Never Procrastinate

It’s been a while I’ve written something here. As I have already mentioned in a post before, getting back to the study mode is finding to be a difficult task everyday. The assignments of MBA are coming my way every once in a while. But the real struggle is to get them all submitted on time.

However, I enjoy studying again, a lot. Reading the educational books, and spending hours and hours in the library takes my memory back to the days in the university. Even though the subjects have become a bit advanced, the feeling is more or less the same.

The topic starts to relate to the title of the post right now. The last assignment was a real killer, which I happened to go through financial statements of the companies and getting myself familiar with all the financial terms and equations were a real drama. I accepted the challenge (of course I had to), and prepared myself little by little for the assignment. The journey became so harder due to the fact that I haven’t touched anything related to it in any part of my education. However, the subject was interesting, and sometimes it made myself to drift away from the initial target.

I was literally covered in sweat when the submission date came closer and closer. How much I planned to cover a certain word limit for a day, I felt exhausted after going home from office. I would have done a better job if I had started a bit earlier, where I was interested in gathering and reading a lot of background information.

The job was done, finally. But I didn’t like the feeling at the end. Why should I push myself into such extremes in terms of pressure and stress levels? They were all created by us, where we would have identified and attended to those in the early phases of time.

Again, there is nothing good will come in our way by procrastinating stuff. As everyone says (it’s actually easier said than done) the best time to do something is right now. If we can think of it now, why can’t we find time to act upon it. And again, who knows if the same opportunities will come again in the future?

Once we train our mind to take prompt actions, we’ll be able to save a lot of time. And more importantly, we’ll be able to open many doors. Who has all the time in the world to wait for something to happen? Who knows how many days are left for us in this world?

So, quit dreaming. Wake up. And make dreams a reality, because there is no one in this world who would do that for you!!

Harambe : An eye-opener ?

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How many times have we come across encounters between the wild and humans? Probably many. Even though those are a common thing for some people who live closer to the jungles where the wild animals roam freely, for most of us having an urban lifestyle, such news is pretty rare.

Ever since I heard the horrible news in the morning, just a few days before, I found my eyes go wet. I couldn’t think for a moment, and went my heart out to that beautiful creature who had to say goodbye in the most horrible manner. Yes, I’m so far away from Cincinnati, but the incident pulled out my sensitive side, particularly toward the wild and nature.

During the following days I read many articles shedding light at the incident in different angles. The outrage was particularly from the wild-lovers and from the set of people who believed they must have done a better job than that. And I’m also in the same standpoint.

Why do I care about the animal more?

This is a very sensitive topic to write about. As a human, describing the importance of existing of an animal has already become a hot topic among us. Amidst the many asking for the justice for the animal, the others slowly started to bring out the reasons to justify the incident. I was shocked at first how we forget our past in a matter of hours.

My anger would directly be pointed to the parents in the first place. Among many others who try to justify the parental issues raising a child at that age, I’d like to point out to them that if you realize it as such a tremendous task, why not do it without bothering others? I know my parents would have gone through the same scenario, and they still laugh mentioning about the mischievous things I’ve done in the past as a baby. But, they’ve made sure to protect me and the others as well.

Parenting is an universal phenomenon, which is common to every living being. Protecting their next generation (their younger species) is one of their priorities as well – no argument there. But as a developed species, do we really need to put us in competition with the other animals? Are we looking at a fair race there? Do they have the privilege of making use of the things that we have in an occasion like that? Simply put, they have only themselves to protect them.

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In another note, I hate visiting zoos. I really don’t like to see the expressions of their faces as they show their grievances for being caged. It’s not like we go to an art gallery or a theatre, that is a living being that we stare at. Just look at their eyes and see how much of a pain they go through. We can’t neglect their feelings for just being non-humans, too.

So, the damage has already been done. A precious life has been already lost due to poor parental skills. I’d like to see the relevant authority taking stringent actions against those parents just to let out the message to others.

If that’s the way we treat the endangered species in this world, it’d be better off letting them be in the wild, on their own. Bottom line is to act responsibly and not to make excuses for the things we are supposed to do in the day-to-day basis. We boast our superiority among the other living beings, and we are just a part of the nature as well.

