Friday, May 30, 2008

'A Leader Should Know How to Manage Failure' - APJ Abdul Kalam

Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam : 'A Leader Should Know How to Manage Failure'

India Knowledge@Wharton: Could you give an example, from your own experience, of how leaders should manage failure?

Kalam: Let me tell you about my experience. 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 -- 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.



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Symptoms of IT -- Really Superb !!

If you have been in IT industry, these are your symptoms:
1.) U use phrases like "No issues" and "Value addition" in everyday parlance. For e.g. When talking about your milk man, U say, "His milk
does zero value addition to my health but he is the only guy around so no issues"

 2.) Ur prime source of entertainment is the forwards send to U by friends whose faces U cant remember.
3) U drink more tea or coffee than water.
4) U keep trying to shut down ur home computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del (used to lock office comps)
5) When ur mobile rings at home, U rush outside to receive thecall.
6) When U make calls at home, U accidentally dial "0"to get an outside line.
7) U haven't played Solitaire with real cards in years.
8) U spend the entire day reading forwards, smoking cigarettes, drinking tea/coffee and playing T.T. and then complain about the late working hours.
9) Ur important 'meetings' usually comprise two or three people max, including yourself.
10) U secretly prepare for CAT only to find ur PL sitting behind you at the exam.
12.) U keep pressing Ctrl+Enter wondering why your gmail is not going.
13.) U email ur mate who works at the desk next to U.
14.) As U read this list, U r thinking of sending it to ur friends who are also in IT.
15.)U r too busy to notice there was no line no. 11
16.)U r not sure so u scroll back check it .
17.)And now u r smiling!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kuruvi Comedies !!

KURUVI Comedies


Ippodhu oru50p clicnic plus Shampoo Vanginal "Kuruvi" Ticket Mutrilum Ilavasam,Mundhungal Indha Salugai Padam Theatre'il odum varai mattum.


Vijay Fan:Hello Pepsi Umava enakku kuruvi padathula irundhu Oru patu podunga.
Pepsi UMA:Oru rendu nal wait pannunga padamae potruvom!!!!1


Man1:Yenna sir antha theatrela avalavu kootam....
Man2:"KURUVi" padam parka yavano ticket reservation panni irukkan,avana parka thaan ivvalavu kootam....


Sardharji went to Guinness Book check if he is still thebiggest comedian in Earth or not.....he came out angrily shouting "WHO IS DAT "KURUVI" VIJAY"....

Realistic laws that Newton forgot to state - (aka Murphy's Law)

Realistic laws that Newton forgot to state - (aka Murphy's Law)

LAW OF QUEUE: If you change queues, the one you have left will start
to move faster than the one you are in now.

LAW OF TELEPHONE: When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged one.

LAW OF MECHANICAL REPAIR: After your hands become coated with grease,
your nose will begin to itch.

LAW OF THE WORKSHOP: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least
accessible corner.

LAW OF THE ALIBI: If you tell the boss you were late for work because
you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.

BATH THEOREM: When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

LAW OF ENCOUNTERS: The probability of meeting someone you know
increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

LAW OF THE RESULT: When you try to prove to someone that a machine
won't work, it will!

LAW OF BIOMECHANICS: The severity of the itch is inversely
proportional to the reach.

THEATRE RULE: People with the seats at the furthest from the aisle arrive last.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Corporate language !!

The Corporate language !!

"We will do it"


" You will do it"

"You have done a great job"


"More work to be given to you"

"We are working on it"


"We have not yet started working on the same"

"Tomorrow first thing in the morning"


"Its not getting done...
At least not tomorrow !".

"After discussion we will decide - I am very open to views"


"I have already decided, I will tell you what to do"

"There was a slight miscommunication"


"We had actually lied"

"Lets call a meeting and discuss"


"I have no time now, will talk later"

"We can always do it"


"We actually cannot do the same on time"

"We are on the right track but there needs to be a slight extension of the deadline"


"The project is screwed up, we cannot deliver on time."

