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Future goals – Training sessions to bring humans back to thinking & innovation

Another day spent in finding out ways to improve your ways of working. And we are heading towards continuous improvement journey. With extreme automation, standardization, simplification of processes, asset management, career progression, growth opportunities, re-skilling, professional development and what not, we are going to make a difference. I guess this is no more an alien thing for any one of us from Gen Y at least. For the entire year this becomes our target, which is highlighted in every single power point presentation and will be a part of each and every meeting.

No matter what goes into and bangs your head, but you have to take this sip by sip. And even if you are not perceiving it, you have to believe that yes you are on the road map of improving or rather enhancing your skill sets. Why? Because, your ppt. says so. You are so organised in your efforts. Your Line Manager has told you that this year you are improving, but your engagement is quite low, your performing skills are not up to the level of expectation and so on.

Wow, after spending entire year inside the meeting rooms, fighting for Video Conferencing rooms, getting time slot booked, from where do u get time to think upon engagement? Do we actually realize how many faces we are left familiarized with, after spending an year at the organization? When I joined, about an year, i met few during my induction. We used  to get some time to hang around, not to talk about face book updates or whatsapp jokes, but about company’s growth in the industry, learning from past experiences, best practices, leading technology trends, how to keep engaged with work, how to manage time. And actually, this all took place over a cup of coffee and ginger tea at times. Imagine, just a cup of coffee in our normal cafeteria. So much of useful content we vented out and shared mutually that actually helped us do things better if not differently.

Now, having spent more than a year inside meeting rooms, back to back meetings piled up like connecting flights or metros, sleepless nights for the presentation stuff, fighting and negotiating with peers like in a vegetable market to pull out the content, wasting weekends over vodka or whisky just to get a hangover to have an escape from those nightmares, is all what we call a branded life “corporate life”. On top of it when you present your efforts before your boss, he has ready to throw sentence “ I am not convinced”. Sending out all bullshit mailer and newsletters, and then spend your life in making and redefining your strategy to increase readership and quality is what is your biggest milestone.

Organizations should think why is there a lack of innovation. Why we spend so much into tool creation and processes development. And none of the tools are so apt as google. There are 1000 of ideas into the idea box, we keep saying please share your ideas, suggestions. but have we achieved any thing ? Have we been able to take it to implementation?  No, it is is still pending for approval. And then after few years, we need to clean up the redundant ideas.

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Has anyone ever realized, what is people connect? It will not take more than one open discussion and meeting just at a town hall or over a cup of coffee.  We talk about Robotics Process Automation, where work will be automated and we will have enough bandwidth to do work. Actually it is true, but not everywhere. Only the top levels gets benefited. Down the line it is crap. In the race of creating robots, has anyone ever given it a thought that we humans are turning into robots. We are losing our ability to think and innovate. Because we don’t have time to think. Time is not very far of when there will be a need for bringing human touch in humans. There will be training sessions to get back to human mode of thinking.

It just requires an attitude, a mindset to challenge and go beyond the boundaries. This is the real strategy and only you can execute it.

 

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Journal your life events

We humans are generally in the habit of expecting more. Life is a melange of events of everyday life. We cannot sit back and remember each and everything of past. Today people have become so much obsessed with upgrading their living standards that the hardly get time to know what is that unique factor that has the potential to bring joy to their life. Or what is the USP of being happy in life. When we think about our lives, we generally expect that it’s the big events that will bring us the most joy. But at the same time we forget that life is made up of small events. So while a simple coffee date with an old friend or a night in cooking for your better half might not seem worth remembering, thinking back on these simple occurrences actually can bring us great pleasure later on.

Now the point is how to know which moment, on remembering it, can bring smile to your face. What if, you have a repository of past events? Definitely it will make your efforts smoother.

All you have to do is start with journal writing. It’s not a one day or one week task, that you finish it anyhow. Bring it to your routine life. Write just one sentence or two, if you are not given to writing. But make it a regular habit.  Some people find it difficult as they don’t understand what to write? The solution is, write anything coming to your mind, throughout the day or night. You can mention the task you completed with least efforts. Your writing can also include your attitude while responding effectively to situations coming at your end. For example, if you have been confident enough while giving a presentation at a business meeting, and post its end, you realize that you really did fantastic job, it’s worth mentioning in your journal writing. When a series of events will be recorded, and when you go through them after a long time, it will for sure bring a sort of excitement in your mood. Turning pages will take you to the turning points of your life.

You can journal about any aspect of your life including your work or nothing in particular and still reap rewards. Just make sure you keep your journal somewhere handy to make recording that short recollection of your day super-convenient, avoiding any excuse to skip days. With the aid of technology, it has become flexible to write journal your events in your smart devices. It hardly takes time to do that. While in a metro, waiting for the destination, you can journal your events. It’s the best way t o utilize time and maintain your thought process.

 

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