Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


Leave a comment

Art of Management

Dancing and Management

What’s dancing got to do with management
Everything!
Oh, she is a dance teacher!
What will she know about managing a business?

This is the common perception of people in business setups. They have a dismissive attitude towards anyone who comes from a non-aligned field like arts for example.

Personally speaking, as a dance professional for more than two decades, I can certainly say that the experience trains you into a lot more than dancing. It helps develop & cultivate people skills, culture and mindsets, and the ability to empathetically understand attitudes that can be observed in life and living.

Besides, there are common skills that go beyond business management and enter life skills that one needs to navigate life effectively.
Here are a few skills that come to mind immediately…

  • Time Management
  • Code of conduct
  • Space management
  • Body language awareness
  • Self Expression
  • Discernment
  • Discipline and Focus
  • Alertness
  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Mindfulness
  • Authenticity
  • Precision
  • Adaptability
  • Planning
  • Creativity

Dancing movements can open channels of flow which translates into greater energy optimization.

And each dancer may have explored the art of dancing in different forms and its application would have the potential to create a greater depth of understandings.

The value of art may be high,  yet the possibilities and the potential application of art are yet undervalued and undermined.

There is so much scope in the art of movement that we can realize. It’s high time to accept that dance education and application has much to offer the world beyond just a stage performance. Great to see radical shifts in the way dance is being perceived across certain parts of the world. But it has to percolate to where all it can matter.

Time to think beyond and open up to these yet underutilized but valuable life management skills.

Savvy


Leave a comment

Stars


To all the wonderful  stars
That shine their light
Your Brilliance  brightens  the way
Keep sharing and shining
Ever so brightly
For your words can make another’s day!

Here’s to all my wonderful  friends  old and new joining  me here on WordPress
Shine on!
Savvy


4 Comments

Beyond Judgments


Art of living 




Truth is
Life thrives 
In nature

All we need to do
Is to not stunt
But let it bloom.

Only remember
To Nurture life
Move beyond judgements

Without  discrimination
What emerges will be
The truth of the being.

As it was
As it was
As it is
Meant to be!

Savvy









Leave a comment

Especially for you

I went to a hotel. After seeing the menu ordered some food.

After 20 minutes a group of youngsters around 10 people came n sat at the next table and ordered their food.

It arrived in a short while and they started eating speaking very loudly and shouting amongst themselves.

One of them noticed me and said ridiculously that he is having good contacts in that hotel, hence food was served to them immediately and they need not wait like beggars.

I felt insulted and felt like cancelling my order. I called the waiter to do so.

The waiter told me quietly, sir, your order is very special to us. So our chief chef is making it especially for you. Their order was prepared by our trainee chefs in a hurry as your food is getting readied by our chief chef.

So I waited patiently for some more time.

In a short while, 6 bearers brought special food which I never ordered and I was given a royal treatment of very rich food. I was perplexed.

The hotel owner was my school friend. He saw me as I entered. He wanted to surprise me. He changed my simple meal to a rich one and instructed the kitchen to give me a royal treat before meeting me.

The group at the next table saw the service given to me and looked at me in wonderment.

That is life. Some will laugh at us pinpointing our inabilities and ridicule us showing off their wealth, power and happiness.

We may feel sad and disheartened thinking in spite of our hard work and sincerity we never get the breakthrough. Sometimes we get depressed so much that we start to think there is no meaning in this life.

Do not worry.
The owner of the world, the chief chef is preparing something special for us. Hence He makes us wait as it takes time. His plan for is special and only He can plan it.

So we have to wait patiently, doing our duties, till his special menu is served to us. When it comes those who looked down at us and ridiculed will have no word to say.

Stay blessed and enjoy your day
Believe in God.
No one and nothing can prevent what is due to us. It will come at the right time. He has Planned.

A share translated by my mother from a Tamil story.


Leave a comment

Passion Afire

Such a beautiful share…

Both the words and the vision

So beautifully in tune…

They speak so much with passion

Touching the core of the heart.

Indeed! What a conscious connection!

Savvy


Leave a comment

Seeing beyond

What makes the artist see beyond?

What makes the perspectives alter?

What makes dimensions change?

