Saturday, March 27, 2010

Coffee House -College Street, Calcutta.-Those were the days.

I incidentally got a picture of the famous
Coffee House in College Street, Calcutta.
Some good samaritan has uploaded this picture in the Flickers.

We used to hang around in our college days
and PG days.

Very nostalgic Calcutta, legacy of the
intellectuals in Calcutta.

Regular discussions about politics , economics,
culture and all those addas, may have got
the first lessons of Strategic Management
in this place.

Now the Coffee House, Kolkata's get up
has changed a lot, have seen the new pictures,
but have not visited for almost last
15 years almost.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Focus Yug. Multitasking And The Multi Focus Is The Only Mantra To Success.

The Go Getting Attitude: It’s lacking.

This is a peculiar symptom that has been found in many executives that the burning desire is not there,they don’t want to give that extra hour to work and to make things happen.

But today we talk about the deliverables be it in software projects or planning a mega city or building a mega city or finishing a petrochemeical project in time and on time, upgrading the infrastructure at a very fast space. Every guy in business need an extra effort to ahead and makes things happen. I fully believe that “Nothing happens automatically, one must make things happen”.

Looking upwards and on wards is a continuous habit, many book by the American has been written about go getting attitude and inspirations to go ahead.
We have talked about the positive mental attitude and creating environment where one has to over come many obstacle which will come on his/her way.

As an IT professional I will say it’s the mental software that is important to reboot & tune it as and when required. The negative influence has to be overcome and willing to move forward.
The mental framework of fulfilling an objective must be in place first.

FocusYug: In the Hindu and Vedic mythology we always say it the time or Kal , Mahakal Yug. We at present living in the Kal Yug, in the corporate worlds if professional have to be successful must believe in FOCUS YUG.

Channelize all your time, energy, money and all resources to particular things to achieve success. There is a dichotomy between one job at a time or multitasking. Now with modern time management concepts and multitasking concepts the FOCUS YUG has become very important.

Multitasking and Multi focus , yaa, it's difficult task, at times one can get direction less and things can go hey-ware, and the project deadlines and other things can remain a distant dream with deadline failure and cost overrun.

Here comes the smartness of the executional executives.and his individual capacity to stay FOCUS and to achieve the task with executional excellence.

I have been a great fan of Prof.Ram Charan . Charan talked about Focus as a strategy that should be followed at every steps ..

Dr. Goldratt's in "The Goal" the man who pioneered the concepts TOC ( Theory Of Constraints)also talks about Focus stratefy.

So to achieve a Goal a focus is required.

"MBA's Are Not Delivering" What is going wrong with the MBA?RAM CHARAN's Shoe Shop Methodology.

There is a very common concern and question both in the mind of
the corporates and the students"Is it worth hiring an MBA or going
and doing an MBA?" respectively.

I think it hardly matters if you are an MBA or not, business is caught,
but management can be taught which can not always be utilized/practiced
in day to day running of business. In day to day business life unlike any
other numerical subject logic don’t work always. Particularly with the
management science thing are most unpredictable, though we use
large number of tools (analytics and statistical) still things fall in line
at times. No business situations are alike and unique all are different
and has got it’s own uniqueness and characteristics..

Last month I was conducting a workshop with a large Business Group
regarding some modern management practice. We talked about Productivity
and Performance, retraining the managers to deliver to their best.

During the last one and a half years with a bid global economic scenario
Corporate are skeptical about the performance and deliverable of the
MBA’s and the engineers too.

We talked about the stretched targets to identify constrains and
how over come the constraints. The situations and style of operations
varies from place to place, and executions matters the most, it’s
becoming very complicated and competitive, so it’s a continuous
re learning and unlearning and practicing and perfecting it’s style.

I don’t think copy book style and case study oriented approach is
very effective. I think practicing is more important than studying.
It’s a continuous journey of learning and practicing.

“England is a nation of shopkeepers” Napoleon Bonaparte.
Management Guru Prof. Ram Charan echoed in the
same waybut not with the Englishmen, but the basic
lesson that he learntfrom his own family business shoe
shop in Uttar Pradesh -India.

I like Ram Charan, his approach is very effective and hands on.

I was reading Prof. Tarun Khanna’s “Billions of Entrepreneurs”
it all starts from small and humble beginning of shop keeping,
the micro practice of day to day management can be easily
leveraged to macro level.
But the DNA get structured in the way the shop keepers work.
These shopkeeper are the incubators of tomorrows Ambani, Mittals.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Strategic Change Management & Innovation.

A very interesting video on Change Management
and the urgency of change management.

The different PCL graphs and the innovation
phases on open technology.

This is a wonderful and an innovative video
regarding Change Management.