Thursday, January 18, 2018


A businessman interviewed a number of eligible applicants for few Manager posts advertised. A common question was asked to each one of them as the selection criteria for the posts.

“What's your best strategy to remain in business constantly working for its improvement?”

Various candidates answered in various ways repeating what they had learnt earlier..

  • ‘Caring for the customer is the most important criteria to remain in business. The customer is a very important person on our premises. He is the back bone of all our activities in business. They say the customer is a king in our business but actually the customer is more than that; he is the god! Here alone....'
  • ‘The manger is the important link between the supervisors/workmen and higher officials. I see that the communication here up the hierarchy is ever kept smooth with timely information on the activities of….’
  • ‘I pay full attention to discipline at my work. Discipline alone works the best here as it cuts short the time and energy wastage. Whatever said and done, I meticulously oversee that ultimately no laziness creeps into my work area with any one by taking appropriate disciplinary measures….’
  • ‘Timely actions many times save us from getting into serious downfalls. Procrastination is the thief of time and here alone a manager has a great role to play. I've a plan of....’
  • ‘Financial discipline is the core ingredient of all business ventures. As manager, I meticulously follow up and see that….’ 
Etc.. Etc.. One candidate answered thus..

'At my work, the customer, both the direct and the indirect customers, the boss and the sub-ordinates constantly interact with me for the smooth handling of the tasks on hand.

In that context, I very much believe that spending a little more of my personal time, energy and monies for the betterment of these personalities than stipulated in my Code of Conduct at my work goes in the long way helping out preventing the recurrent hold-ups.

At the back of this additional contribution alone, I'll follow the rest of all that I learned so far such as....'

The business man gave one hundred percent marks to that candidate and selected him as one of his Managers!

Keywords: business, strategy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


“Sir! I have a doubt. Whatever promises/pledges I make

To myself or
To others with me

In respect of bringing a change in me,

I'm finding that sooner or later I am back to my original behavior and style of living straight away putting my promise/pledge neatly into cold storage.

Not able to face that failure, I start giving fake reasons and thus cover it up nicely but never ever am ready to stick to my promise/pledge made with so much zeal and enthusiasm.

Can you explain how I should discipline myself so that I never break my promises/pledges at any time in my life?”

“My dear! We are individuals of certain personality and all our

Behavioral patterns,
Habits and
Styles of living

Are because of this inside personality built over unknown times. It's a product of my

Originality through my birth,
Hereditary acquired from my parents and ancestors and
Culture and habits acquired by me in the environment in which I have grown! 

Can I modify such a huge built-up of mine just thru' a verbal promise/pledge? Sure never! And without knowing the depth of this, if I promise/pledge in this direction, I will surely fail!

If at any time, I'm emotionally charged or ignited to make a pledge, I better quote to myself as well to others around me that it's more than enough if I stick to the already existing promises/pledges with me in my life like

  • When I exist, there is a Promise/Pledge..
Take care of the body towards good physical and mental health and protect the same from the impending dangers continuously!
  • When I join an Educational Institution, there is a Promise/Pledge..
Improve the learning and get a good name for the Institute of Studies!
  • When I join the Employment, there is a Promise/Pledge..
Work hard to earn a decent salary as per the skills and take care of the Employer’s interest in the best possible way!
  • When I have a Family, there is a Promise/Pledge..
Take care of the welfare of the members of the family the best with available resources and equally feel free and be happy!
  • When I interact in the Society, there is a Promise/Pledge..
Take care of the civic amenities around in the right way and interact and be helpful but not interfere and quarrel with the members of Society!

Etc..Etc.. It's always the wisdom with me that I

See these Pledges of my life more often,
Remember the same as much as possible and
Uphold them thru'


From my end instead of myself getting into unnecessary additional promises/pledges!

