Care your subconscious mind

Our subconscious mind is very important to us. It stores our thinking along with emotions attached with the thinking without our conscious knowledge and efforts. Many times we get new ideas, various timely leads in the form of intuitions are prompted by our subconscious mind. These useful tips or ideas are continuation of our own random thought process collected randomly and stored without conscious leveling and planning. It becomes very difficult to retrieve subconscious ideas when we actually need it. These haphazardly stored information may be good or bad and may prompts us during awaken or light sleep state randomly with similar powerful emotions. It may create pain or pleasure in us by re-experiencing the past feelings and emotions.

The quality of subconscious thoughts and feelings are subject to input stored by us in the past. Actually, most of us don’t have any control over it and it’s severity of re-occurrence depends on our emotional association with it. Therefore, guarding our emotions especially negative one is very important for us. Otherwise, it will keep us haunting more often and allure us to think over it again and again by making our life miserable.

The solution lies in living in Present Moment and always keeping ourself way from giving too much emotions and feelings on the past incidents and the future one.

Saying than practicing the present moment living is not easy one. It needs a lot of practices and support from others to be in present moment. My recent association with the practice of mindfulness is quite helpful. Frequent checking in of breathing in helps us to break off any past or future string of thoughts. This practice helps us to avoid the trap of mind and it’s vicious thinking pattern and helps us to achieve the peace. Once we start living in present moment, we start living ego free and have real feel of true nature of human life.

25 Acts of Kindness

We can all admit to appreciating small gestures of warmth and camaraderie. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of our lives and daily responsibilities that we sometimes need a reminder to pass on simple acts of kindness, such as, paying someone a compliment or offering a helping hand. As we are […]

25 Acts of Kindness

Developing Productivity at Work

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I would prefer to address broader aspects because how much I work is less important than understanding bigger organisational requirements and understanding top leadership perspectives and finalysing HR strategies for achieving the vision, mission and value of the organisation. 

Deploying the best HR policies, processes and practices and training team members and employees to adhere, follow and achieve organisational goals is the first challenge. This is leadership aspects of HR as failing in this will lead to just doing  routine activities of job posting on various job portals, shortlisting, conducting interviews and giving offer letter, doing induction, making persosal documents, tracking attendence for processing Salary and filling other statutory returns. Apart from this, establishing PMS system, identifying skill framework, planning and conducting Training sessions etc etc.

But question above asked is how to maximize our productivity and we would like to have the following suggestions:

1. Planning the day,  week, month, quarterly, half yearly, annual and long term planning  is first essential task and it should be  based on vision, mission, value, business plans and day to day requirements of HR and top leadership  team. We would recommend use of  some tools or organisers available to individual like computer, mobile or dairy etc. This helps us in developing our organising and planning skills in the long term. There are few good books on this subject available in the market, if read, it may further give a lot of ideas to improve our skill sets.

2. Daily Focus and self review of  essential individual tasks and defined roles and responsibilities is required  in order to avoid delay or last minute fire fighting. If clarity in roles and jobs are not fully defined it may lead to confusion and may result in not taking ownership by any of us.

3. Keep open and timely communication with all stakeholders in order to get their support in getting it completed on time and  achieving the  organisational goals. Explore alll channels of  communication open, may be email, phone, face to face, meetings, notice, websites etc  based on their effectiveness and availablity.

4. All important tasks and projects high on priority should be completed in the morning hour or when you are less disturbed or feeling higher  energy and lots of  ideas. This timing depends on person to person and office set up as well as on availablity of meeting schedule of the day. Fist thing first is one of the success mantra for higher productivity.

5. Giving and taking feedbacks is equally important both for team leader and team members as it helps in getting better ideas from senior and iffering necessary inputs and guidance  to juniors.

6. Working on skills or leadership improvement should be a continuous efforts for all positions and at least few hours in a week to need to update our refresher training, technical skills or behavioural competencies  based on our job roles, functions, industry domain technology  or on strategy to excel in life, career, position. business training sessions to be conducted or to be attended Upgrading our skills, knowledge and attitude is essential for higher productivity.

7. Keeping  checklists for all activities of HR / rokes like Recruitment, Joining Formalities, Induction requirements, checklist for  Training sessions, Checklist for statutory requirements, Appraisal checklists, etc will help us to complete these things on time without failures. Top management and HR Head  can have dashboard for this purpose.

