Monday, 12 November 2018

Self image affirmations ( Courtesy: Coaching academy)

Self-image is the mental picture we have of ourselves, simply put it’s our own opinion and view of who we are. This internal image is often a combination of our physical attributes, such as our height, weight, hair colour, etc., as well as the parts of our identity that we have learned. These learnt factors can consist of attributes that have discovered ourselves through personal experiences or by internalising the judgments of others.
Our self-image includes:
- What you think you look like
- How you perceive your personality 
- The kind of person you believe you are
- What you believe others think of you
- The status you feel you have
- How well liked you are (both by yourself and your perception of how much others like you). 
These different factors interweave to create your overall sense of self. As such, our self-image is important as it often directly related to our self-esteem and self-confidence. This is because if the image of how you see yourself and how you believe others see you is low, it can be difficult to believe in your worth. It is important to nurture your self-image by surrounding yourself with people who lift you up and internally with self-care. One great way to do this is through reciting positive statements or affirmations each day. Daily affirmations are a great way to boost a positive self-image as they reinforce and motivate a desired situation and goal.
Here are 10 daily affirmations to build a positive self-image: 
1. I am capable and smart. 
2. I believe in myself.
3. I surround myself with people who bring out the best in me.
4. I love who I have become.
5. I am on a journey of self-growth and love. 
6. My thoughts, words and actions are all aligned for me to be my authentic self. 
7. I acknowledge my own self-worth.
8. I deserve the love I give myself. 
9. I will continue to learn and grow. 
10. I wear a backpack of self-belief every day. 
These powerful affirmations will remind you each day of your worth and arm you with the language to help you thrive. You can recite them all, choose the specific affirmations which resonate with you the most or create your own to repeat daily. In doing so, you will reinforce a positive and healthy self-image, which will allow your self-confidence and worth to grow. 

Monday, 22 October 2018

Beat the Blues - Monday Motivation The Elephant and the Invisible Rope

A man was passing the elephants.He suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg.No chains, no cages.It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them.As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed.These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?We believe we cannot as society tells us we cannot..And that becomes our Limiting belief!!!!

The Mighty Elephant here represents our Mind.The Bondages represent our limiting beliefs.Our Mind if it decides can breakthrough any limiting beliefs.Just like how the mighty elephant can break the rope and free itself out

You are only limited by the beliefs in your mind

Ashwini Chube
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Story source : Unknown

Monday, 1 October 2018

Soar Like an Eagle - Monday Motivation

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?

The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.

The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them – we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God’s power to lift us above them.

God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm.

Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Management Lessons : Negotiation

A father left 17 Camels as an Asset for his Three Sons.

When the Father passed away, his sons opened up the will.

The Will of the Father stated that the Eldest son should get Half of 17 Camels,

The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17 Camels,

Youngest Son should be given 1/9th of the 17 Camels,

As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.

So, they decided to go to a wise man.

The wise man listened patiently about the Will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one camel of his own & added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.

Half of 18 = 9.
So he gave 9 camels
to the eldest son.

1/3rd of 18 = 6.
So he gave 6 camels
to the middle son.

1/9th of 18 = 2.
So he gave 2 camels
to the youngest son.

Now add this up:
9 + 6 + 2 = 17 &
This leaves 1 camel,
which the wise man took back.

MORAL: The attitude of negotiation & problem solving is to find the 18th camel i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.

However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!

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Great Management lesson.........

Source : Unknown - Received it as a forward but worth reading

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

How to Avoid Loneliness When You Work Entirely from Home ( Post Courtsey : Harvard Business Review)

Post Courtesy Harvard Business Review
by Dorie Clark

Working from home can be a coveted perk, allowing you to opt out of rush-hour traffic and eliminate the tedious banalities of office life. But it can also cut you off from the spontaneous interactions that can spark new insights (part of the reason Marissa Mayer famously rescinded Yahoo’s telecommuting policies). And, at times, the solitude may lead to isolation or the feeling that you’re left out at work.
How can you combat loneliness and create positive relationships with colleagues when you work from home full-time? I’ve worked from home since 2006, when I launched my consulting and speaking business. Here are three principles I’ve found to be effective in staving off isolation, maintaining productivity, and surrounding oneself with a stimulating cadre of colleagues.
First, since you’re not physically interacting with coworkers, it’s important to seek out an online community of like-minded practitioners. The technology changes over time — when I first launched my business, I participated regularly in an online forum for solo consultants; today I maintain an active Facebook community for participants in my “Recognized Expert” online course. These discussion groups allow you to share successes and challenges and ask sensitive questions that, especially because participants are geographically dispersed, can be answered honestly and without feelings of competition.
Second, it’s especially useful for at-home workers to leverage video technology. Instead of phone calls, I’ll almost always book Skype or Zoom meetings so that I can see the other person. This helps me read their body language, ensures they’re more likely to remember and recognize me (if we don’t know each other well already), and provides me with a facsimile of in-person interaction. I’m admittedly an introvert, but at the end of a day filled with video calls, I’m often socially exhausted and need downtime, just as I would after a round of in-person meetings — so I think it’s doing the trick.
Depending on your preferences, it can be useful to track whether you prefer scheduling a smaller number of daily video interactions with clients and colleagues (a “minimum effective dose”) or instead want to cluster them on the same day. The latter will allow for larger blocks of creative time on the days when you’re not in meetings (as I describe in this post on scheduling meetings when you’re self-employed).
Finally, make a concerted effort to learn more about the personal lives of your colleagues. When you work from home, there’s a natural tendency to avoid “wasting time” with small talk; it may seem like a better move to focus exclusively on work-related conversations. But that may be a mistake.
As eminent psychologist Robert Cialdini told me, small talk may seem trivial, but it’s actually the cement that creates rapport. “A weakness of Americans,” he says, “is that we tend not to do what is done in many other cultures — spending sociable time interacting with other people so there is a context of commonality recognized by both parties, so subsequent interactions go more smoothly.” Indeed, he cites research showing that when two groups of MBA students who didn’t know each other were asked to perform a negotiation over email, 55% of those who were told to “get straight down to business” made a deal. Meanwhile, a full 90% of those who were encouraged to share personal information and find commonalities with one another beforehand were able to strike one, and their deals were 18% more beneficial to both parties. That’s because, as Cialdini’s research shows, someone is far more persuasive to you when you like them — and knowing more about them and how you’re similar often hastens that process.
So before a meeting starts, ask your colleagues about their recent vacation, their daughter’s sports matches, or their upcoming nuptials. These small details can create bonds that enable you to build deeper relationships that are both personally gratifying and professionally beneficial.
A bit of loneliness may seem like an unavoidable trade-off when you work from home, away from the buzz of the office. (Though it’s important to note that not all social interactions have to be with humans: A studyjointly run by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health revealed that 87% of those who reported experiencing “a great deal of stress” in the past month were able to reduce it effectively by spending time with a pet, which may be even easier to accomplish when working from home.)
But by following these strategies, you can ensure you’re forming meaningful connections with like-minded colleagues, even if you’re not face-to-face with them every day.

