Elephant and Piggie!!!

In today’s world voicing your opinion is considered a crime. More specifically if it does not side with the masses. People who voice their views overcoming this hurdle are then tarnished in the modern world. Constructive opinions and views are the necessity of the time for the growth of a society. It may seem easier to regurgitate your views and play to the mass appeal, but there is something to be said for developing your own convictions and sticking to them. Whether you’re afraid to speak out about your political stances or personal preferences, comfortably and speaking your mind does makes the difference.

On the contrary, many times we intentionally tend to keep away from the noise. We do have our views but feel not relevant to put forward the same in the respective forum. But is it the right way to deviate from your conviction. And the answer is “Yes”. And why is it so can be gracefully summed up in the below sketch I happen to read.

Once an elephant went to take a bath in a river and thereafter was walking on the road. When it neared a bridge, it saw a pig fully soaked in mud coming from the opposite direction. The elephant quietly moved to one side, allowed the dirty pig to pass and then continued its onward journey.

The unclean pig later spoke to its friends in arrogance, “See how big I am; even the elephant was afraid of me and moved to one side to let me pass”.

On hearing this, some elephants questioned their friend, the reason for its action. Was it out of fear?

The elephant gracefully smiled and replied, “I could have easily crushed the pig under my leg, but I was clean and the pig was very dirty. By crushing it, my leg would have become dirty and I just wanted to avoid it. Hence, I moved aside.”

Realized souls will avoid contact with negativity not out of fear, but out of desire to keep away from impurity though they are strong enough to destroy the impurity.

You need not react to every opinion, every comment, or every situation. Choose your battles wisely… Not everything deserves your time and attention.

Once George Bernard Shaw’s said, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it”.

Have a fabulous day!

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​What’s​ the size of God?

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A boy asked his father, “What’s the size of God?”

Father looked up to the sky and seeing an airplane asked the son,” What’s the size of that airplane?”

The boy answered,” It’s very small. I can barely see it”

So the father took him to the airport and as they approached an airplane he asked,”And now, what is the size of this one?”

The boy answered,” Wow daddy, this is huge!”

Then the father told him: God, is like this, His size depends on the distance between you and Him.

The closer you are to Him, the greater He will be in your life!

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WTF is this Design Thinking!

I was getting this mailers in office from last four months to attend the design thinking workshop. Initially I tried to ignore those but the number of mails eventually increase recently and explanations were now even asked as to why I am still unable to attend the same. Furious with the stuff I asked the Content Manager as to why is this so important. The answer most likely used to be the same as to it is mandated by the CEO’s office. But never felt the need of doing the same. But yesterday got a reply to one of the earlier mail sent to the event moderator. It just had the below incident, which answered all my queries and eventually leading me to attend the workshop. Sharing the same below….

Doug Dietz an earnest, soft-spoken Midwesterner with a wry, endearing smile and eyes that are quick to well up with tears at an emotional moment was an old GE veteran. He was the lead of the team which came up with the modern day MRI machines.

A few years back, Doug wrapped up a project on an MRI machine that he had spent two and a half years working on. When he got the opportunity to see it installed in a hospital’s scanning suite, he jumped at the chance. Standing next to his new machine, Doug talked with the technician who was operating it that day. He told her that the MRI scanner had been submitted for an International Design Excellence Award—the “Oscars of design”—and asked her how she liked its new features.

Doug was prepared to come away patting himself on the back for a job well done. But then the technician asked him to step out into the hall for a moment because a patient needed to get a scan. When he did, he saw a frail young girl walking toward him, tightly holding her parents hands. The parents looked worried, and their young daughter was clearly scared, all in anticipation of what lay ahead—Doug’s MRI machine. As the family passed by, Doug could hear their hushed conversation: “We’ve talked about this. You can be brave,” urged the dad, the strain showing in his own voice.

As Doug watched, the little girl’s tears rolled down her cheeks. To Doug’s alarm, the technician picked up the phone to call for an anesthesiologist. And that was when Doug learned that hospitals routinely sedate pediatric patients for their scans because they are so scared that they can’t lie still long enough. As many as 80 percent of pediatric patients have to be sedated. And if an anesthesiologist isn’t available, the scan has to be postponed, causing families to go through their cycle of worry all over again.

