Thirst


We take water for granted. Water is not just a concern for the future but is quite clearly a current Issue. Water issues must be framed in the wider context, including issues of efficiency of distribution , availability of safe, clean water, improving water resources, reducing travel and  transport time of water distributions, focusing on documenting how companies are using the water resources and how they handle pollutants etc. Based on current projections and research global population growth is set to rise from 6.7 billion today to over 9 billion in 2050. Unlike fossil fuels, water has no substitutes or alternatives and the way that water is currently managed in many countries is simply unsustainable.

Recently New York city’s Department of Design and construction worked with a team to provide guidelines on how to save water. Find more details of this good project at http://new.pentagram.com/2011/09/new-work-water-matters/

Our Municipal corporation , state Govt. should work with builders, engineers, architects to make sure water usage and distribution is done well while permitting building constructions or infrastructure development of a town or a city.

Did you know that water makes 60% of human body, 80% of blood, 70% of brain. We can survive a month without food but we cannot survive without water for more than a week. Water that existed for millions of years exists today also and it covers most of the planet. Only 3% of that is fresh water and most of that is ice and 1% is used by humans and industry.

Did you know that most of the water is wasted in over pumping,  flushing toilets, washing clothes ,   leaking pipes, taking showers (10 minute shower uses 50 gallons of water) , filling bath tubs,  brushing teeth while tap running(4 gallons but without tap running it just .25 gallons)

Did you know that millions of people live on less than 3 gallons of water per day? Millions of people are becoming refugees because of contamination in water and they are forced to move out of their homelands. On top of this we are now experiencing global warming and extreme weathers with floods in some places and dry lands in some places. One in five doesn’t have clean water to drink. According to United Nations a child dies due to contaminated water every 15 seconds. We might run out of water before we run out of oil.

As both the world population and the demand for clean water are increasing, water availability is decreasing in some locations around the world. We are already experiencing the scarcity of water for agriculture use in India. We saw India suffering from losses in food production and high prices of agricultural products. Our Water problem is becoming a hunger problem too.  check the below links

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-india-running-out-of-water

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=climate-change-impacts-staple-crop-yields

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=wasted-food-equals-wasted-energy-10-10-03

Heavy use of water by industry is building up pressure on this precious natural resource too. There is some awareness by global corporations about  the water problem and they are taking some steps

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has turned its attention to water as well and recently released the results of its first Water Disclosure (WD) questionnaire More can be learnt here (https://www.cdproject.net/CDPResults/CDP-2010-Water-Disclosure-Global-Report.pdf)

Here are a few highlights from the 2010 CDP WD report, which went out to 302 of the world’s largest companies. Of the respondents (and 25 unsolicited submissions)…

  • 50 percent of the companies foresee near-term risks (1 to 5 years), with 39 percent currently experiencing impacts such as disruption to operations from drought or flooding, declining water quality, and increases in water prices.
  • 67 percent already report on water related issues to the board or executive committee level.
  • 89 percent have developed specific water policies, strategies and plans
  • 60 percent have set water-related performance targets

And the CDP WD is not alone — several key reports on water risk and opportunity have recently been released.  Check this links for more information.

http://www.sabmiller.com/files/reports/water_future_report.pdf

http://www.edf.org/documents/490_AQUA.pdf

http://www.2030waterresourcesgroup.com/water_full/Charting_Our_Water_Future_Final.pdf

http://www.croptrust.org/main/laboutus.php

http://www.nature.org/ The Nature Conservancy protects Earth’s most important natural places — for you and future generations — through great science and smart partnerships

http://www.unep.org/dewa/vitalwater/index.html

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has taken a lead position over the last 30 years, in assessing and monitoring the state of global water resources and their use and management. In collaboration with partners and collaborating centers, it collates and analyzes water resource data on a global scale.

Finally water is desired, beneficial and  necessary.

Now you know that we live in a thirsty world. We are all thirsty, agriculture is thirsty, industry is thirsty. It is time we take a serious look of how we use water daily. Do your best to rethink about this issue and please let your friends also be made aware about water problem?

Water will be next issue for war between countries in future.

some more links on water http://www.watercanary.com/Water_Canary.html

http://www.varshajal.com/

Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges


Motivation is of two types “motivated from an inner urge or an outside push.”

If you’re working hard because of your own desire for excellence that will actually lead to greater satisfaction, psychological health ,success in life and career.

But if you’re pursuing goals because of pressure from others — parents, teachers, bosses, peers — that’s likely to take you down the path of dissatisfaction and reduced well-being.

So motivating yourselves to learn things that help you in succeeding in career and life should be considered as your most important goal.

As you learn new skills you can use the following guidelines.

Monitor your performance. Note areas in which you excel and areas you need improvement.

 

Learn Communication skills by reading  , listening and watching great speakers.

Realize that failures and mistakes are just one step on the road to success.

Recognize that being aware of the impact that your behavior has on other people is a critical leadership skill and it will influence your success or failure in getting what you want.

Remember that when criticism is difficult to accept, there is probably some truth to it and you should start thinking of correcting the faults

And, finally, learn to give yourself and others credit for improving.

Learning skills  takes time and your interest to put some effort. 

Innocent or Ignorant? Both need taking advice.


Getting your first job is the beginning of a career where your personal skills such as effective communication, problem solving, managing people /work and handling pressure situations will be tested and will decide your Success in life and career growth. While you are still going to college it is a mandatory to acquire skills that employers are looking for as mentioned above and also learn technology tools, social networks usage etc. But don’t think you can learn these skills in the final year of college. Employable skills need time to practice and you cannot learn effective communication skills in English overnight in 10 days or a month. I advice you start assessing your skills right now and start learning them. For further advice contact us at skillsnest.

How you will ask advice at work is today’s topic for our blog.

When in trouble or not knowing what to do asking for help/Advice is a good thing.  Advice seeking has very significant benefits. It increases the possibility of finding better solutions to genuine problems, while creating a richer and more productive relationship. The importance of this issue should not be overlooked   How to ask for help — and how to do it right — is critical to doing your job well and setting yourself up for success. You may be afraid of looking dumb, but to be afraid to ask for and get the help you need is inexcusable. Typically we all ask for help or get clarifications by asking questions like ‘How do I do this’ or “how should I proceed with this” , “what to do next” etc but that won’t allow you to get the right help you are looking for.

Try the following tips

1. Start with what you know about the subject you need help with. Explain what you already know or at work how much you completed on your assignment (work) and where you are stuck with or what you are not able to do to finish the job.

2. Propose your thoughts on what you think about the solution and ask your boss for his/her advice if that is the right thing to do.  

 3. If you don’t know the direction to take or don’t know the solutions, ask for guidance. Instead of asking “What should I do?” ask specifically for the tools you’ll need to make that decision yourself, such as a recent example of a similar analysis or a template for a given task. Or, ask for a referral to someone who has worked on a similar initiative or project in the past.

In the vast majority of cases, you’ll get a lot further in your career by asking the tough, smart questions.