Archive for November, 2006

ConsumerGiri

November 26, 06 by Bharani

Somehow the trend of popularizing the Indian cricketers after just one or two top performances should stop…Even if it is a good product, if it is endorsed by ANY of the indian cricketers..I am going to think twice about the product…

I am not expressing my anger against Indian cricketers..I am not expressing my anger against Indian team’s performance…Because that is not going cause anything beneficial…But I am going to shut my senses against the products endorsed by cricketers. Call it consumerGiri!!!

Go…no wait!

November 22, 06 by Bharani

The human life is so short…but the human brain is capable of conceiving unimaginable levels of dreams and imagery in that short span of time. Few of those dreams transform into ambitions…in other words ‘long-term goals’. It is natural for people to set short-term goals, which will eventually lead them to successful realization of their long-term goals. It is even more natural among B-school grads…

When I wrote an essay to answer the post-mba career goals related question in the ISB application form, I clearly set aside short-term goals and long-term goals. I look at it now and I realize that I am more or less on track, except for few specifics. But, I must admit that I have gone through a lot of plan-changes during the last 1.5 years. The main reason for that is the new information that reaches the brain every new day, testing my rationale and challenging my aspirations.

Of late, I am facing a BIG question. When is the time to take the BIG STEP? and of course freebie questions like: If I have to set up my own venture, are there different ways to achieve the end-goal? If so what are they?

I have absolutely, 100 percent, realized that nothing less than entrepreneurship is going to test the MBA skills. Nothing less than my own-venture will deserve the hard-work that I am willing to put. But, there is a problem. The problem that is prevalent among many Indian youth. Courage to take that first RISKY step. Lack of momentum to go off-tangent.

I have decided that I should keep working on my ideas during my personal off-time. May be I am ambitious…May be it’s just a rush-of-blood. Giving the ideas a definite shape is the only to way to ascertain if it is just a case of “May-be” or really a “Must-be”. And to my satisifaction, I am slowly regaining the lost discipline back. Now that, 3 to 4 of my friends have started their own ventures, I should observe their progress and learn from them. For the time being, I will build up and nurture the entrepreneurial mind-set.

I just have a feeling that the world around me is conspiring towards me. I am going to believe the golden words of Alchemist now.


“When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true”
– Alchemist.

Read without Judgement!

November 08, 06 by Bharani

I casually typed in “Bharatmatrimony ISB” in Google and had few surprises! The diversity of ISB is pretty evident in the search results…I mean the languages, age etc., 🙂

This is scary sometimes….! Maybe the matrimonial sites should delist themselves from Search engines…Confidential information like the matrimonial aspect of ISBians are out in public 🙂 Right from the admits to alums…Right from Tamil, Telugu, to Oriya, Hindi and Bengali…there is a representation…! If this post results in someone finding someone in ISB circles, then I will attain ‘moksha’ 🙂

Search for it

Some observations…

November 08, 06 by Bharani

It’s been just 6 months into the job and I am already excited and frustrated about the same! The kind of work we do is pretty interesting. But at the same time, the environment is not that conducive. Overcoming the traction in realizing a potential idea is definitely a challenge. But. the challenge can be deemed fair only if you were also given necessary powers or influence to fight. I guess, that’s the challenge of championing a concept, especially internally within the organization.

In the end, It would be only fair to say that I have learned a lot, whether it is “how to do” or “how not to do”…and it’s been a learning experience.

During this effort, I made some observations. Few of which are mentioned below. The following points are “Team” related.

1. A research effort should always have best resources or atleast experienced resources. If the time-to-release is a constraint, it becomes even more important to have good resources.

2. Give ample independence to your subordinates (developers or analysts). Micro-management is harmful to both the manager and to the one who is micro-managed.

3. The problem of expectations mis-match is by far the fundamental reason for disharmony. Don’t expect everyone to work at your same level. Have reasonable benchmarks and expectations. Provide more than one opportunity to prove and recover.

4. Every function should be equally respected. There should not be any pre-conceived notions about any roles.

5. A positive work environment should be fostered. Ultimately, the recognition, a positive work environment, and the pride in the work are important. Recognize the good work wherever and whenever it is due. A open environment where everyone can freely express their thoughts or concerns goes a long way in building the team spirit. People should get up every day and eagerly look forward to reach the workplace…If that enthusiasm is infused, then success automatically follows.

6. Feedback should be provided on a regular basis. Don’t provide surprise feedbacks at the end of the year.

7. A friendly and mentoring superior is always welcomed than a bossy superior!

8. It’s important to have high benchmarks in terms of quality of work. Ideas of how to improve the process, how to improve the quality should always be generated. It becomes even more beneficial if the exercise is done by the whole team, not just by the manager.

9. It’s vital to work with every one in the team to chart a personal development plan. The plan should fulfill the aspirations and goals of the individual and suit the project and organizational goals as well.

10. Fun at work place should not be seen as a sign of irresponsibility and immaturity! It infact should be seen as an enabler for a productive work-environment.