Amazing death defying bike ride
Whatever is the motivation to the rider, I was getting goosebumps watching this guy biking on the mountain rocks ! Amazing !
A brief about my professional bacground.
Addressing at the ICTACT Digital India Forum
Photos on Face Book
Program coverage by ICTACT Bridge
Videos on Youtube
Here is a video on the session Digital Skills & Workforce at the ICT ACT Bridge – Digital India conference held in Chennai sometime back, wherein I had the privilege of being a speaker and sharing the dias with Anand Pillai, Head HR Reliance, Kishore Balaji, Country Manager – Intel India, Dr Rajesh Shah, Global Head HR – Syntel and moderated by Dr.Ashok Maharaj, Head Social Media & Gaming, TCS. It was a honor and privilege to be sharing the dias with them..
Here is the coverage hosted on You Tube
Schneider Electric is ON
Has the mirror cracked – the wake up call for the BJP
- Delaying of elections is something un-explicable. Immediately after a thumping win and having routed AAP & Congress in the Lok Sabha elections, BJP should have called for immediate Assembly elections in Delhi. Instead they kept vacillating and even hoping to split the opposition and cobble a make-shift government. What this did is it gave time to AAP to recouperate both in terms of manpower organizational strength and also funds to campaign.
- In eight months, the Congress got decimated and their vote share went to the AAP instead of the BJP. If the elections were held immediately after the Loksabha elections, may be most of this would have gone to the BJP.
- The minorities, the dalits and migrant population also voted for the BJP and other parties. But after a series of communal incidents and the behavior of right wing elements in the BJP, the minorities and the Dalits swung their votes to the AAP. The eight month rule did not instill confidence in these sections of the society that BJP would provide a stable and secular government in the country, where people of all religions would be able to cohabitate and live a peaceful life without fear of persecution. If the elections were held immediately after the Lok Sabha elections maybe many of these votes would still have gone to the BJP.
- They fell into the trap of attacking Arvind Kejrival and even making it as a Arvind vs Modi fight, when it was actually not the case. The BJP did not learn from lessons. Modi made it to the Centre only because the entire opposition ran a negative campaign against Modi and attacked him at every stage. The same thing happened to Arvind. BJP went all out attacking Arvind and ran a very negative campaign, when Arvind was going about his campaign positively.
- They also fell into the trap of announcing a Chief Ministerial candidate. While resisting for most part, they succumbed in the fag end by bringing in an outsider viz. Kiran Bedi – much to the chagrin of his own loyal partyman and it served no purpose. Neither was Kiran able to mobilize the much needed vote and stop Arvind in his stride nor was she able to quell the demoralization within her team BJP. Or if it was a strategy to insulate Modi from the defeat, it didnt serve the purpose either.
- The strategy of exposing misdeeds of Arvind did not find favour with the voters. He became a martyr who was being targeted. If they attacked AAP of hawala transactions, then it boomeranged because BJP has lot many questions to answer about where is it getting its money to fund the lavish election expenditure. BJP has published in its report to the Election commission that is spent around 750 crores in the last Lok Sabha elections but no one knows from where the money came. Similarly it is estimated that BJP has spent the largest amount of money in any state election in Delhi and is sure to raise doubts about its source of funding. If BJP is serious it must agree to bringing electoral funding and the Political parties under the RTI Act. Here the AAP made a political master stroke by publicly challenging BJP to come under the ambit of the RTI Act.
- By putting all its political might into the election – dragging Modi into the election campaign, bringing Kiran Bedi, deputing all its Cabinet ministers & MPs into the campaign, pressing the RSS pracharaks into the campaign and pumping vast amounts of money into the poll campaign, the BJP has exposed itself into showing how important this election was and as a result the outcome of this election results.
This loss to the BJP is going to embolden the beleaguered opposition. It does show that if there is a united and spirited opposition, it can dent the BJP. It does show that no one is invincible and that even the mighty have to fall one day.
