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Health Tip

Posted by vishalsinghal on September 6, 2009

SIT UPRIGHT-It relieves strain from spine & weight bearing muscles.


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Health Tip

Posted by vishalsinghal on August 30, 2009

Prolonged stress ups cortisol (stress hormone), making u crave junk, take regular short breaks from work to get proper sleep and for rejuvenation…

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Tired of your Job…Recharge your batteries…

Posted by vishalsinghal on July 11, 2009

For most people, a vacation is a really big deal because they are desperate to escape from their regular life. They want to escape from everyone for a while – including their clients. They are stuck in a rut and know of no other escape, except to well…escape.

Top performers know better. They understand how to recharge their batteries and keep enjoying all aspects of their lives while continuing to work and live in the cities and at jobs of their choice.

If you find yourself lacking the energy and the enthusiasm that you once had for your job, if you find yourself craving time away instead of time in front of customer’s then it’s time for a change. Time to recharge and reinvigorate and get your “A” game back:

Here are some ‘best practice’ ideas to help:

  1. Quit complaining. I dare you. Just for the day, and then the week. Not a single gripe, complaint, moan, or grumble. Yes it’s hard for most people. What a change of attitude and fortune you will find yourself in as a result!
  2. Give up something destructive. Successful people have a “not to do list”. That is a list of those things I am not to do anymore if I want to be a success. For years, this has meant for me, not watching or listening to the news first thing in the morning. It serves you no purpose to find out who was murdered, robbed or ripped off last night. It’s just a plain depressing way to start the day. I do watch the local business and entertainment news because that is relevant to my own business success. No one can afford to get demotivated during the work week. TV – at the national average of 2-3 hours per day is not only a time waster but a demotivator. Turn it off.
  3. Turn of the TV and turn on to a book. Wondering what to do if you are not going to watch thoes soap operas? Check out…what’s on top of the reading lists in the business magazines. I personally like books on start-ups and self help books. Don’t just read the book, own the book. Read it, underline it, apply it, talk to others about it and practice it. Reading will inspire you with new ideas, new approaches, and new challenges. We are all readers at CellStrat. We are all bettering ourselves, everyday. We are not happy with the status quo we know we can change.
  4. Switch up your schedule. You can be a morning person or an evening person but if you are stuck in a rut and complaining for a change maybe you need to mix things up. After a good sleep, most people find that morning is when the clearest ideas pop into your head but if you are stagnant try going for an evening walk this week by yourself and let your mind wanders. You will soon find solutions to some of your most disturbing problems.
  5. Speaking of sleep. You will feel hopeless and resist change if you are operating in a sleep deficit. Some people  keep a notebook and a pen on their bedside table for 2 reasons One, before they go to sleep at night, they write down the things on their mind. They empty their brain so they don’t wake up in the night thinking “I feel like have forgotten something and I don’t know what it is”. Two, they write everything they are thankful for that day. All their successes no matter how small. Sometimes those successes are trivial; “choose the salad instead of the fries”, “called their parents”. Sometimes they are significant; “Closed a record month!” Everyday, there are successes and the combination of these two pre-bedtime activities results in a peaceful sleep and a morning full of fresh ideas.
  6. Take up a hobby. Your community college, community centre, or other private institutions all have adult learning classes that you can take to improve your skill set and your attitude. Don’t have a hobby to embrace – try Toastmasters™. I still maintain its one of the best and most relevant professional educations for sales people. Take a class in anything that will provide you with new knowledge and inspire you to be a better person. Learn to groom a dog, take pottery, hockey, or study a new language. Sadly 80% of sales people spend less than $20 per year of their own money on their own development. Be top of class. Invest in yourself. Are you a sales professional? How about taking a professional buying/purchasing course. Learn to speed read. As a bonus, you might even meet new people, who may become potential new prospects. Try something completely different to challenge yourself, one year for me it was guitar lessons. I am planning to enroll in dance classes and get back into social scene. For some real fun, learn how to ride a motorcycle next summer. Now THAT is freedom!

Change and growth is not a process – it’s a mindset and sometimes it takes time to get back on track. The opportunity is there for you to accomplish more this year than last. Your job is to take advantage of it. You can complain about your position, moan about your condition, or you can do something about it. Now. Your priority is to start with the right change and keep with it so that the rewards will start flowing.

