Wednesday, October 2, 2013

5 Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi that can change our lives

5 Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi that can change our lives...

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Friday, September 27, 2013

Success is highly overrated

Success is highly overrated

Success is highly overrated!

There is nothing called as success. Whenever I am thrown in a position to understand success, I miserably fail to define it. It has eluded me more often than normal and whenever I get a chance to taste it here and there in my small little ways, I feel success is highly overrated. Okay, you achieve something, you feel delighted and ecstatic, but that’s about it. How long can you be happy about any achievement? Don’t stop at any success! 

Wouldn't dwelling upon that ecstasy for long expose you to the chance of becoming lethargic or complacent? Maybe the thought that “You have arrived” may simply suppress the infinite possibilities that you could have become. Simply because you feel that you have achieved all that there is to achieve, you deny yourself the opportunity of achieving all that you haven't even imagined. 

For me, Pursuit of success is more interesting than being a success. You have to go find the next one, or else you become the next “Once upon a time” story! So stop following success. Start following progress. Growth is in progress. You cannot cherish success without having tasted failure. You have to gift yourself the pain and anguish of little failures to value and respect the happiness of success. So keep doing new things, bigger things, scary things and things that push you beyond your comfort zone. Because success is in progress!

All the best


Monday, September 23, 2013

Employee Training and Development: Reasons and Benefits

Employee Training and Development: Reasons and Benefits



A recent survey indicates that 40 per cent of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. They cite the lack of skills training and development as the principal reason for moving on.

Consider the cost of turnover. With one fewer worker, your company’s productivity slips. Sales decline. Your current staff members are required to work more hours. Morale may suffer.

To find a replacement, you spend time screening and interviewing applicants. Once you hire someone, you need to train that person.  The cost of staff turnover adds up. Figures vary, but it can cost as much as $2,500, depending on the position, to replace a frontline employee. That is a hefty price to pay for not training staff.

Knowledge and skills development is vital to the health of organisations.  We live in an information age today, and organisations are routinely valued not just on their physical but on their intellectual capital.  Training is one of the chief methods of maintaining and improving intellectual capital, so the quality of an organisation’s training affects its value. Untrained or poorly trained employees cost significantly more to support than well-trained employees do.  Training affects employee retention and is a valuable commodity that, if viewed as an investment rather than as an expense, can produce high returns.

Training is organisational effort aimed at helping employees to acquire the basic skills required for the efficient execution of the functions for which they are hired.  Development, on the other hand, deals with activities undertaken to expose employees to perform additional duties and assume positions of importance in the organisational hierarchy.

Training and development are often initiated for an employee or a group of employees in order to:

1.    Relevantly remain in business.
2.    Create a pool of readily available and adequate replacements for personnel who may leave or move up in the organisation.
3.    Enhance the company’s ability to adopt and use advances in technology because of a sufficiently knowledgeable staff.
4.    Build a more efficient, effective and highly motivated team, which enhances the company’s competitive position and improves employee morale.
5.    Ensure adequate human resources for expansion into new programs.
6.    Pilot or test the operation of a new performance management system.
7.    Benchmark the status of improvement so far in a performance improvement effort.

Training is also initiated:

1.    As part of an overall professional development program
2.    When a performance appraisal indicates performance improvement is needed.
3. When special projects and products are to be embarked upon

The benefits of training and development to employees and organisations alike are numerous and include (but are not limited to) the following:

1.    Workers are helped to focus, and priority is placed on empowering employees.
2.    Productivity is increased, positively affecting the bottom line.
3.    Employee confidence is built, keeping and developing key performers, enabling team development and contributing to better team/organisation morale. 
4.    Employees are kept current on new job-related information, thereby contributing significantly to better customer service.
5.    Employees are updated on new and enhanced skills, with a view to aligning them to business goals and objectives.
6.    After a downsizing, remaining workers are given the technical and management skills to handle increased workloads.
7.    Companies with business problems are given a fresh or unbiased professional opinion or exploration, evaluation, or critique.
8.    Job satisfaction, employee motivation and morale are increased, reducing employee turnover.
9.    Processes increase in efficiency, resulting in financial gain.
10. Innovation is increased, bringing new strength to strategies, products and the company’s capacity to adopt new technologies and methods.
There are various methods organisations adopt in the training and development of their employees, depending on their needs.  They include role playing, job rotation, on-the-job training, vestibule training (where employees are trained off their regular work areas but in an environment closely resembling their work place), public classroom training, onsite training, conferences which allow employees to quickly develop skills on a number of topics, technical seminars which provide employees benefits similar to conferences but with less flexibility because of focused contents, instructor-led online training, mentoring where the skills gap to be bridged is substantial, e-learning modules which allow for employee independent learning and exercises are repeatedly done to reinforce or refresh understanding of content, and embedded learning which helps employees learn through modules built into products or equipment – embedded learning solutions are often customized to fit an organisation’s requirement.  We also have reference cards which provide instant access to essential learning, such as Frequently Asked Questions, paper reference cards, web-based cards, etc.

