Monday, April 30, 2012

Why are Jews intelligent?



By  Dr. Stephen Carr Leon
 
 Since I spent about 3 years in Israel for internship in few hospital there, it came to my mind about doing research of "Why the Jews are Intelligent?"

It goes without denial that Jews are ahead in many aspects of life such as engineering, music, science and most obvious in business where nearly 70% of world trade is held by the Jews such as cosmetic, fashion, food, arms, hotels and film industries ( Hollywood and others).

During the 2nd year, in December 1980, and I was about to go back to California , this idea came to me and I was wandering why God gave this ability to them? Is this a coincidence or is it man-made that could be produced like the goods from a factory. My thesis took about 8 years to gather all the information as accurately as possible, like the food intake, culture, religion, initial preparation of pregnancy and etc and I would compare them with other races.

Let's start with initial preparation of pregnancy. In Israel, the first thing I noticed is that the pregnant mother would always sing and play piano and would always try to solve mathematical problems together with the husband, and I was very surprised to see the mother always carry math books
and sometimes I would help her to solve some problems, I would asked, "Is this for your
child in the womb?" she would answer, "Yes to train the child still in the womb so that it would be a genius later on." She would solve the problem without let-up until the child is born.


Another thing I noticed, is about the food, she loved to eat almonds and dates with milk, for lunch she would take bread and fish without the head, salads mixed with almonds and other nuts, they believed fish is good for nthe development of brain and the fish's head is bad for the brain. And also it is like the culture of the Jews for pregnant mothers to take cod liver oil.

When I was invited for dinner, I always noticed that they always like to eat fish (flesh and fillet) and no meat, according to their belief, meat and fish together will not give any benefit to our body. Salad and nuts is a must, especially almonds.

They would always eat fruits first before the main meal. Their belief if you eat the main meal first (like bread or rice) then fruits, this will make us feel sleepy and difficult to understand any lesson you learn in school.

In Israel, smoking is a taboo, if you are their guest, don't smoke in their house, they would politely ask you to go out for a smoke. According to scientist in university of Israel, nicotine would destroy the main cell in our brain and will affect the genes and DNA, resulting in generation of moron or defective brain.

So all those smokers, please take note (Ironically, the biggest producer of cigarettes is... you know who.. make your own guess).

The food intake for the child is always under the guidance of the parent, first, the fruits with almonds, followed by cod liver oil. In my assessment, the Jewish child, most of them knew 3 languages, ie Hebrew, Arabic and English, since childhood they would be trained in playing piano and violin, it is a must.

Accordingly, it is believed that this practice will increase the IQ of the child and will make him a genius. And according to Jewish scientist, the vibration of music would stimulate the brain and that is why there are lots of geniuses among the Jews...

Since grade 1 to 6, they would be taught business mathematics and science subjects would be their first preference. For comparison I could see the children in California, their IQ is about 6 years back. And Jewish children were also involved in athletics such as archery and shooting, accordingly it is believed that archery and shooting would make the brain more focused on decision and precision.

In high school, students are more inclined to study science, they would create products, indulged in all sorts of projects , although some looks very funny or useless, but all attention is given seriously especially if it is armaments, medicine or engineering, the idea will be introduced in higher institute in polytechnics or universities.

Business faculty will be given more preference, in the last year of university, the students in business would be given a project and practically they can only pass if their group (about 10 in a group) can
make profit of USD1 million.

Don't be surprised, this is the reality and that is why half of the business in the world is held by the Jews, who design the latest Levis , it is being designed in the Israel university by the faculty of business and fashion.

Have you seen them how they prayed, they always shake their heads, accordingly they believed this action will stimulate and provide more oxygen to the brain.

Look at the Japanese, they always bow down their heads as their culture, lots of them are smart, they love sushi (fresh fish), is this a coincidence? In New York , the commercial/trading centre for the Jews are based in New York, catering for the Jews only, if they had any beneficial idea, their committee will give free interest loan and will make sure the business prosper.

Due to this, Starbucks, dell computer, Coca Cola, DKNY, Oracle, Levis , Dunkin Donut , Hollywood films and hundreds other businesses were under their sponsorship.

