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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Started The Student Life, Again !

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It’s about time to get myself educated. Not with something else, but with a Master’s Degree.

After doing a lot of research in the local educational institutes, I selected to get an MBA offered by Anglia Ruskin University, where the local classes are conducted by British School of Commerce, which is the local campus of London School of Commerce. The journey would be interesting, meeting new people in the industry and even from other countries would definitely add more value to life. Also, getting back on the academic track would make me a bookworm where I don’t have any regret.

It’s like achieving one of my goals, where I had thought of starting it somewhere two to three years back. With all the busy life and piling up new tasks in life delayed that particular dream drastically. But, it’s never late and I feel like I am on the right track again.

The first lecture was about HRM, which I had only followed it as a subject in an elective back in the bachelor’s degree. It was like refreshing the memory at first, but there was significant amount of information this time. Since all the assessments are about to make via assignments, we were asked to go through a heck of lot information before even starting to type.

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The subject was relatively new to me, but the lecturer played an appreciative part to make it more interesting. I have a feeling that the rest of 18 months would give a whole new meaning to my life.

In the mean time, I’ve missed my writing goals amidst all those new things happening in my life. It was another task that I’ll have to deal with.

Reading … Writing … Researching … That would basically sum up my next one and a half years.

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Why I Decided To Do An MBA

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It’s been seven years after walking out of the university with a degree in Science, and ever since, I was busy building my own career, meeting new people and working in several companies to enhance my skills. It felt brilliant as I was curious to get out there, and to feel what it meant to be a part of the real working force. There are no regrets during that time, not to mention that everything adds up to the bucket of experience. Good or bad, there’s something to learn from those moments, and later they’ll be beneficial to tackle challenges in the future.

I’m always passionate about dealing with people and to make use of their skills to do a certain task creatively. The roots were planted inside of me when I was in the university, and taking up certain leadership roles which inspired me of how much we could do, if we put the right mindset accordingly. Most people think handling people is difficult, especially in a competitive environment. Sure, it’s different from what you do in a college or university, but overall, there’s a connection with the two. AIESEC made a great impact in my life, to inject little buds of managerial enthusiasms, and entrepreneurial thinking. The cross-cultural platform provided a great opportunity to listen to what people from other countries think of a certain issue, and how they view at it from different angles.

All of those inspired me to do an MBA at some part of my life (somewhere in to five years in the industry.) The ultimate goal of having one is to equip myself with necessary knowledge to reach to a higher position and most of all, do a better and ideal job which everyone would appreciate my effort.

Looking forward to get back in the classroom and grab some new knowledge …

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