Where there is a WHY there is a WAY


“The ‘why’ of what we do is much more motivating than the ‘what,’ we do.

When we are young we don’t really care to chart a course of action of what we really want in our life or where we really want to go. We just know that we need to go to school or college, make friends, study or have fun and pass out. If we are Lucky enough we get into job via Campus recruitment or thru some competitive exams whether we like it or not. All of these are familiar to most of the students.    Those are the golden days where we enjoy watching movies with friends, post photos on Facebook, study together or do something that we know really well. We never question “why” we do what we are doing daily.    We are in a comfort zone and we don’t care much to plan or plot a particular journey or reach a particular goal that is unknown to us.  We won’t know the meaning of “Vision” or what “Disruption” to our daily routine means.  Very few students move out of comfort zone, from daily habits, from the known life and experiment with things, think differently, work hard to reach great goals,  do something different than their friends or classmates do. They are charting an unknown path and at every step of learning they stop, re-evaluate and recalibrate their course of action and finally they will find a WAY for leading a life not just living another day that is just like yesterday for many others.

“Vision” implies you have a view of exactly where you want to go and you chart a course of action plan accordingly, like plotting a journey on a map, a straightforward road with no distractions, roadblocks or alternate routes.

Others just move forward and they don’t form any idea how to lead a life until a problem makes them to think. That is the time self is constructed and that is the time most of them take a course of action and follow.  That is the time WHY leads to find a “WAY” out of the situation. For some of those who don’t ask themselves “WHY” early on they may end up with doing something they don’t really want to do whether it is their subjects or life  or career.

So my friend every day you should question your routine with a WHY and you will realize that you need a WAY to better your life. Better life with best practices is what my vision is for skillsnest.

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Chance favors the connected mind


In the fast moving digitally connected  and complex world-  our beliefs ,skills,  assumptions , our knowledge is constantly  challenged.  Willing to accept that we need to refresh our knowledge, skills and other matters makes us better positioned to take on any kind of new challenges that come across.

RICHARD GREFÉ  :   “You know, a few years ago, whoever had the knowledge had the power. But today, the power resides in those who have a sense of the way that knowledge flows. And that becomes critical because knowledge is growing at an exponential rate. So what does that mean? That means that for any individual to succeed, has got to go beyond just knowing things. They have to be curious, they have to be thoughtful. And that doesn’t come from social media and that doesn’t come form deep-diving in data. That comes from thoughtful conversations.”

We are in a  era and times that requires us to think differently. 19th and 20th century education has built invisible walls around everything. We are trained to see things, learn , watch and use things individually.  Students are trained to learn subjects individually.    Civil engineers focus more on their subject and less on other engineering branch knowledge and similar is the story with all other branches. Computers science students focus more on software and less on industry’s domain knowledge  which is more vital in today’s market place. There is no one course that combines all these knowledge from different fields and provide us the insights of how interconnected everything is and how to acquire the right knowledge to face today’s smart planet’s requirements to stay successful with the right skills for the rapidly evolving nature of corporate work and society’s cultural shifts.  I always used to stress this point to graduate, post graduate and PhD Students of engineering and MBA to come out of their  specific subject knowledge and look afresh by learning how all the subjects knowledge works together to create solutions and products we use everyday. (Think Apple I Phone’s focus on Design more technology less) . Today Technology has erased the boundaries of  all branches of sciences, agriculture, medical and even changed our daily life habits. Why then are we not understanding that we have to have a open mind and inclination to learn something unrelated to our subject matter?

I get inspired when i look at some smart companies combining cross platform knowledge from different industries and come with a radical design and products. One such company is Dyson. James Dyson is famous for inventing something new that we never think possible.  They don’t hesitate to take inspiration and knowledge from different sources to come up with  new product. Here is a Blades less fan they invented using principles or aerospace fans. Click here to know more http://www.dyson.com/Fans/FansAndHeaters/Fans.aspx

For those who have guts to think differently and achieve something Dyson innovation awards is the platform to take on the challenges. Here is the link

http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/Prize.aspx

Similarly Companies such as Toyota come with some amazing ways of improving quality in their products , minimizing waste in production process and reduce the cost of making high quality products for less.  We already learnt their best practices such as Lean manufacturing, Kan-ban, Kaizan widely implemented in different industries.  They now use a new method called Andon Cord.

” The andon cord is literally a cord that workers can pull – a cord they should pull – any time something in the manufacturing process goes wrong that would compromise the quality of the product or safety of the people. The line stops immediately. Everyone’s attention is turned to the problem. Everyone helps to solve the problem. And the line doesn’t restart until the problem’s been fixed, thus ensuring that zero scrap or defects are allowed to perpetuate.”

http://www.toyotageorgetown.com/qualdex.asp

So innovation don’t need to be complex. we just need to think different.

