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