Jewish graduates from faculty of medicine in New York were encouraged to register with them and allowed to practice privately with this free interest loan, now I knew why most hospital in New York and California always lack of specialist doctors.

Smoking will lead to generations of moron. During my visit to Singapore in 2005, it surprised me to see smokers are regarded as outcasts and the price of a pack of cigarettes is about USD 7, like in Israel it is a taboo and their form of government is similar to the Israelis. And that is the reason
why most of their universities are of high standard, even though Singapore is only as big as Manhattan.

Look at Indonesia, everywhere people are smoking, and price of a pack of cigarette is very cheap only USD 0.70 cents and the results with millions of people, you can count the number of universities, what technology or product they produced that they can be proud of,...never! ; can they speak
other than their own language, why it is so difficult for them to master English language for example, all this is due to smoking, think for yourself.

In my thesis, I do not touch religion or race. The bottom line is, could we produce intelligent generations just like the Jews?

The answer could be in the affirmative. The changes needed are in our daily habits of eating, parenting and I guess within 3 generations, it could be achieved. This I could observe in my grandson, for example at the age of 9 he could write a 5-page essay on "Why I love tomato?"

May all of us be in peace and succeed in producing future generations of genius for the betterment of humankind no matter who you are.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Umbrellas and Noodles



Author Unknown

There was once an old lady who cried all the time. Her elder daughter was married to an umbrella merchant while the younger daughter was the wife of a noodle vendor. On sunny days, she worried, "Oh no! The weather is so nice and sunny. No one is going to buy any umbrellas. What will happen if the shop has to be closed?" These worries made her sad. She just could not help but cry. When it rained, she would cry for the younger daughter. She thought, "Oh no! My younger daughter is married to a noodle vendor. You cannot dry noodles without the sun. Now there will be no noodles to sell. What should we do?" As a result, the old lady lived in sorrow everyday. Whether sunny or rainy, she grieved for one of her daughters. Her neighbors could not console her and jokingly called her "the crying lady."

One day, she met a monk. He was very curious as to why she was always crying. She explained the problem to him. The monk smiled kindly and said, "Madam! You need not worry. Iwill show you a way to happiness, and you will need to grieve no more."

The crying lady was very excited. She immediately asked the monk to show her what to do. The master replied, "It is very simple. You just need to change your perspective. On sunny days, do not think of your elder daughter not being able to sell umbrellas but the younger daughter being able to dry her noodles. With such good strong sunlight, she must be able to make plenty of noodles and her business must be very good. When it rains, think about the umbrella store of the elder daughter. With the rain, everyone must be buying umbrellas. She will sell a lot of umbrellas and her store will prosper."

The old lady saw the light. She followed the monk's instruction. After a while, she did not cry anymore; instead, she was smiling everyday. From that day on she was known as "the smiling lady."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Extraordinary Customer Service- Don't be a duck


Don’t be a Duck… Be an Eagle – Wally’s Inspirational Story

It's a wonderful story conveying a message for us all. Don't complain, make others happy and live the present moment

Don’t be a Duck

No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice.
 
Read this story of, Harvey Mackay about a cab driver that proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly
pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey. He handed my friend a laminated card and said:

“I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.”

Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said:

Wally’s Mission Statement:

To get my customers to their destination in the quickest. Safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean! As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, “Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.”

My friend said jokingly, “No, I’d prefer a soft drink.”

Wally smiled and said, “No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.”

Almost stuttering, Harvey said, “I’ll take a Diet Coke.”

Handing him his drink, Wally said, “If you’d like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.”

As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card. “These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.”

And as if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

“Tell me, Wally,” my amazed friend asked the driver, “have you always served customers like this?”

Wally smiled into the rearview mirror. “No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day. He had just written a book called 'You’ll See It When You Believe It’. Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, ‘Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an Eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the cloud..’”

“That hit me right between the eyes,” said Wally. “Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an Eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.”

“I take it that has paid off for you,” Harvey said.

“It sure has,” Wally replied. “My first year as an Eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.”

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting.