World’s knowledge levels today (mostly Industry) are so mature that we don’t need PhD’s anymore because industry’s maturity levels are so high that until we think differently and look beyond  PhD’s  knowledge;  sustainable solutions are not possible for the complex problems we face today. Medical field is one such area where sufficient knowledge is not there to solve diseases such as Diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer or parkinson’s etc in spite of having top notch scientists with multiple PhD’s.   The only way to go is look into a different field , combine your subject knowledge with it to create a new idea or a cool product or a new medicine for a deadly disease.

We have different lifestyles than our parents. Youth today are in a constant flux of adopting to new lifestyles with high connectivity to the entire world. Mobile connectivity, social media interactions, crowd sourcing for solving complex problems of the planet,  Internet of things, body connected intelligent sensors, health tracking devices like Nike shoes and many more new technology gadgets allow us to look different , work differently than our predecessors and acquire knowledge differently than what is taught in our colleges today (the good old style).

The reach of internet to every nook and corner of the world allows us to know any kind of information , acquire knowledge and skills needed. Technology as i said above , erased the boundaries of everything and i want you to remove the mental blocks (the artificial silos in your mind)   and train  your mind to look at things differently with a open mind. Today we are connected so closely via social media, tech gadgets that we can collaborate with the world’s  best  on a massive scale that is not possible in a physical form. One of the courses  I’m doing on Coursera ( https://www.coursera.org/course/strategy101)  has 90, 000 students from across the globe. We are learning by doing  , something new but connected to a single platform on coursera No class rooms to go,  only online practicals using technology and internet connection. Cool way of learning something new,  Right?   Colleges and Universities should focus on building Labs to help today’s students to experiment, tinker with tools and gadgets. Otherwise we only produce paper engineers ,  MBA graduates who are just fit to do a service job  , does not provide any competitive advantage to students nor to the country as a whole. Today we should worry that we bring out very insignificant percentage of  cutting edge products to market  in spite of one billion population and large number of PhD’s and Master students.

Do you want to be a listless person or want to impact the world with your knowledge.  Remember the title of this blog  “Chance favors the connected Mind”  That power of Connectivity should become your major weapon to acquire skills needed for 22nd century companies. Many of the problems industry faces will be solved by individuals  from across the planet. This is the future of work. People won’t be working for a single company. There will be problems that need to solved and if you solve it you get paid. That is what will happen in Job markets going forward.

So why waiting. Go get connected with the world’s knowledge. My Previous blogs have several world class resource links to start with . so check them..

As part of this Blog here are some useful links for you to get on the fast track of 22nd century learning… Enjoy and good luck to you..

Learn something new here https://www.coursera.org/  or here https://www.udacity.com/  or here https://www.edx.org/ or from the whole internet which is at your finger tips.

Good luck to you and do not hesitate to reach out to me through your comments in this blog…

Agile professionalism


Wrote a blog for employees on how to stay successful  in their career in my linkedin profile. Click on this link for the post

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140924055329-6970802-agile-professionalism

Now or never. You decide your fate


If you’re young and ambitious and driven, don’t run from the challenge, run towards it. If you’re terrified of learning something new, go find a way to learn and master it. When you are a student and young you have loads of energy and enough time for learning as much as possible. You won’t stay young for ever and student life won’t stay with you for ever. You spend so much time having fun during college that you miss this vital point, that once you are out of college you are on your own to find a job and succeed in career. Campus interviews may give a job for some but that is the worst job with low pay and high pressure to handle.Those students who are smart enough realize the value of time and work towards their goals early on and once they are ready they also look for jobs they like to do in LinkedIn , twitter and Facebook other than campus interviews.

Life is full of temptations and distractions. When you are young you will have more opportunities to waste time, money and your youthfulness.

Start using your mind on what matters most for your life and for your family.Fate is not decided by anyone. It is you who can decide what is best for you and your family.  Time is precious and need to be spend wisely.  One of the best practice you need to develop is to check how you spent your day and what value you derived from all the activities you did during the day. Spending time on  Facebook, twitter or games or chatting or going to movies should be restricted otherwise it will  only add more junk in to your precious mind.  Networking with professionals , spending time to know yourselves , your strengths, your weaknesses and becoming mindful of all your activities will give you enough mental strength, knowledge and courage to find what you love to do for your career. Positive habits help you with clarity of thoughts when you need direction and guidance to succeed in life. Think of your parents, teachers and friends who you should trust for guidance and work hard to learn skills needed for you to succeed.  You may not love it while you’re going through the learning phase, but you’ll carry that learning and success with you  for ever. Once you achieve what you are aspiring for then you will have wonderful life. May be you will be  visiting exotic places and working on some wonderful and challenging assignments.

In order to have quality life, good food and good life you need to work for  it and  prove that you are eligible for good life.

I worked for that and I succeeded and i want you to succeed too.

You can start with small positive actions such as reading for a hour a day something new, doing yoga /meditation for a while etc and as days pass by they become your habits and you will be in a position to control your life and lead a life rather than living a life.

Similarly for getting rid of bad habits you should start with small attempts and then slowly  get rid of that bad habit  completely after some time.

Please do comment your feedback and suggestions.