(Excerpts from writings of Colleen Francis)

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Think before you speak

Posted by vishalsinghal on April 26, 2009

Yesterday, I met Pankaj Sharma of LeadInvent, start-up in drug discovery space. We were both participating in Start-up Fair along with some other start-ups, in NIST, Delhi. Occassionally, we talked on our experiences there in NSIT event and also discussed about LeadInvent and CellStrat, our companies, how we started, possible solutions for possible problems we face in talent management, etc.

One thing, many of us there observed was that he (Pankaj) was a very patient listener to all students. We asked him the reason later for the same, as time is generally a constraint in these kinds of events, especially when you are hiring from among so many students. He told us the following:

“People younger to you are the only ones you can create your impression on in your first meeting.”

Generally speaking older people will not give you a patient hearing how so ever good your idea may be. Thus, he says. his interactions with older people get over in less then 5-6 minutes. This is becuase in in initial days of startin up his venture, he met around 10 experts from his field and all were very very rude to him and never were ready to listen to him, were never ready to give him any work even for free as they all had ego. Only one professor of his gave him a patient listening and when he was about to go back to his job after getting discouraged, that the professor offered to help him by giving work to him even for which he said, he will not be paying  Pankaj. But that was the time when Pankaj started his venture and never looked back again. Now, after about 2 years, he is a successful entrepreneur and for which he gives credits to that professor, who listened to his ideas without any ego and advised him in the right direction. From then on, he listens and talks to all younger people very patiently.

It’s a great lesson one can learn. I hope, I am able to follow it and make it a habbit. I also read another post about this which you can read here.

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How to Accelerate your venture

Posted by vishalsinghal on April 24, 2009

1) Go out of discussions and planning:Some people says that plans are inispensable but I also feel that planning if prolonged can eat up all of ur time. I believe in executing as and when ideas come and the person leartns with experience which can then be put in writing on the plan. Some ventures never come to exist as their planning nvever comes to an end.

2) Set dead lines else u will never be able to Start and finish: as I said in above point, start now or at nest set a dead line to finish the task at hand and then move on to next task.

3) Cost mgmt – dedicate a person to finances: All ventures require. That atleast one person of the team should be made accountable for the finances of the company else budgets will be finished in no time with lot of problems in accounting all the time.

4) Communicate – Communicate and communicate – document everything:communicate more often with ur team. Document everything so that it can be referred to again later for effective smooth discussions and good conslusions.

5) Set tasks list: Accomplish and move on. But, don’t make too big a list which is unachievable on a daily basis.

6) Get first 100 customers fast as they will be the ones telling u how, what and when to do for making ur services and offerings super effective.

7) Monetise fast or else u will b left out in no time.

8) Quality should be maintained and increased always. Even when dream comes true, maintain quality else u will go down fast.

9) Biggest mitakes:
A) After project features hv been finalised, sign off and accept no more for that project.

10) Groom ppl who are scalable and who are good at doing certain tasks.

11) Hire the best ppl who gel with the team. Law of crappy people: at some point of time, the best guy will become as good as the worst guy. Hire and fire the right people at the right time else if a guy is not doing the right work, u will do a favor by firing him as he may be able to do good at some other place.

12) Be optimistic, learn and move on, just don’t cling to urpast mistakes or misfortunes and keep grudging on ur mistakes.

13) Build ur own team as if u outsource u loose time (good outsourcing company is hard to find) and thus money both.

14) Take care of your employees, give them the best to work as leaders are servants as more people u Sat, Apr 18, 2009, more of them u r serving so trayte ur ppl best.

15) Give opportunity to people to try working with u, if he fits u and u fit his mind, it will work.

16) Entrepreneurs are Opportunity Hounds and with never say die attitude. They are always on the look-out for new opportunities.

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Tips on Keeping Virtual Teams Productive

Posted by vishalsinghal on March 27, 2009

Karen Sobel Lojeski, Ph.D. is Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Technology and Society, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York.

