Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Best thing in life is being SIMPLE

When this theme came into my mind... I just could not wait but to share with you all so that we can act faster to be simple and be effective in life. I came across with a new recruit in my organization, who came with many ideas derived from his learning at B'School, Engineering, etc. and started interfering with the normal functioning in one of our functional department. With utter disgust the functional head came to me and narrated the events with me. In view of the seriousness of the situation, I had to call the guy and talk to him.

My approach to call him is not to fire but to correct him; so I just started with him - how he is doing with his new assignments, etc. First he came up with many questions, why is this done this way?.. Why don't we follow things like these?.. etc. etc. ... To be very true, when I actually hear those questions; I was overwhelmed to renew myself along with his questions. We discussed for long with such practices and theories and achieved a comfortable level, finally, to tell him SIMPLIFY those knowledge & learning and make it usable.

With our Academic Learning, we are so very carried away and overlook the main purpose of learning. Many engineers focuses on where is the problem, and I repeatedly seek for the remedy of it. In other words, I tell all my colleagues and associates to be focus on the solution rather than pointing at the problem and being in it. But what I see mainly with educated professionals are - they often tend to complicate rather than making it simple.

If you see the success stories of wining people, you will observe - they mainly focus on simple things. The life of Mahatma Gandhi, if you see the principle of AHINSA (Non-violence) - it is a common principle. He made AHINSA so simple, he embraced in his own life and made other people to experience and made it big. India got Independence through non-violence. Is not the Best Success?... Best Successes are based on simplicity. If you make it simple you win and other do not feel defeated. If you complicate and win; other loses... I would say if you win at the expense of others loss - it is not a good win.

SIMPLICITY = EFFECTIVENESS

When you simplify, it actually reduces stress. When you are in a team, simplification will allow increased participation and yield better result. This will make you to move faster and adapt to changes in a competitive environment.

I will tell you an instance, that one of my vendor who deals in Lubricant came to me one day and explained me problem of mixing different brand of lubricant(Gear Oil) of same specification by explaining me with the chemical composition, etc. But he put up the things in such a complicated way, I could not understand why he kept on telling such things to me. But I wanted to understand the same in a simpler way and inquired with other vendors. Finally, I could get the answer in this way - Every Lubricant has solvents of different kind along with de-foaming agents. When we mix Lubricants of different Brands, there occurs a reaction which causes a basic purpose of lubrication and even de-foaming; thus arising foaming in the lubricant. Due to foaming in the lubricant, when churning these bubbles beat the outer surface of the gear components; thus causing micro pelting and further damaging the internal parts. This simplified information has helped me to take a right decisions in respect to Lubricants and able to protect my equipments from untimely damages.

My approach in bringing this topic is to simplify our acts, decisions, relations, etc. When you simplify with better understanding you can actually move mountain... It actually increases chances of success.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

There is a new beginning in everything!..

Recently, when we put our daughter to school; initially she use to cry and say "I am not going to school." My wife use to wait for her in-front of the school gate till she comes out. The process lived for 2-3 days, later she happily goes for school and she gets happy when she sees her mom waiting for her outside the gate. One day due to some reason, her mom couldn't go to pick her up from the school and my neighbor brought her. On the next day, she again refused to go to school. That day I was was convincing her, and preparing her to go to school; she started telling, "Papa, mama does not come to school to pick me up, I do not want to go to school." That day I went to drop her to the school. While entering she told me, "Papa, where will you wait for me?" I just told her I am waiting for you just outside the gate. She happily entered her class room. Now a days she gets ready for her school much before time.

A new beginning!!. For her to go to school is a new beginning and it is very difficult for her. She will be seeing different children and teachers with whom she never met. She will be controlled and disciplined with the rules of the school. It is indeed the most difficult for a child to experience such thing for the first time. Again, it is been experienced by all of us, so we do not take this that seriously.

I would say, this beginning or any kind of beginning we need to cautiously handle so that one can continue and adapt the process for life time. I have seen many people who hate their school and also hate their parent. This hatred is because, they did not liked their beginning in the school or they didn't enjoyed their upbringing. Just because we want them to learn or make them what we want, we continuously force them to do things what they don't like and this in turn make them rebellious mentally and on the other side emotionally they distance themselves.

In some situation, we need to humble ourselves and keep aside what we are and go to the level where we are going to deal and act is very important. Just because I am a scholar or Doctor or Engineer, we can not expect others to act the way we think.

Learning is fun and we need to enjoy learning everyday and every moment. The day you stop learning, you will find life monotonous, boring and frustrating. When we are teaching or training, we should not ignore the process of making it interesting and infuse fun so that learners enjoy and adapt your teaching. In the process you will find your teaching more meaningful.

Do you know my friends, I have learned many Nursery Rhymes to teach my daughter!.. I sing along with her everyday. This beginning is just fun.... I am loving it...