Some good Job related apps and websites


Those who are on the look out for jobs here are some good IOS/Andriod Apps.

1.  Job Talent  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jobandtalent.android&& 

2. Job Campus :  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.jobcompass.market

3.Jobr : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jobr-swipe-chat-discover-your/id870221491?ls=1&mt=8

4.Job Interview questions : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.divyu.HrInterviewQuestions.free

5. Visual Resume : http://re.vu/

6. Job Search Engine : http://www.linkup.com/

7. A Better Interview : http://www.abetterinterview.com/

8. Career attraction : http://www.careerattraction.com/

9. Career Bliss : http://www.careerbliss.com/

10. JOb Interview questions : http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_question_database/interview_questions_3.html

11. Tweet my jobs : http://www.tweetmyjobs.com/

 

You can live on Facebook and Twitter, long after you are gone….


If you are crazy enough and still want to live on social media you can  continue sharing, commenting and uploading pictures etc even after you are dead.  There are several services that are available that allows people to continue using the social media after death. Let’s see what we can do while we are still alive. ..

Facebook allows to remove the account or memorializes the account http://www.facebook.com/help/150486848354038  when some one dies.

Twitter deactivates the account https://support.twitter.com/articles/87894-how-to-contact-twitter-about-a-deceased-user

US government as updated it’s guidelines regarding WILL to choose a person you trust to continue using your social activities on facebook and twitter like services. http://www.usa.gov/topics/money/personal-finance/wills.shtml

Deadsoci. al a service allows you to store in advance what you want to share on your accounts after you are long gone . http://www.deadsoci.al/

LivesOn (after you are dead)  learns (predicts)  your social media habits, tastes, likes and  what you would like to tweet and continues tweeting them for you.

http://liveson.org/

A facebook app called “If I Die” let’s you create a video or text message ( For example : Your last words, your long kept secrets, your desires, whom you want to give your riches, your lover’s details, your valuable advice to your family )  that will only be published after your death.

http://ifidie.net/

In case your computer died there there is hope of bringing out all the data using the following service

http://runtime.org/

So now you know what to do when  you are still alive and want to live long after you are gone…….

Modern ways to prepare Resume


For those employees who are thinking of getting another job or final year students who are readying themselves for jobs it is time for having a resume ready.  Catching the attention of the potential recruiter is very hard with millions of me too like resumes that reach their desk’s.

Hiring trends have changed a lot with explosive growth of technology and social websites. Resumes are now scanned by software to align potential job candidates to the position offered by the companies. Social websites like twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming a platform for hiring prospective employees too. While many students have the luxury of campus recruitment everyone is not lucky enough to get the job they are dreaming of. Even those who join a company thru campus are finding hard to adjust to the jobs they are hired thru campus.

Your resume and cover letter play a vital role in catching the attention of the prospective employer. In order to catch the attention of the prospective employees many have charted new paths in presenting their resumes. See how some people got jobs by becoming creative in presenting their worthiness to prospective employers here.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/creative-social-mediafacebook-twitter-linkedin-resume-tips/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/facebook-and-qr-codes/

https://pathbrite.com/  helps students and fresh employees to visually show their accomplishments historically

There are oodles of resume guiding websites online.  Here are some cool websites that will help you to develop your unique resume.

http://www.resumeedge.com/resume-writing/resumes/

Resume builder by livecareer.com. You can start with your already built resume or use their tools to build a fresh one. Check more here http://www.livecareer.com/lp/lcarsmsm31.aspx

Linkedin. Many students don’t know the power of social websites. These are platforms for networking, getting jobs and also learning what the industry is looking in students as potential job candidates. One such wonderful website is Linkedin. Your profile in Linkedin is a resume itself. So what ever you write in your profile matters. Also Linkedin is the platform for joining professional groups to discuss subject matter, get tips about personality development, career advice and job listing. They also have a resume builder tool. Try this here http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

Rezumme : Once you post your resume here , out of kindness and helping nature people will check your resume and help in shaping it properly.people  read your resumes and add notes and advice with comments. A numbered scoring tool also allows resume pros to rate you on your Resume sections, formatting, language and potential to be hired.  It is like Facebook comments and likes.  Nice and 100 percent free for job seekers. http://www.razume.com/

Cover letters: Cover letters are very important to let the prospective employee know for which job you are applying and what makes you fit for that job. If the letter is not written well in spite of having all the qualifications you need  you know you won’t be getting that interview call. Here are some cool websites to help you in writing covering letters.

http://content.monsterindia.com/resumecenter.html

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/citation/passive-voice

Facebook is another place to find cover letters samples. Use Facebook for your benefit. There are several job listings, companies, groups on LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter and real jobs are posted on these websites. So spend time looking for the groups and jobs other than posting pictures, chatting and commenting on others photos. Good luck. For more advice leave a comment and I will answer your query.

Some more resume advice websites to look at http://www.gm4jh.com/

http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Student-and-New-Grad-Center/Student-Top-Story/Resume-Extras.aspx

http://vizualize.me/

http://resume.github.com/