We all have ample opportunities to reposition ourselves skills-wise for the greater challenges and responsibilities ahead.  Consequently, if your organisation does not see the need to train you, I encourage you to do something about it, considering the immense benefits you will enjoy.  The more skilful and knowledgeable you are the more valuable you will be and there will always be something for you to do to earn a living.  Let’s always remember: Never the same time returns in the life of a man!

See you at the top!

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By Efoli Ekot


Friday, September 20, 2013

Take A Step...

“Although the road is never ending

take a step and keep walking,

do not look fearfully into the distance...

On this path let the heart be your guide

for the body is hesitant and full of fear.” 

― Rumi

Friday, September 13, 2013

Rise above your circumstances

Rise above your circumstances
By Mohnish Nair

Have you been in that phase of life where everything around you seems so wrong? Many times, in the rush of life we tend to lose track of our progress and end up where we never imagined ourselves to be. The early years start with a lot of zest, dreams and goals and as we pursue our dreams we may sometimes get carried away and fail to notice the direction of our progress. A deviation of a few inches from our chosen path may lead us miles away from our destination. I feel many of us today have somewhere lost the way in pursuit of the goals. Ambition is a double edged sword, it can make us if we channelize it with discipline and it can break us if we allow it to go to our heads. Many have lost the enthusiasm and cheerfulness they once possessed. Many have become cynical about themselves and the world around them and there are many who have given up.

If you feel that your life looks like one train wreck and you feel lost and sad about yourself and the way your life has turned out to be, breathe, there is hope. Don’t become all judgmental about the way you conducted your life. Life isn’t over yet. Your story isn’t over until you breathe your last and it takes just one moment to change your life upside down, trust me, I have experienced this time and again. Every time I feel that I have screwed up and there is no hope, I go back to my dreams, I revisit my old self, I analyze the reason why I am where I am and then I thank god for giving me the power to introspect. Self introspection is a privilege and a blessing. There are many who find themselves ill-equipped to do so.  People like to be in a place where they see others and circumstances as the cause of all the tribulations in their life. They readily blame their friends, family, outsiders for their situation and this is a self defeating tendency. Nobody but you has the control over your life and if you have allowed others to control your life, it’s your fault, stop blaming them. Take charge and decide to change things for the betterment. You must stop whining, complaining, comparing and envying those around you. I strongly believe that each one of us is sent on this planet in the form of a human for some specific reason. We are here for a cause; we must utilize this limited time with complete enthusiasm, honesty, gratitude and perseverance. I have a philosophy where I believe we are born as humans after thousands of births as reptiles, crawling creatures and pests. For having overcome a multitude of troubles, god gives us the gift of being born as human as a souvenir for our hard work. We must cherish and value this gift and make the best use of whatever it is that is left of it.

You can get back on track by doing the following things.

  1. Find out where you went wrong and become aware of it. Remember to engrain “your” mistakes into your mind so that the next time you tend to do it, you become alert before hand.
  2. Forgive yourself for your mistakes. You must first unburden yourself of the guilt of not doing what you were supposed to do. Emptying your soul makes way for fresh exuberance.
  3. Be grateful for what you have. Gratitude has magnetic powers that can heal and attract. It can help you become aware about your strengths and also attract opportunities from the available resources.
  4. Write down fresh goals with deadlines. Things that you must achieve before you die. Break it down into short term – 1 to 3 years, mid term – 5 years and long term – 10 plus years.
  5. Make a detailed action plan to achieve those goals. Take one goal at a time. Don’t make your action plan too overwhelming and demanding. Neither should you make it so easy that it doesn’t disrupt your comfort zone. You must be motivated to follow the action plan at the same time; it must also take cognizance of your weaknesses.
  6. Take help of people who can help you stick to your plans. Take help of those who can help you achieve your goals faster. Don’t try to be the lone ranger.
  7. Visually surround yourself with your goals and written action plan in the form of motivational charts, vision boards, mobile-computer wall papers, self affirmations, and meditation cum workouts that can help you stay focused and remind you throughout the day.
  8. STICK TO YOUR GOALS NO MATTER WHAT! Stay disciplined – it’s the most difficult part, but consistency is the key to grand success. A consistently flowing stream has the power to erode a mountain.
  9. The key to achieving goals is to mix consistent action with unidirectional focus. For this you must train your mind and body on a daily basis to remain enthused. You must take time everyday to plan, meditate and reprogram your mind to overcome negative thoughts and incidents.
  10. Introspect and keep upgrading yourself. Keep learning new things that will help you achieve your goals faster. Be ready to make course corrections if needed and above all stay cheerful irrespective of the circumstances.

