In 100 Words: What Do You See When You See People?

I once read a story of a boy who found a bag full of dried clay balls when he was playing in the field. Not sure about what to do with them, he started throwing them in the pond to enjoy the ripples. Just then, he dropped one of the balls and saw a glittering diamond inside the ball. When he opened remaining balls, he found more diamonds. He regretted for the ones he threw.

Like clay balls, people around us are precious too. How often do we discount them just because we don’t see the hidden treasure within them?

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In 100 Words: Love Made Visible

Seeing someone turning a mundane activity into art is always very gratifying.

Meet Dr. Soda. He sells flavored soda on the roadside. He loves his work and calls himself a “Ph.D. in Soda”. For him, making soda is the medium to entertain people. He juggles soda bottles, makes a soda blindfold, speaks three languages, entertains kids, initiates conversations, smiles a lot and offers a distinct experience – all for just 10 bucks. Each soda is his opportunity to build a connection and deliver his art.

No work is small if you know how to enjoy it. Work is love made visible.

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In 100 Words: Bitter or Better?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Vujicic is a hero.

He was born with no arms and no legs! After struggling initially as a depressed kid who contemplated suicide, he was transformed when his mother showed him an inspiring article about a man who was also dealing with a severe disability.

This realization was so profound that he started looking at life differently, mastered it and eventually did everything a normal man can do. He runs a successful NGO and speaks across the globe on coping with life’s challenges.

He asks, “Challenges in life can make you bitter or better. Which one would you choose?

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In 100 Words: Do Something Good Today!

On a railway platform, as in life, everyone is on the move; hurrying to reach their destinations. While I was waiting there, I saw her coming out of the train that had just arrived. Her wrinkled and exhausted face wore a worried look. Her back was bent with a lumbar belt wrapped around it. Getting through the hurried platform with a bag that she could hardly pick up seemed difficult.

I immediately approached her, lifted her bag and helped her out till she got a taxi. When she smiled and thanked, gratitude was visible.

I did something good that day!

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In 100 Words: With People, Be Patient!

When you are set out to help others grow (including your own kids), you have to give them time and space to grow. People, like plants, grow organically. They learn from what you tell them, but they learn from how they feel and what they experience.

As a leader (yes, parents are leaders too!), if you are too worried about seeing immediate results from people, you may be disappointed. When you plant seeds, you don’t dig them every day to check if they are growing. They will never grow. Sometimes, less leadership is the best leadership.

With people, be patient.

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In 100 Words: Accentuate the Positive

In 1982, University of Wisconsin researchers studying the human learning pattern videotaped two bowling teams during multiple games. When these tapes were shown to team, they were edited differently. One team was shown the video of all their mistakes and the other team was shown the video of their good performances.

Both teams improved, but the team that focused on positive improved twice as much.

Excessively focusing on errors can lead to feeling of blame, fatigue and resistance. Emphasizing on what works well leads to strong emotions like passion, creativity and enthusiasm.

You get more of what you focus on.

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In 100 Words: Generosity and Growing Others

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The best way to grow is to help others grow. In process of elevating others, you have to elevate yourself. However, you have to adopt a posture of generosity and abundance.

In school, I heard a story of a farmer who was known for producing best crops and sharing his best seeds with other farmers in the vicinity.

When asked why, he said, “It is a selfish act. Winds collect pollens and carry it to adjacent fields.  If my neighbors use the best crop, the quality of my crop would also go up.”

What seeds are you sharing with others?

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In 100 Words: Epitome of Change

Each time I pass through that huge building, I think of its past glory. It was one of the first multiplexes of the country, a trend setter of the sorts. Today, it stands empty with a warning on its walls, “Under Demolition”.

I see that building as an epitome of change. How can a pioneer go down in less than 10 years? How can they fail at responding to change when their aggressive competitors were innovating in delivering superior consumer experience?

Tom Peters says, “DISTINCT or EXTINCT.” What are you doing to distinguish yourself, raise the bar and relentlessly improve?

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In 100 Words: Power of a Sincere Apology

Organizations are made up of us, humans, who often goof up. How often do we offer/see a heartfelt apology in corporate world?

As leaders, we find it too difficult to apologize. We take the route of excuses and self-justification. For issues with new Maps, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook offered a public apology and showed once again why Apple is so admired.

Seeking apology is a sign of strong character. It shows compassion and brings you/others out of an unchangeable past. It generates credibility.

Apology is not just nice words put together. It has to be, almost always, followed by actions.

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