When Doug witnessed the anxiety and fear his machine caused among the most vulnerable patients, the experience triggered a personal crisis for him that forever changed his perspective. Rather than an elegant, sleek piece of technology, worthy of accolades and admiration, he now saw that—through the eyes of a young child—the MRI looked more like a big scary machine you have to go inside. Pride in his design was replaced with feelings of failure for letting down the very patients he was trying to help. Doug could have quit his job, or simply resigned himself to the situation and moved on. But he didn’t. He returned home and told his wife that he had to make a change.

So Doug sought advice on this deep personal and professional challenge from friends and colleagues. His boss at GE, who had encountered Stanford’s d.school while at Procter & Gamble, suggested he try out an executive education class. Searching for a fresh perspective and a different approach to his work, Doug flew to California for a week long workshop. He didn’t know quite what to expect, but he was eager to embrace any new methodology that would help him in his quest to make MRI’s less frightening for young children.

The workshop offered Doug new tools that ignited his creative confidence: He learned about a human-centered approach to design and innovation. By applying human-centered design methods in his own work, Doug believed he could come up with a better solution for children—and he was determined to make it happen. He returned to Milwaukee knowing what he wanted to do. Without significant resources, funding, or support from his own company, Doug knew he couldn’t launch a big R&D project to redesign an MRI machine from scratch. So he focused on redesigning the experience.

He started by observing and gaining empathy for young children at a day care center. He talked to child life specialists to understand what pediatric patients went through. He reached out for help from people around him, including a small volunteer team from GE, experts from a local children’s museum, and doctors and staff from two hospitals. Next, he created the first prototype of what would become the “Adventure Series” scanner and was able to get it installed as a pilot program in the children’s hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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By thinking holistically about how children experienced and interacted with the technology, Doug helped transform the MRI suite into a kid’s adventure story, with the patient in a starring role. Making no changes to the complex technology inside the scanner, Doug and his ad hoc team applied colorful decals to the outside of the machine and to every surface in the room, covering the floor, ceilings, walls, and all of the equipment. They also created a script for machine operators so they could lead their young patients through the adventure.

One of the prototypes is a pirate ship worthy of an amusement park ride. The ship comes complete with a big wooden captain’s wheel that surrounds the round opening of the chamber—a sea-faring detail that also makes the small circumference seem less claustrophobic. The operator tells kids that they will be sailing inside the pirate ship and they have to stay completely still while on the boat. After their “voyage,” they get to pick a small treasure from the pirate’s chest on the other side of the room. In another story, the MRI is a cylindrical spaceship transporting the patient into a space adventure. Just before the whirring and banging of the machine gets louder, the operator encourages young patients to listen closely for the moment that the craft “shifts into hyper-drive.” This reframing transforms a normally terrifying “BOOM-BOOM-BOOM” sound into just another part of the adventure. Including the pirate experience and the rocket ship, there are now nine different “adventures.”

With Doug’s new MRI redesign for kids, the number of pediatric patients needing to be sedated was reduced dramatically. The hospital and GE were happy too because less need for anesthesiologists meant more patients could get scanned each day. Meanwhile, patient satisfaction scores went up 90 percent.

But the biggest satisfaction for Doug lies not in the numbers, nor in GE Healthcare improved bottom line (although these were important for gaining internal support). His greatest reward came while talking with a mother whose six-year-old daughter had just been scanned in the MRI “pirate ship.” The little girl came over and tugged on her mother’s skirt.

“Mommy” she asked, “Can we come back tomorrow?”

That simple question made all his effort worthwhile.

Sam’s Journey : Chapter 2

Days went by and they got allocated to different works and they became busy guys. Their work was going on well and Sam got to learn new things and was able to work independently on the assignments assigned to him. Eventually the confidence put on him by their lead also increased. Days turned into months and months turned into years. It was then that time of the year when all their hard work was appraised and the eventual ratings were given to them by management. We all were asked to showcase the work done by them and on the basis of the data available with the management the ratings were assigned to each employee. All the discussions were over and we they had to wait for 30 days till the ratings were to be disclosed. So all had gone back to their normal work. Sam had a gala time there working for the whole year and it was real fun to work on different products and technologies for him. Every day was an excitement and it was more so at the end eagerly waiting for the next day.

Then one day he came to office and checked his emails as usual and saw this mail from manager disclosing the ratings the company had given on his performance. It was actually more of disappointed than shock for him and he could not believe that management felt he had done only average performance during the previous year. He felt he had done everything well and has exceeded the expectations in every aspect of the work assigned to him. He had put in so much of hard work and was really disappointed to see himself in that position. In the meantime Danny came and Sam told him about his ratings and all the frustration he was going into this. Danny heard all that Sam wanted to say as if he knew Sam will say all the same words and he was prepared to hear them all. After Sam finally finished with all his bla bla, Danny said just one thing, its ok and smiled and started to return to his desk. Sam asked him did he see his ratings and he turned and smiled at him again and said yes and he was given the top rating. Sam was like… What … Why …. How. The highest rating is given to only one person in the department of 450 people and it is usually given to someone in senior position. He didn’t trust him and went directly to Danny’s desk to check himself and was literally stunned.

