Sunday, February 26, 2012
He was angry and furious. It was Saturday Evening and he was stuck in heavy traffic. His weekend-party mood was spoiled. He passed Cursing the Men near the road who caused the traffic.
As the Men looked in envy, he Crossed the barricade which read - "Men at Work. Go Slow. Sorry for the inconvenience caused".
P.S - 55Fiction based on yesterday's outing where i saw a few folks giving somewhat same reaction for the traffic as i saw lots of men working for the Metro Work near Kathipara junction at Chennai.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
One January Sunday Evening was at its best. In Front of the Television watching two of the best Tennis Players across Globe playing a Match which was the Longest and arguably one of the best Slam Finals to be witnessed. The sheer power and determination leaves us all mesmerizing.
Entertainment is one of the words we would associate with Sports and Movies. We watch it for relaxation and fun but then there are times when we learn from them also. The Good and the Bad both.
As I was watching the Matches, the learnings from just watching those two men fight over the ball was a lot.
Its not just enough that we learn. Its more important that we implement those learnings.
In any organization, one of the most used term in Team Work. Team Building exercises are done regularly to ensure that the "Team" gels and works together but how much do these exercises really help?
As I ponder and look back to my learnings from that Amazing 6 hour match,I Learnt 5 simple things for Team Work. We just need to START using them and our life would definitely be better. And this applies to both personal and professional life.
S - Smile
How can a man playing for almost 5 hours and reading the scoreline in the 5th set -4-4 30-30 can lost a point and still smile because it was just out of the line! Thats Djokovic for you. And how can a Man who lost the match after fighting with everything he had, still smile during the presentation?Thats Nadal for you. Smile is the easiest thing we can do. The genuine warmth, kindness and affection can be easily displayed in that smile. Why do we enjoy that small moment,forgetting all our worries, when a small baby smiles at you. The smile automatically comes in our face.
Just try smiling when you meet your team daily even in the hard situations and see the difference!
T - Trust
Trusting your Doubles Partner despite having a completely different style of playing can only make you and your team a winner and thats what the Doubles and Mixed Doubles pairs keep proving!
One of the toughest things we face is to trust someone. But the fact is if we cannot trust someone then the same applies for that person.He/she cannot trust you. In this world, we just cannot survive alone. Without trusting your team, you cannot perform well. And your team cannot simply move up and without your team climbing up the ladder, you simply cannot climb the ladder.
Trust those with whom you work instead of cribbing and questioning them.
A - Appreciate
The Four Top Players in Men's Tennis astonish me by the way they keep appreciating each other on and off the court.
We all long for appreciation. We feel like we are not appreciated enough despite the hard work we do. But have we ever thought the other way. Have you ever though of appreciating your teammates. Or for that matter even your supervisor/manager. Just a small mail thanking and appreciating the person for being there for you. We tend to criticize a person quickly but really hesitate to appreciate the same person.
Just appreciate those with whom you work regularly and just see the difference.
R - Respect
The respect that the top 4 players have for each other can be easily seen on
court and it simply amazes me!
Its true that in your team you will have competitors. Your colleagues/Peers with whim you need to work but at the same time they are the ones with whom you need to compete for that deserving promotion/appraisal.
Respect each and every person even if its your competitors. You will be acknowledged and respected back!
T - Teach and Learn
Djokovic in his speech said that playing against the likes of Federer/Nadal has taught him so much!
You need not go and teach someone voluntarily like teaching a kid but when your team needs help don't hesitate. You never know what you can learn from your own teaching.
Learning is an on going process and unless you share what you know, you will never learn yourself.
Well START each day with a Smile and Trust,Appreciate & Respect others and keep learning with your own Teachings!. :)