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On Approval

A few musings on the need and necessity of approvals.

In your personal life…

What makes you seek approval

For things you can easily decide

What makes you ask another validation

For that which you are uncertain

Is it because you want acceptance

Someone to endorse & accredit

And may be sanction or even certify!

At work

Approvals can be great for efficiency

To build a structure in the processes

Yet they can create delays unwanted

And be the bane of daily operations

So fewer the levels, the better…

What do you think?

Do share your thoughts.

Savvy


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Simplicity of Profoundness

A very profound message. Felt like sharing this

Professor : You are a believer in God, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

P.S.

I believe you have enjoyed the conversation.

By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.


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Thinking well.

Your thoughts matter

Every one of them.

What consumes your mind

Controls you

Master your mind

Than let your mind master you.

Think well!

Savvy


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Do you agree?

The first step

Often taken in blind faith

In love and expectations

To experience lifes best moments

With or without a backstep

With or without fear and doubt

On some corner of the mind & heart

Yet a step ahead in time

Makes all the difference

Between thinking and doing

For action speaks louder than words.

Savvy


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Sky Above, Earth Below & Fire Within

Like the sky above…

Be expansive

Unfurl your imagination

Extend yourself, reach beyond knowing

Life the earth below…

Be connected

Yet stay rooted to the ground

Have the steadfastness like the earth.

Like the fire within

Be spirited

Let your passion speak

Explore life & give it your all.

Savvy


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Love & Respect

Life challenges us all in every moment

Yet love is the way to surmount the odds

For life to truly thrive in wellbeing

Making this world a better place.

Savvy


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Feel the peace within

Take a deep breath

To truly be able…

To Breathe in ease

feel the peace deep within.

Take not this breath for granted

Know the gift of grace in every breath.

Inhale and exhale

Sensing Gratitude in every breath

Savvy


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Art of Management

Part 2..


On Teams & Leadership

When teams align in purpose
Converging  energies by envisioning
Towards a a common mission.

Streamlining  the processes
Strengthening  the teams
With diversity &  inclusion

Acknowledge a natural fear that creeps in
With every  introduction or exit
Of a new or older member.

Allaying  their fears is allowing
Them to fuse and alloy together
In possibilities of their potential.

True mark  of leadership
Is in the evaluation and application
In guidance and course correcting

Leader paves the path ahead
Leading the way with trustfulness
Empathetic  of their vulnerabilities

Replacing fear with focus to forge ahead
Meeting doubts & insecurity with clarity
Taking decisions to ensure resolutions.

For Teams need empathy and respect
To survive the storms
Both in themselves  and their leader.

Savvy


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When heart speaks the world hums along…

Positively speaking.

Whether it is today, in these times of uncertainty or other… a positive approach to life and living is deeply rewarding.

This is indeed wonderful as an attitude to cultivate towards living life. Being positively enriching & encouraging is truly the best way to help make a difference.

But the trick is in fine balancing the emotions that manifest along the way.

Embodied Practice of Empathy

When you practice sharing positive vibes consistently, you are putting a lot of hope and faith out in the world.

Yet you need to be empathic to yourself, care to understand your own emotions as well, by accepting and acknowledging them, without getting embroiled in them .

Make sure to acknowledge what is happening with your own life.

Speak from the heart.

All that is happening in the world today can be disheartening . So when you are out, sharing positive vibes make sure that you are internalizing them too. Sustaining a spirit of hopefulness is the key driver for a positive mindset . The world needs doses of positive attitude in thoughts words and deeds.

Authenticity of Attitude.

Making sure to feel from your own heart before you share these words of hope is a worthy practice to adopt.

Whatever said or written,words are mere words But when you begin to respect and respond to the emotions sensed in the feelings that arise you begin to see the world in its most vulnerable state.

When heart speaks the world hums along…

Savvy


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Art of Management

Team Management & Motivation Tips

If you are in a position of leadership and influence, consider it your responsibility to keep your team motivated consistently.

Every career experience is deeply significant in understanding and expanding your vision. As a Management Consultant & Mentor, my years as a Ballroom Dance Educator & Trainer have been truly insightful in understanding teamwork and collaboration and the values of direction and motivation from a leadership perspective in team performance.

Here are a few tips to manage & motivate your team.

Attitude: A team is a set of individuals who are meant to align towards a vision and mission.  Start of by getting the hiring process right. Hire the people with the right attitude.

Connection : Begin to connect with your team with genuine interest in their work plan, issues and tasks at hand.  You are more likely to understand the pain points, their strengths and find proper resolutions

Trust building : Building trust in your team starts with a leader who knows when to engage and when to back off.
Trust creates responsibility and makes team members accountable.

Safety : A team that is ensured, mental, physical, social, environmental safety feels well-supported.  Understand how important it is for every member to sense the safety so that your team can take steps with confidence.

Respect: Give respect to get respect.
Create a platform to collaborate without character assaults and biased opinions.Always remember there is the benefit of doubt.


Non-judgmental : Avoid & Reduce personal bias and judgements in assumptions from affecting your team.
Be inclusive and create a diversity in the team such that it becomes a source of strength.

Attention: Care to pay attention and nurture your team. Be available and wholly present to guide, mentor your teams through their tasks and issues. But reduce dependencies.

Appreciation: Last but not the least care to celebrate their small & large wins, take time to appreciate the good work.

Savvy


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Amazing nature

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

Aristotle

Nature never ceases to amaze us

Such is the wonder and awe of nature.

Nature is full of surprises

Every tree , every branch

Every flower, every bud

Like all living things is unique

Yet patterned in synchrony

Adapting to ways of being

Nature is resilience personified.

Every where we care to look

There is something to admire

Something to respect and learn from

Salute to the splendors of Nature.

Savvy


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Spools from Spills

Some positive takes in an accidental spill…

To keep calm and address the lesson in the spill.

To turnover a spill to evolve for better
To sense a pattern of possibilities in a spill.

To challenge the statuesque through a spill.

To test skillsets learned from a spill
To move beyond in a dare with a spill

To spill some more and align the pattern formations

To envision hope beyond the accidental spill.

To create artworks from the potential in a spillover

To empathize with the spiller across the learning curve…

Spills become art and art spills over.

Savvy


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Art Matters

We need arts to explore our potential and understand ourselves


For the study and practice of arts opens us to discover different perspectives.


Art patterns itself through  creativity
And art flourishes in appreciation  and patronage.


But art emotes from the depth of the soul and spirit in the sensing.


Art can salvage the broken and the indifferent souls.

As much as channel  the creative  genius to express from within.


Art is both an intervention as much as  intrainment experience.


When the soul speaks art renders.

Savvy


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Flip the script

Every day you have countless thoughts

Our thoughts carry energy

Some positive ones making you hopeful

Some negative leaving you stressed

Upset and drained.


But to truly make each day beautiful


Whenever there are too many negative


Thoughts  that arise…


Become mindful


In awareness, train yourself


To think it over


Focus the many good

Let go of the bad.


Flipping it over makes all the difference


The question is


Will u try and flip the script?

Savvy