Johnny the Bagger and Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. They decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like Eagles. How about you?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Office Politics 101


By Dorothy Tannahill-Moran
  
Office politics, and for that matter the word "politics", tend to conger up a less than positive image for most people.  Pictures of unfair deals, bad decisions and icky people are many of the thoughts that come to mind when we speak of anything with a political orientation to it.  It's understandable, especially this year as we are hit with a daily barrage of political ads and news.

However, it's important to understand what office politics really consists of before drawing those judgments, because office politics is how things work.  You can ignore it and suffer the consequences, do it the slimy way where a body count is taken, or do it well which benefits you and others.  In its simplest form, office politics is about building relationships in order to achieve some kind of end result.  It's how things get done and it's done 100% of the time on all jobs.  For those who think engaging in office politics is something they simply won't stoop to, they're already wrong; because you can't avoid it so long as you work with others.

Here is the ingredient list for office politics:

Who's who.   When you start your job the first thing you do is figure out who everyone is and what their role is.  The reason you do this is because your job is a daily assembly line of giving and taking information with a variety of people.  Your ability to be successful is dependent on others in a very big way.

Who knows what.  This is where office politics start.  You eventually learn that there are certain people who not only know work things at a detailed level, but are keen observers of human behavior.  They know how things really work.  Understand that we picked this up as cavemen as a survival technique.  Who you know does matter to your survival.

Goals.  Every job has various goals, and on top of that we have our own goals we'd like to accomplish within the framework of our job.  Perhaps we want to be successful, to earn a great pay increase or to get a promotion.  It could be that this job is simply a stop over to other things; but you still want to be perceived as getting the job done.  We all have goals.

Who wields the power & influence.  Power is an interesting thing.  We can be given position power like managing a group, but power also comes from other more informal sources within any group.  You can have power based on the information you posses, charismatic power because people like you and support you, or prominence power like a celebrity.  Power and influence emerge in groups in order to get people to take action toward some goal.

It is at this point where politics can be negative, because of people who are using power and influence to selfishly advance their own goals, largely at the exclusion of others.  This exclusion is what becomes unfair and noticeable.  On the other hand, when power and influence are exercised and it benefits the business and those in a work group, it can be a seriously positive thing.  It is usually this type of outcome that isn't seen as office politics because we tend to think of office politics in negative terms.  Yet, it is the very same mechanics that was put into play.

Office politics, whether for positive or negative outcomes, is how things get done in businesses.  Politics exist wherever you have any number of people pulled together in a group, because we are constantly working with people to achieve some end result.  Your ultimate career success depends on how well you can make office politics work for you.  Hopefully you'll succeed with "Positive Office Politics".

Thanks to Dorothy Tannahill-Moran / Career Rocketeer

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Who is POWERFUL?



By Narendra Goidani

The ability to perform right is being POWERFUL. Most Principles have POWER. Most teachers are POWERFUL. Others may have the power to hurt you.
When the pain of the hurt throbs, even then, if you focus on a bright future and slowly overcome the hurt, you are POWERFUL.
What people see as big problems, you see it as a solvable situation, you are POWERFUL.
When chaos reigns, you are calm and focused, you are POWERFUL.
When you make mistakes and you learn from them, you are POWERFUL.
When failures create determination and not doubts, you are POWERFUL.
When you accept your mistakes and say sorry with humility, you are POWERFUL.
When you share, you are POWERFUL.
When you can hurt someone, yet you lift them, you are POWERFUL.
Surrounded by temptations, being egged on by others, you still stay on the right path, you are POWERFUL.
When mediocrity is acceptable, you still push yourself and excel, you are POWERFUL.
When no one notices, yet you are ethical, you are POWERFUL.
When negative thoughts occur, you smile and replace them with positive ones, you are POWERFUL.
When you are the BEST, yet you are humble and filled with gratitude, you are POWERFUL.
When YOU are the cause of gratitude, you are POWERFUL.
When you can look at non-performers and laggards with respect, you are POWERFUL.
When you accept the differences of opinions with others with respect, you are POWERFUL.
When you convert doubters into believers, you are POWERFUL.
When you make the weak, strong; you are POWERFUL.
When we overcome odds, we are POWERFUL.
When all people can pray together, WE are POWERFUL.
Many people do have power. Few are POWERFUL.
Few people may not have power. They are still POWERFUL.
Never lust for power. Always be POWERFUL.