I think it’s time to re-think our actions and to make necessary initiatives to preserve that beautiful side of nature for the next generations to come.

RIP Harambe, and all the other animals who had to depart for stupid reasons !!!

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Kolkata, India

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I usually don’t ride the road of luck in day-to-day basis. But there are times when the angels look at our lives and throw some treats at us.

Something similar happened to me in just a couple of months before. Getting selected from over twenty thousand people into a bunch of really lucky twenty winners from all over the country to watch the Cricket T20 finals in Kolkata, was something extraordinary which happened in my life.

The final match was played in Eden Gardens Cricket stadium, which is one of the oldest and largest cricket grounds in the world. Having seen it over the television many times, I didn’t think I’d be able to stand under the floodlights of it for a memorable occasion.

It was a three-day journey. We almost travelled a whole day there as we couldn’t get a direct flight to Kolkata, so had to take four hours of transit time in Mumbai. This is not a report of the whole journey as I don’t think I’d be able cover a whole city within just a few hours in it. However, the first impression after stepping my feet on the grounds of the city was quite remarkable. It was already getting dark when our luxury coach pulled out of Kolkata International airport, and it took another hour to reach the hotel, which was just near the stadium.

Since we had a small time to wonder around the city, we decided to have a quick dinner and walked down the street just around the corner of the hotel. That was when I realized that I just stepped into a middle of buzzing crowd. The night market was nearly inaccessible, and hardly moved our feet among the noisy crowd of buyers and sellers. That reminded of the street market back in Colombo, but with a bit more people in it. After a couple of hours of walking down the street, we returned to the hotel – empty handed. There were only a handful of people who had the opportunity to creep inside some shops to buy some local clothes and sweets.

The following morning, I managed to eat some local food from the hotel buffet and found out some new flavours which I hadn’t tried before. They had quite a number of selections of sweets which were really mouth-watering. But my tummy didn’t allow me to try them all and I alleviated the bad feeling by reminding that I was going to stay for another couple of meals there.

I was taken aback when I stepped on the streets that morning. It was when I had the true feelings of the city as it was a Sunday morning. The first feeling was that I had time-travelled a couple of decades backwards. Almost all the vehicles in the streets were from back in 80s, and to my surprise the buildings around the hotel looked exactly the same. I wondered if they had abandoned those, but after a close look, I could see people living inside of them. After observing several buildings down the street, my first question asked from the local guide was why don’t they renovate them?

That’s when I heard a long lecture about the history of the city. He took the pleasure to highlight a lot of key information and I thanked him for breaking down them real quick. It was the capital of British India. Almost all of the buildings which were built in that era were preserved to have that look, which was quite amazing. Even though they would have done a better job on that, I secretly appreciated for not demolishing them down.

Before entering the ground, we had the luxury of driving around the city, enjoying the old monuments and the vehicles. The stories heard about India were not by far from reality, as those were proved right in front of my eyes. Even though the three-wheeler was invented there, it was hardly to be seen on the streets.

Eventually, we enjoyed a fabulous cricket match, even though Sri Lanka were not lucky enough to be there in the final. West Indies put on quite a show against the Englishmen, and it was one of a kind way to lift the cup.

After a tiresome journey, we headed back home with lots of memories. It was my first trip to India, and since there are so much to be seen, it’ll be just the beginning journey for that amazing nation.

Employees Can Make Projects Succeed Or Fail

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The most important aspect of a project is the human resource, for sure. But even though almost every manager knows about that fact, why would they have a fear about driving the team for a successful project completion?

It can be due to various reasons. May be due to lack of time spent on the initiation phase, or may be due to the inability to schedule the project properly, the list goes on …

It’s also impossible to expect everything to be on the perfect side. The world is never a perfect place, and especially in a project there are a lot of things could go wrong. But there got to be a way managers should be able to identify those risks upfront and prepare for them beforehand. Knowing that the team members are the ones who is going to drive the project forward, a lot of pit holes could be avoided by focusing on them while assigning tasks.