- Being perceived to be an arrogant party (buoyed by its recent successes) and avoid the mistakes of Congress by being a humble party, transparent in its actions & decisions, respecting its opponents, taking all sections of the society in its journey and focussing on good governance
- Respect its opponents and any opposition
- Focus as much on domestic politics and not just building an international image,
- Must walk its talk and demonstrate perceivable results (the black money issue – after all they promised to bring back within 100 days)
- Not be seen as just pro-industrial and therefore seen as a elitist party but also sympathise and cater to the poor section of the society
- Not be in a hurry to tear down the opposition and form a government (West Bengal – seemingly in a hurry to dismantle Mamta Bannerjee or Bihar or in Tamil Nadu). Bid your time, show some solid work & development in the Centre and when the time comes, stake your claim ethically
- Don’t be seen as a one man party (NaMo) but also encourage and prop up other BJP leaders. There is a overkill of Modi and is negatively affecting his image. Let him take a break / go into the background for some time. Over publicity is bad.
- Most importantly break his silence over the hara-kiri being committed by the right wing elements in his party viz. “ghar wapsi” campaign, blatant threats to hold mass reconversions, Controversy over “love jihad”, Attacks on churches & religious places, attempting to make Christmas Day a working day, forcefully marrying couples on Valentine Day, the sudden love and felicitation for Nathuram Godse, oppose anything critical about Hindiusm, even if it a picture of imagination or a fiction (PK film), trying to impose Hindutva curriculum in schools etc.
Voice of Internal Customer Experience – my paper published in HR.com
All too often, we take our employees and their job satisfaction for granted. We focus all our efforts on achieving financial results, acquiring new customers, launching new businesses, and driving customer satisfaction, but too often we forget about the people who actually turn all those promises into real actions.
Employees shape the experience a customer has with the company each time they have contact. Hence employees become the most memorable voice of the company brand as they constitute the actual brand experience. It’s people who ultimately deliver the brand promise. It does not make a difference what the company tells its customers about the company brand, if those who actually encounter the customer don’t deliver the values consistently.
Well here is a Paper of mine published in the world renowned HR.com, the leading HR Portal on VOICE – Voice of Internal Customer Experience. I have shared our VOICE program that has been implemented at Schneider Electric and how it has helped to gauge the pulse of the employees at each stage of the Employee Life Cycle in the organisation and also help us improve the Employee Experience.
Talent vs Attitude
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; noting on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”— W. W. Ziege
You cant walk on a tight rope for ever – Its time you Wake Up Mr. Prime Minister
- “ghar wapsi” campaign
- blatant threats to hold mass reconversions
- Controversy over “love jihad”
- Attacks on churches & religious places
- Where was the need to make Christmas Day a working day, when the whole world observes it as a holiday and is an important festival to the Christians
- Forcefully marrying couples on Valentine Day
- The sudden love and felicitation for Nathuram Godse
- Oppose anything critical about Hindiusm, even if it a picture of imagination or a fiction (PK film)
- Trying to impose Hindutva curriculum in schools
Hope you realize that you cant walk a tightrope forever….
Invited as a Guest Speaker at ICTACT BRIDGE 2015 – A Largest Industry Institute Interaction Event of India – 17 Feb 2015- Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai
I have been invited to be a guest Speaker at ICTACT BRIDGE 2015 – A Largest Industry Institute Interaction Event of India – 17 Feb 2015- Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. I feel so honoured to be sharing the dias with a host of luminaries from the Government, Academia & the Corporate world.
The 19th Edition of ICTACT BRIDGE is scheduled on the 17th Feb 2015 (Tue) at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, Chennai. The theme of this Edition is “The Big Digital World” and will focus on all generations of digital era to discuss and iterate on digital business, technologies and skill for the future digital World. The summit will be attended by around 2000 academicians, industry experts and government officials from across the state.
The conference will also have a special focus to trigger and inject vigor into the Nations’ two big visions, through initiating a pledge movement for the key objectives of the two big visions.
- Digital India – Developing Digital Citizens
- Make In India – Fostering Innovation, Skill Development, Development & Projecting IP
I will be speaking on “Digital Skills and Workforce”
ICTACT Bridge will also reach to a huge share of society through its online presence on the day of the conference.ICTACT Bridge as a platform has been showcasing the thoughts of Industry Leaders, eminent personalities and senior government officers who are leading India for today and future.
ICTACT is an Initiative of Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu and Industry, a pioneering venture under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model, working with an objective of developing the next generation talent.
Am really privileged and excited and looking forward to the event and catching up with my old friends from Chennai and addressing a large diverse audience.