Remember, as much as we have the right to dream, we also have the responsibility to fulfill and achieve those dreams, irrespective of the hurdles, challenges and problems. The pursuit of dreams isn’t easy, no one said it would be, but it is those who succumb to their weaknesses and fall prey to self-pity that bring shame to the humankind. Rise and let your inner strengths shine through the darkness of pain and anguish. Let your dreams light up your life and inspire many others to chase their dreams. Become an icon of victory and not a victim of self defeat. 

Best wishes


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mohnish Speaks

Dreams do come true,

Its all about believing!

Choose the better one,

Existence or Living!

- Mohnish

Friday, August 30, 2013



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When the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.
The book wasn’t very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the “Touchstone”!

The touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that looked exactly like it. But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.

So the man sold his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles.
He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold – throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.

The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about midafternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.

So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant, it’s asy to fail to recognize an opportunity when it is in hand and it’s just as easy to throw it away.

- Author Unknown

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Business Coaching

Business Coaching is not only about serious business strategies. It goes much deeper. It is more about knowing the clients, their dreams, their anxieties, their weaknesses, their insecurities and  inhibitions. Our coaching programs are designed to connect with our clients and their needs at the core of their personalities and then define a suitable achievement and growth program. It is also about being a friend in need and providing honest feedback by being straightforward. 

And YES! Coaching is also about having fun while we we are working out the next big thing in your business. 

- Mohnish Nair

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

5 Ingredients of Successful Entrepreneurship

5 Ingredients of Successful Entrepreneurship
Mohnish Nair, Business Coach, Maple Dreams

Read the quintessential qualities required to become a consistently successful and growing entrepreneur. This piece is written by Mohnish Nair, a Business Coach who helps people like you achieve immense Business and Personal Growth.

No business can grow without the growth of the entrepreneur who runs it. It is the entrepreneur who becomes the central line of the growth of the business. If the owner isn’t upgrading himself or herself, their business isn’t going anywhere. That’s a given! Here I share with you the basic fundamentals that an entrepreneur must focus on at any given point of time irrespective of the stage or the scale.

  1. Ideas
Entrepreneurship is developed, it is a skill. There are no born entrepreneurs, they build themselves. Entrepreneurship lies dormant in all of us. We all have that inherent desire and wish to do that one dream business or project one summer day. The fact is if we ask all the people we know to write down their dream business on a piece of paper you will get a huge pool of resourceful Business ideas to work on. The tragedy is very limited people can visualize it as a profitable venture. No business is a bad idea. Every business is a growth business. Successful entrepreneurship is about taking a crazy idea to its logical plan and then utilizing the available resources to commercialize the idea into a long term profitable venture. An entrepreneur must always have ideas at the drop of a hat to solve problems, address demands or to innovate new products. Working on creative thinking is imperative to be a continuous resource provider of ideas. The key is in continuous creation of new, better and different ideas without falling in love with the old ones. Creation is possible only when the entrepreneur is continuously learning.

  1. Plan
Once the idea is in place, the next step would be to create a clearly written down execution plan with step by step precision of what is to be done to make the idea convert into a business venture. Writing down the magic questions and their answers is the key. Magic questions include the what, where, when, how, who and why. A plan is nothing but a detailed execution methodology shared and supported by all the members concerned in a venture. Most entrepreneurs fall short of penning down their ideas simply because of lack of will or laziness. It is said that when you write your plans down, they help you remain motivated and on track when you are most knocked down in business. A plan consists of series of short, medium and long term goals. A goal is nothing but a dream with a deadline. Having a well thought of PLAN A and a contingency PLAN B are crucial in any entrepreneurial voyage.

  1. Risk 
This is what separates the men from the boys. Starting a venture requires the rare quality to challenge our comfort zones.  Doing things that make us uncomfortable and destroying the status quo remains the fundamental essential quality of successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is doing things that are contrary to everything that has to do with the words security and comfort. It’s about choosing the short term pains to actualize and materialize the long term gains. Risk taking involves an emotional and mental decision first which translates into a financial or logical decision later to do something that has the probability to fail as much as to succeed. Risk taking becomes easy when the entrepreneur develops the ability to remain confident about the strengths and talent especially in times of crises.

