My journey!

As I journey through time, here I present a small peak into what I think and experience!

Sunday, January 15, 2006


After the ubiquitious ads in newspapers, TV, billboards on roads (which according to a survey carried out was the reason behind the increase in the number of accidents. Havent u ever seen those beautiful models stretching their waxed legs out and you in turn forget to peddle those something thats situated between the accelerator and the clutch in a four-wheeler?), movies, pirated CDs and DVDs now comes the age of advertising on the blogs.

Picture the following:
"Your blog is great . If I can help, let me know. If you ever need any printing
done, I'm sure you'd be interested in Banners."

I dont think am interested in getting my blog printed! But who knows. A publishing company might be pretty impressed by my articles written here and might want to release an International Edition with about 2mn hardbound copies that too available only on advance booking....

"Another Firing Over Blogging Bad About Employer. A marketing and public relations professional working for New York real estate firm Dwelling Quest was fired, according to her, for speaking ill of her firm on her blog. Find out how you can buy and sell anything, like things related to music on interest free credit and pay back whenever you want! Exchange FREE ads on any topic, like music!"

This guy am sure must be working in the top most ad agency in the world cause he can come up with an amazing link between a pink slip and loans. After all, the person whose chucked out of his company needs a loan to take care of his wife and children lest they beg for burger and tortillas on the roadside!

Friday, January 13, 2006

An interesting read

The following article has been taken from some place in the Web. Hope there are no copyright violations for ^C ^Ving such inspiring readings:
The grass isn't always greener on the other side!! Move from one job to another, but only for the right reasons. It's yet another day at office. As I logged on to the marketing and advertising sites for the latest updates,as usual, I found the headlines dominated by "who's" moving from one company to another after a short stint, and I wondered, why are so many people leaving one job for another? Is it passé now to work with just one company for a sufficiently long period?

Whenever I ask this question to people who leave a company, the answers I get are:
"Oh, I am getting a 200% hike in salary";
"Well I am jumping three levels in my designation";
"Well they are going to send me abroad in six months".
Then, I look around at all the people who are considered successful today and who have reached the top - be it a media agency, an advertising agency or a company. I find that most of these people are the ones who stuck to the company, ground their heels and worked their way to the top. And, as I look around for people who change their jobs constantly, I find they have stagnated at some level, in obscurity. In this absolute ruthless, dynamic and competitive environment, there are still no - short cuts to success or to making money. The only thing that continues to pay, as earlier is loyalty and hard work. Yes, it pays! Sometimes, immediately, sometimes after a lot of time. But, it does pay. Does this mean that one should stick to an organization and wait for the golden moment? Of course not. After, a long stint, there always comes a time for moving in most organisations, but it is important to move for the right reasons, rather than the superficial ones, like money, designation or oversees trip. Remember, no company recruits for charity. More often than not, when you are offered an unseemly hike in salary or designation that is disproportionate to what the company offers it current employees, there is always an unseemly bait attached.
The result? You will, in the long term have reached the same level or may be lower levels than what you would have in your current company.
A lot of people leave their organisations because they are "unhappy". What is this so called unhappiness? I have been working for donkey years and there has never been a day when I am not unhappy about something in my work environment - boss, rude colleagues, fussy clients etc. Unhappiness in a work place, to a large extent, is transient. If you look hard enough, there is always something to be unhappy about. But, more importantly, do I come to work to be "happy" in the truest sense? If I think hard, the answer is "No". Happiness is something you find with family, friends, may be a close circle of colleagues who have become friends.
What you come to work for is to earn, build a reputation, satisfy your ambitions, be appreciated for your work ethics, face challenges and get the job done. So, the next time you are tempered to move on, as yourself why are you moving and what are you moving into? Some questions are:
* Am I ready and capable of handling the new responsibility? If yes, what could be the possible reasons my current company has not offered me the same responsibility?
* Who are the people who currently handle this responsibility in the current and new company? Am I good as the best among them?
* As the new job offer has a different profile, why have I not given the current company the option to offer me this profile?
* Why is the new company offering the new job? Do they want me for my skills, or is that ulterior motive? An honest answer to these will eventually decide where you go in your career to the top of the pile in the long term (at the cost of short - term blips) or to become another average employee who gets lost with the time in wilderness?
"DESERVE BEFORE YOU DESIRE" - Dr. Gopalakrishnan, Chairman TATA Sons.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Way to go....

We have seen a lot of progress in the field of primary education. The link below strongly supports my statement:

I am sure that with such initiatives, not only shall we achieve complete literacy by 2020 but also eradicate poverty, discrimination based on caste, gender, income, education, color, region, language, family background, royal lineage, computer, mobile, car, bike, briefs and vests....

IIM's overseas plan scuttled!

"...HRD has said that they should open up branches within India rather than abroad..."

Well, I have a mixed feeling about this news. On one hand, there is an elation that the Govt. is concerned about imparting management education to the domestic audience while on the other hand there is a tinge of sadness that the top-notch business schools of India are not being allowed to ply abroad and tap the demand for managerial skills development.

Being a part of a b-school, I would say that the existing institutions have still a long way to go to becoming truly global. The IIM's still havn't housed top-notch faculty of the Philip Kotler at Kellogs, Michael Porter at HBS stature.

The link below is an interesting read as to why Harvard attracts bundles and bundles of dollars:
Indian b-schools have been succesful in creating managers while those in the West are known for nurturing leaders. The kind of entrepreneurial funding that the students in the West get from their alumni is unparalleled. IIT's have been quite successful in tapping their alumni. This is the main reason why institutes in the West have been so successful. They get huge funds for research. Also if we compare the astronomical fees charged for an MBA program in likes of HBS, Stan and Wharton compared to the paltry fees charged in India, how can we expect things to progress?
I am sure things will take time to progress. Its been just about 40-45yrs of the IIM's having come into existence while HBS is almost a century old. So probably we can give the universities in India some more years to capitalise and build on their knowledge base.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy New Year

Wishing the world a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Hope we get to see less violence and more peace prevail