Tell a story. Make it true. Make it compelling. Make it relevant.
If you are a writer or a blogger, you would have come across this advice an umpteen number of times.
But, we all know that telling a good story is just not enough, till it reaches the right audience, who are interested in hearing the story. Like artists, we writers and bloggers also tend to be passionate about our work. We want more and more people to see our amazing creations and, if possible, appreciate those. However, attracting the right audience has never been an easy task!
If you are a technology geek, you may be super excited to discover latest technology gadgets. But when you diligently compile information about these gizmos on your blog and share it on your social media profile, you may often get a lukewarm response from your connections. You can’t really blame your friends if they like to indulge more in Bollywood gossips than to understand the nitty-gritty of technology. Similarly, you may also fret when you receive notifications about all sorts of activities from you friends.
So, if you are one of those who thrives on the likes and shares on social media, you need to find out online groups in which the members share similar interests.
As the New Year approaches, I wish all my co-bloggers and readers a wonderful year ahead with lots of happiness on all fronts – personal, professional and social. We all have our own yardsticks for measuring our happy moments. On the personal and social front our happiness depends on a lot upon the time spent with our friends, family, happy events, trips, etc. On the professional front, happiness to a great extent depends on the type of boss we work with. The kind of corporate leaders in an organization account a lot for the general well-being and happiness of their employees. Recently, I came across this grid posted by Mr Ashok Bhatia on his blog, which measures leaders on three yardsticks – output, concern for people and ethics. It has some interesting nomenclature for leaders depending upon the characteristics they exhibit. They could be Road Rollers, who care only for the deadlines giving two hoots to the concerns for employees or ethics or they could be Crazy Conformists who, while sticking to production deadlines, do not mind compromising on values or on people (sounds familiar?). Then, there are Missionary Zealots, who guard ethics with all zeal but do not give results, Armchair revolutionaries who are passionate about ethics and people but not concerned about the output, and Sponge comforters who show lot of sympathy and concern to their people but lead them to doom. Sadly for us, there are only a few leaders like Ratan Tata, late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, or late President Kalam who excel on all three fronts – high on output, high on values and high on empathy, while most leaders are somewhere on the periphery or somewhere in between. Have a look at the grid and figure where you/ your boss stands on the leadership grid, and where you would like them to be.
History has always foxed me. My love – hate relationship with the subject has ranged from levels of extreme boredom while trying to remember the lengthy answers from the school text books, to intense engagement while reading Amar Chitra Katha, while watching historical movies like Sikander, Mughal-E-Azam, The Last Emperor, Gandhi, Braveheart, Gladiator, or while seeing historical monuments and trying to unravel the stories behind them.
The enigma of forts and palaces never fails to fascinate me. I like to uncover the mystery behind the stones, which having witnessed many a battles, echo the war cries, tell tales of valour, mourn the loss of lives, reek of treachery, and speak about the opulence and the lifestyle of the rulers of the bygone era.
Does this sound like an exaggeration? Think of it. Much like fuel is needed to keep a car running, stationery is needed to keep an office running.
When you own or manage an office, buying office supplies invariably happens to be one of the most tedious jobs that needs to be done regularly without fail. You certainly would not want to run out of cartridge when you are just about to print an important letter that needs to be urgently dispatched. Likewise, you would not want to feel exasperated when the marker stops working while you are making a presentation to your client, and you don’t find another one handy. Huh!
The Digital era is expanding rapidly, bringing along with it a huge set of opportunities and its own challenges. Organizations, today, can no longer afford to stick to the Brick and Mortar model of doing business. At the same time, they stand to benefit with the use of digital platforms that provide them newer insights and new ways to reach out to their customers.
My appreciation for the opportunities, as well as for the underlying challenges comes from my experience of having spent a considerable portion of my work life in IT sector. My career in the IT sector had started with my joining one of the big IT service provider companies in India, before I moved to a financial services company to join the corporate IT group.