His anger now grew more as to what did Danny do more than him to get this and him an average rating. He wanted the answer to the same at the very same time and call it his inexperience or immaturity he banged into the cabin of his global project manager to ask for answer without permission or even knocking the door and little did he realize he had entered into the room when the CFO had come in for the yearly review of the project and he was sitting there with him. Sam was really embarrassed and no words were coming out of is mouth. But his manager understood why he came this furious and said to him, boy you can come in after sometime. Without saying a word he left the cabin and was like what have he done and should have knocked once before entering. He thought he was having the worst day of his life and everything was going against him and decided to settle at his desk and be there till the end of the day without doing any further harm to himself.

Meanwhile his manager forgot about him that day and he did not ask for him for about a week and Sam thought he was saved and can finally forget about it and relax. He continued his work as usual, though the ratings were there in the back of my mind. Days went past and it seemed to be the same each day and his motivation level also seemed to be depleting by the time.

Then one day he got a call from his manager to come to his cabin. It was about 20 days from the incident and he was back to normal. He went to see his manager and his manager asked him to sit and even offered him a coffee. Sam was relaxed and thought he had called him to discuss about some new assignment which he wanted him to start working on, because in the past every time he had offered him coffee it happened in that fashion. So Sam asked him directly today which new assignment for him. Hearing this the manager smiled and replied back that today there is no new assignment he had for him. Sam was surprised and asked him then what is the matter and he replied he wanted to discuss the ratings issue which he had with him.

Sam was surprised at this because usually after every appraisals the only subject the managers don’t want to discuss is the issues relating to ratings. Manager asked him if there was any issue with the ratings given to him that he wanted to discuss with him. Sam told his manager that he had actually come to terms with the reality and didn’t wanted to discuss anything related to that. But manager did not accept that as an answer and asked him to tell if there is anything that can be done from management side which can help me. He thought for some time and said to manager that he didn’t have anything to discuss related to his ratings but the only question that he had is why Danny got the best ratings and he got the average when both of them did the same work during the whole year.

Manager was really happy that he asked him this question and this was evident from his expressions on his face. With a happy face he replied to him, you are correct that Danny did the same work as you and both of you were at par in your performance in that aspect. But what was the surprise being what he did over and above that. Even we were shocked to hear about few things said by the other colleagues of yours, said the manager.

He paused for a moment and continued. See during the performance review meetings which your managers did with each of you, they were asked to check with each individual to name a person in the team who had made the difference in their work during the last year. This was one among the many questions which was asked to each of you. And when we did the data analytics we noticed that 85% of the employees had named Danny. Even the managers did not know why he was named by such a majority and even by the seniors. So it was decided to analyze this further and we checked with few individual employees on the reason why they choose him specifically. And we were shocked to understand that this guy was really amazing at work. He indeed helped many to make their life much easier.

Sam didn’t believe this, he reverted back. I am with him the whole day and I know he did not do any of their work or anything that he is said to be. Manager smiled at him and said he was saying the same lines which even Danny’s manager said. I will explain you the manager said and he started. See Danny did not do anything very special to be get noticed by others. He just did very simple things which helped the respective persons to do their work more effectively. Will give you an example which were shared with me. One day Srini was having heavy work and deadlines to meet and he was working that day overtime. Danny while leaving for the day saw Srini to be still working and he went to him to inquire the same. Srini was fully into his work and deadline and he replied angrily to Danny to go and don’t disturb him. Danny realized he was tensed and there was something which is bothering Srini. So without saying any word he pulled a chair and sat next to him. For about one hour he sat their next to Srini without uttering a word. Seeing him sitting there Srini asked him why he was sitting there when all others have gone home long back. Danny simply replied, but you are still here right. This made Srini to feel little warm and relaxed and he said to Danny, its ok I have to complete this work and deadline in tomorrow so I have to extend today. You can go home. Danny did not say a word again and Srini continued his work. After a few minutes Danny asked Srini if he needed something to drink, and Srini was desperately needing a coffee. So he smiled and replied Coffee. Within no time Danny was gone and came back with 2 cups of hot coffee. This started the conversation and both of them talked about a whole lot of stuffs that night. It was an amazing time as they laughed and sang and danced the whole evening. By early morning 2 AM Srini completed his work, much before the deadline and they both left home happily. You know what Srini said when narrating the incident, he said he worked that day for over 18 hours, but when he reached home he felt much satisfied than the normal days of his work. And he never felt he was working for the whole time as Danny made sure the time was always pleasant and happy.