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Every manager faces that problem. When assigning tasks to individuals, there is a mutual understanding between the assigner and the assignee. They know the fact that just letting them know their work for a period of time would not solve the problems at all. Some may argue that proper monitoring after the assignments would deliver promised results. But, I see some drawbacks in that method as well.

Assuming the team consists of members with proper knowledge and experience to do the job, the life of a manager can be alleviated a little bit. But selecting the right individuals for particular tasks is the next major problem.

How many of them spend enough time to do that? I’ve seen many organizations refer the resumes or professional profiles before assigning tasks. Earlier experience would definitely give them the chance to assign similar tasks for some. But would that only be enough? Listening to the team member about the tasks he or she is going to have will give an even better perspective for managers. It’s acceptable that it wouldn’t be practical if the organization or the group is larger. But having a fair amount of understanding about the skills and most importantly passions of employees would make a positive impact to the project.

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Why do we have to align our passion and work?

That’s what we like to see and feel at the end of the day, isn’t it? We need to have a feeling that we have contributed our maximum toward the project and we should be able to inspire ourselves as well. To do that, we got to align our passion with what we are assigned to do.

Managers need to go a bit far in identifying individuals when assigning tasks for them. Maintaining a healthy communication among team members would definitely help them to achieve it. That will also reduce the pressure of the team and by doing that they can be more open to talk about the project related matters. At the end, it’s all about getting to the other side of the line. As it’s a team effort, everyone in the team should feel their importance to the ultimate result.

Finally, getting to know the people in the team is the most important task for the manager. The fate of the project can be decided by just that, and it can be either a success or a failure.

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Leadership And Management

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Leadership and Management – Two of the most heard words in the corporate world!

Initially those two words continuously confused me. Ever since the school days, everyone talked about having leadership qualities and there were workshops to start building those. It’s the first word to hear out of the two, and later, Management came in as a subject.

From there onward those two words were used inter-changeably, sometimes without even addressing what would have been the correct word to choose. It’s acceptable that those two go together, meaning there is an attachment with each other. May be that’s the reason for using them quite often together.

But, what’s the real difference?

I can relate leadership more into group work. And Management is not necessarily have to do with a group.

Talking about management first, it can start with yourselves. You can manage things in life, may be both personal as well as professional. Having the day organized is also a flavor of management. For those who are interested in starting a career in management, it’s better to start with your lives. There are plenty of lessons to be learned about managing a day, a week and a month to achieve certain things. If you started to get comfortable and to see expected results, there it’s a good indication that you are ready to take over major and more responsible tasks.

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And it should inspire you as well. The more you involve in managing things, the more intention and curiosity should be built inside of you. If you are not passionate enough with what you do, it’s better to quit it for a better option without delaying it, as it would save you a lot of time in the long run.

Leadership, where does is plug into that equation?

It always has to do with more people. It’s a quality which will radiate out of you, and that will bring success for a team or a group. It’s necessary for every person to have unique and successful leadership qualities if he/she is leading a team, or be responsible for a team effort. It’s also important to inspire all the team members as well during the journey, as they will rely on you and automatically you’ll become a role model for them. That comes with a bit more responsibility, unlike just managing stuff, you’ll have to be extra cautious about your decisions. The things won’t be perfect all the time, and there will be times that you’ll fail. If you are dare enough to be a leader, you’ll definitely will be able to manage all the positive and negative aspects which will come on your way.

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What’s the relationship between the two?

If you are manager, then you may have better managerial qualities. But you can make yourself a better manager – who will stand out from the others, when you have leadership qualities as well. If you can set an example for others in doing things, and continuously find new ways of handling matters, you’ll feel how much you are getting comfortable in managing things in your life. If you are responsible for a project, your creativity will make your life easy which comes as a by-product out of being a leader.

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Finally, more work has to be done to develop leadership skills and it takes time. It’s the same reason why it’s advisable to start early. Everyone should identify their own method of leading styles. Try to be unique and develop communication skills as well. There is a lot you can do with your PR skills, and if you could win people’s hearts, you can utilize that to achieve many things.

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