  1. Time
Entrepreneurship is about being ahead of time by planning your priorities. Entrepreneurs wear multiple hats and hence it is imperative that they wisely choose to do the most crucial and important activities in their business which only they have the expertise of doing. Entrepreneur’s must focus only on key success driving activities in their business and delegate the rest to people who are better at doing those things than the entrepreneur. Initially entrepreneurship takes a toll on the personal time and space of the individual, however, at later stages, the individual develops the habit of ignoring personal time and this leads to an unbalanced life. Spending quality time on crucial revenue generating and business growth related activities coupled with taking time out for family, fitness and hobbies is mandatory for a successful entrepreneurial life. Developing the discipline to follow learnable routines and at the same time having the flexibility to adjust as per changing demands is very important sign in entrepreneurship.

  1. Team
Can you imagine the pyramids in Egypt built with a single rock? Can nations be built by the effort of a single person alone? Difficult to imagine, isn’t it? The sum of the parts makes the whole and the whole is incomplete without its parts. You cannot build a fantastic business unless you have fantastic people working with you. It’s easier to attract and nurture talent when you have a strong vision and purpose for your business. Business building and entrepreneurship thrives on collective efforts of like minded people moving together towards a common goal. Entrepreneurs tend to be self involved to the extent of not sharing their ideas, frustrations and dreams with others. Their initial experience of solitude makes them closed emotionally and as business grows the entrepreneur doesn’t realize the benefits of sharing. Leadership is about helping others bring out their strengths towards the achievement of a strong purpose. Entrepreneurs must learn to instill other people’s confidence and other people’s capabilities. It is only when you build a team, can you build a great business.   

The above ingredients, if mixed passionately with solid persistence can help anyone build a fantastic entrepreneurial venture. Here’s wishing you all the best for your Businesses journey.

This article is written by Mohnish Nair. Mohnish is a business coach specialized in small and medium size enterprise coaching in India. A young, dynamic motivational speaker, creative designer and a strategic coach, Mohnish has helped hundreds of business owners transform their world creatively. That’s Mohnish’s motto in life, to transform the world creatively. Contact Mohnish by visiting his blogsite – or write to him at,

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

You can chain a man...
You can't chain his dreams...
Happy Independence Day!
- Mohnish Nair

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mohnish Speaks

Entrepreneurship is about moving ahead, from one hurdle to the other until you win the race - Mohnish

Saturday, July 20, 2013


There are no good or bad people.
There's only good deeds and bad deeds. - Mohnish

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sales Graduates from our Latest Corporate Workshop

There is nothing more fulfilling than helping others find their way. - Mohnish Nair

Another Batch. Another Day. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nature is a Great Leveler!

Nature is a Great Leveler!
- Mohnish

The tragedy in #Uttarakhand is devastating and beyond human imagination. It pains to see so many lives being lost and so many stranded with no food and shelter. What is even scarier is to know that those caught in the middle of nature’s fury are ordinary pilgrims like you and me. They could have very well been someone we love or know. While I watch this colossal disaster, I also realized that this is a result of a certain kind of ignorant arrogance in built in us as humans.

The desire to be superior to everything else and the greed to amass and possess has led us humans to dig our own graves. I feel pained and hurt to see corporations run with utter disregard to our environment. I feel we all are part of this and one day we will all be shown our place by the furious TAANDAV of Mother Nature. I just hope we learn a lesson and stop getting so greedy about stamping our footprints where we are not supposed to be…

Let’s learn to respect nature. Else we will learn the hard way that Nature like death is a great leveler.
- Mohnish

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mohnish Speaks

Let victory be your choice. Let optimism be your weapon. Don't let the shadows of failure and the darkness of ridicule steal your inner strength. Forget what the world is doing, think what you can do. Ignore your innermost fears and let action rule. Battles are won when you fear none! Go...conquer your dreams. - Mohnish

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Respect Your Vendors

Respect Your Vendors
By Mohnish Nair

Are you one of those who believe your vendors are available a dime a dozen? Do you take your suppliers for granted? Do you think that they will run to you no matter how badly you treat them? If yes, then you are in for a shock!! Nobody wants to work with an ego-master anymore.


When dealing with your customers you are at your sweetest best. You want to please the client and make sure you don’t lose that order or your payments are not stuck and hence you are ready to take any kind of trash from these customers. However, with your vendors, it’s the other way round. You believe that they need you and hence you start ignoring their reminders, you squeeze them for their price and you have 100 more ways of arm twisting since you believe they need your business and that they will tolerate any kind of un-professionalism from you.