Similar stuff was shared by others also. He made an impact in their life’s be it for at least one day. So is it not fair to give an extra rating for the person who indirectly helped you to achieve the performance you have done.

Sam was again astonished at this boy again. How does he do all this. He thought him his life’s second lesson in the journey of being selfless and doing that extra mile for others.

Someone has rightly said,

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment”.

Sam’s Journey : Chapter 1

Meeting old friends is always a nice feeling. You cherish the memories of nice time spend together. This was the exact feeling I had when I met my old friend Sam after a gap of almost over 3 years. We enjoyed together the memories and it was like the old days were back again and didn’t feel the time going faster the us. We sat together and picked it up from where we had left…In fact we got more close…That’s the beauty of friendship…Its timeless…

But this one incident which Sam narrated which stayed with me for the whole night and was indeed an experience to be shared. It was about a friend … an angel who changed his life completely. This is the narration of this guy who was there with him throughout his stint in the earlier company. He also happened to join the company the same day as him and also he eventually happened to serve his last day in the organization same as his.

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Three years back Sam got this new job and was very really excited about it. This was the time when I saw him last before now. It was his first stint in a truly complete MNC. It was the date of joining and with all the excitement of working in a new environment, a new sector all together was really evident in his body language. So he finally enters the main gate of the campus and reach the reception area to inquire about his next plan of action and also to meet his appointed HR. He was told by the receptionist to wait for about 10 minutes and will then be escorted by his HR who is on her way. He sat in a couch nearby and that is the first time he saw this guy for the first time.

So now he was sitting next to this guy. There were newspapers kept in front of them and the other guy was reading one and Sam also picked another one kept there. As the time elapsed Sam realized the 10 minutes as advised earlier by the receptionist has become 30 now and there is no sight of the HR anywhere. He again went to check if there is any further delay and was told that the HR had just informed that she will take 10 more minutes and will reach here soon to get both of them. That was when he got to know the other guy was also joining today and we both were to be working in same team. Realizing this he went back now with a smile on his face to greet him. Seeing him coming back the other guy knew he was coming to meet him and he also smiled back even before they actually said a word to each other. That moment Sam felt some kind of positive vibe just passed through him. He greeted him and introduced him and asked for his name and the reply came, “My name is Daniel”. They got connected at that very movement but they didn’t knew at that moment that it was going to be a remarkable journey of theirs together in the organization, where we both were very happy to have been selected.

Meanwhile as they were getting to know each other the HR came and took them inside the awesome and huge campus, which was the biggest which they had seen in their life. It had more that 55 high rise buildings with almost more than 35000 people working there. They were then taken to the induction hall were there were few others who had joined the same day sitting. They also joined them and the induction started and their remarkable and memorable journey stated along with the same.

Sam and Danny (that is what Sam called him) got together very well. Both of them seemed to have same kind of interests which eventually got them together and crafted this remarkable journey.

After the induction session was over both of them were taken to their team and HR introduced them to the team lead who took over them from the HR and they were officially taken into the company. The journey hence continued and to their luck both of them were given to join the same team working in the project which made both of them very happy as they now have each other at least in this new world, though they knew eventually will make many new friends there.

From then on to about few days being new they were supposed to look at all the people working there and explore the campus as it would take time for all the approval of them working along with their credentials to come. Sam didn’t know what to do as each day he was supposed to scan the same 20 odd faces, when they come and when they go. What they do and what they do not do. It was kind of seriously frustrating times, but he couldn’t complain as he knew this was what everyone did and had to do when you join new.

But then he realized Danny is happy and is enjoying what they were doing. He was surprised and asked Danny, dude how are you happy man. After hearing this Danny was kind of cynical and replied, what do you mean. Sam understood how foolish he sounded and explained him his plight and the source of the question. Danny understood and then explain to him what he did which actually shocked Sam. Danny said he was doing the same thing as him but he tried to meet at least one person new every hour in the office personally. This way now he knows almost everyone in the office and hence every time he sees someone he smiles at them and as they too happen to know him now the smile always comes back and this way he is always smiling and is happy.

