A cup of tea

It is always a big dream for any electronics communication student to get a job in computer service center and it was my dream too. I got the job, but the pay was not great as a diploma graduate.

With Rs.1000 as a salary in my first job back in 2003, I had to restrict my food intake to make sure I have enough money to reach my work place daily. I used to skip my breakfast and I have curd rice for Rs.8 near mount road subway for my lunch and one Parotta in Saidapet for dinner for Rs.5 and most of the time my stomach is filled with free teas which I get from my service center or sometime in customer home. I used to wait if any customer will offer me tea or else I used to get a free water and fill my stomach most of the time. It was not easy to live with empty stomach while you are working hard in hot chennai.

Whenever I have a cup of tea now, I always take every sip with at most interest in it.

I always give at least a tea for any person who come to my home to service my household things. It is not just a gratitude towards their work, its a care and respect we should give for everyone. Hope you will do the same.

Offering a cup of tea will change someones life too.

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing

While most people accept that mistakes are necessary, no one likes to be responsible for them. The good news is that mistakes, even a big mistake, don’t have to leave a permanent stain on your career. Mistakes are part of experimentation and requirement for innovation. So no worry if you have made any mistakes at work. The great thing is Top Employer likes applicant who have made mistakes and recovered from them.

According to Paul Schoemaker, (Co author of Brilliant Mistakes), most people tend to over react to their mistakes. They may be tempted to hide their mistakes, or even bad. It is much better to accept mistakes, learn from them, and move on. “Look forward and base decisions on the future not the past” Schoemaker says.

Acknowledge your mistake

It’s critical to be transparent. Don’t try to blame others. Even if it was a team mistake, acknowledge your role in it. The key is to be action-oriented and focus on the future. What will you do differently going forward?

Once you’ve admitted your slip-up, it may be appropriate to reframe it. Reframing is not making an excuse. But a genuine effort to help people see the mistake in a different light. Poor decisions or flawed processes can sometimes lead to mistakes, but that doesn’t mean that every bad outcome is a mistake. It’s important to understand what was in your control and what wasn’t. Explaining in a non-defensive way what led to the mistake can help people better understand why it happened and how to avoid it in the future.

Show what you have learned from mistakes

If you are in a leadership team, if the error was a result of a poor decision, explain to your boss how you will avoid making the same or similar mistakes in the future. By indicating that you’ve changed as a consequence of your mistake, you cheer up your manager and peers that you can be trusted with equally important tasks or decisions in the future. “If you are going to pay the price for making the mistake, you need to get the learning,” Schoemaker says. This is more important, learning is must if are going to pay for mistakes. Have you paid any penalty? Then you should have a Case Study (That’s why we have Business Analyst). “The best kind of mistake is where the costs are low but the learning is high,” Schoemaker says.

Case Study #1: How a leader should handle a mistake (from APJ Abdul Kalam – Wings of Fires)

In 1973 I became the project director of India’s satellite launch vehicle program, commonly called the SLV-3. Our goal was to put India’s “Rohini” satellite into orbit by 1980. I was given funds and human resources, but was told clearly that by 1980 we had to launch the satellite into space. Thousands of people worked together in scientific and technical teams towards that goal.

By 1979 I think the month was August. We thought we were ready. As the project director, I went to the control center for the launch. At four minutes before the satellite launch, the computer began to go through the checklist of items that needed to be checked. One minute later, the computer program put the launch on hold; the display showed that some control components were not in order. My experts , I had four or five of them with me and told me not to worry; they had done their calculations and there was enough reserve fuel. So I bypassed the computer, switched to manual mode, and launched the rocket. In the first stage, everything worked fine. In the second stage, a problem developed. Instead of the satellite going into orbit, the whole rocket system plunged into the Bay of Bengal. It was a big failure.

That day, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, Prof. Satish Dhawan, had called a press conference. The launch was at 7:00 am, and the press conference, where journalists from around the world were present.. was at 7:45 am at ISRO’s satellite launch range in Sriharikota [in Andhra Pradesh in southern India]. Prof. Dhawan, the leader of the organization, conducted the press conference himself. He took responsibility for the failure, he said that the team had worked very hard, but that it needed more technological support. He assured the media that in another year, the team would definitely succeed. Now, I was the project director, and it was my failure, but instead, he took responsibility for the failure as chairman of the organization.

The next year, in July 1980, we tried again to launch the satellite and this time we succeeded. The whole nation was jubilant. Again, there was a press conference. Prof. Dhawan called me aside and told me, “You conduct the press conference today.”

I learned a very important lesson that day. When failure occurred, the leader of the organization owned that failure. When success came, he gave it to his team. The best management lesson I have learned did not come to me from reading a book; it came from that experience.

Finally what you have to do if you’ve done a mistake?

* Accept It

* Show what you have learned from the mistakes

And DO NOT

* Blaming others

* Stop doing the regular work and holding back from your mistake.

Source: this post is from what I learned from books and experts speech in conference.

