Wednesday 31 August 2011

BUDDHA’S LESSON ON WASTING









A disciple of Buddha, said, “Oh Master! I have a request to make.”
Buddha: “What is it; tell me?”
Disciple: “My robe is worn out. It is no longer decent enough to wear. Please, may I have a new one?”


Buddha looked at the disciple’s attire and found that the garment was absolutely in tatters and really needed replacement. So he asked the store-keeper to give a new robe to this disciple. The disciple offered obeisance to the great master and left the room.

Buddha kept thinking about the incident and felt that He had perhaps missed an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson to the disciple. So he went to the disciple’s quarters to talk to him.

Buddha: Are you comfortable in your new robe? Do you need anything else?
Disciple: Thank you Master. I am very comfortable and do not need anything else.


Buddha: Now that you have a new one, what have you done with the old one?
Disciple: I have used it to replace my worn out bedspread.

Buddha: What did you do with the old bedspread?
Disciple: Master, I am using it as a curtain on my window.


Buddha: Did you discard your old window curtain?
Disciple: Master, I tore it into four pieces and am using them as napkins to handle the hot pots and pans in the kitchen.

Buddha: What about the old kitchen napkins?
Disciple: We are using them as mops to wash and wipe the floor.


Buddha: Where is the old mop?
Disciple: Lord, the old mop was so tattered that the best we could do was to take all the threads apart and make wicks for your oil lamp. One of them is presently lit in your room.”

Buddha was content. He was happy that His disciples realized that nothing is useless. We can find a use for everything, if only we want to! Nothing should be wasted; not even time!

If all of us were to practice the habit of thrift, we can preserve the non renewable resources for our children, our grandchildren and our great grand children as our forefathers so thoughtfully did for us. Let us vow together to leave at least one monument for our children the Earth!

Monday 18 April 2011

10 Commandments of Business Presentations

1. Never mention an issue that doesn’t come with possible solutions and a recommendation.

2. Do not resent loud angry decision makers. They still care about your output enough to give you immediate and clear feedback.

3. Find out exactly what your end users expect from a presentation. Objections and reactions are better than no reactions because you have a chance to identify the concern and remedy it.

4. Look calm and self assured. Your listeners merely mirror your anxiety back. Why should anyone believe you if you don’t believe yourself.

5. Identify and defuse influence centers early. This will allow you to get useful feedback and support before and during a presentation

6.If you have a very limited amount of time to present, make sure that you discuss the benefits of your topic first. If done right this will lead to more time due to questions.

7. Don’t read your visuals, explain it.

8. Decision makers need to know the story behind the numbers so identify what items they need to look at.

9. Never argue with your listeners it only makes you look quarrelsome and immature.

10. In a presentation, it’s always better to look like the underdog than to look like the bully. Be willing to lose a battle, but by all means, win the war. After all if you give a heckler enough rope, they’ll hang themselves.

Thursday 24 March 2011

Know where you're going in life....

Know where you're going in life....

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.

A tourist complimented the local fishermen
on the quality of their fish and asked
how long it took him to catch them.


"Not very long." they answered in unison.

"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"

The fishermen explained that their small catches were
sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children,
and take siestas with our wives.
In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends,
have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.

We have a full life."

The tourist interrupted,

"I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!
You should start by fishing longer every day.
You can then sell the extra fish you catch.
With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?"

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring,
you can buy a second one and a third one
and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man,
you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants
and maybe even open your own plant.

You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City ,
Los Angeles , or even New York City !

From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?"

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting, "
answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big,
you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen.

"After that you'll be able to retire,
live in a tiny village near the coast,
sleep late, play with your children,
catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife
and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

“ That’s what I am doing now” Replied the fisherman

And the moral of this story is:

........ Know where you're going in life.... you may already be there!!