Source of Article : http://www.lifeschool.co.in/who-is-powerful/

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Article that Coach - 13 Management Tips

Image courtesy http://smallbiztrends.com


Author Unknown
1 Spend time planning and organizing. Using time to think and plan is time well spent.

2.Set goals. Goals give your life a sense of purpose and direction.

3.Prioritize. Remember the 80-20 rule  spend 80% of our time on activities that give us 80% return.
 
4.Use a to do list. Some people thrive using a daily to do list. It helps give you that sense of
achievement.

5.Be flexible. Allow time for interruptions and distractions.

6.Consider your biological prime time. That's the time of day when you are at your best.

7.Do the right thing. Peter Drucker says, doing the right thing is more important than doing things right..

8.Eliminate the urgent. Urgent tasks have short-term consequences, while important tasks are those with long-term, goal-related implications.

9.Practice the art of intelligent neglect. Eliminate from your life trivial tasks or these tasks which do not have long-term consequences for you.

10.Avoid being a perfectionist. Some things are simply not worth doing perfectly.

11.Conquer procrastination. Just do it.

12.Learn to say NO. Such a small word yet so hard to say!

13.Reward yourself. Even for small successes, celebrate achievement of goals.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Life Is Echo


 

Author unknown

A man and his son were walking in the forest.
Suddenly the boy trips and feeling a sharp pain he screams,  “Ahhhhh.”
Surprised, he hears a voice coming from the mountain,  “Ahhhhh!”
Filled with curiosity, he screams:“Who are you?”,
but the only answer he receives is:“Who are you?”

This makes him angry, so he screams: “You are a coward!”, and the voice answers: “You are a coward!”

He looks at his father, asking,
“Dad, what is going on?”
“Son,” the man replies, “pay attention!”
Then he screams, “I admire you!”
The voice answers: “I admire you!”

The father shouts, “You are wonderful!”,
and the voice answers:
“You are wonderful!”

The boy is surprised, but still can’t understand what is going on.
Then the father explains,
“People call this ‘ECHO’,
but truly it is ‘LIFE!’ Life always gives you back what you give out!
Life is a mirror of your actions.
If you want more love, give more love!
If you want more kindness, give more kindness!
If you want understanding and respect, give understanding and respect!
If you want people to be patient and respectful to you, give patience and respect!
This rule of nature applies to every aspect of our lives.”

Life always gives you back what you give out.

Your life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of your own doings.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

GENEROSITY


Mahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours he addressed a meeting in Orissa. After his speech a poor old woman got up. She was bent with age, her hair was grey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers tried to stop her, but she fought her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting. "I must see him," she insisted and going up to Gandhiji touched his feet. Then from the folds of her sari she brought out a copper coin and placed it at his feet. Gandhiji picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully. The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Gandhiji for the coin but Gandhiji refused. "I keep cheques worth thousands of rupees for the Charkha Sangh," Jamnalal Bajaj said laughingly "yet you won't trust me with a copper coin." "This copper coin is worth much more than those thousands," Gandhiji said. "If a man has several lakhs and he gives away a thousand or two, it doesn't mean much. But this coin was perhaps all that the poor woman possessed. She gave me all she had. That was very generous of her. What a great sacrifice she made. That is why I value this copper coin more than a crore of rupees." 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Six.Seconds on your resume.

By Vivian Giang

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on candidates. 
The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to "record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task."


In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company,current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.




The two resumes below include a "heat map" of recruiters' eye movements.The one on the right was looked at more thoroughly than the one of the left because of its clear and concise format:



With such critical time constraints, you should make it easier for recruiters to find pertinent information by creating a resume with a clear visual hierarchy and don't include distracting visuals since "such visual elements reduced recruiters’ analytical capability and hampered decision-making" and kept them from "locating the most relevant information, like skills and experience." 

