Tuesday, December 8, 2009

long time, no see

Well, it's been over a month since I lost blogged...and what a tumultous month it's been...so much of stuff happening both in the personal and professional front....I did this new training program on 'Supervisory Skills' which in turn gave me an idea of how I want to develop a bundle of programs. It's an exciting time at work...new ideas, new strategies, new people on board, and a whole lot of enthusiasm and energy all around....our feedback scores were analysed at great length and we discovered that we are doing better than our best....our clients love us for this and I'm sure that we'll have a lot more work coming our way in the future. As for the personal front, some ups and some downs...but nothing worth fretting about, really!! My homefront is sort of settling down, got a new housekeeper.....dad's well on his way to recovery after a severe bout of respiratory infection....Rana is perhaps the sunshine at home...he's all the time hanging out with us and I've this strange feeling that he's been possessed by Kaiser's spirit coz Rana behaves just that way....eating everything, lounging inside, not barking, and just being naughty as ever. Someone told me that blogging should be all about professional life and musings but I just think that that's so boring...my unique style would be a mix of professional and personal. So world, know that I exist and I love you one hell of a lot.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

haven't blogged for quite some time now....it seems like I was waiting for life to move on but now looking back, I realize that life has 'happened' in this time and I have to capture its highlights here!!!

Let's see....I made an interesting trip to Trivandrum to do some training...it was fun, challenging, and I think I discovered new aspects of Indian culture. I did an interesting workshop on 'Emotional Intelligence' and another one on 'Personal Productivity.' The E.I. program was for a bunch of senior professionals - mostly managers and project leads...it was interesting to see how much we neglect or have forgotten of our emotional world....for them, it was a revelation of sorts to realize that behavior is an output of one' s emotional world....when we are happy, we dance and sing; when we are sad, we sit and brood. It's just unbelievable that even in our workplace, we bring this inner world and it has a huge impact on the way we interact with our colleagues, our clients, etc.

The P.P. workshop was equally interesting...this was for individual contributors....lively group that participated well and sort of did self-evaluation to see where they could change. The incredible part was how the entire group set about concluding the workshop by 'teaching' each other something new.....we learnt to meditate, we learnt to de-stress when at work, we took up community service projects; we learnt about new facets of MS Outlook; wow...for me it was indeed a highly satisfying workshop.

I must say that it was very difficult for me one particular weekend - I lost one of my pets - Kaiser....he was a Weimaraner and had been with my family for almost 9 years. It is so difficult to accept death, no matter how often you've encountered it...it still hurts....I think I knew that it was time for him to go, I was schooling myself to be practical and objective, yet when it did happen, emotions took over. One of the most challenging things I had to do the very next day was to go and train for a bunch of seniors, and all I could think of was Kaiser. Anyways, I lived through the day, survived it, and have moved on. Rana, my other pet, has really taken charge of the healing process for all of us at home. He's there all the time, giving unconditional love, a huge bundle of never-ending energy and playfulness.

How does one survive competition in the professional world? How does one grapple with reality and still choose to go on with determination and optimism? When you hear about people surviving professionally even though they have low or no ethics, the easiest thing is to mourn about it and say 'life is unfair.' I wonder if there is final retribution of sorts...I would like to see whether 'what goes around, comes around' is true, after all. Professionally, we've been creating a whole lot of new stuff and diversifying at a good pace. That keeps my spirits up!!!

Well, I think I've sort of covered my life in the last few weeks...so much more has happened, but I think I got the highlights in this post, and that should do!!!

The world is a beautiful place to be in, our lives are wonderful gifts, our family and friends are the best that could have happened to us, so what more could we ask for? Nothing, absolutely...and that's final!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Something new!!

'Sharpen the saw' - said Covey...how true, blogging is my way of 'sharpening the saw.' Every year, I promise myself that I will learn something new.....every year, I've done it. This year, I've learned to blog....I've this tech whiz in my life who's helping me remotely to get my blog in shape, just the way I want it. Thanks, AD. Blogging is a great way to put your thoughts together. It's a great way of having leisure: 'What is this life if full of care, we don't have time to stand and stare?' Blogging is my time to stand and stare...at the world, at myself, at others, and generally talk about it. Does it matter that somebody should read your blog? Not really....it's fun to do it for yourself...so I say to all of you out there who get into your shells when you hear about 'blogging'....don't be intimidated.....it's fun. Enjoy maadi!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mmm hmmm....haven't blogged in the past few days....performance management of people is so tough. You tend to look at all the positives and yet the negatives can't be infinitely ignored. Somewhere, feedback has to be given....and no matter how gently or indirectly you say it, it still can be taken wrongly...it's a double-edged sword - damned if you say it and damned if you don't. When you hire someone on the team, you are well aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Do you simply 'tolerate' the weaknesses? Do you talk about it and re-set expectations? In the act of ignoring the weaknesses, you invariably end up disgruntling the ones that are good in those areas. How do you balance this? i guess one needs to be an excellent communicator, use loads of emotional intelligence, and do as objective an evaluation as possible before embarking on the sticky journey of giving feedback.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Musings on a rainy day

Well, I've been spreading the word around that I've my own blog....I ain't sure though if people do want to check it out....I know mine ain't all that jazzy or whatever; but for me this is a big, big step. Today's been a sort of gloomy day weather wise....life takes on an entirely different dimension when a stranger becomes part of your family.......that's what's happened to me the last couple of months. We are hosting a lovely person from the US and our lives have been enriched by her presence. As I mentioned yesterday, change is constant...people come into our lives, touch us in so many ways, and then move on. All we can do is to have good memories and live life to the fullest.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Oh geez, i'm unsure about this whole blogging.........just wanted get a feel of blogging.........what's the hype all about...who really reads this stuff and why? a million questions in my head, a whole lot of trepidation, some doses of courage :) and here I am...I just hope I can sustain this initiative....I guess it's like keeping a journal...you put down stuff in it but you also allow others to read through it.........would that be an invasion of privacy? in which case, you are only putting out a small part of yourself to the world outside. Mmhhmm, i'm letting my thoughts come alive here......jus the way they are.......sign off