What makes them emote through art?

Perhaps the gift of art is in keenness to see beyond the normal.

To focus on the minutest details that others miss

To envision the way things can seem

To visualize what is invisible.

Perhaps it is the ability to delve

Into the heart of the matter.

Or is in the ability to appreciate the yet unknown.

Savvy


Leave a comment

Why empathy matters in offices?

A young newly appointed Human Resources manager in a company, when told about the companys plan to induct empathy-based training for the employees, questions the founder why to invest on people when they may not stick around, speaks much about the necessity for such training.

Her question was more about cutting cost incurred per employee, but the management was looking at a larger picture. If through these training humane interactions can become a norm than a chance happening, the overall retention of employees will cut the costs of hiring them.

The value of empathy as part of work culture across the world is spreading far and wide.

Many times a leader can show empathy in one situation but not consistently. An awareness of what empathetic behaviour can alter in conversations is worth knowing. In fact, every employee can benefit from life skills training which includes empathetic communication.

How can employees be taught Empathy as a life skill?

Tools of Empathy can be practised in all office settings. Management can take initiative in settings precedents to practice than preach. This ensures faster retention and greater scope of emulation.

Senior managers can adopt skill sets that are conducive to the implementation of empathy in the workplace.

1: Practising good listening skills ceates a feeling that they are being heard.

2: Empathy is about taking into consideration another’s point of view in a non-judgemental manner.

3: Giving time and attention to employees increases communication and productivity.

4: Mindfulness increases in the workplace as employees begin to be aware of each other. Strength and weaknesses are mutually balanced and supported in cooperation.

5: Helps in conflict resolutions and negotiations and trust-building and thereby improving teamwork and collaboration.

Enough evidence  to show the difference empathy  based trainings  can bring  to offices and how it creates a  positive environment. It is time to adopt and build empathy driven work culture.

Is your office empathy driven as yet?

Savvy


12 Comments

When Life meets Love

The essence of life is love

Wherever you are

Wherever you go

When life is calling

And you walk the path of love

Love brings life home!

Savvy


Nature

Nature is a great teacher

There is much to learn and emulate

There is much to explore & understand.

Witness and expand your horizons

Evolving for the better along the way.

Let nature lead the way.

Savvy


About to get better

When the moments in life are so sweet that… the little voice in your head says …’it cant last.

Just care enough to tell yourself, ‘Maybe its about to get better!👍🙂


8 Comments

To dance is to…

To dance is to realize the sensation of living, to energize the self and the surrounding with the wonder of life!

Savvy


Gifts of life

Gifts of life

Love and wisdom
Are two profound gifts of life
With love life feels meaningful
With wisdom life feels purposeful

Between love and wisdom
Life moves on and evolves itself
Bringing forth emotions
Deeply entrenched in our psyche

All is part of life and living
Interconnects deeply interwoven
The Circle of life flows on
Whole and complete.

Savvy


Heart & Mind

When the heart is willing the mind is opened.
When the mind is acknowledging, the heart is at ease.

All is a matter of tuning…

Between the heart and the mind.

Savvy


6 Comments

First Dance Memories

“Our First Dance– Thank you Savvy…This holds a special place in my heart 🙂 Sharon

This message and photo popped up on my Fb wall. Although it’s back in time. The memory of sharing my dancing skills with these two wonderful people is still very fresh.

Teaching dance is a beautiful profession and the rewards and blessings go way beyond…

I heartfully cherish all these dancing moments!

Thank you Sharon & Fennex for sharing this beautiful moment!

Savvy


Splash of Colours



 


 


Today I am sharing  a small part of an abstract painting I created earlier.
It gives me a splash of colours whenever I want a bright pop of colors to jumpstart my day.


Art speaks volumes without words.
Art is healing  & therapeutic  at the same time.
Correct choice of colours  make all the difference  They can enhance moods
In moments  of melancholy
In times of  restlessness..
In times of stress they can soothe the frayed nerves.

Yet what works for one may not work for another….
As every  person  has a unique  sense of colour.

Creating is the art of making art, work towards  a purpose.
Creating is also the art of allowing the flow as much as channeling the flow.

Savvy