two lung transplants.

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