"We had slight differences of opinion"


"We had actually fought"

"Make a list of the work that you do and let's see how I can help you"


"Anyway you have to find a way out no help from me"

"You should have told me earlier"


"Well even if you told me earlier that would have made hardly any difference!"

"We need to find out the real reason"


"Well I will tell you where your fault is"

"Well... family is important, your leave is always granted. Just ensure that the work is not affected"


"Well you know..."

"We are a team"


"I am not the only one to be blamed"

"That's actually a good question"


"I do not know anything about it"

"All the Best"


" You are in trouble"



Sunday, May 4, 2008

Super Star Rajini - NDTV Entertainer Indian of the Year - 2007 - Must Read

Super Star - NDTV Entertainer Indian of the Year - 2007

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with actor Rajinikant at a function in New Delhi on Thursday after presenting the 'NDTV's Entertainer of the Year award to him.
Questions that were asked to Superstar while getting the Award.

1) It is said that you are highest paid actor in the country.

Superstar: Who said? (Laughs….)
The commentators pulls his leg by commenting: Don't tell this bcos finance minister is here…..(the whole hall burst into laughs)

2) Do you think that South Indian filmdom are given importance nowadays. There's common thought that Indian cinema means it is only Bollywood.

Superstar: Yes. South Indian filmdom is given importance and its technicians too. Thanks to media and you people for that.

3) What about the one thing that all journos trying to get answer from you but still inaccessible. Politics….? When you are going to plunge into politics directly? [Superstar just turns his face towards Dr.Manmohan Singh and sees him for a while. (He should have done that just because a small hesitant about his answer and also thinking in fraction of seconds that whether his usual God only Knows will be considered here respectful. Remember Prime Minister was nearby standing]

Superstar: It is purely with destiny. And with God's hand. Day before yesterday I don't know that I will be here today and tomorrow I don't know where will be I am. God has given me a role that of an actor today. When he gives a role that of politician tomorrow – I will do that surely. (Prime Minister enjoys the answer)

Friends, I must admit one thing that really Superstar feels the same regarding politics. That is God's hands. Because if he has someother answer, e.g. Yes or No, that would have come out from his mouth at this juncture. Because "Those who speak truth alone can answer questions thrown in such a situation" Understand my point?

4) So you are not ruling out the possibility?

Superstar: I told you that its destiny. (laughs)
Now Pranoy Roy asks the audiences to shoot the questions. (Remember that audiences here are just prominent personalities like Priyanka Gandhi, Rober Vadera, Raghul Gandhi, Mukesh Ambani, P Chidambaram, Karan Johar, Shar Rukh and other VVVVIPs.)
Karan Johar wishes Superstar and shoots question.

5) Is there anything that Rajini can't?

Superstar didn't expect this. (Remember it was LIVE programme) He thought for a while and laughed and that's it.

6) Whom do you think the best actor from Bollywood?

Amitabh Bachchan
Now Pranoy Roy asks Sha Rukh to shoot questions. Before that he speaks that he is really honoured to share the space with Superstar here in the event.

7) Sir, pls tell me how to become myself Shahenshah of Bollywood. (He was in a mood that he had asked an intelligent question which is difficult to answer)

Superstar: One day you will become Shahenshah. God bless you. (I bet you that no other appropriate answer can be dished out from a question like this and that too amidst VVVIPs)

Now Pranoy Roy asks

Do you have anything to say for Sharukh….Rajini?


Superstar: He is an excellent…excellent…actor. And I liked very much his integrity. I saw his sports film Chak de. I wanted to do roles like that.

Sha Rukh interprets : So, you are praising my sport skills alone. Not acting skills. (Again the hall bursts into laughter)
Finally SRK thanks Superstar for attending the event and honouring actors like him. (Remember that he is only a consolation winner and not a straight winner like our thalaivar.)
Meantime, just remembering the other questions asked to Superstar while I was hearing running commentary from our member Vijayakumar.

NDTV: You rarely come out of Chennai. And they say if you step out of your car, the traffic there comes to a stand still….

Superstar: No…no….it's not like that. It is you - media - only giving such reports.

Saturday, May 3, 2008