Keywords: promise, pledge

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


  • Remuneration at work other wise called the compensation package on a job invariably is negotiable. 
  • Market conditions almost fix the broad range of all salary packages. 
  • Elements of the salary package include the basic pay, an element to compensate for the rise in prices, other perks and allowances and variable pay. 
  • Basic pay is the standard yardstick for many payments/calculations and is invariably to be paid by employer if profit is earned or not. 
  • Variable pay component depends purely on performance and profits earned. It's broadly supported by three variants of performance. 
    *Individual performance 
    *Group performance 
    *Divisional performance 
  • Further performance on job can be direct or indirect depending on the job done. 
  • Employee welfare payments include 

    *Contribution towards Provident Fund, 
    *Payment of Gratuity, 
    *Payment of Medical Allowance, 
    *Payment towards Leave Travel, 
    *Provision of subsidized food, transport etc.
  • Perks are part of employee motivational aids.
  • Over time at work invariably exists. 
  • It's because the customer may require the help all of sudden and by meeting his/her requirement the highest customer satisfaction is achieved which is one of the main aims of good business. 
  • It may also be because the employee is running out of time beyond planned, due to vagaries of circumstances and it's appropriate to complete the same in time by taking care thru’ stay over. 
  • In third instance, over time can be because of certain training planned. 
  • The Parliamentary Acts related employee welfare stipulate certain conditions for booking over time. This involves welfare of employee in respect of 
    *Rest after the usual 8 hrs work, 
    *Facilities in respect of food/transport and 
    *Extra remuneration for the hrs of overtime.

  • This is applicable only for those levels below supervisory cadre. Above this level, the employer generally compensates the employee thru’ time off. 
  • Extended overtime booking concept is working on weekly holidays/other paid holidays. The requirements and rules applicable are similar.
Keywords: work, remuneration, overtime

Monday, January 15, 2018


A man who used to boast himself a personality of simplicity, ethics and spirituality in life once visited a distant place and extensively roamed around the areas there exploring the surroundings.

All along he noticed the people of that area of almost all ages..

  • Regularly doing strenuous body exercises not bothering for the time of the day, weather and other environmental factors to keep themselves fit and fine,
  • Being always conscious of high nutrition in their diet with many varieties of foods stocked in stores and on the table to satisfy that requirement and
  • Taking extreme care in presenting themselves the best way to the outside world!
On return, the man met one of his elderly well- wishers and casually narrated to him what he observed in the place of visit saying,

“Sir! This body is just with us to make use for our living. For that it's a wonder,
  • How much attention these people pay to remain fit and fine,
  • How many varieties of foods they consume to keep themselves healthy and
  • How much precious time they waste to make themselves look good and smart?
Do we need to do so much for a physical body which any how deteriorates in time? Why not they understand that a discipline of
  • Doing some simple exercises, 
  • Eating limited healthy food and 
  • Having a cheer on the face 
Do all the wonders required in life? 
I see no point in living my life in such a style!” 

The elderly, a deep thinker and a man of total understanding listened to all that, paused for a while and said,

“Dear! For people like us, many requirements in life are met easily with the casual work we do.. I mean to say, a work with lesser competition around! For people of the region you visited, it doesn't happen that way..

They have to face every minute the tough competition to secure even a small item in life. To face such a competition in their working, there is no go for them other than remaining trim..

That trimmed way ultimately is nothing but having a healthy body maintained through tough exercise and good nutrition and presentation through the best grooming.

And to make it a habit of the body and mind, one needs to train himself/herself in that direction from childhood itself else it can't be owned!”

Taken back by the revelation made by the well-wisher, the man said,

“OK, Sir! I understand what you say. My other doubt is.. 'How's that I'm not doing anything like that but still living my life well getting my day to day requirements? Don't you agree that these people have too many expectations in their life?”

The elderly looked at him, smiled and said,

“It's okay.. Expecting more may be a factor with them and that naturally would be predominant when one puts in so much struggle but when you say..

'My requirements are easily met!',

It indirectly means..

'My portion of work is being done continuously by someone else somewhere and I'm purely relaxing at his/her cost!'

Tell me.. What do you say to this and how would you react if the whole thing comes on you at a stroke?"


Saturday, January 13, 2018


3 young men have planned a great holiday trip deep into a distant jungle area for a week to relax and explore the surroundings. Naturally, the youth have that type of interest and energy with them. For that, they had to take leave from their work. Initially it was not so easy for them but at length somehow the three got their leave sanctioned.

"These Bosses don't understand that we need a holiday off from our work once in a way.. When I demanded my Boss, he simply said,

'Leave from work is not a right; it's just a privilege given to you!'

I argued on the point that LTA is one of the provisions of employment and as per those rules alone, I asked the leave. He had to agree finally as there was no go for him and he just sanctioned it.

A Holiday is must for us to rejuvenate and without that relaxation, we are sure never efficient at our work!"

"Your Boss is better.. Mine said,

'No question of leave for a holiday trip this time. It's given only once in 2 years. You took last year 15 days leave for that. Sorry.. I can't sanction that now once again!'