Well, its time you wake up and smell the coffee mister!
Gone are those days. Today the world is coming closer and business opportunities are multiplying manifold. Business relationships today are about balance of benefits and about building WIN-WIN relationships. You have to ensure you stick to the agreements and contracts with your vendors if you expect them to reciprocate the same towards you.


If you want your business to improve then you must ensure you treat your vendors respectfully. Vendors are also business people. They depend heavily on your responses to manage their operations and cash flow, the same way you do on your customers. You must reply to their communication via email or phone in a disciplined manner, the same way you do with your customers. One weak link can damage the entire value chain. If you expect your vendors to reply to your 2 am calls, you must be ready to do the same for them too.


Respect comes from adherence to contracts and being timely in payments and communication. Respect can also be shown by not arm twisting the vendors when they are vulnerable.


Build a Vendor education program in your company where you educate your vendors on your philosophies, vision, expectations and work ethics. This way you and your vendors will be on the same page most of the times thus avoiding many of the communication and operational hassles.

Remember, if you deal with your vendors respectfully, they can turn into your BUSINESS PARTNERS helping you grow your business.

This article is written by Mohnish Nair. Mohnish is a business coach specialized in small and medium size enterprise coaching in India. A young, dynamic motivational speaker, creative designer and a strategic coach, Mohnish has helped hundreds of business owners transform their world creatively. That's Mohnish's motto in life, to transform the world creatively.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Benefits of Business Coaching

Benefits of Business Coaching

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Business coaching has risen in popularity but it’s understandable simply because of the amazing results it offers. You will find entrepreneurs, though, who try to reduce costs since they think coaching won’t translate into fast improvements in their profits, which is an error. On the other hand, there is nothing that can help you in making your business more efficient and profitable more quickly than business coaching. In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of the benefits of business coaching and how it can help your profits.

Hard Questions

The quality of the conversations you have in your business largely determines how successful you will be. In many organizations difficult topics or problems don't get properly discussed. The culture is such that everyone avoids talking about potential areas of conflict but this is not healthy for the business.
As the leader of the business a key part of your role is to enable and facilitate more courageous conversations.

You will find this easier if you're working with a business coach because it's their job to ask you the hard questions and to challenge you to really get to grips with what's happening in the business.

Honest Feedback

One of the most immediate benefits of business coaching is having a fresh pair of eyes looking at your business. Business coaches are there to give you really honest feedback in a way that family and friends might find awkward.

New skills and knowledge

Many small business owners are 'accidental entrepreneurs' ie. they didn't necessarily plan on owning a business, it just sort of happened when the opportunity came up.

Because of this they may not have been well-prepared and just simply learned how to run a business as they went along. However this often means they have knowledge gaps.

Business coaches can fill these gaps quickly. Importantly for busy business owners it can be done at your convenience at times and locations that suit you.

Business Results

One of the most valuable benefits of business coaching is being able to achieve more results. Business coaches can seem expensive but if they generate a return on investment that more than compensates for their cost then you'll consider it a wise investment.
Consequently, it is in their interest to push you to achieve much more than you would have done without them. So, expect to be stretched. You will be pushed to set bigger goals and held accountable on a regular basis to achieve them.

Sounding board

One of the major benefits of business coaching is the ability to work with an impartial ‘thought partner’ who you can discuss problems with and who’ll give you objective and honest feedback on your performance and how to improve it.
The success of business coaching comes through the relationship that develops between coach and client. The more comfortable you feel with your coach as a confidante the more you will feel you're getting something out of it.
A coach is 100% committed to helping you achieve your goals so the more you can open up and be honest the more they can facilitate your success.

Personal Development

Whilst the intended beneficiary of business coaching is the business, the focus of the coaching is actually the business owner and the other people in the business who have influence over it's performance.
Therefore, one of the other benefits of business coaching is self improvement which has a knock-on affect in other areas of your life.

Business Coaching Questions:

  1. What stage of development is your business at?
  2. What challenges are you facing currently?
  3. What knowledge gaps do you have as far as running a business is concerned?

Benefits of Business Coaching

ü      Spend less time working in your business and more time working on it
ü      Make more profit in less time
ü      Focus on what is fundamental to be done now
ü      Establish better business processes
ü      Offer better customer service
ü      More motivated staff
ü      Delighted customers
ü      More customers
ü      More focused marketing strategies
ü      Better team structures / roles and responsibilities
ü      Staff have better understanding of company’s vision and values
ü      Reinvigoration of a fresh vision for your business (and renewed passion)
ü      More robust business
ü      Clarity of where your business is heading
ü      Better planning
ü      Greater enjoyment at work
ü      More in control
ü      Continually improving and refining processes

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