Six.Seconds on your resume.

By Vivian Giang

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on candidates. 
The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to "record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task."


In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company,current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.




The two resumes below include a "heat map" of recruiters' eye movements.The one on the right was looked at more thoroughly than the one of the left because of its clear and concise format:



With such critical time constraints, you should make it easier for recruiters to find pertinent information by creating a resume with a clear visual hierarchy and don't include distracting visuals since "such visual elements reduced recruiters’ analytical capability and hampered decision-making" and kept them from "locating the most relevant information, like skills and experience." 

Six.Seconds on your resume.

By Vivian Giang

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on candidates. 
The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to "record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task."

In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company,current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.



The two resumes below include a "heat map" of recruiters' eye movements.The one on the right was looked at more thoroughly than the one of the left because of its clear and concise format:



With such critical time constraints, you should make it easier for recruiters to find pertinent information by creating a resume with a clear visual hierarchy and don't include distracting visuals since "such visual elements reduced recruiters’ analytical capability and hampered decision-making" and kept them from "locating the most relevant information, like skills and experience." 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Inspiration: The amazing success story of INSEAD Dean, Dr Dipak Jain


By Author Unknown

Having studied in a Hindi-medium school in Tezpur, Assam, the first time Dr Jain wrote in English was way after his school days. "Woj galti ho gayi and my name is spelt Dipak even today," the INSEAD dean quipped while talking at a function in Mumbai on Saturday.

The function was organised by ReachIvy, an advisory company that helps students with admissions abroad. Although the event was meant to answer questions about MBA admissions outside India, Dr Jain made sure the lecture was full of beans with interesting anecdotes thrown in at every juncture.

To illustrate the importance of dreaming in life, Jain recounted a story from his early days. Coming from a modest family in Assam, he could never afford to pay for his textbooks. He went to a school which had never had chairs -- students sat on the floor. "If you have a goal, work towards it. Since I could not afford textbooks, my teachers gave me books to read all night and make notes and return them next morning. That's how I studied," Dr Jain said.

Dr Jain went on to do his BSc and MSc from Guwahati University. While studying, he also opted to teach at a local college. To his amazement, on the first day of his life as a professor he realised that while he was 22, the average age in his class was 26. "I was asked to teach business statistics and I didn't know what to teach in business. Statistics was a subject I knew as that was always my favourite." Dr Jain remarked.

He then asked another professor of the college for help and this is the advice he got, "The shadow of a person is longest in the evening. Do not believe in the shadow as it is not the person. Whatever you do, do not fake. If you do not know an answer, tell the students you will get back to them but never pretend to know something. Over time, you will get used to the range of questions and will become better at answering them.

"Those lines I remember everyday and that's what I tell youngsters even today. Be what you are; do not show you are someone else. Believe in yourself. If your admission application gets rejected, do not fret and fume. At the most you may lose a year or two but it is better to wait and get into a good b-school."

Dr Jain studied his doctorate from the University of Texas at Dallas quite by accident. He had written a letter to a professor at University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business seeking advice on a PhD that he was planning to pursue in statistics. By the time the letter reached the school, the professor had moved elsewhere but the US postal department redirected the letter to the professor at his new address.

"This professor then wrote back to me saying that he had changed his subject of research by then and had redirected my letter to another professor at University of Texas at Dallas." This other professor then wrote to Dr Jain a couple of months later that he should send him his TOEFL and GMAT scores in order to begin his PhD.

"What were TOEFL and GMAT? I was hearing those words for the first time. When I came to know what they meant and how costly it was to go to US and do a PhD there, I wrote back saying that I could not afford it and declined the offer." Within months, Dr Jain got an 'admission accepted' letter from UT Dallas with a fully-paid programme. "This is what I mean. UT Dallas is not among the top colleges at all. But I took the offer and that led to better things. Believe that you can do better things and they happen."

Travelling to the US was another ordeal since his family was short of money. The Rotary Club of Tezpur gave him Rs 5,000 and a friend helped with the airfare. "Back then the US dollar was worth Rs 9 and the airfare was Rs 16,000." That was Dr Jain's first flight ever, little knowing that years down the line he would be on the board of directors of United Airlines.