I argued on the requirement and at length I got it sanctioned. These Bosses simply exploit our skills and when it comes to helping us, they turn away their faces. How can we stay glued to our work all the 365 days?

Life is too boring without these routine holiday trips with us, isn't it? what do you say?"

"You should never yield here. These Bosses won't listen so easily. My Boss is never straightforward. Whenever I ask for leave, he says..

'OK, Dear! No problem. I'll take care of that. Can you just finish this small work first?'

If you fall in his trap, that's all. Those works will never be small, they really would be problematic works which................

I know this and so I equally play a trick. I simply en-cash on certain weak points of my man. I used the same and that's it.. There was no go for him and I got my leave sanctioned without a word further..

After all, without a routine holiday trip, what's the meaning to our life?"

Thus went on their talk of making fun of their Bosses for a while and soon all were in their own jovial mood to get out of the killing monotony within.

The next day, they were out on their long journey to the most remote area talked of. Deep into jungles where everywhere the nature was truly interesting..

Finally, they reached the camp area, got some help from the locals who were few in number and camped at the designated site.

The next day morning, they ventured into the thick forest area through a number of bushy plants and giant trees as they traveled in their vehicle. In the mid of that jungle, they met a man who was doing some work with his 2 children playing around.

The younger one, the boy was trying to fly a small kite with him but he was unsuccessful all along. His elder sister was seen helping him out learn how to fly a kite.

Seeing their struggle, one of the young men helped the boy fly the kite and in no time the boy was very happy seeing his kite flying quite well. The elder sister was curiously looking at the 3 young men.

The young men spoke to the man for sometime enquiring about his living there saying that he was lucky to live amidst such natural life. When asked, they explained to him that they were on a holiday and were exploring the area and the surroundings..

The man listened to all, paused for a while and at length spoke..

"I understand what all you spoke and my Boss too won't listen to anything so easily. He allows me leave my work only when myself and my people are not well, that too for a minimum time. Further, for any important local or family activity, he allows those hrs to leave my work and join back. Nothing more, he gives us and beyond that

We don't ask,
We can't ask,
We don't know what to ask and
We don't know too where to go after asking!

Ok.. Here, from what all you said, I understand and I know how the Boss would be tough in our work never leaving us for a minute but just one word, I couldn't make out. You said, 'The holiday'..

What exactly is the meaning when you say that you are on a holiday?"

Just then having suddenly lost it's balance in the mid air straight in front of the sister,

The Kite fell on the ground. She said, ‘Wish it had strong wings!’,

Took her brother closer and instantly comforted him!

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend,
an initiative forIndian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Keyword: exploitation

Friday, January 12, 2018


This week's IndiSpire Prompt is on the topic 

Giving birth to a child is not a greater thing but taking care is most important and also making a child a complete man .....#parentsresponsibility

In this context, I sincerely believe that a certain well laid out discipline with a parent sure helps his/her children grow to the best of their abilities and become a fully grown up individuals ultimately becoming useful to themselves as well as to the society around and to the mankind at large..

That discipline with the parent starts the moment the child is born with the required attention to be given in respect of health, safety and well-being of the child taking full advantage of the facilities offered by the State as well as according to the parent's own financial status.

Soon, the siblings too will be there in the family and a unique reference, a certain confidence and a togetherness feeling in those young minds need to be instilled by the parent/s from that stage..

At school going level, as the children start expressing themselves more and more with their small requirements, their inherent fears and their own little ambitions along with their school activities, it sure becomes the most important duty of the parent to take care of all that with all sincerity..

That discipline with the parent/s till the children grow up to the full fledged individuals in their life if goes broadly on the following lines, it helps the children a lot in their life. As told within the self, that internal discipline of a parent goes thus..