Sam was really astonished at Danny’s reply. Man he did the same thing as me of scanning people but the big difference was that he is making others smile and eventually is happy. How in my wildest dream could I have not thought of the same? Sam was indeed inspired by him that day and felt like full respect for his thinking and all credit to Danny for the same. Sam too decided to do the same and with Danny’s help he met almost all the people working in the team that day itself and boy it was a real transformation of his coming days in the organization. He could feel the difference as to how happy his days were going and how the interactions and conversations with people have changed the way he thought about everything. “Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world”.

Someone had rightly said,

“A nice warm shower, a cup of tea, and a caring ear may be all you need to warm your heart.”

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Yesterday I had been sitting in my office canteen for the last half an hour taking sip of a nice coffee; I hardly had any wish to go back to work and was waiting for the cab to arrive.

There I saw a girl sitting in the other table near me. She was trying to concentrate on the book in her hand.

‘Hey, can I join you?’ A guy asked her, who just came in.

Suddenly the voice startled her and she looked up, with her eyebrows scrunched together.

She nodded silently; he was standing across the table, holding a plate in his hands. The broad smile on his face seems to have made her even more agitated.

It seemed all she wanted was some alone time, She seemed to muttered curses under her breath and decided to leave the table.

The other guy sat down across her and smiled; which she returned with a forced decent smile and was about to get up when he exclaimed, ’50 Ways to be Happy!!!’ , then laughed out loud.

‘What?’ She frowned.

After checking his laughter, he said, ‘it’s the title of your book…’, and took a big bite of his sandwich.

‘What’s so funny?’ Exclaimed with anger welling up inside her.

‘What’s this book about?’ He asked ignoring her question.

‘It tells you how to be happy…’ She shrugged her shoulders.

‘And you still seem unhappy, grumpy, irritated…’ He replied, with a smirk crossing his lips.

She was stupefied by his remark, still she tried to defend herself but he interrupted.

‘You know what!!…to me right now happiness is this sandwich…yummy…you must try’, he grinned and then was lost in his definition of happiness.

The girl silently got up and disappeared.

All the Gods, all the Heavens, all the Hells are within you…

All the Gods, all the Heavens, all the Hells are within you…

A soldier is the pride of his nation. He defends the honor of his motherland with his life and blood. He has to rise above his own self to defend his nation. His profession brings out the best qualities in him like chivalry, discipline, team sprite, loyalty and steadfastness. His example serves as a beacon light to others who are tame and cowardly. His life is a source of inspiration to the youth of the nation. He has no politics in his makeup. He serves the nation to the best of his ability.

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Last week saw this picture in the news and it said a 22-year-old combat photographer captured the fatal moment during a live-fire training exercise. A mortar tube had accidentally exploded killing all the three of them. It really made us think indeed how noble is the life of a soldier.

The life of soldier is very tough and full of discipline. He has to be mentally and physically alert and keep his body in fine shape for any battles that may come up. His performance in the theaters of war has been heroic and daring. He is the finest specimen of humanity who is prepared to given the supreme sacrifice of his life for the lives of his fellow countrymen. He has to brave the  tyrannies of nature and in thunder, lightning or rain, extreme hot or cold, in deserts, mountain or seas, day and night fight continuously for the know of his nation. He has to sacrifice his family life, be away from his children, only to the save the life of other children.

Once an American soldier in the mist of a fierce battle in Syria said to his fellow soldier what would my son say about me? “He died in a place he didn’t need to be, in a battle over something he doesn’t understand, in a country that meant nothing to him.”

How do you become a soldier. I never knew or thought of the prospect of becoming a soldier to serve my country. Many of us are not guided with this opportunity either because our society fear of losing us. But hats off to the parents and family of those young who sent their beloved away to serve the country and protect its people. But many times we do not understand them and will not leave a stone upturned in criticizing their intentions. Once a soldier said, when I go home people ask me, “Hey dude, why do you do it man? ” You know what I’ll say? I won’t say a goddamn word. Why? They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.

Someone rightly said that for a soldier, all the Gods, all the Heavens, all the Hells are within him.

Once a father said to his son, “You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your mommy, your daddy, your nature pajamas. You love everything, don’t ya? Yeah. But you know what, buddy? As you get older… some of the things that you love might not seem so special anymore, you know? Like your Jack-in-a-Box. Maybe you’ll realize it’s just a piece of tin and a stuffed animal, but the older you get, the fewer things you really love, and by the time you get to my age, maybe it’s only one or two things. That’s life.