Once at the school, Dr Jain started giving free mathematics tutorials to deserving candidates, a practise that he has preserved even today. "I got a lot from educators in my life. I wanted to give something back. And we must always do that in life," he advised the young in the lecture hall at Mumbai. Thereon, Dr Jain went on to teach at various institutes in the US, Europe and Asia.

Prior to INSEAD, Dr Jain was dean at the JL Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He took charge of Kellogg on September 11, 2001 and in front of his first ever group of students, hardly had he even begun his speech, when a person came up to him on the stage and whispered that an aircraft had crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York and it would be better to cut the orientation programme short before the students' mobiles start ringing.

"Once students lose attention, it is difficult to get them back to listen, so I stopped. A rather inauspicious start to my career as dean," he remembered.

Mishaps have a way of following Dr Jain. He was right in Phuket when the 2004 tsunami struck South and South-East Asia. Phuket had been a holiday presented to him by the then Thailand government for serving as Foreign Affairs Advisor and taking some crucial beneficial decisions for that government. "My wife and children had decided to visit the beach that morning.

However, the absent-minded person that I am, I led my family to walk on a road that was going in a direction entirely opposite to the beach. When we realised that we had taken the wrong road, we turned back to see waves as huge as the Niagara Falls come crashing down before us." said Dr Jain on a serious note, contemplating what would have happened had they taken the right road that morning.
After Kellogg, Dr Jain had decided to go to Harvard for a year but in the meantime he got offers from MIT's Sloan School of Management and later INSEAD. "The recruiting agency which was hunting for a dean for INSEAD asked me if I was interested. I believe that one must meet up with people only if you are interested in taking up the job, so I met them."

There were a couple of questions from the audience on seeking admission to INSEAD and his one answer to them all was that students had to be a little different in what they show to the schools abroad. 

"If you have done something different in your life, mention it. Yes, academics are important and so is work experience. If you have worked for some years, you will do full justice to the programme."
The dean said that India, like China, has too local a population and that did not go well with INSEAD's idea of diversity so for now, instead of opening an MBA campus, all that INSEAD would do in India is executive programmes.

"Years later, people will remember you for what you are as a person, your performance will not be remembered. Make sure you become a colleague who will be remembered," he concluded.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Facebook: 5 people never to friend from work


Your boss: Friending your boss on Facebook might seem like a good way to get close to your manager,but in this case it may be too close for comfort. "If you friend your boss on Facebook, and then complain about them or share something too personal, they might lose trust in you, not take you seriously and potentially replace you," notes branding expert Dan Schawbel, CEO of Millennial Branding.
  Your HR rep:Friending your human resources representative comes with many of the same issues as friending your boss. "If you friend your HR representative on Facebook, and then reveal a company secret or criticize your boss, then they will have more than enough reason to report you to your manager," says Schawbel.
  Your office "frenemy”: Ifyou have a less-than-friendly office competitor, don't take the "keep your friends close and enemies closer" approach via Facebook. "Schadenfreude, envy, competitive juices and just plain score-keeping is a terrific reason for keeping frenemies out of your life and your FB commentary," says Ellen Lubin-Sherman, author of The Essentials of Fabulous: Because Whatever Doesn't Work Here Anymore. Someone who doesn't have your best interests at heart face-to-face will jump at any opportunity to find a skeleton online and bring it out of your closet.

A previous boss :If you leave a company on great terms with your boss, by all means, stay in touch -- on LinkedIn, suggests David Couper, career coach and author of Outsider On The Inside: How To Create A Winning Career...Even When You Don't Fit In!. If you want to reconnect for professional reasons (for a reference or new job, for example) you'll be glad you kept the two zones of your life -- professional and personal -- absolutely separated.
 
Anyone you manage: Youmaintains a certain image in the office, and it's almost impossible to perfectly maintain that same image online, even with strict settings. "Again, you may disclose information that could be damaging. For example, if you show a picture of you enjoying the sights on a 'business trip' you may lose credibility with your team," says Couper.