Monday, April 8, 2013

Preparation for meEATings

Preparation for meEATings.

                                            I know preparation for meetings can be a pain. And the intensity of the pain depends on the duration of the meeting, the purpose,agenda, and more importantly the attendees;) for ex: If we have a performance review meeting with a stringent boss, it can be as painful as it can get.. In some rare cases, the meeting can be a pleasure too. Ex: If you have a strategy meeting with your crush from the other vertical , it just can't get better that, especially if she/he is seated bang opposite you. In such cases, its like ..The longer the better.

 And meetings are also socializing sessions, an exercise of your vocal skills, your lingual skills and your acting skills too. I know a lot of people who act their way out so brilliantly in a meeting to avoid the humiliation of failure/non -performance(psst....... yes, me). Meetings can also be occasions of fun and gaiety. Like the extremely humorous occasion when all of you forgotten why the meeting was scheduled, you discuss something else for 1.5 hrs and when you are walking out, one of the smart chaps(yes, me...hahaha) tells you all that the meeting was scheduled for a different purpose.Deviation is OK, but radical U-turns are not, you see..And any which ways, most people dont prepare elaborately for meetings. They just prepare on the way to the meeting hall/venue!(pheew, it's not me this tym, its you!)

The funniest part is when beverages and snacks are served. You prompt someone to take the snack, because you don't want to be the first , at least in this respect. You don't want to sit near the projector because you may be blocking peoples view of slides while tying to borrow the Krack-jaack! You don want to sip too fast, because you want to keep pace with the team.  You want some of the butter cookies and meanwhile you look at her/him and decide to not take more, in case it appears uncivilized. One of the interesting parts of the meeting is also when someone jokes and you really don't understand what it meant, if it was sarcastic and even if it was indirectly offending someone. Without knowing all this, you laugh! Because everyone else is laughing..

Finally, when the meeting is supposedly being concluded, rarely you have met the objectives of the meeting and you decide on the date for the next MeEATing. Ok guys, I have a meeting to attend this afternoon. the PAIN kindL:) Wish me luck. .....

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

COMMITment quests


Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to group effort-That is what makes a team work, a company work, and a civilization work.”
As I ruminate on this quote, I can’t help but admire the effective moral that this quote summarizes. Getting the best, many a time means giving the best. For me, ‘giving the best’ to whatever, whoever, whenever is a form of considerable commitment. When you demand commitment, an automatic implication is to also commit commitment. Brilliant feats have been achieved through extraordinary commitment, in the fields of sport, social service, research and so on. Nadia Comaneci’s feat of the first perfect 10 in gymnastics, the example set by Red Cross society, having delivered humanitarian aid to nearly 600 million people in the last one year and the discovery of the God particle seem to reinforce the fact that extraordinary commitment is possible.
But then, what are the issues confronting people who are not able to vouch commitment?  The answer lies in the ‘attitude’ of these people. It’s mostly the attitude of people which prevents them from offering commitment. In spite of lack of resources and infrastructure there are several ‘student wonders’ and achievers throughout the world. Meet Prema Jayakumar and Dhanraj Jayakumar, children of Jayakumar Perumal, an auto rickshaw driver from Mumbai. Both Prema and Dhnaraj cleared their CA exams in the first attempt.  Prema topped the CA exams for the year 2009.Read, (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-23/mumbai/36504939_1_prema-final-exam-tough-exam) for a detailed story on the same. What is the noticeable element in this feat? Yes, “CoMmItMeNt” is the noticeable element. So it is, in several cases world-wide. The story of Jyothi Reddy, the CEO of Keys Software Services, who was once a farm labourer, is equally interesting and surprising. Read, (http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120325/jsp/7days/story_15292192.jsp#.UVvVdlG9vTo)   for the detailed story on the same. The beauty of commitment is in being ‘unconditional’. You don’t complain, you don’t curse, you don’t feel constrained and you don’t regret. You can get the best from yourself through ‘commitment’. Any external intervention from any quarter to get better performance cannot be as powerful as commitment, which is an internal mechanism and is sustainable. Commitment is extremely subjective, personal, intense and engaging. Challenges may seem like minor incidences and feats when commitment kicks in. Can you ensure commitment to a job/task? Yes and No, depending on the person-job connect and the intentions of the person. In spite of having ability, talent and resources, some people choose not to deliver. This is no coincidence; it’s just expressed intention of a ‘not too bothered’ attitude/outlook. Can you change your attitude/outlook? You can change your outlook, but then changing your attitude is not easy. The best way to ensure commitment is to introspect regularly and get critiqued. You may formulate a personal mechanism in this respect, considering what works best for you. All in all, you need to ask yourself aloud, Are you committed to BEING COMMITTED?