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“Just agree with me or remain in the wrong”


29 Jan

A colleague came up to me the other day. He had devised a devilish plan and needed my support to endorse it.  I would later learn that my endorsement was needed for a far sinister plan, one which would eclipse all others and make them seem like Vinicola’s Port Wine in front of French Pinot Noir.

On another note why is it that the people that don’t know what the duck (word masked with rhyming alternative) they are talking about always have the most to say? From my perspective, one needs a brain to have a thought.

I digress.

Coming back to the point, a friend of ours was in a relationship and was planning to get his beau something really nice for Valentine’s Day. He was as confused as how Venkatesh Prasad would be at the WACA in Perth. Eager to make the right moves in a budding relationship, he approached his friends to suggest the perfect gift for his girl. After some deliberation he thought of buying a Digital Photo Frame.

Don’t ask why.

This colleague of mine was probably his best friend and suggested that he reconsider his decision of buying a Digital Photo Frame. He opined that this gift would be as useless as a Comb for a Bald man or a Mic for Manmohan Singh. He was so confident that this was a crappy gift that he dared him to buy it. The consequence of not listening to him could be grave. The colleague even warned him of telling his girlfriend about the gift even before he bought it. The reason – She would hate such a gift and it would probably harm their relationship. Clearly, he was in the developmental stages of maturity and probably should have been carrying a Board on his chest which said “Bear with me! I’m under construction

A Digital Photo Frame might not appear like a great choice but the friend would know better and it really should be left to this friend to decide what’s best. Somehow this colleague had got lies and Gorilla Glue mixed up and his story fell apart. When we met during a Tea break, he recounted his horror of receiving a similar gift from his ex-girlfriend a while ago (1969?), which caused a lot of pain and anguish. So much so that he initiated a campaign against gifting of Digital Photo Frames. The friend, however, was showing no signs of letting up and was dead set on getting what he wanted. Fearing that this friend would buy the Photo Frame anyway, the colleague decided to raise the stakes and issued a veiled threat. What ensued was no less than the botched up “Mahabharat” play sequence from the classic Hindi comedy movie – “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”. Standing at the sidelines, I had the ringside view of the comedy show, as it unfurled. I ended up asking myself – “Yeh sab kya ho raha hai bhai?

However, it was no fun. Trust me.

True to his word, or should we say, ‘threat’ – our colleague spills the beans. Resultantly, words were spoken; actions were taken but just short of Blood being spilt. The friend was forced to buy a set of her favorite Books instead. Our colleague got what “he” wanted. The friend was distastefully forced to change “his” choice and in all this no one bothered to ask the girl how she felt about being given Books instead of a Digital Photo Frame.

I continued to stand by and watch things happen until now. I finally mustered the courage to write this post. I feel so proud.

Four Questions to identify whether any type of work or use of resources is waste


13 Apr

We try to use less of any resource, but Value-Added, Value-Enabling and Wasted resources are treated differently.

1) Wasted resources and steps should be eliminated from the process

  • Few major steps will be entirely wasted
  • Most process steps can be broken down into smaller steps

2) Value-Added work should be minimized

3) Value-Enabling work should be minimized, and should not add to turn-around time

To identify whether any type of work or use of resources is waste:

First, ask three questions:

  • Does it change the state or form of the product?
  • Does it provide value to the customer?
  • Is this the first time it’s been done?

If the answer to each question is “YES” it is Value Added. If the answer to any of the three is “NO” it is Non-Value Added, and waste.

If it is waste, then ask a fourth question:

  • Can we remove it immediately?

If not, it is Value Enabling. Value enabling work cannot be removed immediately due to limitations of technology, business practices, legal requirements, etc.

Important Questions To Ask Yourself


22 Mar

Who are you?
What are you passionate about?
What are the achievements you are most proud of?
What are you most grateful for in life?
What are the most important things to you in life?
How would you describe yourself?
What are your values?
What do you represent?
What do you want to embody?
Do you love yourself?
Why or Why not?
How can you love yourself more today?
What is your ideal self?
What does it mean to be your highest self?
Look at your life now. Are you living the life of your dreams?
If you have one year left to live, what would you do?
If you have one month left to live, what would you do?
If you have one week left to live, what would you do?
If you have one day left to live, what would you do?
If you have an hour left to live, what would you do?
If you have one minute left to live, what would you do?
What would you do today if there is no more tomorrow?
What are the biggest things you’ve learned in life to date?
What advice would you give to yourself 3 years ago?
If you are yourself 1 year from the future, how would you advise the you now?
Is there something you’re still holding on to?
Is it time to let it go?
What are you busy with today?
Will this matter 1 year from now? 3 years? 5 years?
What opportunities are you looking for?
How can you create these opportunities?
What are your biggest goals and dreams?
What’s stopping you from pursuing them? …Why?
How can you overcome them?
If you are to do something for free for the rest of your life, what would you want to do?
What would you do if you cannot fail; if there are no limitations in money, resources, time or networks?
What do you want to achieve 1 year from now? … 3 years? … 5 years? … 10 years?
How important are these goals to you?
What if these goals are doubled? Tripled? Magnified by 10? How would you feel?
Would you prefer to achieve these or your previous goals?
Who are the people who have achieved similar goals?
What can you learn from them?
Are you putting any parts of your life on hold? Why?
What’s the top priority in your life right now?
What are you doing about it?

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