The above article is from HBR and the link to the original article is as below

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Lessons in Leadership - Stories from Mahabharata

By Ashwini Chube
Do you know- Arjuna’s Chariot bursts into flames at the conclusion of the war?

After the war was over Sri Krishna asked Arjuna to take down the Gandiva(his bow) and get off from the Chariot, as this is for his good only. Arjuna did as he was directed. After this lord Sri Krishna abandoned the reins of the horses and dismounted himself from the chariot as well. After Sri Krishna had dismounted from that chariot, lord Hanuman that topped the mantle of Arjuna’s vehicle, disappeared there and then. The top of the vehicle, which had before been burnt by Drona and Karna with their celestial weapons, the chariot with its quick pairs of steeds, yoke, and shaft, fell down, and reduced to ashes. Arjuna was amazed with this sight and with folded hands he asked Sri Krishna on why the chariot has been consumed by fire.
Sri Krishna said that the chariot was consumed by diverse kinds of weapons. It was because He had sat upon it during battle that it did not fall into pieces, previously consumed by the energy of brahmastra, it has been reduced to ashes upon his abandoning it.The Chariot was saved only because of the presence and grace of Sri Krishna.

Have you ever had a leader, a boss or a mentor who actually shielded you or guided you? Or are you the boss who takes care of their staff  and guides them on their professional journey? 
A leader is someone who guides the team, trains them, takes them on the right path, shows the way and shields the team. This is a very profound term.Here by shielding what I mean to say is standing by the team and thinking about the employees rather than himself.

In the 2008 crisis when the american investment bank Morgan Stanley was saved by 1 decision of the then CEO - John Mack  thus his name being engraved in history creating strong footprints in the hearts of every employee ( including me ofcourse - as I was a part of the esteemed bank then).
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Japan's largest bank, invested $9 billion in Morgan Stanley on September 29, 2008 and Morgan Stanley was saved under the leadership of John Mack. Thus many employees could have lost their jobs if hadnt been a strategic decision of Mack to involve Mitsubishi in the deal.This is a classic example of thinking at  a big picture level

This represented the single largest physical check signed, delivered and cashed. Concerns over the completion of the Mitsubishi deal during the October 2008 stock market volatility caused a dramatic fall in Morgan Stanley's stock price It recovered once Mitsubishi UFJ's 21% stake in Morgan Stanley was completed on October 14, 2008

 A Leader is the one who creates more leaders..who isnt insecure of others success
A leader shows you the way and warns you against potential dangers

Have you ever met such leader?

Ashwini Chube
Unicorn Insight

Disclaimer :All the opinions and thoughts expressed belong to the writer including case studies and are her own.The author isnt advertising about companies mentioned or persons mentioned and and all examples are just for motivation and as for study purpose and not otherwise. 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Why all managers are not leaders?

By Deepti Prabhupatkar

Worth giving a thought as to what extra skills make leaders.There is a lot written about the differences on web. However, the below mentioned points are out of personal experiences and views of my colleagues.
In this article I will be writing about few points on the qualities that make people call their managers as leaders
·         Building good rapport with team members- This includes not only with his/her leadership team but also with the juniors of the team. This builds in more confidence in minds of people to approach the leader directly without any hesitation
·         Successfully resolving conflicts – This is an art. Leaders do it with a pure motive of solving the issue. The leader is completely unbiased, a good listener (of both the concerned parties), shows genuine interest and takes relevant actions. Follow up, taking feedback from other team members, understanding the reason behind the problem are some of the key actions taken by the leader
·         Open for feedback - Leaders are open for feedbacks from the team irrespective of the hierarchy.  An anonymous 360 (degree) periodic feedback is considered as an important factor for running the team smoothly, by the leader. This task also involves taking appropriate actions on issues if any
·         Providing feedbacks to motivate – Leaders provide feedbacks to people in such a manner which can get the best out them (individual/team/receiver of the feedback). They are aware of the fact that each person is different and has to be dealt with differently and hence, same formula does not work for all
Having positive approach towards work and life, joining the team for lunch/snacks whenever possible, informal short chats are few other characteristics observed
The above mentioned points are very easy to inculcate as they are very practical and professional

Self image affirmations ( Courtesy: Coaching academy)

Self-image is the mental picture we have of ourselves, simply put it’s our own opinion and view of who we are. This internal image is ofte...