Friday, November 5, 2010


A social buddy of mine has emailed me the following interesting & yet useful "story", pertaining to the pursuit of happiness, believed to have been written by KHUSHWANT SINGH:

"Having lived a reasonably contented life, I was musing over what a person should strive for to achieve happiness.

I drew up a list of a few essentials which I put forward for the readers' appraisal.

1. First and foremost is GOOD HEALTH.

If you do not enjoy good health you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct from your happiness.


It need not run into crores but should be enough to provide for creature comforts and something to spare for recreation, like eating out, going to the pictures, travelling or going on holidays on the hills or by the sea.

Shortage of money can be only demoralizing. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one's own eyes.


Rented premises can never give you the snug feeling of a nest which is yours for keeps that a home provides: if it has a garden space, all the better.

Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

4. Fourth, AN UNDERSTANDING COMPANION, be it your spouse or a friend.

If there are too many misunderstandings, they will rob you of your peace of mind. It is better to be divorced than to bicker all the time.

5. Fifth, LACK OF ENVY towards those who have done better than you in life; risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame.

Envy can be very corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

6. Sixth, DO NOT ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE to descend on you for gup-shup.

By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.

7. Seventh, CULTIVATE SOME HOBBIES which can bring you a sense of fulfilment, such as gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music.

Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks or to meet celebrities is criminal waste of time.

8. Eighth, every morning and evening, devote 15 minutes to INTROSPECTION.

In the morning, 10 minutes should be spent on stilling the mind and then five in listing things you have to do that day. In the evening, five minutes to still the mind again, and ten to go over what you had undertaken to do.

RICHNESS is not Earning More, Spending More Or Saving More, but ...


Thursday, November 4, 2010


This is an extract from the book, 'Paradigm Matrix and Its Effects on Future Prosperity & Human Events', by coach Alan Walter, & also, founder of Knowledgism: Advanced Coaching & Leadership Centre:

Success is an inner state. Public acclaim does little to make you feel good if you, yourself, cannot acknowledge that a job has been well done.

In seeking success, being successful, and observing the success of others I observed a hidden quality common to many great successes: craftsmanship.


n. 1. Skill or ability in something, proficiency; expertise.

2. The art of functioning as a craftsman.


n. A master of a body of knowledge and skills to the degree that he produces, consistently, products of the highest quality.

To develop consistency of success, it is vital that one practice craftsmanship, whether it be in music, art, sports, writing, or business. To sustain success, one must master all aspects of one's chosen field.


Only you know the true quality of your existence; only you are your true judge.

· When you lie, you know you lied.
· When you do a poor job, you know it.
· When you fail to look up the words you don't understand, you know it.
· When you waste time, you must pay the price.
· When you pretend to do, or know, you cannot hide that pretense from yourself.
· When you break a promise and explain and justify your excuses, you know it.
· When you research and study an area poorly, you know.
· When money, bangles, baubles, and beads seduce you, you know.
· When you do a good job, you know.
· When you master a skill, you know.
· When you work on a liability until it's conquered, you know.
· When you are honest, you know it.

A basic law of success, then is: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.


“The past went that-a-way. When faced with a totally new situation, we tend to always to attach ourselves to the objects, to the flavor of the most recent past. We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.“

~ Marshall McLuhan;

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


'Innovation's Missing Link: The Secret to Effortlessly Overcoming Organizational Stagnation'
by Al Judge

This is one of the easiest & simplest - & yet still packed with pragmatic battle-proven ideas - books to read about effective 'innovation practices'.

It's also straight-shooting from the author, a 23-year veteran from Black & Decker's New Product Concepts Group, prior to his retirement in 2001, plus subsequent management experience with the PDMA outfit.

If I were to sum up the book, it's all about changing one's mindset, especially from the CEO's perspective, about organisational innovation, failing which, organisational stagnation will fall in place.

In fact, the author had done a superb service to readers [who have no time to read] by consolidating all his entire thoughts outlined in the book on page 15 to 18, under '40 Thoughts on Innovation'.

However, I would recommend reading the book in order to savour the author's action ideas from each chapter, & to learn from other companies' experiences as outlined in their case studies.

Other than the clear treatment on human nature, which is a critical component in the overall innovation process, what I generally like about the book is its exposition of the harsh reality of the innovation landscape, which the author has summed up as follows, especially the first one:

- the nature of organisations is to resist & oppose change;

- innovation cannot thrive with active support from senior management as well as [my words] from everyone in the organisation;

- for optimum results, innovation teams need a special breed of manager [my recommendation: read 'Innovation Leaders: How Senior Executives Stimulate, Steer & Sustain Innovation', by Jean-Philippe Deschamps];

I fully concur with the author:

"It takes a lot of guts & a great deal of patience to foster a creative environment."

I also have one interesting thought from the author:

"Few people can efficiently create something from nothing, but almost anyone can critique & improve an existing concept."

On the whole, the author's writing is clear, succinct & concise, which makes reading a breeze!


"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it."

~ Margaret Thatcher; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, & Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990 - the only woman to have held either post;

ULTIMATE SUCCESS FORMULA, according to coach Alan Walter

The following are the attributes of a power player... also needed for success in life & work:

1. Applies intelligence.

2. Pursues only an honest, worthy, big dream.

3. Has the knowledge, discipline, and duplication to maintain and expand his worthy dreams and those of others.

4 Has the ability to take, occupy and maintain a position and take charge.

5. Is a master communicator and uses his communication abilities to direct the flow of force particles in a positive manner.

6. Has abundant, upscale communication channels and contacts.

7. Delivers what he promises.

8. Duplicates, appreciates and acknowledges other's viewpoints, skills, dreams,
visions, plans, and wants.

9. Is honest. He trusts and respects himself and creates trust and respect in others.

10. Is a big producer.

11. Those connected to him and his area expand spiritually. They have bigger dreams, visions, plans, skills, and actions, are more prosperous and successful, and are healthier and happier.

12. He operates in a win-win manner.

[Source: Knowledgism - the corporate website of Alan Walter, a coach of champions & his Advanced Coaching & Leadership Center; it's a goldmine of information nuggets, especially for those who aspire to become knowledgists - a knowledgist is one who will always be the best he can be;]