Abhishek Valaboju

My mission is to lead and inspire people to live in congruence with a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.

16 reasons why people SUCCEED in their careers

January 25th, 2012

Say YES to:

Clear purpose: The average person has no clear purpose, and that’s why Mr. Reynolds figures they end up being average. To succeed, you need to be clear about your life purpose, job purpose, and weekly purpose, in the latter case figuring out the one or two most important tasks for the next seven days.

Constructive Thinking: If you constantly seize upon the negative and smother your new ideas and those of people around you, then you won’t get very far. You’ll probably damage your health and give in too easily when confronted by challenges.

High productivity: Too many people are disorganized, without the discipline to plan and create blocks of time to accomplish the tasks before them, and also unaware of the benefits of focusing on the few activities that generate the greatest impact.

Flexible mindset: Studies by American psychologist Carol Dweck have shown advantages flow to those who don’t feel their qualities and abilities are set in stone, but instead believe they can stretch their capabilities through dedicated and consistent effort.

Powerful energy: You need lots of energy to work long hours, think clearly, and remain positive. That means keeping your energy powerful with a variety of aids – sleep, diet, exercise, sunlight, music, and positive self-talk.

Asking the right questions: Mr. Reynolds argues the most important force sculpting your life is the quality of questions you ask yourself. He suggests: What are my values? What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? How could I make 10 times more money? Should I even be involved in what I am currently doing? Another biggie, when facing a major decision: What could go wrong?

Strong presentation skills: Great presenters get ahead because their smooth presentations make them look smarter than they may actually be. “The packaging becomes the reality,” he notes.

Focusing on EQ instead of IQ: If you think high IQ is the sole determinant of success, you’re misguided. As American author Daniel Goleman has explained in his works, emotional intelligence is twice as likely as IQ to indicate success later in life.

Healthy  self-image: You need a healthy self-image because it determines which actions you will take and how you will feel every day. Both will help to determine your success.

Focusing on thinking: An obsession with doing, doing, doing will ultimately do you in. Instead, you must think, think, think. Ideas, Mr. Reynolds says, are golden, but as a society we are suffering from a shortage of thinking time.

Daily rituals: Build time into your day for important habits, such as reading about your industry, fitness, improving your social life, and visualizing your goals. Try his happiness ritual as well: Take time to list all the good things in your life.

No Stress: Stress kills your dreams, your happiness, your performance, and shortens your lifespan. Try some stress relievers, from deep breathing to getting into the sunshine. Write lists of what you need to do and what your values are, because those flush some of the uncertainty (and some of the stress) out of your life.

Fulfilling relationships: You need help to get where you want to be. Build friendships, including an inner circle of about 10 professional and personal contacts who can give you needed support.

Strong persistence: One of the most crucial reasons people fail is that they give up too soon.

Going beyond Money focus: Building your life around the accumulation of money will lead to misery rather than happiness. Build your life around relationships, community, and serving others.

Focusing on strengths: Spend your day exercising your strengths rather than worrying about shoring up your weaknesses.

Reversed this article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/management/morning-manager/sixteen-reasons-why-people-fail-in-their-careers/article2313473/

Hiking Safety

June 3rd, 2011

Hiking is a very enjoyable and healthy activity, however trails can pose many dangers for people who are not properly prepared.

Bring enough water and food
Make sure to bring lots of water on your hike. A lot of trails are longer than 3 hours with steep, uphill climbs and on a hot day, that may mean your body requires several liters of water. Also, contrary to what most believe, the running rivers, including those from glaciers, do not provide fresh water and you can become sick from various bacteria that breed in these waters.

A Happiness Framework

November 23rd, 2010

On weaving together a “happiness framework”, Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO from his book: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose.

The components are:

1. Perceived control, having some say in your work and advancement.

2. Perceived progress, an ongoing sense of career and job progress.

3. Connectedness, the number and depth of your relationships at work (Tony references studies that positively correlate the number of real friends at work with the degree of employee engagement).

4. Vision/meaning, being part of something bigger than yourself (and in business terms, “bigger” meaning something beyond money, profits and market position).

The above points can be tailored to apply to any and all endeavours including business, volunteerism and relationships – friends and family.

How would you change the above framework? How do you incorporate the above into what you do that involves others?

What Makes an Effective Executive – Peter Drucker

November 22nd, 2009

What made them all effective is that they followed the same eight practices:
• They asked, “What needs to be done?”
• They asked, “What is right for the enterprise?”
• They developed action plans.
• They took responsibility for decisions.
• They took responsibility for communicating.
• They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
• They ran productive meetings.
• They thought and said “we” rather than “I.”

The first two practices gave them the knowledge they needed. The next four helped them convert this knowledge into effective action. The last two ensured that the whole organization felt responsible and accountable.

• Get the Knowledge You Need
• Write an Action Plan
• Act
• Take responsibility for decisions.
• Take responsibility for communicating.
• Focus on opportunities.
• Make meetings productive.
• Think and Say “We”

Full article at http://hbr.harvardbusiness.org/2004/06/what-makes-an-effective-executive/ar/1

Abhishek Valaboju

My mission is to lead and inspire people to live in congruence with a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.