  • "My Dear Children, daily I'll see that you are made ready to go to your school in time by giving you all the support required. After school hrs, I've fixed your required daily play time and study time.. 
You'll play with your friends in that time, come back and sit for studies after eating your favorite evening healthy snack!
  • The studies go for the prescribed hrs which are easily possible for you and during that time, I too sit by your side with my regular work required to be done for the day..
If I finish earlier to you, I'll still sit by your side doing nothing for a while as you are studying!
  • When we all finish by the time set, it's our entertainment time, followed by dinner and later bed time.. 
In this time, I'm going to be always with you, I never get away from you unless some family/office works come up in the way!
  • Our week goes thus. On Holidays and Sundays, we'll have studies for minimum hrs in the morning slot and I will again be with you during this time. After that the whole day is yours. We go round to see the places where you like to go and have fun or visit few close families well known to us, of course.. 
All within our financial limits and to the places where children generally go!
  • Thus goes our week and the next week follows. And later months follow and in between it would be exam time. We continue the same discipline then too and thus you write all your exams.. 
In between above all activities, you are equally free to relax the way you want too but it would sure be limited and we would quickly be back to our works!
  • Then follow the results and summer vacation. I promise it will be a new place then where you'll like to go and spend your vacation or spend time with friends and relatives. Regarding the results..
You will hear that but I don't bother about it except join with you there!
  • The report cards do come every quarter and after the final exam. Just tell me..
Where to sign as the parent, I simply do that and I promise I don't ask any questions further as you have done your job the whole year with all sincerity.
  • Thus together we move through this wonderful childhood time of yours, I too would become a child here when I'm with you except that I know more than you and can guide and monitor your work where required. Otherwise, we just move together and do all the remaining works. Here..
I promise I never get away from you at any time on my own except for health and family needs and work requirements. And, you too will have your immediate exceptions due to exigencies, health problems including your own boredom a few times but within the limits!
  • My sincere feeling is that this works the best here and in this process we all forever are together living under one principle..
The elder always helps the younger and the younger ever respects the elder!

  • I'm just a friend and a care-taker alone here all along and I promise that no authority would flow from me at any point of time as that's ever a duty with me in this context. And this alone is going to be the way I'll bring you up whatever be the situation around.. 
Further to the same, I sincerely believe that what comes up to us, I would like to take it as the Gift of God to me and I advise you too to do the same and be at peace forever!"

Keywords: parent, resposibility

Thursday, January 11, 2018


“My people expect too much from me. Many times they put me under so much pressure and I'm confused on how to meet their demands. If I don't do that, they become sad and I too feel bad for them.

In such a scenario equally at times, they rebuke me saying,

  • 'What happened to you? Can’t you do this much for us?' 
That truly irritates me as I'm already struggling my best here but it's not clicking. I'm totally clueless and at times am wondering why I'm in this sad state!”

Thus poured out his agony a man of mid forties, to one of his well-wishers and expected him give a solution to the same.. The well-wisher comforted him for a while and said,

“I understand your state of mind, dear and I sympathize with you for the suffering you are undergoing presently in your personal life.. But I tell you, you should make a note of one important point here.. i.e.,

Whenever you interact with people around you, you should take special care to see that they don't get into an attitude of having too many expectations from or hopes on you.

That's because, when you start creating a belief in them that it's possible to possess or get more if things are done in a particular way, they soon develop a faith in you that you are their savior capable of doing anything and expect you continue your working in that direction to get what they want.

But since nothing is really guaranteed in life, it is not be possible for you to continue to provide that and soon you have to back out. That situation really produces a great unrest and disturbance in your people who are already charged to see that happen..

In such situations, people unknowingly get into blame games and the associated vengeance and enmities sure come up there without a say.

If they are closely related where vengeance has no place, a type of feeling that they have been taken for a ride or let down comes up in them. It happens at the core family levels too and makes our life unhappy all along..

Instead, if you constantly encourage your people to exert and get what they want forever remembering that your job is only providing the feasible environment for that doing in the situation and nothing more thus

‘Nipping the wrong hope in the bud stage itself!’

It may be a pain to do so initially depending on the person in our interaction but the dust settles soon and further activities in life will be streamlined in no time..

Remember.. It is said,

'Satyameva jayate nanrtam!'

And so at any point of time,

Promise what is just feasible and be done away with it!

As Lord Buddha the Prince turned Saint, soon after His Realization, walked thru' the streets of the kingdom along with His disciples and came right in front of His once upon a time Palace, the King unable to bear the suffering of seeing his son thus, came down and said to him,

  • "You, as a son gave the greatest pain to your father!'
The Lord said,
  • "I am not the cause of your suffering. You thought that being a king alone is the highest in one's life. Much higher is the ascetic life thru' renunciation of that very title!"
Thus seen, forever it's greater wisdom in me to live a life of Truth alone as applicable to me which many times looks so ordinary and uninteresting rather than try pleasing my people thru' false promises endlessly leading to nowhere!”

Keywords: Truth, promises