Showing posts from August, 2013

I Have A Dream...

Today's is the 50 years anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Here is the complete speech that was given by him on August 28, 1963 (script and video):

Quotes by him
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Top 10 Management Tools by Bain & Company

I learned about a lot of business tools in MBA school that I am always trying to apply in real life. Also, I always am looking for creative ways to utilize the tools, and searching for more. I came across this great tool by Bain & Company that lists Top 10 Management Tools by year. I believe these are ranked based on surveys performed with organizations about top priorities of the year. It's very interesting to see trends in these tools, along with how new ones are added, and old ones eliminated from top priorities. For example, Employee Engagement and Supply Chain Management emerged in 2012, while all others have been present since 2000. Each tool also provides some great resourceful information. 

Top 10 Management Tools:
2012 Top 10 Management Tools by Ranking: 1) Strategic Planning 2) CRM
3) Employee Engagement Survey  4) Benchmarking 5) Balanced Scorecard 6) Core Competencies 7) Outsourcing 8) Change Management  9) Suppl…

15 Timeless Work Habits for Career Success

Great blog post by Dan McCarthy on 15 Timeless Work Habits for Career Success.

15 Habits 
1. Be on time. While it may sounds pretty basic (like don’t chew gum during an interview), I was in my 40s before I finally learned the importance of this work habit the hard way. Being on time isn’t just for important clients or your boss – it’s a way to show respect (or disrespect) for everyone2. Be nice to people. Or, at least just don’t be a jerk. Not selectively nice, but consistently nice to everyone. Working with jerks is probably the thing that people hate about their jobs the most. Don’t be one of those people, and you’ll have a long and satisfying career. Being easy to work with can make up for a lot of other shortcomings. 
3. Don’t trash your boss or co-workers. Always assume whatever you say about someone will get back to them at some point. See #2 – say nice things behind their backs. When someone is gossiping about someone else, assume they are gossiping about you too. 4. Relationship…

Learn from Dogs

I use to see Qtip and Tikal only on weekends before, and now I see them everyday, and it's amazing that I failed to express my appreciation until today. I recognize how amazing they are, but have and will always find a stronger appreciation for little things they do. 

Normal routine is I come home, and the dogs spend 5 mins barking at me, smelling me, licking me, asking me to pet them, etc. A lot of times, I brush it off and it's over after 5 mins. What's amazing is that you come home after a crazy day at work, or a bad day, or whatever, and these dogs welcome you with so much love, excitement, appreciation, you name it! 
They have so much energy, and it's like they love you so much and haven't seen you in years and are so excited that you have come home to them. It's the same genuine and amazing feeling everyday - it never gets old! Qtip specially does  this, where she will keep asking you to pet her, she will play with you, come sit in your lap, and pour out al…

Quit Early, Quit Often

Great speech by Professor Deepak Malhotra to Harvard 2012 MBA Graduates about Quiting Early and Quiting Often.