Who visits your website? An in-depth analysis on web traffic

I have been running my personal website for more than 7 years and use Google analytics to track my website visitors. I could fine more than 50% of my web traffic comes from bots(robots), not humans!!! I was very surprised. Are we trying create a beautiful design, do SEO,SEM etc just for bots to visit our websites?

Here is the in-depth analysis from a web security company Incapsula. They measured the bot can account for up to 61.5 percent of all website traffic and only 38.5 percent was human. The ratio is getting increased every year.

robot traffic report

Who are those bots? Is it good for a website?

More than 21% of bots are good like search engines and other crawling bots (crawls the website for latest/good contents). But more than 31% of bots are bad like spammers, hackers, scrapers and Impersonators. Most of the bad bots eats the server CPU/memory and reduces the website performance which will also affect the website’s search engines ranking.

So how can we save the website from bad bots?

There are few SEO best practices to tweak robots.txt and .htaccess files to save the websites from bad bots. You can check some here http://moz.com/learn/seo/robotstxt and there are many ways we can stop it in web servers as well.

Credits: http://www.incapsula.com/the-incapsula-blog/item/820-bot-traffic-report-2013

image credits: www.3news.co.nz

Innovation? But HOW !!!?

I have been studying about innovation lately and thought of sharing it with you all.

Continuous innovation is critical to most businesses. Innovation must be woven into the very fabric of our culture.

So how do we innovate? It is not like love at first sight. We cannot make our first idea as an innovation.

What leads to innovation?

  •  Idea
  • Resources
  • Time
  • Motivation
  • And NOTE… Ideas are not innovation!

“Are ideas innovations? Everyone has ideas.… For an idea or an innovation to a have a practical effect, they need to go beyond the discussion at the lunch table with your friends and become a reality.”

– Miguel de Icaza, founder of GNOME

Anyone can come up with an amazing idea but how you execute the idea will find out your success.

How can you get a good idea?

Coming up with an innovative idea will require some methods of generating ideas from brainstorming to mind mapping that can help invoke up useful ideas. During this process one must make sure to keep focused on a goal. If you have no goal, how will you know when you have reached the end line and are ready for improvement? Start out with a few thoughts and see what you can come up with.

In order to take an innovative idea, you need to have the willpower to push through few failures. The odds are against you no matter the idea and statistics say you are going to fail a few times on your road to success. Knowing this, you have to get around your bets more effectively so you can adjust your path and continue forward.

A successful Idea

Don’t put everything behind your first idea! You wouldn’t go to the racetrack. Even though we are taught that all innovations come from a visionary who predicted a need for the future, this is usually not the case. Naturally, most inventions come from need and others from creative spark. When executing a creative idea with the resources available, you will have to make adjustments along the way that may not have been accounted for initially. Frans Johansson (bestselling author) suggests that you take the smallest executable step (smallest bet) so you don’t risk everything on your original idea.

Once you define the smallest step, you know your scope of risk. This is very important because you can then take baby steps to overcome challenges and utilize resources more efficiently on your road to success. While strategy is paramount, one shouldn’t get lost in planning and take too long to execute. Stay motivated to move forward, because forward motion even through failure is the key to success.

 How you should do?

  •  Collect Ideas (or problems)
  •  Discuss with SMEs and validate it
  •  Propose
  •  Implement
  •  Reward

How they innovated?

Jack Dorsey’s Micro Communication

Jack Dorsey is an American software architect that had an interest in making “instant messenger” updates available for friends to see. This was a refined concept that eventually grew into what we now know as Twitter. Three guiding principles of this innovative idea are simplicity, constraint and craftsmanship.

Jack had an early fascination with cities and how they work, so he would always carry maps around with him. His attraction with mass-transit and how cities function led him to taking advantage of public transit databases in Manhattan. He built off of his original idea that gave meaning to his overall concept. His idea makes clear though working on dispatch software, programming real-time messaging systems for couriers, taxis, and emergency vehicles.

Jack Dorsey’s experience helped him see his idea in a completely new perspective. Taking his seedling of an idea that would update friends of his status, Dorsey completed several field tests before recognizing that the technology available didn’t support his innovative idea. There are times when putting off a project is irrefutable. Jack Dorsey originally came up with his idea in the year 2000 but wasn’t able to execute effectively until 8 years later. Jack was effective in not letting his idea sit for too long but instead taking action when technology would let it thrive

Finally I would like to conclude with….

Making ideas happen isn’t easy and requires patience, determination and hard work. The most important part of it is not just coming up with a promising concept, but rather rethinking it over and over again, implementing it and then putting it to practice.

Most innovations come from necessity, so pay attention to small problems in your environment and find simple solutions to these problems. Do not sit idle on the idea — act instead. Take opposing thoughts and resolve them in your innovative designs. And keep innovating all the time, one step at a time. The time will pass, and if you have some luck, you will see your idea growing, flourishing and maybe even turning into a real success.

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