8. We need to spend some time  on building relationships in order to build  trusts with key stakeholders as when trusts higher the speed of execution becomes faster and easy and  business deals will close smoothly.

9. Documentation is equally important aspect for all functions and more specially for HR as without data we can’t analyse the outcome and it will be difficulty for us to improve further. Sometme, there are legal and statutory requirements to have necessary documents.

10. Formal Mechanism of weekly/ monthly depts review ( MRM)  is important to track  the progress on all activities and it offers management, team leader’s and team members an opportunity to do couse corrections in time.

11. Some of time should be spent on updating ourselves on  latest rules and regulations issued by various government and statutory bodies. We also need to know the best practices of other organisations. Regularly  reading professional journals, books etc is also helpful in improving our productivity.

12. Working on collecting suggestions and feedbacks from employees and customers are an important tasks. We can use  these inputs to improve our products, services, organisational  policies and practices on time to time which helps us in improving our effectiveness and improving our business.

13. Understanding the employees engagement/ satisfaction data vis equally important as more engaged employees will be more productive and vis a vis. Ultimately, the customers and Productivity will suffer if employees are not engaged or satisfied. Not engaged employees speak negative about the organisation, the stay short and not strive hard to achieve excellenct results.

Developing leadership from childhood

As learning and development Manager, I found organisations were keen to search talents and nurture them as leaders. Organisations were keen to identify leadership traits in younger, middle and senior level executives and hiring external consultants to develop them as leaders to fill up leadership positions and for future succession planning.

Finding talents is not an easy task and above all retaining them is an herculean task. Even if you found talents and retained them by creating faster career progression and paying extra bucks, the organisations hardly get desired results due to organisational cultural issues like poor support from colleagues, politics within teams and lack of delegations and clarity of roles of individual team members etc.

I believe even if your quality of seed is of highest quality, if you have not taken care of land by removing weeds, the chances of yielding higher productivity is very very less despite putting manure and water in timely manner.

I believe that an average employee can also perform better, if organisational culture is being taken care of. You have to understand individual employee strengths, provide them all necessary tools and resources in time, listen to their ideas and suggestions, make your organisation’s processes dynamic and people friendly and have open and honest PMS.

I believe home is the best place to nurture leadership traits for children and parents should be like mentors and coaches. A child has tremendous potential to do miracle in life, if leadership traits start germinating as early as possible. We just have to ensure the friendly environment for them. Sharing our experiences with them rather than showing them a particular path is the best one. Higher expectations from them generally put our children under tremendous psychological pressure, which compromise their self -believe and self-esteem. The childhood conditions impact a lot in building a good human being and it is an obstacle in making them a future leader. Making them mature, responsible and good human being is the best way of their development and growth. Offer them opportunities to explore themselves the future career paths by allowing them to try out various interests even at the cost of failures at times.

We need lot of leaders in every field and almost all wake of life in every society and there is absolute shortages of leaders. I believe our schools do have responsibility to focus on this aspect than making them knowledge savy, which in this uncertain and ever changing world may not offer enough opportunity to explore a healthy and happy life.

Defining Success

We all get inspiration from parents since early childhood to do better in schools, colleges to excel over others. Good, better and the best is always comparative and is referred with our family backgrounds, society in which live and it keeps changing all the time till we live. Our goal posts always shifts according to changing situation, which is wise one in order to avoid lots of frustrations. Anything outside us will always be dynamic and we have no control over them.

Therefore, any success criteria depending on external factors need to be dynamic otherwise we will always be in a state of unsuccessful, which is bad for our self satisfaction and finally to our well-being.

However, all human beings wants to be successful, which is a great idea. But fixing a success goal post with external objects will always be illusion and self depreciating.

Now, the question is having a dream or goal is at all advisable or the way of measuring it should be quite different from our traditional approach.

As a human being, we have similar aspiration from our life like freedom from financial liabilities, good health, longevity, well being of our near and dear and well being of our larger society, community, and the nation.

Conflict arises when we want success for self and downfall for others and finally universal brotherhood and harmony get disturbed which one day affects every person wealthy or healthy or reputed one in one or other way.

Therefore, I believe, to be successful in life is to have broader understanding of universal needs and working collectively to improve overall wellbeing of larger society, all community, healthy relationships with people, society, community, religion, nation and environment.

If we live ourself in cosmopolitan larger society and nurture our children towards the same goal, we will be much more happier than ever.