Monday 21 February 2011

Playing the Fool

There once lived a great mathematician in a village outside Ujjain. He was often called by the local king to advice on matters related to the economy. His reputation has spread as far as Taxila in the North and Kanchi in the South. So it hurt him very much when the village headman told him, “You may be a great mathematician who advises the king on economic matters but your son does not know the value of gold or silver.”
The mathematician called his son and asked, “What is more valuable – gold or silver?” “Gold,” said the son. “That is correct. Why is it then that the village headman makes fun of you, claims you do not know the value of gold or silver? He teases me every day. He mocks me before other village elders as a father who neglects his son. This hurts me. I feel everyone in the village is laughing behind my back because you do not know what is more valuable, gold or silver. Explain this to me, son.”
So the son of the mathematician told his father the reason why the village headman carried this impression. “Every day on my way to school, the village headman calls me to his house. There, in front of all village elders, he holds out a silver coin in one hand and a gold coin in other. He asks me to pick up the more valuable coin. I pick the silver coin. He laughs, the elders jeer, everyone makes fun of me. And then I go to school. This happens every day. That is why they tell you I do not know the value of gold or silver.”
The father was confused. His son knew the value of gold and silver, and yet when asked to choose between a gold coin and silver coin always picked the silver coin. “Why don’t you pick up the gold coin?” he asked. In response, the son took the father to his room and showed him a box. In the box were at least a hundred silver coins. Turning to his father, the mathematician’s son said, “The day I pick up the gold coin the game will stop. They will stop having fun and I will stop making money.”
Sometimes in life, we have to play the fool because our seniors and our peers, and sometimes even our juniors like it. That does not mean we lose in the game of life. It just means allowing others to win in one arena of the game, while we win in the other arena of the game. We have to choose which arena matters to us and which arenas do not.

Wednesday 9 February 2011

Know where you're going in life....

Know where you're going in life....

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.
A tourist complimented the local fishermen
on the quality of their fish and asked
how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long." they answered in unison.

"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"

The fishermen explained that their small catches were
sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.


"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children,
and take siestas with our wives.
In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends,
have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.

We have a full life."

The tourist interrupted,

"I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!
You should start by fishing longer every day.
You can then sell the extra fish you catch.
With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?"

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring,
you can buy a second one and a third one
and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man,
you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants
and maybe even open your own plant.


You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City ,
Los Angeles , or even New York City !


From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."


"How long would that take?"

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting, "
answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big,
you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen.

"After that you'll be able to retire,
live in a tiny village near the coast,
sleep late, play with your children,
catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife
and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

“ That’s what I am doing now” Replied the fisherman


And the moral of this story is:


........ Know where you're going in life.... you may already be there!!

Like birds, let's leave behind what we don't need to carry....... ....... "
Grudges, Sadness, Pain, Fear, and Regrets...Fly Light.

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Difference between a Doctor and Engine Mechanic

Real story happened with famous Heart Surgeon Lt. Dr. Nitu Mandke. He had done many heart operations.

A mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted the famous heart surgeon in his shop, who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come to take a look at his car.


The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hello Doctor! Please come over here for a minute."

The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic.


The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked argumentatively, "So doctor, look at this. I also open hearts, take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts, and when I finish this will work as a new one. So how come you get the big money, when you and me is doing basically the same work?"

The doctor leaned over and whispered to the mechanic...
.
.
.
.
"TRY TO DO IT WHEN THE ENGINE IS RUNNING".

Sunday 9 January 2011

Donkey and the Dog


*The Donkey and the Dog-* Read and think-You may find one in your midst

There was once a washer man who had a donkey and a dog. One night when the
whole world was sleeping, a thief broke into the house, the washer man was
fast asleep too but the donkey and the dog were awake. The dog decided not
to bark since the master did not take good care of him and wanted to teach
him a lesson.

The donkey got worried and said to the dog that if he doesn't bark, the
donkey will have to do something himself. The dog did not change his mind
and the donkey started braying loudly.

Hearing the donkey bray, the thief ran away, the master woke up and started
beating the donkey for braying in the middle of the night for no reason.

Moral of the story “One must not engage in duties other than his own"

Now take a new look at the same story...

The washer man was a well educated man from a premier management institute.
He had the fundas of looking at the bigger picture and thinking out of the
box. He was convinced that there must be some reason for the donkey to bray
in the night.. He walked outside a little and did some fact finding, applied
a bottom up approach, figured out from the ground realities that there was a
thief who broke in and the donkey only wanted to alert him about it. Looking
at the donkey's extra initiative and going beyond the call of the duty, he
rewarded him with lot of hay and other perks and became his favorite pet.

The dog's life didn't change much, except that now the donkey was more
motivated in doing the dog's duties as well. In the annual appraisal the dog
managed "ME" (Met Expectations) .

Soon the dog realized that the donkey is taking care of his duties and he
can enjoy his life sleeping and lazing around. The donkey was rated as
“star performer". The donkey had to live up to his already high performance
standards. Soon he was over burdened with work and always under pressure
and now is looking for a NEW JOB ... !!!!

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