Karen has given 5 tips on keeping the virtual teams productive:

  1. Introduce yourself to someone new. Sometimes the monotony as well as the stress of the times can make virtual team members feel not only physically isolated but also trapped inside small circles. Write a letter to someone new and take the time to introduce yourself. Don’t worry about whether they return the favor right away, or if at all. Virtual team members get a lift when they take charge of expanding their own networks.
  2. Mix-up communication modes—if you have been on email or social software sites all day, take a break and make a phone call to a virtual team member to “hear” how they are doing and swap a story or two. If you’ve been sitting at your desk all day, take a break, go out to a coffee shop and try to engage with another human being face to face, even if it is a casual conversation. People can often lose perspective on the world when stressed for time and when there is no human to human interaction for long periods of time.
  3. Coach virtual team members on how to juggle multiple priorities and competing goals. As the number of resources shrink and work piles up for any given individual, it’s sometimes hard to know what should come first, second, third, tenth, on the list of things to do. Facilitate sessions where virtual team members talk about their workload and encourage others to help them prioritize and stay on track. As a team leader, make regular calls to team members to make sure they are not becoming overwhelmed and give them “permission” to take breaks and time out to be with family and friends to renew energy and focus.
  4. Put things into context—leaders need to help virtual team members understand where/how other team members work and live. Context is critical for being able to identify with other virtual team members. Take time to talk about where other team members work, the kinds of things they do on weekends or in their time away from the office. Knowing the context in which others work and live is critical to establishing trust among virtual team members.
  5. Communicate, Confirm, Console, Cajole. When times get tough it is hard to avoid thinking that one is alone in their worry or anxiety. But the truth of the matter is that with good communications, virtual team members can take solace in knowing that while times are tough, and getting tougher, they are not alone. In fact, their virtual team can be a source of comfort in times of uncertainty. The leader and other key members should take the time to communicate—not JUST via email—but through phone and video when possible to get team members together regularly to talk about project issues but also about how people are feeling and what they can do to relieve stress.

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Startup-tip on on building Board of Directors

Posted by vishalsinghal on March 21, 2009

Today, I read an article on this topic and thought I should definitely share this with my blog readers.

This article talks about what goes into building a team of board of directors and what should be the right mix. You can read it here.

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Always let your boss have the first say…

Posted by vishalsinghal on March 20, 2009

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to
lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie
comes out. The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’

‘Me first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the
Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’ Pouff!
She’s gone.

‘Me next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii ,
relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of
Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’ Pouff! He’s gone.

‘OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, ‘I
want those two back in the office after lunch.’

Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say.

Although in today’s scenario team work is best but still in many situations, above example holds ground…:)

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How to Tweet Your Way Out of a Job/ Business

Posted by vishalsinghal on March 18, 2009

Hutch Carpenter saw this exchange on Twitter, which is a painful lesson in how NOT to use Twitter in this tough economy.

A lucky job applicant tweeted the following:

Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.

This tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco. To which he responded:

Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.

Ouch! The person who dissed the Cisco offer quickly took their Twitter account private. But Twitter search retained the record.

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Management Tips for an Uncertain Economy

Posted by vishalsinghal on March 13, 2009

Guiding staff through turbulent times requires an approach that accentuates the positive and keeps employees feeling empowered and focused on the bigger picture. Some insights on how to effectively lead staff through the turmoil:

Guiding staff through periods of significant change and economic difficulty isn’t easy, even for the most seasoned managers.

Companies should try and give newer roles to existing employees when they are forced to freeze the recruitments. Also, along with imparting new roles and responsibilities, company should give them sufficient time to increase their skills and be a bit linient towards their initial days of performance.

As a manager, it is imperative to communicate openly and often with your IT staff and keep them in the loop on anything that may directly affect the department or their positions. Although you may not be able to share everything you know, be as honest as you can. You will keep the rumor mill from grinding and fueling fear and suspicion, which can drag down morale and undermine productivity. Remember, if your staff doesn’t hear the news straight from you, they will certainly hear it from someone else, and it may not be delivered accurately.

Don’t ever assume your IT staff members know they are appreciated. Be sure to give frequent, timely and specific praise, not only when people are engaged in lengthy or difficult projects but also when they are simply “doing their jobs” well and with enthusiasm. Recognition is especially important if you are asking staff members to take on additional responsibilities to cover gaps left by employees who had to be let go.

Reminding your staff that every employee plays a role in the company’s success, you will help keep them engaged during this period of economic uncertainty. Encourage staff to approach you with their ideas for how the departments can meet their objectives more efficiently and cost-effectively. Often, the best ideas come from those who are working on the front lines. If certain ideas cannot be implemented, explain why, while also emphasizing that you value the individual’s input. Employee suggestions should not be dismissed without constructive discussion, otherwise, your staff will believe you are not sincere when you say you want to hear their opinions.

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