Archive for February, 2010

Leadership – the way it goes …

Posted on February 13, 2010. Filed under: Business, Personalities |

Below is an example of Leading from Up Front —  vis a vis Management! …

“We are progressing okay – the guys out there are a little behind but I think it’s within limits. The chap here likes to ride them hard — so we complement one another.

We had a meeting yesterday;  and I challenged this guy a bit because the joker was saying this can’t be done and that can’t be done. I asked – “Why not?”  ….  And told him we need to get a better system out – otherwise it’s pointless. Then I went ahead and had him show me why it can’t be done, only for him to find out that it’s possible.

I need to not ever compromise on standards  ——-  and to extract the best from people. One maybe a nice guy but what is required is an Out-of-the-Box Thinker. Anyway, it’s up to me to extract the best out of people. If they don’t do their best and when they do not measure up, I like to think, it’s my fault. So I keep thinking how to utilize them better. They are definitely needed because I won’t know what to do without them    -;).

 This other chap has another customer lined up; so that’s so many for him and half that for me – all potentials, of course.  

I had another brainwave last week. Why not split the product into another sub-module; which should be an easier sell –  and could also latch on to similar existing systems. That should be a good way to get the foot in the door.

This is exciting stuff……but need to tread carefully and get it right. So in a nutshell — Challenges galore but – Fun.

Vould work harder though.”

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Chess and Life …

Posted on February 11, 2010. Filed under: Guide Posts, Personal Stuff |

Here’s this mail.

 ” This rather nice guy, who had just bought this sporty sensation, walked in and after a wee we decided to play some chess.

He won the first game, though it was close. I had been winning but had let my guard down and he moved in for the kill

The second game, he began by making his usual strong moves, but I set a few traps that could have ended the game – kind of like the endangered prey going for the predators jugular.  There must have been at least some 5 or 6 times when the game should have ended. But he was tenacious and a true pro and very very careful and saw the danger each time.  There was many a time when he could have opted to go for the kill and end the game by sacrificing a few pieces. Each time since there was some risk, he preferred to wait it out.

Two down and one to go. This was beginning to get interesting. Now Game Three. 

I had noticed that his openings and, indeed most of his moves, were usually by the book and he was countering my moves,  also mostly by the laid down standard and conventional play.  So I started making erratic, eccentric and awkward  moves. He even commented that ‘I was exposing my King and the game will be finished in a few minutes’. My intent, however, was to startle and confuse him and, indeed, my play did throw his game off.   

I had also noted that he was  tenacious and super careful and so I had decided to be careful myself and not get expansive. So, I waited him out and took him apart piece by piece. It was a long game but I had it in the bag in the very first 10 mins but let it drag for some 30 mins. Had I played to finish it fast, I may have become over bold and it would again have been dejavu.

Having got only one out of three, am still feeling elated.

Because I reinforced that -. 
1  Being cocky and over confident never pays. 
2. Conventional style may suit some while others shine in commotion, confusion and chaos  –  provided they know what they are doing.
3. Watch your opponent and note his strenghths and weaknesses  and then make your game plan. 

Look forward to more chess with him’.

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Fred Astaire and Eleanour Powell …

Posted on February 10, 2010. Filed under: Movies |

Watch Fred Astaire and Eleanour Powell in ‘Dancing with the Stars’, 

For once Fred, who nearly always defied gravity, is well matched by Eleanour.

The Year is 1940 . At the mike is Frank Sinatra. An All Time Classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toDl2hXt8BM

Fred Astaire (1899 – 1987). American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films.According to another major innovator in filmed dance, Gene Kelly, “The History of Dance on Film begins with Astaire.” Beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

Eleanor Torrey Powell (1912 – 1982). American film actress and dancer of the 1930s and 1940s, known for her exuberant solo tap dancing.

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Emerson, at his loftiest …

Posted on February 8, 2010. Filed under: American Thinkers, Searching for Success |

Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the great orators of his time. His enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured the very large crowds that came to hear him. His speech, ‘The American Scholar’ was dubbed by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr as, ‘ The American Declaration of Intellectual Independence’.

When asked to sum up his work, Emerson said his central doctrine was the infinitude of the private man.

Here is an extract from an address to College students –

“You will hear everyday the maxims of a low prudence. You will hear that the first duty is to get land and money, place and name. ‘What is this Truth you seek? What is this Beauty?’– men will ask with derision.

If never the less God hath called any of you to explore Truth and Beauty, be Bold, be Firm, be True. When you shall say, As others do, so will I …   I renounce, I am sorry for it, my early visions;  I must eat the good of the land and let learning and romantic expectations go untill a more convenvenient season.’

Then dies the man in you, then once more perish the buds of art, poetry and science; as they have died in a thousand thousand breasts. The hour of that choice is the crises of your history and see that you hold yourself fast by the intellect”.

Here is another extract from a speech –

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived … This is to have succeeded.

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More of David Niven …

Posted on February 7, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A wee more on dear David Niven …

http://tecknicolor.com/2009/09/10/underrated-david-niven/#comment-136

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A Family and Two Roads …

Posted on February 4, 2010. Filed under: Personal Stuff |

There is this family of four who lived happy and long where they were first sent to make a livelihood. But there was this filial biz and they had to make a choice, which brings me to this piece given me from Robert Frost,

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And of course I could not travel both. Long I stood and looked down as far as I could, to where it went in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, which was just as fair but perhaps with the better claim; because it was grassy and wanted wear. Though by those passing there had worn both just the same.

Both that morn, lay in leaves no step had trodden on.  Oh I kept the first for another day – yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted if I should ever again see that horn.

I shall be telling this with a sigh, ages and ages hence. Two roads diverged and I took the one less trod; and that has made all the difference.

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Among the Best Advice Ever …

Posted on February 4, 2010. Filed under: Quotes, Searching for Success |

Here is Polonius, who is certainly not among the greatest of Shakesperean characters. Yet while ha addresses his son Laertes, he fiddles with the stamp of eternal fame. Here is his advice applicable to all humanity for all time.

And these few precepts in thy memory see thou character.

Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Beware of entrance to a quarrel, but being in, bear it that the opposed may beware of thee.

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment of each new-hatched, unfledged comrade.

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy – but not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy. For the apparel oft proclaims the man,

Neither a borrower nor a lender be. For loan oft loses both itself and friend. And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

This above all – to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

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